Alabama Studio Style: More Projects, Recipes, & Stories Celebrating Sustainable Fashion & Living
In Alabama Studio Style, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, takes readers on a compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration. Picking up where the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book left off, Alabama Studio Style is a craft and lifestyle book all in one.
Here Chanin shares many more of her stitching, stenciling, and beading methods and applies them to twenty extraordinary clothing and home décor projects, each made with organic or recycled materials and designed with haute homespun” flair. Along with the company’s celebrated camisole and tank dresses, the featured projects include skirts, scarves, pillows, woven chair seats, and a stenciled scrap-wood table. Rounding out the book are recipes for three delicious party menus. Alabama Studio Style shows us that true style encompasses not only what we wear, how we decorate, and what we eat, but also how we care for our environment.
Sweet Home Alabama
By nanapama - February 9, 2010
If you liked the Alabama Stitch Book, you are in for a treat because I think this book,Alabama Studio Style is even better. I had it on my list for months but it was definitely worth the wait. Once and a while you find a book that you know will not be a quick read or a book placed on the shelf to be occasionally used as reference material. Once in a great while you find a book that will become a friend that will be carried from room to room, covered with post-its and scribbles, referenced and used constantly. Alabama Studio Style is that kind of book. Part craft book, part cookbook - filled with antidotes about the food and the people of Florence Alabama - people I'd love to meet - the book quickly becomes an old friend.
I have not put this book down since it arrived in the mail. The projects are so beautiful. Natalie can do more with cotton jersey than I ever imagined. I've already bought materials to start my first project from the book and am currently cutting... read more
Beautiful Clothes You Can Make!!!
By Kate L. Martin - February 24, 2010
I purchased Natalie's first book sight unseen by reading a write up of it. Little was I to know how obsessed I would become using her method. I have sewn and embroidered for over 25 years and I thought I had seen some pretty amazing things in that time. Natalie's method raises the bar for all the craft/sewing books from this point on. Once you understand Natalie's way of constructing garments it is relatively easy to make clothing like hers that sell for thousands of dollars. I am constantly amazed at the work that comes out of her studio with one garment being more beautiful than the next. I feel so blessed that she has decided to share her method with us. Give yourself a treat and purchase BOTH of these books, The Alabama Stitch book, and Alabama Studio Style. There are even stencils in the books so you can get going right away. When you become more committed to creating additional pieces you might want to buy your own airbrush and compressor as I have. There is no end to what you... read more
By Jennifer M. Coyle - March 15, 2010
I have the Alabama Stitch book, and was waiting with great anticipation for the follow-up, Alabama Studio Style. I was worried it would not be as wonderful as the first book, which was simply magical, but I was truly amazed by the new book. It offers an even greater array of project and techniques that are inspiring and visually stunning. I made several projects from the first book, and am sure I will make several from this one as well. I was most impressed by the dress patterns, as those are the pieces in the Alabama Chanin line that I find most appealing, and there are several option to make stunning variation of your own. I didn't get the feeling it was a watered-down version, which some "DIY' projects can appear to be, but an authentic version, to which you can add own individual touch. Plus, there are a bunch of recipes I can't wait to try, especially the Bloody Marys. It is definitely worth getting and exploring on your own.
Even More Everyday Science Mysteries What are the odds of a meteor hitting your house? What are warm clothes anyway? Do you get more sunlight from Daylight Saving Time? Everyone loves a good mystery ...