CreativeBug Workshop: Alabama Chanin Ruffles Us Up

Natalie Chanin shows us how to make this random ruffle t-shirt on CreativeBug.
Revamping your existing t-shirts is a sustainable style strategy that makes sense in the summer.
From Natalie Chanin’s bestselling book Albama Studio Sewing + Design, this workshop illustrates a simple appliqué technique that uses small strips of fabric to transform a plain t-shirt into one of your favorite go-to wardrobe pieces. The random ruffle t-shirt requires only basic sewing skills that makes the project quick and easy, yet true to the Alabama Chanin style.

Random Ruffle T-Shirt with Natalie “Alabama” Chanin from Creativebug on Vimeo.

Natalie Chanin is the founder and creative director of Alabama Chanin. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Time, the New York Times, and Town & Country, as well as CBS news. She is the author of the Alabama Stitch Book (STC Craft, 2007), Alabama Studio Style (STC Craft, 2007), and Alabama Studio Sewing + Design (STC Craft, 2012). Natalie is a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and her work was selected for the 2010 Global Triennial exhibition, “Why Design Now?” by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She works from her hometown of Florence, Alabama, as an entrepreneur, designer, writer, collector of stories, filmmaker, mother, gardener, and cook.

Natalie “Alabama” Chanin on Creativebug from Creativebug on Vimeo.

CreativeBug, a new series of how-to videos for DIY’ers, recently launched to inspire you. For $25 a month, subscribers have unlimited access to a continuously updated library of creative workshops in knitting, crochet, sewing, jewelry, entertaining, home decorating and kids crafts. Featuring some of the country’s biggest talents, instructors include Debbie Stoller, Stitch ‘n Bitch, Heather Ross, Weekend Sewing, Christine Schmidt, Print Workshop and Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin. Creativebug’s state of the art audio and video production quality, short video segments and entertaining presentation make the videos accessible to artists of all skill levels.

So, what are you waiting for? Make a pattern. Make a print. Make a difference.

Rowena Ritchie

Rowena is EcoSalon’s West Coast Fashion Editor and currently resides in San Francisco, CA.