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Wednesday, August 21, 2013


So, I don't normally fangirl, buuuut.....OH MY GOODNESS I GOT TO MEET NATALIE CHANIN! BEST. DAY. EVER.

Natalie Chanin is the founder of the company Alabama Chanin (check them out here) and is a very inspiring idol to me. I received one of her books for graduation last year, and this fantabulous piece of literature immediately became my sewing bible. Alabama Studio Sewing + Design has instructions, patterns, stencils, stories, and pictures worth way more than its price. I read it cover to cover within a week of getting it and refer back to it constantly. It's become a source of inspiration when I'm in a creative slump; just looking at the pictures makes me want to jump up and make something!

Natalie is so inspiring to me because she turned her passions into a profitable business and yet still shares her wisdom through books and workshops. My dream one day is to be able to do what I love all the time, just like her!

I've made a few of her patterns, but the one I am most proud of is this yellow/gray striped maxi skirt. (Everyone say hi to my dress form friend!)

I found the fabric in the remnants section of Britex Fabrics and immediately fell in love!

It's one of my new favorite pieces to wear and definitely the one I'm most proud of from this summer.

(And yes! That's Natalie Chanin! Check out those boots. She's awesome.)

Here's to dreams coming true, readers!
-Taft WK

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