We are still receiving responses to Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and are delighted to get great comments from Linda Lee, a notable maker who has quite a design collective of her own. Linda—who has become a friend over the years—is owner of The Sewing Workshop sewing school and produces a pattern collection under that same name. The business, like Alabama Chanin, has grown to include extensive educational opportunities and materials.

Linda and members of her team have attended many of our Workshops; she also sells our 100% organic cotton jersey fabric in her online and retail stores. Linda has written books, teaches classes on Craftsy, offers workshops and lectures, and maintains a blog that catalogues her team’s ongoing sewing projects. She recently featured a project from Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns that she made for her daughter—a version of our Short Wrap Skirt (see pages 36 – 41 for detailed instructions and photographs). In the photo below, you can see that Linda chose several embellishment techniques to customize the garment. There are examples of quilting, beaded stitches, appliqué, reverse appliqué, backstitch reverse appliqué, beading, armor beading, and couching, randomly scattered across our Medium Polka Dot stencil. You can find extensive information on each of these techniques in Alabama Studio Sewing + Design and garment pattern and construction techniques in Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns.



Garment design – Short Wrap Skirt
Fabric weight – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Fabric color for outer layer – Carmine
Fabric color for backing layer – Really Red
Fabric colors for appliqué – Really Red and Plum
Techniques – Reverse appliqué, whipstitch appliqué, quilting, backstitch quilting, armor beading, couching, and beaded reverse appliqué
Button Craft thread – Red #128
Embroidery floss – Red Variegated #4200
Stencil – Medium Polka Dot
Textile paint color – Alabama Red
Knots – Inside
Seams – Inside felled
Beads – Chop, bugle, and sequins
Bead color – Dark Red
Sequin color – Dark Red

Please visit our Custom DIY section if you would like to design your own unique DIY kit.

Read other reviews of Alabama Studio Sewing Patterns and see garments customized for and by Amy Herzog, Heather Ross, Amy Butler, Anna Maria Horner, and Kristine Vejar.

Thank you to Linda and her entire team for being such a supportive part of our extended online maker community. We look forward to more workshops and sewing sessions in the future.

P.S.: If you purchase a Craftsy class from the links on our website, we will earn a small commission from the product purchased through that link. This commission supports our business and helps us stock our 100% organic fabrics, pay our employees a living wage, and allows our teams to continue to design and create the products that you love. What might seem like a small gesture can go a long way for our business, so thank you.


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  1. Erika Hagstrom

    This is amazing handwork….the depth of color choice and embellishment are so rich. Lovely feature on members of our common community! Beautiful inspiration……

  2. Barbara

    Such a beautiful skirt. Linda Lee is a wonderful pattern maker, teacher and friend. Her patterns also adapt very well to the Alabama Chanin magic. Alabama Chanin and Sewing Workshop are the most inspiring and challenging making available. Thank you to both of you.

  3. PsychicSewerKathleen

    I have both of your books and am now moving into my first project using organic cotton/hemp knit with a cotton knit backing. I have stenciled my design – what I’m wondering is whether I need to have 2 complete pieces or can the piece underneath the main body of the top be simply pieces placed where the design would be? or does there need to be a complete double layer?

    1. Alabama Post author


      Typically, our standard method of embroidering and constructing involves cutting two complete pattern pieces (one for your front layer and one for your backing layer) if we have an allover stencil. Then we pin and sew the two layers together according to our technique of choice. This means your project will be a double layer. If you are doing a placement stencil design (not allover) and would prefer a single layer garment, you can add pieces of fabric only at the stenciled sections. See this DIY Kit as an example where the overall poncho is a single layer, but the placement stenciled section has the backing layer of fabric behind it: Let us know if you have any further questions—and good luck on your project!