The fourth month of 2016 launches the second quarter of our Build a Wardrobe program and, with it, the Alabama Sweater garment pattern. Available for individual purchase for $18 – $24, depending on format. The PDF download includes the nested pattern in sizes ranging from XS to XXL and comes with tips on fabric selection, cutting, and garment construction. Like all of our PDF patterns, it is designed for printing on wide-format or desktop printers, in both full-scale and tiled versions. (You can find instructions for printing our garment patterns here.)

The Build a Wardrobe project is a set of four brand new DIY patterns, launched quarterly, which you can use to create a new, hand-sewn wardrobe. The project is intended to help you refresh, remake, or completely rebuild your wardrobe—using as few or as many of our techniques as best fit your personal style. As with our Swatch of the Month program, participants subscribe to a year’s worth of content they will create using our Alabama Studio Book Series. Subscribers receive quarterly packages with the new pattern, instructions, and fabric and notions in the colors of their choosing. You can sign up at any time.

ALABAMA CHANIN - DIY ALABAMA SWEATER - 2Additionally, subscribers have the exclusive opportunity to order custom DIY kits of each Build a Wardrobe pattern at a discounted rate. For example: this month, all subscribers will receive a printed and PDF Alabama Sweater pattern, fabric yardage in their color(s) of choice, and enough thread to complete the project. They also have the option to custom order DIY Alabama Sweater kits for an additional, discounted cost. This offer is exclusive to Build a Wardrobe participants.

The first quarter of Build a Wardrobe focused on the DIY Maggie Dress and its many variations. This second garment pattern, the Alabama Sweater, provides another essential component of most wardrobes: the versatile, flattering shirt. We will share our one-of-a-kind interpretations of the sweater in the coming months.

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  1. susaninfrance

    I would love to know how this sweater differs from the A-line in the 4th Alabama Chanin book. From looking at the pictures I can’t tell but I’m thinking it may be a bit narrower? Love the idea of more AC patterns!! xoxo

    1. Alabama

      Hi Susan,

      The Alabama Sweater has a wider v-neckline, looser fit through the bust, and a more relaxed silhouette. It is a similar style to our A-Line Top/Tunic with a wider, flowing fit overall. Thanks for your kind words, and best of luck with your next project.

    1. Alabama

      Hi Booth,

      The pattern is available in print through our Build a Wardrobe subscription program, where you receive quarterly patterns and materials to make your own warbrobe:

      The digital pattern, available on our Resources page, comes with instructions and can be printed at full scale at a local copy shop for a nominal amount. Alternately, we also have a tiled version available in the digital pattern for printing at home.