The School of Making was founded back in 2014 as an overseeing body that encompasses the DIY Kit collection as well as workshop programming, format, and content. It was also developed to direct and innovate learning initiatives and educational programs that will continue to teach Slow Fashion and sustainability and promote the Living Arts to our growing maker community. Today, we’re proud to announce our latest learning tool in partnership with Craftsy—a video course titled “The Swing Skirt Techniques & Construction with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making”.


The Swing Skirt is one of our all-time most popular DIY styles. It’s universally flattering on all body types, and its simple, four-panel design and easy construction make it the perfect beginner garment. In “The Swing Skirt Techniques & Construction”, Natalie gives in-depth instructions for all aspects of creating a Swing Skirt including planning, cutting, stenciling, stitching, and completing your garment.

If you like to complete every step of the process yourself, you’ll receive a downloadable Swing Skirt Pattern PDF with four lengths—21”, 24”, 26”, and 28”. There is an expanded version of the pattern available online with two additional lengths—33” and 40”—in both PDF and printed versions. In addition to the pattern, we also have a Swing Skirt Bundle available with all the fabric, thread, and elastic you need to complete a 28” Swing Skirt as demonstrated in the class. The top layer comes in our newest printed fabric option—the Magdalena design printed in gray on 100% organic cotton jersey in Baby Blue—which can also be purchased by the yard. The bottom layer fabric color is up to you.


Or if you’d like to start sewing right away, there are a number of Swing Skirt DIY Kits cut and ready-to-sew in our most popular stencil designs—Magdalena, Anna’s Garden, and Bloomers—or create your own kit to your exact specifications through Custom DIY. We also suggest using “The Swing Skirt Techniques & Construction” as instruction for Host a Party. Gather at least six friends, choose the Swing Skirt as your garment, make your design choices, and gather to work through the course together.

View the trailer for “The Swing Skirt Techniques & Construction with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making” below:

And sign up for the course here.

P.S.:  In May of 2017, Craftsy was acquired by NBC Universal and relaunched as Bluprint. This new brand and platform includes Craftsy Unlimited’s growing library of more than 1,300 classes, but also includes new content across art, home decorating, writing, cooking, baking, dance, fitness, and yoga. In addition to classes, there will be series and shows designed to inspire an even broader audience. Bluprint’s new interface makes it easy for members to fit creativity into their busy schedules and tailor projects to varying skill levels. The new site also includes articles, exclusive series, and in-depth classes.

You can continue to buy à la carte classes and supplies as well as access any digital classes you have purchased to date from

Learn even more about the updates here on the Journal.

P.P.S.: If you purchase your 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. Marlene

    I loved the class! I’ve made several items already using the books….seeing Natalie demo all the techniques was life changing, especially the stenciling and waistband. Loved it, totally worth the time and $!

    1. Alabama Post author

      Thank you so much Marlene! If you haven’t already, please leave a review on the class at Craftsy so others can learn about what you love. We appreciate your support…
      Natalie and all of us @ The School of Making

  2. Karin Grindstad

    What a treat to be able to see such an exceptional class offering. I continue to learn more tips and helpful info for my numerous projects I have planned, using the wonderful USA made organic cotton jersey. Your generosity to share so much information aligns with your mission to connect like minded souls and bring joy to so many. Thank you Natalie and Company!

  3. marty penner

    your utube are interrupted and we viewers are unable to watch them. would you please correct that problem I am unable to watch the utube on google chrome. please help…