The School of Making’s Custom DIY program has always aimed to help you express your creativity and embrace your own personal style, allowing you to choose every element of your garments and accessories. As we have done in the past, we continue to offer each Custom DIY Kit as a base kit, which we cut out and stencil according to your design choices—plus we offer you notions, if you need any, at a discount. You can use our Thread and Embroidery Calculator and Custom DIY Guide to help you make your decisions.


We are updating our Custom DIY offerings to include the 2018 Build a Wardrobe garments—Panel Tank, Palazzo Pant, Frances Top, and Ezra Coat—plus each pattern variation. We have also added a few new options, including the Abstract and Canopy stencils, the fabric color Verdant, and our new Variegated Embroidery Floss colors.

To make it easier for you to customize your selections, the DIY order form can send you directly to your category of choice: Tops + Dresses, Bottoms + Outerwear, and Accessories, Home, + Other. The Custom DIY Guide will easily walk you through the ordering process, based on category. As always, we offer free domestic ground shipping for each Custom DIY Kit.

We invite you to browse our Journal for inspiration or start the customization process here.

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  1. Deborah Martin Shorter

    I would love to order a custom DIY kit to make a 3/4 sleeve Alabama Sweater, but have some fitting concerns. Specifically, my upper arms are quite large, and although I know the cotton jersey fabric is quite stretchy, I don’t want it to be so tight that it looks strained against the rest of the very flowing garment. Any advice?

    Also – is it possible to add sleeves to the A-Line Tunic?

    Thanks so much for your time!

    1. Alabama Chanin

      Thank you for your comment, Deborah. The Alabama Sweater is actually a variation of the A-Line Tunic – it is a little fuller through the bust to account for the sleeves. We could do a custom DIY Alabama Sweater kit for you and add 1” of ease to the sleeve from the bicep down so you can make it as tight or as loose as you desire. Or we can add 1” to the circumference of the armhole, as well as the cap of the sleeve to allow extra room. If you prefer either of these options, please denote which you would like on your Custom DIY form, and we can contact you with any further clarifications. Our Custom DIY form for Tops and Dresses is below: