From top left: January’s Swatch of the Month Magdalena Black/Faded colorway; Fabric Detail of Black 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey stenciled in Magdalena; Lightweight Jersey Car Coat Kit; Black Bugle Beads; The Faded Stripe Pencil Skirt Kit; The Swing Skirt Pattern in Bloomers Black/Faded Colorway
What I love about watercolor is that a lot of happy accidents occur. – Jane Seymour
January’s Swatch of the Month features our faded organic cotton fabric, which made its first appearance in a 2008 Alabama Chanin collection. To create the faded fabric, a wet-stenciling technique was developed by Natalie as an alternative to dyeing fabric. It creates a watercolor effect and a random and blurred design emerges.
This month, we are taking inspiration from Swatch of the Month and have developed a series of DIY Kits and organic materials using faded fabrics.
Find these designs alongside refreshed DIY Kits and bundles that showcase a range of colors, silhouettes, and embroideries to create garments and projects at home.
Learn more about Swatch of the Month here.
View our 2021 color palette inspiration here.
From top left: Fabric detail of Bloomers Black/Faded colorway; Black Armor Beads from The Studio Bundle #1; The Faded Stripe Keyhole Tunic Kit; The Studio Bundle #1; Organic Cotton Fabric Scrap Bundle made with faded technique; Limited-Edition Faded Bloomers Fabric
Find out what’s new below.
FADED MAGGIE DIY KITS
The Faded Maggie Keyhole Tunic and The Faded Maggie Long Skirt Kit use the Magdalena Black/Faded colorway, making Swatch of the Month the perfect start to practice embroidery techniques for these garments.
FADED STRIPE DIY KITS
The Faded Stripe Keyhole Tunic Kit and The Faded Stripe Pencil Skirt Kit were developed as “basic” kits, which means they don’t require embroidery and can work up quickly. The silhouette designs are classic, and the graphic stripe is softened with the faded watercolor effect.
FADED STARS CAR COAT
The Car Coat pattern was introduced in 2017 and has been a favorite layering piece. This kit style has a boxy fit, patch pockets, and can be worn throughout the year as a transitional coat with a statement-making interior liner from Faded Stars fabric.
THE STUDIO BUNDLE #1
The Studio Bundle #1 is designed to experiment with color, appliqué, and stitching with enough materials to create a variety of garments and projects. This curated bundle contains five maker-favorite colors: medium-weight Black, White, Natural, and Baby Blue, and lightweight Venetian, paired with optional thread, embroidery floss, and bead add-ons in complementing hues. Pair each 2-yard fabric piece with any style in our pattern library to create a sustainable, handcrafted wardrobe. Learn more about our color palette inspiration here.
LIMITED-EDITION FADED BLOOMERS FABRIC
Grown and ginned in Texas, spun in North Carolina, and knit and dyed in South Carolina, the “hyper-local” supply chain for our 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey is the result of years of work aimed at providing responsibility, sustainability, transparency, and an end-product that is produced entirely in the USA. This limited-edition fabric yardage is stenciled in our Bloomers design using a unique painting treatment that gives a watercolor effect across the fabric.
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