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.
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 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.