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The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction

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Explore the sustainable world of slow fashion as you create a timeless hand-sewn skirt.

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What You Get

  • 9 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Natalie Chanin
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, a printable Magdalena stencil and a printable pattern
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.


Creating well-designed and thoughtfully made goods isn't just a fashion trend, it's a growing movement that's quickly gaining momentum. Step inside the handmade world of slow fashion pioneer Natalie Chanin and learn to create a flattering swing skirt that's entirely sewn and embellished by hand. Follow along with Natalie as she reveals her signature techniques to layer and cut fabric, stencil designs, hand-stitch and more. With her step-by-step guidance and time-honored stitchery tips, you'll be well on your way to a slow fashion wardrobe!

Lesson Breakdown

1. Designing Your Skirt
Meet fashion pioneer Natalie Chanin and begin as she gives a brief overview of her sustainable, organic approach to sewing. Then she helps you choose the color, fabric and design for your project: a universally flattering swing skirt.
2. Pattern, Tools & Supplies
3. Threading, Stitching & Knotting
4. Cutting Out the Pattern Pieces
5. Stenciling the Fabric
6. Reverse Appliqué & Negative Reverse Appliqué
7. Constructing the Skirt
8. Completing the Skirt
9. Customizing Options

Recommended with this class

  • Your choice of tools for stenciling the design onto fabric
  • Your choice of fabric (also available online from The School of Making)
  • Pins and pincushion

Taught by

Natalie Chanin
Natalie Chanin
Based in Florence, Alabama, Natalie "Alabama" Chanin is the founder and creative director of the popular lifestyle company Alabama Chanin and The School of Making, its educational counterpart. Natalie strives for complete sustainability at every stage of the manufacturing process. In 2013, she won the CFDA/Lexus Eco-Fashion Challenge, an award that celebrates great American designers working in sustainable fashion. Natalie has a degree in Environmental Design with a focus on industrial and craft-based textiles from North Carolina State University.

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