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with Natalie Chanin & The School of Making
Online Class

The Swing Skirt: Techniques & Construction

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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!


  • intermediate
  • 9 episodes
  • 2h41m

Included in this Class

1. Designing Your Skirt

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

2. Pattern, Tools & Supplies

Before you dive into stitching your skirt, Natalie shows you how to take key measurements, choose a pattern size, and even make simple adjustments in the length or width.

3. Threading, Stitching & Knotting

3. Threading, Stitching & Knotting

Take a look at what Natalie calls the "physics of sewing" to make your skirt both strong and beautiful. After that, tackle the basic running stitch as you practice on different fabric swatches.

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
  • Pennant felt for stencil
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Fold-over elastic for the waistband