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We are so excited to bring you a new competition. It’s perfect for every skill level, and we encourage you all to enter! This one is all about taking inspiration from Natalie Chanin’s new book, Alabama Studio Style.

From her studio in Florence, Alabama, Natalie Chanin, founder and creative director of the acclaimed fashion and lifestyle company Alabama Chanin, works with local artisans to create handmade organic cotton-jersey clothing sought by connoisseurs of beauty and sustainable style worldwide. In Alabama Studio Style, a follow-up to the celebrated Alabama Stitch Book, Chanin takes her fans on another compelling journey of creativity, technique, and inspiration, this time sharing many more of her beautiful stenciling, stitching, and beading methods, and a collection of over 20 projects, including her award-winning dresses and skirts. You may remember that last year we did a two-part series on Natalie’s amazing work and philosophy, which you can read here

We invite you to make or reinvent any article of clothing, inspired by Alabama Studio Style. Visit this sneak peek of the book to get inspired, and create a project in keeping with Natalie’s ideas about fashion, sustainability, and community:

“Alabama Studio Style is…my home, my work, my love, my people. It is a way of looking at the world that, consequently, defines how the world looks. It is food, clothing, and shelter sewn together into a harmonious pattern that enriches our lives every day.”

This is a quick contest; you have until the 24th to email a photo in to submissions [at] burdastyle.com with “Alabama Studio Style” in the subject line along with your username, the garment title, and the link to your uploaded project on BurdaStyle in the body of the email. 50 entries will be featured in a slide show for you, the community to vote on.

Natalie will be choosing the lucky winners from the top 5 vote getters.

1st Prize: Win a weekend workshop with the Alabama Chanin team at The Factory (Value of $1125; travel and lodging not included) OR a a copy of Alabama Studio Style from STC Craft PLUS a kit to create the amazing DIY Inked & Quilted Camisole Dress featured in Alabama Studio Style. (Value of $375 + Alabama Studio Style)

2nd Prize: A copy of Alabama Studio Style from STC Craft PLUS a DIY kit the create the beautiful Angie’s Fall Scarf (featured in Alabama Studio Style) OR A copy of Alabama Stitch Book from STC Craft PLUS a DIY Bandana Kit featured in the Alabama Stitch Book. (Value of $105 + Alabama Studio Style)

3rd Prize: A copy of Alabama Studio Style from STC Craft. (Value of $35)

Get your own copy of Alabama Studio Style here

This contest is open to everyone worldwide (as long as it’s not prohibited) and all ages as long as you have consent from a legal guardian. You can submit as many entries as you’d like. Good luck and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 07.12 PMby buttonsonicecream

    I really love this designer’s work, it’s so inspiring to see that you can make a living for yourself and others with nothing more than a needle and thread and cloth…Loveliness!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 01.56 PMby sewella

    This is so exciting! Compliments for launching such a great contest!

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    Feb 9, 2010, 10.01 AMby loyl8

    really excited, lets see what I can do!!! lots of inspiration.

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    Feb 9, 2010, 06.56 AMby mlssfshn

    OH BOY !!!!! CAN"T Wait to start………….but have to. EDIT: I may have something from my photo shoot that will work…..I’m sewing with Aluminum……

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