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Issue 24: Stay at Home


November is here at last, and with it comes a new issue of Seamwork! In this issue we explore the notion of home and invite you to settle in for the season and get stitching. In Sew Like a Pro, Brooks Ann Camper walks you through upgrading your sewing space and tools to help you sew faster and get professional results. And in this month’s edition of Slow Sewing we chat with Kristine Vejar of A Verb for Keeping Warm about taking creative risks.

We are also bringing you two fresh patterns, Monroe and Charlotte. This luxurious pair will bring a touch of glam to your loungewear. Monroe is a pair of lounge pants with a fitted yoke and flattering wide leg fit, and Charlotte is a lounge shirt reminiscent of the 1920s.

Here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:


Monroe is a single pattern for both pajama pants and lounge pants. Made out of a luxurious silk, Monroe is elegant enough to wear at home or the office. Experiment with color blocking the yokes and leg cuffs, or substitute wide lace for the leg cuffs to create some very fancy pajamas. In any fabric, Monroe has a flattering silhouette and provides an exceptionally comfortable fit. It is also easy to accessorize—create entirely different looks just by changing from slippers to heels. Sleepwear doesn’t have to be boring or shapeless—and not even Victoria will know your secret.


Charlotte is a tunic-style blouse with two lengths and very simple construction. Similar to Monroe in terms of style and wear, Charlotte is simple enough for sleepwear and lounging at home; but with the right fabrics, such as cotton or wool crepe, Charlotte becomes a real show-stopper. With long, slimming rectangular panels and layered sleeve panels, Charlotte easily lends itself to color blocking. This garment is simple but elegant, and easy to customize. So channel your inner glam with Charlotte!

A Peek Inside the Issue:


“Edith considered herself a style doctor, and the actors she worked with, her patients. She learned to be a successful doctor by listening to those patients. She would discover their likes and dislikes for colors, cuts, and styles, as well as their vision for the character. By tailoring her designs to their preferences, she knew she had a better chance to win their approval. ” –Dressed for Success by Betsy Blodgett


“You should always be a little uncomfortable. You’ll feel like, “Oh wow, this was a really big bite to chew.” Then you acclimate or you trust that you have built a support system, and you keep going. Owning a business means constantly having an area to stretch yourself and to expand.” -Kristine Vejar from Creative Risks by Jessica Yen


“When you aren’t satisfied with the experience or outcome of your project, you may end up criticizing your skills or doubting your abilities, when the blame is better aimed at your unsupportive supplies. Investing in quality will not only save you from repeated replacements, it can be a real confidence booster!” –Sew Like a Pro by Brooks Ann Camper

Haley Glenn

Editorial Director

Five years ago, Haley left the apparel industry to join the world of home sewing. She has been empowering women to sew ever since – first through years of in-person teaching at Sew LA, and now through her writing at Colette. Haley writes tutorials and articles on our blog, teaches sewalongs, and writes and edits for our magazine, Seamwork.



November 1, 2016 #

I haven’t had an opportunity to read this month’s issue of Seamwork, but thank you for creating this beautiful loungewear. I’ve been hoping to find a pattern that I could make and wear when I come home after a long day of commuting from and to work. I’m going to enjoy making plans and choosing fabric for this project.


November 1, 2016 #

Hi Sheri! Monroe and Charlotte sound like a perfect fit! I love that the patterns this month are comfortable and chic, perfect for lounging after a day of hard work.


November 1, 2016 #

I’ll admit, I had considered cancelling my subscription (no offense!) as I haven’t had a lot of time to sew with my new job, and some of the previous pattern offerings weren’t my style. I am so glad I didn’t, because these are just lovely And exactly the types of garments that have been catching my eye lately! Bravo on the patterns and the look book, which is stunning. Can’t wait to see garments made up and to sew these two beauties myself.


November 1, 2016 #

So glad to hear you love the new patterns! I look forward to seeing your version of Monroe and Charlotte. Happy stitching :)

Ramona Walter

November 2, 2016 #

Haven’t heard of Edith Head in years. Thanks for the article. It was great.


November 2, 2016 #

Lovely patterns, looking forward to trying them. Silly question, but if you made pajamas out of silk fabric, are you going to wash them at home? I can’t quite see taking pjs to the cleaners.


November 2, 2016 #

Hi Katherine, That is a great question. Usually, when I have made loungewear from silk, I pretreat the fabric by washing it by hand with a small amount of gentle detergent and hang dry. Then once I have made the fabric into a garment, I wash it the same manner. If you are using silk satin this might dull the surface of the fabric very slightly, but nothing drastic at all.


November 2, 2016 #

I’ve enjoyed the shift I noticed in the past couple issues toward more vintage-inspired garments. Also the thoughtful addition of patterns that fill wardrobe holes! Lovely.


November 2, 2016 #

Alison Smith! Well done! I love her Craftsy classes. That loungewear looks beautiful.


November 10, 2016 #

There is an error in the caption on page 15 in the Edith Head article. Edith is on her knees and holding up her hands, which means she was leaving her handprints at Graumann’s Chinese Theatre, not getting her star on the walk of fame.


November 10, 2016 #

Hi Paula! Thank you for noticing that. I will make sure it is corrected asap.