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:
- Home is Where the Sewing Machine is: How do you define home?
- Dressed for Success: A look at the life and work of the iconic Edith Head, by Betsy Blodgett.
- Sew Like a Pro: Upgrade your sewing with professional-quality tools, furnishings, and fabrics, by Brooks Ann Camper.
- Professional Profile: Alison Smith: This humble sewing master shares her story, tips, and industry techniques, by Katie Whittle.
- Block Paper Scissors: Turn Charlotte into a nightgown with side slits, by Anna Aguirre.
- Creative Risks: Kristine Vejar on stretching yourself, by Jessica Yen.
- One Pattern, Three Ways: Get more out of your me-made garments.
- Sewing Specifics: Add some dainty charm to your hems.
- Swatch Service: Become a fabric expert with this month’s patterns.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
- Seamworker’s Closet: Take a peek into a Seamworker’s closet for inspiring finished projects.
- Wally’s Wisdom: How do I know if I need a bust adjustment?
- Contributors & Staff: Meet the writers, makers, and artists from this month’s issue.
- Resources: Where to get fabric, supplies, and recommended additional reading for this 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