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The Outdoors Issue+ 2 New Patterns


The July issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!

In this issue:





Some favorite quotes from this issue:

“If I may be so bold, I would argue that denim built America––at least large swaths of it. It mined the West, roped the cattle, oiled the machines, and built the cars that made the country what it is. Denim was the armor that protected vulnerable human bodies from the wonder and danger inherent in progress. And when it was done building the backbone of America, it built its culture. It was, and is, the uniform of rebellion, rock and roll, social change, sex, youth, revolution, and independence.” -Heather Lewenza, Blue Jean Queen

“Measuring and evaluating my body mathematically has taught me to accept my body. Through this process I developed a way of separating my body size or shape from who I really am as a person. ” -Addie Martindale, My Ready-to-Wear Fast

“In its glorious past, Montréal was one of the biggest centers for textile and clothing manufacturing in Canada. Like me, most of us had a grandmother who worked at “La Textile” in the good old days. The industry is not as vibrant now, but with the emergent generation of eco-conscious designers and specialized textile manufacturers, we can still be proud of our scaled-down Fashion District! ” -Caroline Côté, The Seamworker’s Guide to Montréal, Québec

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


The Nantucket shorts are one of my favorite Seamwork patterns so far. Inspired in part by 70s running shorts and in part by the eyelets on boat shoes, their look is a little bit sporty and a little bit preppy, in the best possible way. They’re the perfect shorts to wear hiking or throw on over a swimsuit at the beach. Sew them up and you’ll also learn about setting eyelets, a technique you can add to many other projects.


The Seabrook bag is a classic drawstring bucket bag that can come with you to any outdoor activity. With simple rope straps, you can wear this low maintenance backpack on your bike, on a hike, or just take it with you to the pool. Our article this month on how to make waterproof and spillproof bags will help you create a perfect beach or picnic bag that will last many summers to come.

You can visit to read the issue, download it from the current issue page, or subscribe to get the patterns.

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.



July 1, 2015 #

I love the new issue!!!! I would love to know where I can find the fabric the model’s shorts were made from. I checked the Swatch Service article, but that fabric wasn’t listed. (Or did I overlook it?)


July 1, 2015 #

Hi Katie,
Sorry about that, these are the 3 fabrics we used for the Nantucket shorts.
Olive Twill
Chambray Dot
Linen Rayon Chambray
Happy sewing!


July 1, 2015 #

Thank you so much!!!!

Sara A.

July 3, 2015 #

I often have to grade between 3 or more sizes when I make something, if it goes up to my size, but I’ve noticed that when I’m done doing that work, I look at the shape and smile. I’ve come to realize that I have a rather pleasing shape especially when what I’m wearing fits.


July 11, 2015 #

Any suggestions for lengthening the inseam on the Nantucket shorts? I love them, but I need them to be longer. Thanks!


July 12, 2015 #

Love Seamwork!! It is just an awesome publication. I am going to make the Rose and Almond cold cream in the outdoors issue but would like to no if the Soy Lecithin I should buy is food grade? Love Haley’s writing:)


July 12, 2015 #

I think I figured it out…it needs to be the granules… If I am wrong, please correct me:)


July 17, 2015 #

Thanks Marsha! The granules is what you want. I am excited to give this months Handmade Beauty a try myself!


July 17, 2015 #

Thanks so much Haley!! I love your work!!