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Seamwork 11: The Menswear Issue

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

In this issue:





Some favorite quotes from this issue:

“The actual word “bespoke” stems from the practice of entering into a tailor’s showroom and choosing or “speaking for” a piece of cloth. The cloth was reserved for the wearer’s future garment, and the measuring, drafting, and fitting process was begun.” -Morgan Meredith, Bespoke Tailoring Savile Row

“Carnaby Street in the 1960s was a hallowed place—a pinnacle moment where art and music came together in a singular place formerly unknown to the world: the boutique. ” -Betsy Blodgett, Dedicated Follower of Fashion

“I was blissfully unaware that bright green aluminum knitting needles and rainbow-colored acrylic yarn could be viewed by anyone as problematic. I knitted and knitted and then I was told by an Important Adult (not my father, as you can now imagine) that boys don’t knit.” -David Moore, Male Sewist

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


Denali is a unisex fully lined quilted vest with a contrasting yoke and practical kangaroo styled pockets. Layer Denali with your favorite button up or sweater for a warm look perfect for fall.


Paxson is a raglan pullover that you can sew up in just one hour. Elbow patches add charm to this unisex pattern. Play with color blocking or sew Paxson up in a cozy sweater knit for a unique sweater.

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.



October 1, 2015 #

Hey there wonderful Seamworkers – I am really looking forward to digging into this issue as I love to make stuff for my husband :-)

As I was looking at the new patterns, specifically Paxson I suddenly thought of a pattern hack I would love to see – adding a mitten-like thumbhole extension to the sleeves – similar to the recent changes we’ve seen to workout-wear. I hope what I am saying makes sense?

Sadly I am not smart enough (yet!) to figure it out for myself – so maybe this is something you guys could create for us.

Thank you for bringing joy to my sewing time again!


October 1, 2015 #

We are so glad you are enjoying the latest issue. Thank you for the pattern hack suggestion, that is a great idea.!


October 2, 2015 #

Lynn, Oliver + S did a tutorial for the thumb hole a while ago. Here is a link:


October 2, 2015 #

Thanks so much Mary – I will go take a look over the weekend :-)


October 1, 2015 #

I’m a bit confused by the download credits. Does this mean that I don’t have unlimited downloads of patterns in issues I have already paid for? If say for some reason I need to re download a pattern do I have to pay for that pattern?


October 1, 2015 #

I missed the memo XD, I got it now thanks. its a good deal for people who signed up later and might not have all the patterns.


October 1, 2015 #

Not to worry! All your previous patterns are still available on your downloads page, and you can download them as many times as you need to. Redeeming a Seamwork credit for a new pattern will make that one available forever on your downloads page as well, just as before.


October 1, 2015 #

I’m thrilled with this menswear edition! I’ve been interested in sewing for my husband and been flummoxed by a couple of alternations I know I would have to make based on fit issues with his RTW shirts. So the article about common alterations will be useful as men’s shirts don’t have darts to manipulate like women’s patterns.


October 1, 2015 #

Love the Paxson – which I think would be perfect for trying out this “Faux cable quilted sweatshirt” technique I just discovered:

Thanks Seamwork!


October 1, 2015 #

That would be fantastic! We would love to see your finished work!


October 2, 2015 #

Very nice!


October 2, 2015 #

I already sent an email to your customer service praising the content on Seamwork. I so look forward each and every month to a new issue and LOVE the patterns.

This stuff is so interesting and fun. Even to us curvy seniors!

Which brings me to another point. THANK YOU for making your patterns realistic sizes.

lisa v

October 2, 2015 #

Loved the 60’s hunting jacket on Behind the Seams. Would be a great hack subject, hmmm….


October 2, 2015 #

Thank you so much for a wonderful issue! Both of those patterns look great and appeal to the man in my life. I look forward to diving into the articles!

Mark Sabine

October 2, 2015 #

Thank you SO much for a menswear issue! There IS a market for this and lots of us appreciaye your efforts!


October 2, 2015 #

Just thought i would let you know how happy I am with my seamwork subscription both in content and price. Some of my favourite patterns come from seamwork and because these patterns are fairly simple it has allowed me to think about changes i can make both in fit and design, which has been somewhat of a struggle for me in the past. Many thanks for your hard work.


October 3, 2015 #

This is really useful and awesome. Great job, you all.


October 6, 2015 #

Glad to have a menswear issue! Feel free to do it again :-)


October 9, 2015 #

Thank you so much for this beautiful Mensweare eddition. You make my month!
The Paxson patern will make a nice plus to the Negroni shirt I plan to sew for Christmas gift to my husband and sons.
I will show the finish garnments when that will be done.