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Seamwork 14: The Body Issue


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

In this issue:





Some favorite quotes from this issue:

“Rituals can create pockets of time or space within our busy lives where we can enter into reflection, gratitude, focus on our intention to live consciously, and be present.” -Jessica Yen, The Neglected R.

“This decision was made infinitely easier by the fact that I knew I could make clothes that worked for my body. I knew I could have no hair, no breasts, and still be beautiful. Yep. Beautiful. I could sew my way to body confidence, rather than have a surgeon sew my body back together. Way more fun!” -Nicki Taylor, Unbusted

“At one time or another, most of us have found ourselves in a changing room, tugging at ill-fitting jeans or frowning at a snug top. We blame ourselves, our shape, and our genetics. But these accusations may be mislaid. After all, very few of us are a perfect fit for ready-to-wear sizing, and even if we find one brand that works for us, that rarely translates to other brands or stores.” -Katrina Robinson, The Origins of Clothing Sizes

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


With it’s subtle high-low hem and flattering relaxed fit, Rio is the perfect t-shirt. Rio features fitted short sleeves and a flattering scoop neck. The split hem adds interest while creating additional ease through the hips. This wardrobe workhorse sews up in just one hour and can be adapted for many occasions and activities.


Aires will have you looking and feeling great even through the sweatiest work out. These fitted athletic tights feature curved style lines, perfect for color blocking. The crotch gusset adds strength and provides flattering fit through the rise. A wide waistband and moderate rise keeps Aires in place through downward-facing dog and burpees alike.

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Meg Stively

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January 1, 2016 #

YAY! So glad to see a special feature on Edinburgh :-) and my favourite fabric store (Edinburgh Fabrics!)


January 1, 2016 #

Some thought-provoking content on the subjects of body shape and health; very appropriate for the New Year. “Unbusted” is particularly interesting.

I won’t be making either of this month’s patterns. My preferred exercise is walking for transport and pleasure, largely *because* it does not require me to acquire or lug around stuff, and because it can be fitted around and between other normal daily activities. All I need are sensible shoes and street clothes that allow movement – one of many reasons why the Ginger skirt has become my wardrobe staple. But it’s good to see patterns for activewear being included in the Seamwork wardrobe lineup, and I am more than happy to use my credits on some of the older patterns.

Something I would like to see Colette/ Seamworks address, or at least provide some resource links for, is adjusting patterns to suit very thin figures. Very young women in particular do not always fit a standard size. The author of “Unbusted” is another good example of someone without a conventionally womanly figure.

raquel from JC

January 2, 2016 #

Unbusted is without a doubt the best article. The purpose of sewing is dress ourselves with clothing perfectly fitted to our type of body, no matter how different we are.


January 3, 2016 #

Unbusted was the best article, I would love to see some of her clothes.


January 18, 2016 #

Sooo excited to make some yoga pants, yay!!!!!

Sarah Goodrich

January 18, 2016 #

Wow, those look like some difficult seams to work with, especially the aires! Do you guys like the aires style of fitness pants? I’m more interested in good coverage than airing everything out. Most of the stuff I get is from Airabella Active so it’s cute solid colors without the crazy designs, but great coverage, and it’s nylon spandex so super soft, and stretchy.