Seamwork 16: The Celebration Issue
The March issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- Growing a Strong Wardrobe: Like building a garden, creating your own wardrobe is a process of discovery.
- A Field Guide to the Common Sewer: Understanding the curious nature of the common sewist, by Jenny Rushmore.
- Finding Inspiration from Vintage Patterns: Create a vintage look without the headache of vintage sizing, by Allie Jackson.
- A Guide to Facings: Tips and tricks for a perfect finish, by Christine Haynes.
- Handmade Beauty: Refresh your skin with a thyme tincture and anti-acne mask, by Kat Siddle.
- Block, Paper, Scissors: Add a romantic flounce to Catarina, by Devon Iott.
- Breathing Easy: The science behind the relaxing properties of sewing, by Jessica Yen.
- Maison Lesage: The Golden Needle of Couture, by Betsy Blodgett.
- Painting with Dye: Create custom watercolor fabrics, by Alyson Provax.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
- Behind the Seams: Get up-close and personal with a late 1950s Peggy Hunt dress.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to Kyoto: Explore Kyoto and it’s unlimited supply of unique fabrics with Jenny Rushmore.
- Write it Down and Get it Done: Get a free and fun downloadable every month.
- Seamwork Digs: The products and media that we can’t stop chattering about around Seamwork headquarters.
- Swatch Service: This month, we looked for fun, lightweight wovens perfect for making dresses for both Catarina and Kenedy.
- Resources: Where to find fabric, supplies, and recommended additional reading for this issue.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“This is a practical guide to the fascinating world of the common sewer, for any spouse, friend, or concerned bystander wishing to understand the curious nature of this once rare but increasingly common beast. In ten quick minutes learn to identify, engage with, and corral any sewers you may encounter. The author takes no responsibility for any harm or death that may arise from misuse of this guide. ” -Jenny Rushmore, A Field Guide to the Common Sewer
“Poll a room full of sewists, and most will tell you they find sewing relaxing. We call it a therapy session, self-empowerment vehicle, and canvas for creative self-expression, all rolled into one.” -Jessica Yen, Breathing Easy
“Anyone who has wrestled with the extra-pointy bust darts, tiny waist, and slim hips of a 1950s wiggle dress pattern can tell you that although sewing with vintage patterns can be rewarding, fit is often frustrating. ” -Allie Jackson, Finding Inspiration from Vintage Patterns
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
If you’re searching for the perfect dress for your next gala, garden party, or other formal event, look no further than Catarina. This midi-length dress is designed to flatter a variety of figures. The gathered skirt, tie and elasticized waist, figure skimming top, and adjustable shoulder straps give you the flexibility to adjust this dress to your shape.
Make Catarina out of a beautiful silk charmeuse fabric, pair it with your favorite pair of special occasion heels and a Valencia clutch (Seamwork Issue No. 1), and you’ll glide into the party with confidence. Catarina also makes a great casual summer dress or layering piece. Make it out of a slinky rayon, pair with espadrilles, and a wide brimmed hat and you’re ready for a day on the boardwalk. For a more transitional look you can combine Catarina with an Astoria sweater (Seamwork issue No. 5) or a collared shirt tied up at the waist, and finish off the look with a pair of flats.
You’ve planned the perfect party, and now you need the perfect dress. Kenedy’s sweet and simple trapeze style will make getting ready for your next social event a breeze – just toss on a pair of heels and a statement necklace and you’re set to host that dinner party you’ve been scheming for months.
At first glance, Kenedy is a sweet a-line dress with a boat neck and a flattering cap sleeve. You’ll leave an impression when you turn around to reveal the plunging back v-neckline which finishes off with a pretty and simple tie closure. With Kenedy in your closet you will always be ready for your next cocktail party.