Seamwork 19: The Family Issue
The June issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue we explore the theme of family, the family ties that are strengthened through sharing the craft of sewing, and the families we build ourselves with those who share our values. Though sewing is an often solitary hobby, the opportunities for growth and community it provides are vast. Through passing along the art of sewing to younger generations we strengthen bonds and grow our community of vibrant makers.
This month read about the generous act of teaching in the letter from the editor and Sewing Lesson. Learn to dye with fruit (the perfect summertime craft to share with the kiddos in your life!). And pick up a few tricks on turning precise corners from sewing guru, David Page Coffin.
In this issue:
- Who Taught You?: The revival in sewing has connected women of all generations.
- Handmade Beauty: Make a cleansing and soothing powdered face wash, by Kat Siddle.
- Block Paper Scissors: Create a sweet peter pan collar variation for Addison, by Anna Aguirre.
- Fashioning Old into New: Make stylish new garments from existing ones, by Jessica Yen.
- How to Make a Perfect Point: The secret is in the folding, by David Page Coffin.
- Liberty of London: Fashion’s textile tastemaker, by Betsy Blodgett.
- A Complete Guide to Fashion Sketchbooks: The unexpected must-have for all sewists, by Jenny Rushmore.
- Dyeing Fabric with Fruit: Use nature’s bounty to create beautiful fabrics, by Aneira Davies.
- Made in America: Reviving a lost skill set and building a community by reshoring garment manufacturing, by Betsy Blodgett.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match Addison and Weston for a unique me-made look.
- Swatch Service: This month, we looked for lightweight wovens for the Addison top, and heavier, bottom-weight fabrics for the Weston shorts.
- Sewing Specifics: Finish and embellish in the same step with peek seams.
- A Transgenerational Quilt: An imperfect lap quilt connects three generations of women, by Megan Hippler.
- Behind the Seams: Take a look inside an unconventional 1960s cocktail dress.
- The Seamworker’s Guide toTokyo: Get the inside scoop on fabric and supply shopping in Tokyo, by Jenny Rushmore.
“Working around existing seams, pockets, zippers, collars, and rivets can be viewed as an obstacle or annoyance, but these existing features also create limitations within which creativity can flourish.”
-Portia Lawrie reflects on the creative challenges of refashioning in Fashioning Old into New, by Jessica Yen.
“As the call for production sewing has grown more demanding in the last few years, some organizations have stepped up to fill the void. These visionary startups are connecting the dots between manufacturers, sewing educators, and those who would most benefit from production employment.”
-Betsy Blodgett dives deep with the companies that are providing the training necessary to reshore garment manufacturing in Made in America .
“We can continue that tradition by looking for every opportunity to teach; by showing off what we can do with our sewing skills to younger generations; by taking the time to help those who are building their skills, and by looking to more experienced sewists for advice and secret techniques; and, above all, by looking at sewing as a way of connecting to each other through shared knowledge.”
-Sarai Mitnick explores the gift of sharing sewing in Who Taught You?
“I’ve always been on the lookout for any way to make the point-turning process more precise, or at least more predictable.”
-Do you struggle with point turning? David Page Coffin is here to help with his article How to Make a Perfect Point.
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
The Addison top is a simple and pretty woven tank with a sweet collar. In an easy slip-on style this top would be perfect in cool and breezy rayon or lightweight linen. It’s perfect when you want to keep cool and still feel a little dressed up (and it pairs well with a cardigan at the office, too).
The Weston shorts are classic high-waisted shorts modeled after the flattering but casual sportswear of the 1950s and 1960s. Shorts like this are classic for a reason.