Seamwork 17: The Intention Issue
The April issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- Sewing with Intention: How does sewing help you live your values?
- Independent Pattern Makers: How they got their start, by Mariah McPherson.
- Sashiko: Make do and mend with style, by Kat Siddle.
- For a Cause: An exploration of companies that care, by Betsy Blodgett.
- Finding Local: Creating a 100% locally-made garment, by Nicki Taylor.
- Out for a Spin: How to make your own yarn, by Charlotte Powell.
- Building a Regional Fibershed: A non-profit incubates 100% local fiber production, by Jessica Yen.
- Block Paper Scissors: Create a color blocked Seneca Skirt, by Devon Iott.
- Seamwork Digs: The products and media that we can’t stop chattering about around Seamwork HQ.
- Behind the Seams: Take a look inside a 1970s pinafore.
- Art, Sewing, and Practice: Cultivating confidence through the practice of sewing, by Eowyn McComb.
- Sewing Specifics: Make quick and easy tassels to upgrade your sewing.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
- Swatch Service: This month, we looked for light and medium weight wovens for Hayden and flowing knits for Seneca.
The Seamworker’s Guide to Austin, Texas Explore an imaginative city devoted to keeping it local,
by Sarah Ashlock.
- Handmade Beauty: Turn your bathroom into a spa with aromatic shower drops, by Kat Siddle
- Resources: Where to get fabric, supplies, and recommended additional reading for this issue.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“Clothing is essentially about selfhood. It is about who we are, and how we choose to share that with other people. But creating, fashioning, defining oneself is not an overnight process.” -Eowyn McComb, Art, Sewing, and Practice
“When you buy a t-shirt from a shop you know where it was made. It says it right there on the label. Why, then, if you buy fabric, which is in theory one step closer to the source, do you not get such information?” -Nicki Taylor, Finding Local
“Sewing may seem small and insignificant in some ways, but for each of us, it’s a way to bring our view of the world into our daily lives. This intention reverberates in many ways.” -Sarai Mitnick, Sewing with Intention
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
You’re on the perfect summer road trip — sun shining through rolled down windows, sipping a chocolate shake, singing along to your favorite songs on a freshly pressed playlist. You’re going to be in the car for quite awhile, and those long miles between road side attractions call for comfy threads that not only travel well, but look great in all those memorable photos you’ll be taking. That’s why Hayden’s easy fit and stylish silhouette make it the perfect companion for all of your on-the-go activities.
Best of all, Hayden gives you options. Version 1 is a classic woven tee, and version 2 is a crop top for the slightly more daring. Both versions feature short sleeves, a keyhole at the back neckline, and style lines that start at the shoulder and follow the natural contour of the body to the hem band. Play around with color blocking, or add trims between the panels to give Hayden a unique touch.
An easy knit skirt is the key to any beach vacation. Seneca can be thrown over your swimsuit as you make your way to the water, or paired with our Hayden crop top (Seamwork Issue No. 17) for dinner on the lanai. However you wear it, this versatile little skirt will keep you looking put together and make packing for your next poolside holiday a pinch.
Seneca features an elastic waistband with a drawstring, for added style and comfort. The godet panel at the side seam provides a little peek of surprise to passersby, and can be made of self fabric for a subtle effect, or played up with an optional contrasting fabric. Seneca also sports in-seam pockets so you can easily stash cash or a hotel key card on the run.