The Floral Issue + Meet Astoria and Bristol
The April issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- How to create French darts from a basic block by Devon Iott: Learn dart manipulation with Devon each month.
- Make your own facial toner with rose water: A fun and easy recipe in our handmade beauty series.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to Portland, Oregon: Explore the city of roses and see why it’s a sewist’s paradise.
- Coming to Peace by Jenny Rushmore: A personal journey towards body confidence through sewing.
- A Century of Florals by Piper Springs: How floral fabrics have changed along with women’s roles through the decades.
- Good Silk Hunting by Heather Lewenza: Sourcing fabric in a changing world.
- Design a Floral Fabric with Your Scanner: Scan flowers and make your own repeats!
- Sew a floral overlay: Create an overlay inspired by vintage cocktail dresses.
- Strong and pretty pockets: Reinforce pockets and other stress points with an unusual touch.
- Behind the Seams: Two delicate floral feedsack dresses up close.
- Swatch Service: We look for springtime sweater knits and light florals.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
"But if you measure your waist, and it’s 40”; you just make a 40” skirt. It’s a straightforward equation, and there’s really no point in pretending you’re a different size or judging the number." – Jenny Rushmore, Coming to Peace
"As women’s roles have developed and the moods and values of society have shifted, we see feminine florals morph in fashion." – Piper Springs, A Century of American Florals
"We miss quality. We want to feel creative and connected, and to avoid wearing clothing made in dangerous and exploitative sweatshops. We are a movement, and the fabric industry is catching up to us, slowly but surely." -Heather Lewenza, Good Silk Hunting
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
The Astoria pullover is a cropped little sweater inspired by the ultra-flattering knitwear styles of the 40s and 50s, but adapted for a more modern and casual look. It features a wide waistband, simple crew neck, and fitted shape. Make it up in a casual French terry or double gauze knit like we did, or go for a sweater knit to give it a dressier look. Astoria is a wonderfully comfortable transition piece for spring or fall and looks especially nice with a full skirt.
The Bristol skirt is a versatile semi-full gathered skirt with easy pull-on elastic waist and a single front pocket hidden in the center panel. This skirt is easy to make, might teach you a new sort of pocket construction, and can be made in a huge range of fabrics, from Liberty tana lawns to chambray to rayon challis. I think it looks especially lovely with a fitted top that ends near the waist (like Astoria above), or a white button down tied at the waistline a la Audrey Hepburn.