Seamwork 09 + A Vintage Inspired Swimsuit
The August issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- Collecting and Caring for Vintage Clothing: Vintage maven Elizabeth Gross, owner of acclaimed boutique Xtabay, shares her tips on maintaining your own collection.
- Shibori Dyeing: Add visual texture and interest to your next sewing project with the art of shibori.
- Treadle Sewing for Modern Sewists: Learn the basics of restoring a treadle machine.
- Esther Williams: Million Dollar Mermaid: Esther Williams was more than just an aqua musical star, she was also a pioneering force in women’s swimwear.
- Swimwear Basics: Everything you need to know about making your own swimsuit.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to Ho Chi Minh City: Get to know the city formerly know as Saigon with Jenny Rushmore.
- Handmade Beauty: Three oils for simplifying your beauty routine.
- Behind the Seams: This month we take a look inside a floral sundress from the 1960s.
- Block Paper Scissors: Draft a 1940s-inspired bodice with gathered bust insets.
- Pressing Forward: A personal essay about finding talent in unexpected ways.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“Vintage clothing is made to last. If you care for it properly it is an investment that will last for years to come.” -Liz Gross, Collecting and Caring for Vintage Clothing
“Discovering Esther was like swimming on the back of a kaleidoscopic sparkle pony.” -Minka Wallace, Esther Williams: Million Dollar Mermaid
“Learning to sew as an adult has taught me, as in life, there is often no right way to achieve something. There is almost always more than one way to successfully complete every task, and more than one way to learn how to do it. Don’t let that overwhelm you. Let it excite you! ” -Brooks Ann Camper, Pressing Forward
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
Simplify your summer wardrobe with Mojave. Mojave is a pullover, kaftan-styled dress that will take you from beach to cocktails. This warm weather staple epitomizes the essence of summer ease with its flowing fit and casual yoke.
Try sewing Mojave in a sheer cotton voile for a sophisticated beach cover-up. Sewn in linen and styled with a leather belt, this dress becomes the perfect casual frock. You can even make this two-hour project before hitting the pool on Saturday and wear it for mojitos with friends on Sunday.
Who doesn’t loathe shopping for swimsuits? The choices in cut and color are limited, and cramped dressing rooms with fluorescent lighting are anxiety-inducing. The overall experience can leave even the most confident person feeling defeated.
The solution? Make it yourself!
Reno is a flattering and comfortable swim top that can be made in just three hours. The seamed cups provide soft shaping, while the wide neck and back ties offer ample support. Stays stabilize the bust and sides of this vintage inspired swim top, leaving you confident to swim and frolic in the sun. Pair Reno with Dakota (from issue No. 9 of Seamwork) for the perfect summer duo.
Wear a two-piece with confidence when you sport the Dakota swim bottoms. The cut of these vintage-inspired swim bottoms is equal parts Esther Williams and modern beach goddess. Version 1 of these high-waisted swim bottoms features feminine hourglass seams that are perfect for color blocking, while the simple lines of version 2 are perfect for a fun print. Pair Dakota with the Reno swim top (from issue No. 9 of Seamwork) and release your inner bombshell.