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  • Seamwork Issue 10

    The September issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: Eco-Conscious British Knitting: A Profile of TOFT, by Charlotte Powell. Finding Me Again: An essay on sewing and motherhood, by Charlie Wensley. Mummies, Victorians, and Punks: A brief history of tartan, by Devon Iott. Our Social Fabric: How a …

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  • We’re Hiring: Production Assistant in Portland

    We’re hiring… again! Would you like to join our amazing little team at our lovely studio here in Portland? We’re looking for an entry level production assistant to help with pattern layout and editing. You’ll work with our delightful team in our beautiful Portland studio, helping to create our patterns from start to finish using …

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  • Free Pattern Hack: Ginger with Shaped Patch Pockets

    As much as I hate to admit it, summer is coming to a close here in the Northern Hemisphere. You can’t visit the supermarket without seeing pumpkins and cinnamon scented pinecones, reminding you of impending Autumn days. It all seems to soon! As I sit here writing this post, the AC is going and I …

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  • 8 Tricks for Perfect Topstitching

    Topstitching is my secret weapon. It can take a garment from plain to put together, and when executed correctly it can be a stunning detail. I find that so many people are intimidated by this simple technique, because of it’s stand out nature. Mastering topstitching is just a matter of practice and a few key …

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  • Celebrate Ginger Month with 20% Off

    True story, the first time I made an a-line skirt, I burned through approximately 4 yards of fabric. I started over so many times that I used three times the fabric I actually needed. This was equal parts, me being a perfectionist, and not understanding the one-way nap of the corduroy fabric I chose. Years …

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  • 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 …

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  • The Outdoors Issue+ 2 New Patterns

    The July issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: How to Make a Waterproof, Spill-proof Bag: Learn how to create a bag that lasts through bad weather and beverage mishaps, with Sarai. A Guide to Drawstrings: This simple detail offers a range of design possibilities. Blue Jean Queen: …

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  • Free Pattern Hack: The Florence Slip

    When I lived in L.A. I had a drawer full of vintage slips and nighties. These were all items I had picked up from thrift store over the years. These items were exclusively from the 1950’s onward. This meant that while they were pretty, they were synthetic. When I made the move from Los Angeles …

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