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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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  • Make the Ultimate Lounge Bra: Florence in Jersey

    What is the first thing you do when you arrive home after a long day? My ritual goes as follows: Greet my boyfriend and cat Unload my purse and gym bag Take off my underwire bra (sometimes this even happens before my shoes come off) I look forward to that moment everyday. It’s the little …

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  • How we find those lovely, diverse, & gorgeous models for…

    The first time I saw a model that looked like me in a magazine, it profoundly changed the way I looked at my body. It was the late 90s and I was about 18. I’d never felt at home in my body. Like many women, and especially adolescent women, I had a habit of distilling …

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  • Want to Write for Seamwork? Find out what we’re looking…

    Though we are just heading into summer, over at Seamwork we are already hard at work planning for Autumn. We are looking for exciting and informative submissions for September through November. At Seamwork we strive to create content that is original, organized, and personal. Our readers love to be engaged with educational articles that introduce …

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  • What does a model do?

    image: Monika Jagaciak When you think “model,” who do you imagine? Young? Thin? Tall? Today, these are the characteristics we almost universally associate with fashion models. In a general sense, the word “model” means “a thing or person to be imitated.” Think of the scale models used in architecture, for example. As applied to humans, …

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  • Wardrobe Architect June: Lessons Learned from Multiple Failures

    Last Saturday I failed at two projects before noon. I had the best of intentions; I had set aside the entire day for sewing, I had several patterns at fabrics from my stash at my disposal, and an ambitious plan to get as many basics sewn as I could. After doing the Wardrobe Architect exercises …

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  • More Patterns Now Available in Spanish, German, and Italian!

    One of our main objectives is to bring sewing into more lives. Creating a thoughtful, intentional wardrobe with your own two hands is a gratifying process and something we love to share. Part of that process is making our patterns accessible to more people. Over the last months we have been working with translators to …

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  • Pattern of the month: Get the Florence Bra for $5

    Dorothy Parker once said “Brevity is the soul of lingerie” I have to be honest, most days my under-things consist of a nude or black bra that is strong enough to muzzle a shark, plus a pair of underwear that are more simple than they are exciting. I hardly consider these items lingerie, they are …

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  • Mesa + Aurora in the June Issue of Seamwork

    The June issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: A Guide to Shopping for Knits: Fabric choice can either make or break a project, learn what to look for when shopping for knits. Installing a Knit Patch Pocket: Everybody loves pockets, get perfect knit pockets every time with …

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  • Free Pattern Hack: Shaped Hem Mabel

    I love a good chameleon garment. Take your favorite pair of jeans for instance, no matter your mood, you rarely feel out of place wearing them. Mabel is one of those pieces. Made up in a grey french terry and worn with your favorite t-shirt it is perfect for a lazy Sunday, or worn with …

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  • Giveaway Winner + Photo Round-up

    Scrolling through the Seamwork Giveaway submissions has been a bright moment of my day since we announced the giveaway here. When designing Seamwork Patterns we try our best to design garments that can be used as a blank canvas. Pieces for sewists to modify and customize to suit their signature style and build their personal …

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  • Aster: A Simplified Classic + 15% off through Friday

    Meet Aster, a simplified classic with endless opportunity for variation. Who doesn’t love the simple appeal of a button up? They are a classic for a reason, they easily transition from season to season, and they are a multi-purpose wardrobe staple. A good button-up shirt can take you from work to play. Aster is a …

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  • How to make an easy elastic waist Mabel

    I have a sewing confession. Sometimes I am a lazy sewist. I love that sewing is an activity that forces me to slow down and immerse myself in the process. It is meditative and relaxing. On the other hand, sometimes you just want to make something, not to revel in the process, but to have …

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  • Are you really a beginner?

    The first time I decided to survey readers and customers several years ago, I got a bit of a shock. I realized, I really had no idea anymore what "beginner" truly meant. I knew what it meant to me. But it clearly meant something different to my readers and customers. The many meanings of "beginner" …

  • New pattern coming soon!

    Over the past few months we have been hard at work on a new pattern. We are happy to announce the wait is almost over! We will be launching our Summer pattern Tuesday May 19th at 10 am PST. This sweet summertime staple will be the perfect addition to your closet, so stay tuned! In …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: May challenge

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! I’ve spent time making color palettes for myself in the past, mostly they consist of neutrals with a few pop colors thrown in. Ultimately, shopping with these palettes felt very limiting …

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  • Pattern of the Month: Mabel

    Last month I made the move from Los Angeles to Portland. After living in Southern California my whole life this has been a huge change. I could speak volumes on the distinction between the two cities, both of which have their virtues, but today I want to talk about this move in the context of …

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  • The Color Issue + Sydney and Adelaide

    The May issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! In this issue: An Introduction to Natural Dyeing: by Tracy Majka teaches how to use local plant to create a unique and sustainable dyes. Design a Personal Color Palette: by Elizabeth Farr outlines the process of creating a personalized color palette for …

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