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 non-profit is diverting textile ‘waste’ into the hands of makers, by Leanne Prain.
- On Pins and Needles: It’s time to give some extra attention to your most heavily used sewing tools, by Melissa Fehr.
- Matching Plaids, Stripes, and Large Patterns: Take the guess work out of matching prints with tips, tricks, and three matching techniques, by Piper Springs.
- Screen Printing a Repeat Geometric Pattern: Create custom fabric at home, by Melissa Dettloff.
- Behind the Seams: A look inside a 1970s Victor Costa Dress.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to Los Angeles: Get to know this sprawling city with Christine Haynes.
- Block Paper Scissors: Transform a basic block into a fitted bodice with curved S-shaped princess seams and a contoured waistband. By Devon Iott.
- Handmade Beauty: Make a sweet orange exfoliating powder with green French clay powder, by Kat Siddle
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
” The actual creative act of sewing, the constant learning and the huge sense of productivity that are byproducts fulfill my need not to stagnate, to be industrious and to do something that is just for me when life with two small kids can often not feel like my own.” -Charlie Wensley, Finding Me Again
“Like all things, the meaning of tartan has changed over the centuries, but it can still be just as powerful an identifier. The iconic tan and mulberry Burberry tartan pattern is one example; if you grew up in a town with Catholic schools, then so too is each school’s distinctive plaid skirt.” -Devon Iott, Mummies, Victorian, and Punks: A brief history of tartan
“Nothing gives a professional, finished look to a Breton striped tee or pair of plaid pants like a perfect pattern match. Artists have long been aware that any disruption in pattern draws the eye. ” -Piper Springs, Matching Plaids and Stripes
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
When it comes to pants, it doesn’t get much more stylish than Moji. Nervous to make your first pair? Or just don’t feel like fussing with a fly? Moji is a breeze to sew and takes just three hours to stitch up.
Moji is a relaxed peg fit pant with an easy drawstring and practical pockets. These fashion forward pants are a casual staple sewn in light weight denim, and look chic and polished made in wool plaid. Pair Moji with Akita for the perfect fall outfit.
Kick start your fall sewing by turn that stash into a draw full of modern blouses. Akita is the perfect wardrobe building staple that you can stitch up in just an hour with under 2 yards of fabric.
Sewn up in a solid silk Akita is perfect for the office or cocktails. Or make a statement try a bold non-directional print. This classic blouse transitions well from the warm days to the crisp nights of early autumn. Simply layer with a cozy Oslo sweater to wear through fall and winter.