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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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  • Win a Seamwork Subscription

    Every month we look forward to seeing all the beautiful and unique creations made with Seamwork patterns. You all blow us away with your amazing creations! It is inspiring to see people carve time out of their busy and demanding schedules to support our magazine. That is what is so great about the patterns featured …

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  • Free Pattern Hack: The Peony with a Shoulder Yoke

    The Peony Dress is one of those styles I never seem to tire of. I adore the figure flattering simplicity of a fitted bodice and a flared skirt. If you look through my closet you will find a fair amount of my wardrobe consists of this style silhouette. For this exact reason I am constantly …

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  • Pattern of the month: Peony

    Our Pattern of the Month for April is Peony! Peony is one of our all-time best selling patterns. It has a sweet, classic shape with a bateau neckline and removable cummerbund belt. Through the end of April, you can get Peony for 20% off when you use code PEONYMONTH at checkout. We’ll also be sharing …

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  • Wardrobe Architect April: What’s your biggest wardrobe challenge?

    This month, we thought we’d take a brief pause in our Wardrobe Architect process to ask you: What challenges have you faced so far in planning your wardrobe? I’m sure that each of us has our own particular challenges and hang ups around clothing. Maybe it’s a tendency to buy things you don’t need because …

  • 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 …

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  • Now hiring! Technical Writer/Illustrator and Project Manager

    We have two positions currently open here in Portland, OR. One is part time and one is a freelance position. Please take a look and pass this on to anyone you think might be interested! Technical Writer/Illustrator (part time) – Portland, OR Do you geek out over clothing construction? Are you passionate about sharing your …

  • How to Prevent DIY Anxiety

    Whether you are a seasoned sewist or still learning, you may experience something I call DIY Anxiety from time to time. Symptoms of DIY Anxiety include, but are not limited to: cold sweats, yelling at inanimate objects, reverting to childhood behaviors, and fabric-related nightmares. Loved ones may become concerned when you are found crying on …

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  • Pattern of the Month: Moneta

    I’m a little late hopping on this, but our Pattern of the Month is… Moneta! I’m actually glad to be a little behind schedule, because I just discovered that Moneta is currently on the cover of Threads Magazine! Have you seen it? I actually had no idea. Someone mentioned that the skirt looks very full …

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  • Wardrobe Architect – Plan Your Sewing!

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! Now that you’ve done the messy work of cleaning out your closet, we’re going to spend March identifying the holes in your capsule wardrobe and planning sewing projects. In the meantime, …

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  • Seamwork Issue 04: Transitions

    The March issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read! This month, we’re celebrating the road to spring with a theme of “transitions.” We’ve created versatile, changeable, multi-season patterns; ideas for ways you can make the same garments in any season; and some brand new columns to round things out. In this …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: Closet clean outs + 7 tips for tackling…

    This post is part of the Wardrobe Architect 2015 series, led by Kristen, our patternmaker. Read more about it here and join the fun! This month, your challenge was to clean out your closet. So how’d it go? Hopefully, you’re feeling the sense of calm that comes with decluttering and getting rid of the old, …

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