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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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  • Tutorial: Add Corset Inspired Ties to the Cinnamon Slip

    Today, we have one more tutorial from Devon, for a more lingerie-inspired look for your Cinnamon. -Sarai Add a little bit of ooh-la-la to the back of your Cinnamon slip with these corset-inspired ties! No special skills required – just some bias tape and pretty ribbon. We’ll start out by doing a few pattern alterations, …

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  • Join us! Italian Style at the Portland Art Museum

    If you’re in Portland, you’ve probably already seen the billboards for the Portland Art Museum’s exhibit on Italian fashion since 1945. Fellow Portlander Jessica is organizing a meetup of sewing folks to see the exhibit on Saturday, March 21st at 2:30pm. Simply meet outside the museum beforehand, and if you’d like, stick around for a …

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  • New pattern hack: The Cinnamon maxi dress

    I’ve been saving up this pattern hack for a long time. In the fall, Kenn and I cashed in some airline points and took a quick trip to Panama to celebrate our anniversary. I knew I wanted to make something special to wear there, something romantic and flowing and long and breezy. I decided to …

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  • Giveaway: Sew Better, Sew Faster class from Craftsy

    I’ve noticed that among the things home sewists are always eager to learn about, industry sewing methods are near the top. First, we want our clothes to look at least as good as ready-to-wear. You know, well-formed cuffs, perfectly positioned plackets, clean topstitching, and all the other little nuances you expect when looking at a …

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  • Tutorial: Add a Fagoted Seam to the Cinnamon Slip

    One of the great things about vintage sewing books is finding instructions for techniques that aren’t quite so common any more. When looking through one of mine, I came across a page about how to sew fagoted seams. A fagoted seam is a seam in which both edges are hemmed, then hand stitched together with …

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  • Meet Christine, our new Art Director

    I met Christine by chance in December when my friend Rodellee invited me to a small gathering at her studio. Besides being the proprietress of Camillia Heirloom + Modern, Christine also manages a studio space shared by a number of creative women. She was one of those sweet people whose kindness and creativity just radiates …

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  • Tutorial: Creating Adjustable Bra Straps

    Adding adjustable straps to your sewing projects is a simple way to bring an incredible level of functionality to your clothing. Whether you’re making lingerie, a layerable camisole, or a strappy summer dress, knowing how to make a strap adjustable is an important skill that you can use on a variety of different projects. The …

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  • Seamwork Call for Submissions: Late Spring / Early Summer

    With a few issues under our belt, we’ve revised our submission process for Seamwork to make things easier. Pitch your story idea! You can now submit pitches for story ideas directly through our submission page. Previously, we mostly required finished work to be submitted, which I know was a bit onerous. Now, you can submit …

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  • Wardrobe Architect: Clean Out Your Closet + New Free Closet…

    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 was so impressed with the progress everyone made with the January challenge! Now that you’ve spent a month thinking about your core style and the silhouettes, it’s time to put …

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  • Pattern of the Month: Cinnamon is 20% off

    It’s time for our next pattern of the month! This month, we’re featuring Cinnamon, our sweet slip dress or camisole pattern. We have a few modification ideas to share all throughout February, one of which I’ve been saving up for MONTHS. As a child of the 90s, I love a good slip dress. They’re so …

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  • Seamwork Issue 03: The Lingerie Issue

    It’s time for the February issue of Seamwork: The Lingerie Issue! We had a lot of fun putting this issue together. Lingerie is one of my favorite topics, and every single story in here got me excited about making something to swan about the house in or wear under my clothes. I will warn you: …

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  • Weekend Reading: Pearls, cheap travel, and evil evil glitter

    Maybe it’s the unusually dry, sunny weather we’re having. Maybe it’s that our office is full of flowers at the moment. Maybe it’s the new issue of Seamwork that I am over-the-moon excited to put out on Sunday (the lingerie issue!). Or maybe it’s our lovely and talented new art director who began with us …

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  • Giveaway: Win a copy of 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook

    To go along with our new Wardrobe Architect challenge this year, Beth of 110 Creations has kindly offered to give away a free copy of her wonderful planning notebook! 110 Creations: A Sewist’s Notebook is a lovely little planner that you can use to sketch, scheme, and dream. Use the croquis and accompanying notes to …

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