The December issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
Holiday Gift Guide: Find the perfect gift for every budget, by Kris Blackmore.
Taking Stock: How sewing can help us slow down and improve our lives, by Jessica Yen.
Behind the Seams: Take a look behind the seams of a stunning midcentury cocktail dress.
Under Construction: A Guide to Underlining, by Brooks Ann Camper.
Intricately Wound: A glimpse into the last remaining lace factory in England, by Charlotte Powell.
A Closet Tour with Gretchen Jones: Take a look inside the Project Runway Winner’s Closet, by Heather Lewenza.
Nelly Don: Self Made in America: The early pioneer revolutionized the apparel industry and introduced practices that are still relevant today, by Betsy Blodgett.
Know Your Stitches: Five hand stitches that should be in every sewist’s repertoire, by Tasha Miller Griffith.
Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
Moments of Precision: Using sewing as a tool to maintain focus, by Jeannette Bedard.
The Seamworker’s Guide to British Columbia: Explore Vancouver with Heather Ross.
Block, Paper, Scissors: Create a flared gored skirt using basic flat patternmaking.
Handmade Beauty: Marigold and Green Tea Toner Pebbles: Treat yourself or a friend to this luxurious at-home facial, by Kat Siddle.
Dress Up Your Gifts: Get a free downloadable every month
“Optimistically thinking I’d soon have new shirts, I rounded up supplies and started sewing. Eight ill-fitting versions made out of old bedsheets later I nearly tossed the sewing machine out the window. But along the way I’ve made an important discovery.” –Moments of Precision, by Jeannette Bedard
“My favorite couture sewing technique is underlining, and there is no reason why a beginner can’t master this skill. In fact, I think underlining makes everything about the rest of the sewing process easier, while creating longer lasting and more professional looking results. Win-win!” –Under Construction, by Brooks Ann Camper
“Nell Donnelly was a self-made woman who abandoned both the societal role and wardrobe of a housewife in order to design and sell clothing that women would find comfortable, utilitarian, and stylish. Her approach to design, construction, and the treatment of workers, all contain valuable lessons that are still important to this day.” –Nelly Donn: Self Made in America, by Betsy Blodgett
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
The York top is one of those wonderful patterns that can be adapted to any occasion. York features 3/4 length sleeves that finish with a modern split cuff, and a subtle center back inseam keyhole. The bias bound neckline extends beyond the center back keyhole creating a sweet tie detail. Bust darts offer shape to this York’s effortless silhouette.
Try making York in a luxurious silk for an evening out, or a gauzy cotton to wear with your favorite jeans.
Our model this month, Ching Ching, appears courtesy of NW Dance Project. Go check out her beautiful dance moves!
Who doesn’t love versatility of a great skirt? The Brooklyn skirt is a half circle shirt with a generous front pleat. With a waistband that rests at the natural waist and a full hemline, Brooklyn offers vintage charm with a modern touch.
Try sewing Brooklyn in a luscious wool for the perfect holiday skirt. Or try a light weight denim for a casual skirt, perfect for pairing with your favorite boots.