The May issue of Seamwork is up and ready for you to read!
In this issue:
- Celebrating Women: Female friendship is one of the most powerful forces in shaping our lives, and the world.
- The Seamworker’s Guide to London: Explore all that this metropolis has to offer, with Sara Homer.
- Behind the Seams: Take a look behind the seams of a 1960s shift dress.
- P-O-W-E-R: Finding power through craft, by Aimee Davis.
- Sewing Specifics: Quick tutorials to upgrade your sewing.
- Seamwork Style: Mix and match patterns for a unique me-made wardrobe.
- Swatch Service: This month, we looked for lightweight and medium weight knits with a nice drape for both Layton and Perry.
- How to Sew a Leather Clutch: Create a customized fold over, by Stefanie Kamerman.
- Discharge Printing on Fabric: Create softly-printed fabric at home, by Melissa Dettloff.
- The Woman Behind the Sewing Challenge: Zoe Edwards talks community, motherhood, and of course, Me-Made-May, by Tasha Griffith.
- Elusive Targets: The changing shape of the ideal woman, by Betsy Blodgett.
- Modern Appliqué: A fresh take on a classic embellishment, by Katie Whittle.
- Zero Waste Design: The Creation of Waste-Free Garments, by Jessica Yen.
- Block Paper Scissors: Create a flirty off-the-shoulder peasant blouse, by Anna Aguirre.
- Handmade Beauty: Make your skin glow with a pineapple mask, by Kat Siddle.
- Resources: Where to get fabric, supplies, and recommended additional reading for this issue.
- Seamwork Digs: The products and media that we can’t stop chattering about around Seamwork HQ.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“Other women give us courage to become more than what’s expected of us. When we share our experiences – whether it’s a life-changing experience like having a child, or a small victory like making a new dress – we see ourselves reflected and contrasted. The individuality of our female friends helps us to be more fully ourselves.” -Sarai Mitnick, Celebrating Women
“There are so many things in life that you can’t take back, but sewing is ﬁlled with opportunities to begin again. It is ﬁlled with a million ways to try again.” -Aimee Davis, P-O-W-E-R
“What makes MMM compelling is the way it challenges sewists not only to make garments, but also to actually wear them in our real lives—and so to consider how our handmade wardrobes relate to consumption, self-image, and how we present ourselves to the world. ” -Tasha Griffith, The Woman Behind the Sewing Challenge
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
As the weather heats up you’re going to have a lot of outdoor events to attend, and with Layton there’s no better way to make a simultaneously stylish and laid back appearance at all of those festivals and fairs. Add an adorable vintage leather belt and layer it up with a cropped cardigan to create the easiest outfit you’ve ever assembled.
This little tank romper is playful, comfortable, and so easy to sew you’ll be stitching them up all summer long. Layton features a fully lined bodice that gathered into a flattering elastic waistline. The style lines, angled armholes, and slits at the hem of the shorts all make for unforgettable fashion forward details. Best of all, Layton is seamlessly interchangeable with 3037, so you can mix and match the tops and bottoms to create an entirely new look!
Date night calls for a dress that is as fashionable as it is comfortable. With its sleek style lines, seductive front skirt slits, keyhole, and romantic sleeves, Perry is an easygoing frock that helps you bring your A-game. Pair it with a well-tailored jacket, your favorite pair of heels, and a bold lipstick for a look that can hold up through dinner and drinks.
Perry is both fun and flirty. You can go from cutting to hemming in just a few hours, meaning this will become a wardrobe staple—not just for date night. Best of all, this dress is seamlessly interchangeable with Layton, so you can mix and match the tops and bottoms to create an entirely new look!