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: this issue is slightly spicy. There is a real human body on display, and a very beautiful, voluptuous one at that. So if you’re sensitive to that sort of thing (or just don’t want your co-workers wondering why you’re looking at an almost-naked lady), you’re warned. Our model is curvy and hot. No shame.
Patterns now available à la carte!
More good news… we’ve now made it possible to buy patterns one at a time from past issues! If you missed a previous back issue, pick up individual patterns for $7 each, or $5 if you’re a current subscriber!
Subscribers still get the two new patterns every month for just $6.
In this issue:
- The Anatomy of a Bra by Norma Loehr: Patternmaker, author, and designer Norma Loehr explains how the parts of a bra work together.
- How to Dye Your Own Elastic by Madalynne Flanigan: Madalynne explains what to do when you can’t find just the right color for that bra or panties.
- VAVA Lingerie talks Sustainable Underthings: We interview designer Alyssa Woods on her approach to sourcing and using sustainable fabrics in her small lingerie line.
- Choosing the Right Lingerie Fabrics: An in-depth look on the types of fabric you can use when sewing your own lingerie and loungewear.
- The Art of Marbled Fabric: Use this centuries-old technique to create gorgeous, swirling custom prints for skivvies, accessories, and more.
- Behind the Seams: We take a peek inside a 1950s bullet bra.
- Swatch Service: We sampled 9 gorgeous stretch laces you could use for the Florence bralette.
We’ve also added a new Resources section, where we link up relevant books, classes, and shops related to the stories in the issue.
Some favorite quotes from this issue:
“If a company hopes to still be thriving in 50 years, sustainability must be a concern.” -Alyssa Woods, VAVA Lingerie
“To understand how underwires work, it helps to think of the Golden Gate Bridge.” -Norma Loehr
“Marbling is a very expressive art. Each print is the culmination of a tiny performance in which the artist interacts with a fluid medium, revealing their temperament.” – Natalie Stopka, textile artist
And here are the two new quick-to-sew patterns in this issue:
This is Florence, a lounge bra made up of wide stretch lace trim and small panels of knit or stretch woven fabric. Florence is a soft cup, longline bralette that’s perfect for sleep, lounging, or any other time you need just a little light support. You can optionally choose to add underwire, or just underwire casing for a little more support (I like it with just the casing, perfect for wearing under pajamas).
Geneva is designed to accompany Florence. These low-rise panties are comfortable and just a bit bare, sitting low on the hips. They come in three variations: A simple cut, a paneled style for mixing fabrics, and a pair with lace inserts. I made these babies in about a half hour!