Seamwork

Why I canceled my Seamwork magazine subscription

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The Seamwork Manila leggings were the tipping point. The leggings wrapped uncomfortably around my calves. The print on the fabric, stripes and flowers, distorted comically. Worst of all, the seams threatened to tear. It was the pattern; it wasn’t anything I did as a sewist. The subpar outcome was on Seamwork, not me. I cropped the leggings and canceled my Seamwork magazine subscription. […]


Becoming a (Manila) leggings person for Project #SewMyStyle

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I’m a little behind on my March participation in Project #SewMyStyle. But, as they say, better late than never! For this installment of the yearlong sewing challenge, we were tasked with sewing leggings. My relationship with leggings is complicated (and sewing these leggings actually further complicated things). Strap yourself in for an epic post about leggings, pajamas, BurdaStyle, crotch flowers, Instagram, mullets, and more. I’m playing things fast and loose. Giddy-up! […]

Seamwork Olso review: At ease in a classic cardigan

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I’m late to the party with a Seamwork Olso review. The pattern was one of the first featured in Seamwork magazine, which launched in December 2014. (It doesn’t feel that long ago!) The thing is, with a classic cardigan sweater sewing pattern like Olso, it’s never to late to stitch one up! Classics are classics for a reason — especially when they’re as easy to wear as the Olso. […]

Shorts pattern review: High-waisted Seamwork Weston

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I’ve got seasonal whiplash. It’s not even Halloween, but we’re seeing Christmas stuff. It gets dark so early and I want to drink my annual pumpkin spice latte, but it’s 70-some degrees and I’m wearing shorts — my new Weston shorts from Seamwork mag. I’m so confused. I’m getting through it, thanks to the Weston shorts pattern, […]

Seamwork shorts sewing pattern: These ain’t Nantucket Reds

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This is a story about why it’s important to make a muslin in fabric similar to/the same as your final garment. I made a muslin for the Seamwork shorts sewing pattern, Nantucket, with cotton seersucker. It was lightweight and somewhat stretchy. My final garment, an olive poly-cotton poplin blend (link is to same fabric, different color) has […]

Revealed: Retro Reno and Dakota swimsuit

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Chilling in our mid-century cabin. So. Much. Paneling. These curtains featured a rainbow trout pattern that vaguely matched my suit. I’m proud to report that I met my swimsuit deadline! I had a new suit to wear for our weeklong vacation in the North Woods of Wisconsin. I originally wrote about this suit being a […]

Slicing a Swimsuit: Underway on Reno and Dakota

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See what I was talking about with the Barbie ’57 Chevy vibe? Mint green and hot pink. It feels so much like ’50s nostalgia in the ’80s. And I love it. As you can see, I cut the pieces for the Reno bikini top and high-waisted Dakota bottoms. Just how high are the bottoms? Check […]

The latest: Ready, set, swimsuit!

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I wrapped on Epic Project on Sunday, and I’ve moved to my next sewing mission: a swimsuit. I’m fixing to make the retro-inspired two piece from Seamwork magazine: the Reno bikini top and high-waisted Dakota bottoms. I want to make a new suit for our Northwoods Wisconsin cabin vacation. I’ve got about two weeks until I’m […]

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