Well, here's something new. Feeding to my renewed zest in garment sewing, I've been delving into the world of indie patterns. Colette might be a name you remember when I attempted their Wardrobe Architect Challenge last year but in addition to running a sewing blog and producing vintage inspired patterns, they also just so happen to run a sewing magazine called Seamwork (cutest name, I know).
Seamwork is a monthly digital publication which focuses on all aspects of sewing including techniques, alterations, fabrics and the like. Each month, they also release two easy to sew patterns to their digital library collection which you can redeem for using the two pattern credits you get as part of your subscription fee of $6USD per month. Let's call that just under $10CAD/month since the exchange rate is currently horrid.
Now I wouldn't necessarily call this a magazine fee since anyone can ready any of the articles for free online but it does mean that each pattern works out to be $3USD each instead of the Colette website price of $12USD. All this math sounded pretty good to me!
Seamwork patterns are designed to be easy, approachable, relaxed and customizable, all words which are a win in my dictionary. Having been working through my stash of vintage sewing patterns, I can tell you there are much too many fist shaking moments from complicated instructions to just plain complicated technique so having an arsenal of simple pieces seems particularly appealing. I also like that most of the Seamwork patterns do not require zippers which are my current worse enemy.
So with the first two pattern credits in my account, I quickly went and redeemed one for this gorgeously styled winter cape named Camden. On top of being smitten by the model they used, I'm also smitten by the fact that this is fully lined, has contrasting panel options built into the design (hello - colour blocking).
No collar means this should be less fussy and its pretty much just straight lines all around. Here, it looks like they've used a wool or tweed but I can imagine this potentially in a boulce although I may eventually just do tweed as well.
Now one caveat with Seamwork patterns is that they are all digital which means great for reusuability and accessibility as you can just print off and reprint as you which but it's so time consuming to tape 20-35 pieces of paper together every time you want to make sometime. Sometimes you just want to get going already!
With all that being said, I'm still very excited about these new patterns and hopefully they are as sewing friendly as they sound. I'm tired of wearing the same old couple of jeans and tops some wardrobe basics are definitely in high demand. I'm currently also eyeing Oslo and Bristol so have a peep and let me know what you think!