Seamwork is here! Get these 3 patterns for just $6 when you subscribe


It’s time for all of us here at CPHQ to let out a collective deep breath as we release one of our biggest projects ever into the world: Seamwork magazine.


Those of you who signed up to our preview mailing list have heard a lot about the design process and thinking around Seamwork. Today, I’ll stick to telling you what you’ll get from Seamwork and why you should subscribe.

Get these 3 patterns for $6

The concept behind Seamwork is different, but it’s simple.

Seamwork is an online sewing pattern magazine, specializing in projects that can be made in 3 hours or less. But more than that, each project is designed to help you explore something new, introducing you to sewing topics you might not be familiar with in a quick but hands-on way.


Oslo, the cozy cardigan

Our first pattern is Oslo, a long and cozy cardigan with a relaxed shape and slightly dropped shoulder. I made my first Oslo cardigan in just 1 1/2 hours!

The greatest thing about this pattern is how different it looks depending on your fabric choice. You can use almost any knit, from French terry to cotton jersey, but I like it most of all in a lush sweater knit.




If you’re not familiar with sewing sweater knits, read our article all about the ins and outs of choosing and stitching all kinds of sweater knit fabric. You’ll learn how to keep them from unraveling, how to maintain their texture, and a handy helper fabric you can use.


Madrid, the workhorse tote

Who doesn’t need a good tote bag? Madrid is a lovely and simple 2-hour tote with subtle details like a tab closure and piping. It looks great in a mix of fabrics, especially when you incorporate leather or faux leather.



Read our article all about making bags, including ideas for incorporating beautiful hardware and sewing with leather and vinyl. Bags are a fantastic way to get creative without worrying about fit.


Valencia, the classic clutch

Finally, we have a bonus pattern for subscribers with this issue: The Valencia clutch. This gorgeous and simple evening bag features a turn lock closure and chain strap that can be tucked inside.



Learn how to install a turn lock in this issue, or try your hand at customizing your bags with leather paint.

Download the issue for free

You can read all of the articles in Seamwork issue 01 online, or you can download the whole issue as a PDF for free.


Here are the stories you’ll find in this issue:

  1. Elizabeth Dye talks draping
  2. The Beautiful World of Pendleton Wool
  3. Embroidered Snow Flurry
  4. The Ultimate Guide to Sparkle
  5. 3 Ways to Paint a Bag
  6. Making Beautiful Bags
  7. How to Install a Turn Lock
  8. How to Sew with Sweater Knits
  9. Behind the Seams


Reader Deals

In addition to the patterns and stories we offer, be sure to check out our Reader Deals section.

There, you’ll find discounts and deals at a selection of independent fabric shops, including shops in the UK and Australia! These are some of our absolute favorite indie shops that we’ve worked with for years, and they’re offering discounts up to 25% off.

Gift subscriptions are available (but you don’t have to wait)

If you’d like a Seamwork subscription for the holidays, we have gift subscriptions available for 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months.

BUT, even if you ask for a subscription for the holidays, you don’t have to wait to get your patterns! If you subscribe today for $6 and someone gives you a subscription, you can simply apply that to your future issues. Think of it as a gift certificate, really.

So, want to learn about sweater knits while you make a cardigan? Care to try your hand at making a leather tote? Want to try using turn locks?

Visit Seamwork and subscribe to get your patterns >

PS: Congrats to Elizabeth T, Tara P, AM, Alanya L, and Carol C who won 1-year subscriptions! We’ve emailed you privately with details.

Like what you read here? Subscribe to our blog via email so you don’t skip a stitch! And sign up for our weekly Snippets email for even more sewing tips and tricks.


Black Friday Sale: 30% off all patterns!


It’s time for our big annual black friday sale!

As long-time customers and readers know, this is our biggest sale of the year, with 30% off ALL patterns – today only! Ends at midnight PST, and discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

PS: If you’ve noticed the radio silence this week, it’s because (along with the US holiday) we’re preparing for the launch of Seamwork on Monday!

Shop the black friday sale >


Denver folks! Join me and Alyson at Fancy Tiger on Thursday!

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If you are in Denver, come hang out with us this Thursday at Fancy Tiger!

Alyson and I are in town and would love to hang out with you. This is an informal meet & greet where we’ll be chatting, hanging out, signing books if you want. And you can get 10% off Colette patterns (15% if you wear a Colette garment)!

We can’t wait to see you!

Get more details and RSVP on the FB event page >


Weekend Reading: Custom jeans, vintage sewing films, and weekend listening


We’ve quickly slipped from a lovely mid-Autumn into the depths of winter this week. I’m looking forward to curling up under a blanket all weekend before our trip next week to somewhere even colder – Denver!

I’m adding a new section to my weekend reading posts for things I’ve listened to and recommend. Given that sewing is something many of us do with headphones on, I thought perhaps some of you podcastophiles out there might enjoy some of these selections.

Weekend Reading:

Weekend Listening:

For more links every week, you can follow me on Twitter, where I’m always posting interesting tidbits I find.

image above via colettepatterns on instagram

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