Introducing the Seamly Summer Collection
If you've ever googled the words "ethical fashion" or "Made in the USA clothing," there's a good chance you've come across Seamly. Kristin Glenn, the founder, and I connected when Indiesew was young and she still lived in Denver. Someone had mentioned her name at a local networking event and I blindly emailed her to see if she wanted to meet in person.
We met up and chatted about eco-friendly fabric, sustainable fashion, and the home sewing movement. We found that we share many of the same values, like trying to live mindfully while being a solopreneur (she's doing a much better job than I).
Kristin filled me in on the intricacies of sourcing overstock fabric and she's continued to solidify my passion for supporting domestic designers. But perhaps my favorite Kristin Glenn trait? She creates from a place of 100% authenticity. Sign up for her (totally inspiring) newsletter and you’ll see what I mean.
A few years and several phone calls and emails later, Kristin and I are finally launching a project we discussed in that very first meeting. We're bringing her clothing designs to the home sewist!
Without further ado, we present the Seamly 2016 Summer Collection. This collection contains three Seamly designs that will no longer be produced by Seamly. These three garments are great knit basics that you will wear all year round.
The Vallynne Tank
The Vallynne Tank is a relaxed knit tank top with an A-line shape. This design features knit-bound armscyes and neckline, and an optional chest pocket.
The pattern is drafted with beginner-friendly knit bands, but there will be a blog post soon showing a new binding method that many of our testers loved!
The Vallynne is a beginner-friendly sewing project and a garment that layers well for year-round wear. Pair your Vallynne with your favorite jeans for a casual, everyday look.
The Basic Tee
The Basic Tee is your new favorite knit t-shirt. This beginner-friendly design features a scoop, knit-bound neckline and optional breast pocket.
This design saw instant success in testing, as it's a simple pattern to sew up and has an incredibly flattering fit. If your fabric has less than 50% stretch, we recommend sizing up for a better fit.
The Basic Tee looks great paired with flared jeans, or tucked into a high-waisted skirt.
The Wrapped Cardigan
The Wrapped Cardigan is a two-in-one pattern with a sleeveless option. This long, flowing cardigan hits mid-thigh for a garment that pairs well with leggings or jeans, or can stand alone as a belted dress.
Optional hidden inner pockets, formed by the front facings, provide a place to stash a credit card or cash.
Pair your Wrapped Cardigan with the Vallynne Tank and leggings in cool weather, or go sleeveless with cut-off shorts and a tank for warmer weather.
Bundle pricing and Collection Discounts!
These Seamly patterns are available for purchase individually, but the biggest savings come when you purchase the Seamly Summer Collection! This bundle is priced at $27, a savings of over 20% compared to the individually priced patterns.
And, it wouldn’t be an Indiesew Collection launch without even more incentive to start your handmade wardrobe. The first 25 people to purchase any of the Seamly patterns or the collection will receive an extra 10% off. That’s a total savings of over 30%! Use coupon code SEAMLY16 at checkout to receive the discount.
New Knit Fabrics!
Through lots of trial and error, we learned exactly what types of fabrics are best suited for these designs. Luckily we've got nine new knit fabrics available that are absolutely ideal for Seamly garments. They’re all high quality 92% rayon/8% spandex jersey with a fluid drape. One touch will make you a believer.
Later this week, we'll be showing how your fabric choice makes a huge difference when sewing these garments. From cotton/spandex blends to polyester tissue knits, we’ve sewn up a garment in each type fabric to illustrate how fit changes with different substrates.
BLOG TOUR & Other happenings
There's lots of Seamly goodness coming your way over the next few weeks, including a great blog tour! The nine lovely ladies below will be posting their versions of these Seamly garments, so be sure to follow along.
You’ll also hear from Kristin on the Indiesew blog. She’ll be telling us all about the history of Seamly, what inspires her designs, and her experience creating an ethical clothing line.
Happy Seamly sewing!
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