Friday, December 5, 2008
Yesterday I bought the first issue of Stitch, the new US sewing/craft magazine from Interweave. I paid a large amount for it: 129 Swedish kronor (~$15). The reason I did was that the magazine features skirt patterns from two of my favorite indie designers, Wiksten made and Uniform studio.
The skirt on the cover is from Uniform studio, and it's absolutely brilliant. The designer is also an architect and that shows in her clothes, they are structural and unorthodox in their shapes, but still highly wearable. I will make that skirt next summer using rayon/linen for the outer shell and line it with a red/white dotted fabric from Amy Butler. There was however a couple of errors in the magazine regarding the instructions and a pattern piece for this skirt, which you can read about here.
The magazine contains three full size skirt patterns in sizes XS-XL, with seam allowances included. The pattern and instructions for the other two skirts shown in the magazine must be downloaded as pdf:s from the Stitch website. There are also diagrams for several other projects such as a messenger bag and a cowl shawl.
As for my impressions, it's a nice looking magazine with some cute projects but a bit thin on content and somewhat lacks a clear profile. There is not much to pull you in apart from the projects shown. And while the editorial topics they chosen are interesting, such as eco fabrics and an interview with Project Alabama founder Natalie Chanin, I find myself longing for something more. I guess it's meant to be an "inspirational" magazine - browsed but not digested, but I prefer a bit more words and substance for my bucks!
Also it's worth noting that this is not primarily a magazine about clothes sewing, it's more craft oriented. But I hope they continue doing patterns from skilled indie designers, I love that concept and have not seen it before.