The wonderful world of sewing magazines
Every year, as a child and young adult, I would receive a magazine subscription from my grandparents as a gift. When I was very young the subscription was chosen for me but as I got older they asked me to pick which magazine I would like. I remember that delicious feeling of infinite possibility as I set out to select my magazine for the year! I always liked to choose a magazine that fit my newest skill or interest. Thus, when I first began to sew, Threads magazine was my choice for the year. I learned a lot while reading this magazine! I still have every issue saved despite moving many times and constantly purging my belongings. In fact, they currently rest on my studio book shelve (that's them on the second wall shelf in the photo above!). I often comb through the content descriptions printed on the spines to research construction techniques when developing our patterns. So of course, I was tickled to find out that Threads Magazine reviewed the Goldstream Peacoat in their current April/May 2017 issue! Canadian pattern companies are nicely represented in the review section of this issue since Victory Pattern's Hazel dress was also tested and reviewed. While the US-based Threads is the sewing magazine I read most frequently, those of you in the UK will probably have seen our feature in Sew Now Magazine instead! Kate and Rachel from the online sewing community, The Fold Line, selected a number of "hot off the press" patterns including our newest pattern, The Lazo Trousers. This feature is in the current Sew Now issue (Issue no. 5). While we are in the magazine due to one of our women's patterns, I'm excited to read that Sew Now also included an article about male sewers in this issue! Do you read sewing magazines? Any recommendations for me? A couple of women in my local fibre appreciation group recommended I stock Uppercase Magazine and Selvedge Magazine in our shop. I have not looked in to this yet (I'm not sure if it is even possible to sell these magazines on our website) but I am curious to know if you have read either of these magazines. Uppercase is a vibrant and beautifully printed Canadian publication that celebrates the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. The magazine, publishing company and fabric line are all run by a husband and wife team in Alberta! Selvedge is a British magazine that acknowledges the significance of textiles as a part of everyone’s story. It is definitely the more textile oriented magazine of the two and the aesthetic is right up my alley. I had a peruse of a few physical copies of this magazine since my friend brought them to an Eat, Make, Mend gathering that I attended. They were beyond inspiring! As I said, I have not really properly read these magazines myself but, I must say, they look absolutely beautiful and I am curious to get to know them more. If you have read them, I would love to know your opinions (as sewists and magazine lovers).