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Contributors & Staff

Meet the writers, makers, and artists from this month’s issue.


Carmela Zabala

Carmela is a graphic designer and maker, living in Tampa, FL. When she’s not sewing, you can find her drawing, learning 3D modeling, writing music, or petting her cats. You can find her on Instagram @carmelazabala, or on her website at

Chelsea Miller

When she isn’t pattern hacking, Chelsea is drawing step-by-step pattern instructions in Illustrator. As the Technical Illustrator here at Seamwork, she loves to make our instructions easy to follow and fun to read.

Christina Bain

Christina is a full-time sick person and a part-time web developer. She loves all aspects of textile production, including spinning, weaving, sewing, and knitting. Her favorite part of every week is when her family book club meets to discuss a book chosen by her 3rd grader. She can be found on Instagram @oharethey and blogging at Oh Are They for crafty endeavors and Bearing the Wait for cancer experiences.

Farrah Dodson

As the Graphic Designer here at Seamwork HQ, Farrah helps us capture the magic of sewing through graphic design, creating our brand identity and making sure that each issue of Seamwork looks perfect.

Grace Allan

You can find Grace Allan in sunny Southern California wrangling the dramatic energy of three daughters (with her very reluctant, but oh-so-supportive Instagram husband) and picking up occasional per diem assignments as a social worker. She’s addicted to sewing clothing not only for the peace and quiet of hiding in her sewing area, but for the creative outlet, empowerment, and confidence boost of custom made garments! Recently a Seamwork Ambassador! Check out her projects on Instagram

Haley Glenn

Haley doesn’t just want to design clothing you’ll love to wear, but clothing you’ll love to sew. With a background in both design and teaching, she combines her talents to imagine patterns with thoughtful details that build your skills as you sew.

Lori Caldwell

Lori Caldwell is the former owner/founder of leather goods company, Minnie + George, based in Portland, OR, and an avid maker, sewer, and Seamwork subscriber.

Meg Stively

Meg is here to help you get excited about sewing. As the managing editor for Seamwork and the smiling face behind emails and social media, she loves seeing what you’re making with our patterns.

Michael Gardner

Michael Gardner is a proud Father, self-taught sewist, life-long crafter, and DIY enthusiast. He’s also known as “Ava’s Dad.” He works in finance for his 9 to 5 and can usually be found exercising his creative abilities any other time. He began his sewing journey six years ago. He wanted a way to bond with his daughter while looking for a new creative challenge, so he created Daddy Dressed Me by Michael Gardner. His mission is to help Ava build her self-esteem and establish confidence in herself and her abilities. Follow Michael on Instagram @daddydressedmebymg.

Tino Motloung

Tino is based in Joburg, South Africa, but she’s a well-seasoned traveler who has recently found her new love in sewing. A lover of all things stars, a runner, and a product development manager in aviation for her 9 to 5, she’s also a Seamwork Ambassador and loves working with Ankara fabric. Find Tino’s projects on Instagram @sewstartino or her blog Sew Star Tino.



Amy Alan | Technical Editor

Areta Litwin | Sample Sewer

Brittany Stanton | Sample Sewer

Chelsea Miller | Technical Illustrator

Farrah Dodson | Graphic Designer

Haley Glenn | Designer

Brittany Stanton | Sample Sewer

Kenn Wilson | Director of Operations

Meg Stively | Managing Editor

Robin Ives | Pattern Development Manager

Sarai Mitnick | Chief Executive Officer

Sienna Parfitt | Content Producer

Taylor Pruitt | UX Designer

Wallis Smith-Owens | Patternmaker


Emily Bolles | Photography

Haley Glenn | Art Direction

Maya Harper | Model


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