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Helen Wilkinson is the blogger and sewing pattern designer behind Helen’s Closet. Caroline Somos is the founder of Blackbird Fabrics. Together they talk all things garment sewing and bring you interviews with inspiring creatives and indie business owners.

Helen Wilkinson is the blogger and sewing pattern designer behind Helen’s Closet. Caroline Somos is the founder of Blackbird Fabrics. Together they talk all things garment sewing and bring you interviews with inspiring creatives and indie business owners.
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Location:

Canada

Description:

Helen Wilkinson is the blogger and sewing pattern designer behind Helen’s Closet. Caroline Somos is the founder of Blackbird Fabrics. Together they talk all things garment sewing and bring you interviews with inspiring creatives and indie business owners.

Language:

English

Contact:

1-844-739-9428


Episodes

Episode 76: Sewing Menswear

1/15/2019
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Want to sew menswear for yourself or a loved one? We talk about some differences between classic womenswear and menswear, where to get started, and how to approach sewing for a loved one. Plus pattern ideas and tips for success with sewing menswear!

Duration:00:52:51

Episode 75: Sewing with Kids with River Takada-Capel

1/8/2019
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River Takada-Capel chats with us about starting and growing a sustainable fibre arts business and her work as a kids sewing instructor. We talk about how children aren’t afraid to get started with creative projects and share loads of advice about teaching kids to sew!

Duration:01:18:23

Episode 74: Start Now with Elise Cripe

1/1/2019
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Elise Cripe joins us to talk about setting and achieving goals! We discuss taking small steps, tracking your progress, and starting today. Elise also shares her sewing journey and what led her to create Get To Work Book, the ultimate planner for your life and your creative projects.

Duration:01:20:18

Episode 73: The Boys are Back

12/25/2018
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Shea and Sam join us on this special Holiday episode! We chat about what went down in 2018, what exactly Sam does for the podcast, and whether we got around to making them anything this year. We also find out what sewing tool they want to be and quiz them on fashion and patterns!

Duration:01:19:57

Episode 72: Cultivating Community with Natalie Chanin

12/18/2018
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Natalie Chanin shares her journey from up-cycling old t-shirts in New York City to returning home to Florence Alabama where she started her clothing line, Alabama Chanin. We talk about building a community of makers and prioritizing transparency in the supply chain. She also tells us about teaching the creative process through The School of Making and the importance of sharing skills with others.

Duration:00:59:22

Episode 71: Sewing Coats

12/11/2018
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Brrrrrr! It’s cold in here! We discuss everything you need to know about sewing a coat, from beginner tips to advanced tailoring techniques. Learn the difference between wool coating fabrics and how to mentally prepare for a big project like a coat.

Duration:01:14:59

Episode 70: Sew Frosting

12/4/2018
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Sometimes you want to make something just for fun! We chat about sewing ‘frosting’ in this episode and discuss some of our favourite projects for fancy fabrics, where we find inspiration, and what we want to make for this holiday season.

Duration:01:00:31

Episode 69: Jeans Making with Alina Kroeker

11/27/2018
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Alina Kroeker joins us to talk about making jeans. Her goal is to provide one-of-a-kind jeans to her customers and encourage people to opt for quality denim products that will last. We chat about making jeans, sewing for others, and how to recover from buttonhole disasters!

Duration:01:05:54

Episode 68: Know Yourself Better with Gretchen Rubin

11/20/2018
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Gretchen Rubin joins us to talk about her Four Tendencies framework and how it relates to our creative hobbies. We talk about knowing yourself better, finding accountability, facing your fears, and how colour can influence our everyday lives. Gretchen is a happiness expert and she gives us loads of tips on how to be happy and productive in our sewing practice.

Duration:01:02:17

Episode 67: Clothing Care with Harriet Johnson

11/13/2018
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Harriet Johnson has a wealth of knowledge to share about caring for our clothes! She believes in extending the life of our garments and the love we put into making them. We talk about how to properly wash and store your clothes, basic mending, and stain removal.

Duration:01:02:59

Episode 66: Sewing Meet-ups

11/6/2018
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We love meeting fellow sewists in real life! It is so much fun, and we want to encourage you to try it too. We talk about how to meet online friends in person, how to organize a sewing meet-up, basic meet-up etiquette, and lessons learned from our past sewing get-togethers.

Duration:01:26:04

Episode 65: Sew Confident with Marcy Harriell

10/30/2018
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Marcy Harriell (aka Oonaballoona) talks with us about finding confidence through sewing, embracing her amazing personal style, and blending her passions for acting and sewing in her new series' on Bluprint. We discuss shopping the garment district in NYC, whether Marcy ever wears ‘basics’, and her recently-acquired title of 'the patron saint of Frosting'.

Duration:01:00:34

Episode 64: Sewing as Art with Carolyn Norman

10/23/2018
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Carolyn Norman joins us to talk about sewing as a form of artistic expression. She shares stories from almost 50 years of sewing and inspires us to look at our sewing hobby as more than just making clothes. We talk about finding inspiration in your everyday life, being buried with your favourite fabrics, and her column in Sewn Magazine.

Duration:01:05:38

Episode 63: Feedback Fest

10/16/2018
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We get a lot of amazing feedback from our listeners, so this episode is a big feedback fest! We cover seasonal fabric storage, washable silk, zero-waste-fashion, ‘selfish’ sewing, and so much more. Hear from fellow listeners as we answer questions and share their sewing thoughts.

Duration:01:05:58

Episode 62: Sewing with Knits

10/9/2018
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Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing with knit fabrics! We cover what kinds of fabric you can use, the tools you need, and tips for getting a professional finish while sewing. You will be making your own tees, leggings, and sweaters in no time!

Duration:01:17:03

Episode 61: Slow Fashion with Karen Templer

10/2/2018
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Karen Templer joins us to talk about Slow Fashion October. Can our sewing have an impact on the overall fashion industry? How can we be more intentional with our making practices? Karen shares how she learned to slow down while still enjoying fashion and style.

Duration:01:12:46

Episode 60: Sewing Struggles

9/25/2018
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Sewing isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes there are tears, anger, and disappointment. On this episode, we share your sewing struggles, based on stories from our listeners. We talk about how hard it is to fit our bodies, how lonely sewing can be, and how comparing ourselves to others can make us lose our sew-jo.

Duration:01:12:01

Episode 59: Block Printing with Jen Hewett

9/18/2018
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Jen Hewett shares her passion for block printing and tells us how we can print our own fabrics! She walks us through how she got started with block printing, why she loves turning her printed fabrics into garments, and what makes a good block. We also discuss listening to your body while you work, wearing prints, and why not to turn your hobby into a business.

Duration:01:08:43

Episode 58: Planning Projects

9/11/2018
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We dive into planning sewing projects and cover topics such as why you should plan, tools you can use to plan, and how to stick to the plan once you have it! Following through on sewing can be the hardest part of the process, and we want to help set you up for success.

Duration:01:01:04

Episode 57: Indie Sewing with Allie Olson

9/4/2018
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Allie Olson shares the story behind Indiesew, her online marketplace for indie patterns and garment fabrics. We discuss the current state of the indie pattern market and the value of sharing your sewing projects online. We also talk about her personal style journey and how her perspective on body image has recently shifted.

Duration:01:13:29