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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 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

Episode 56: Hand Sewing with Brooks Ann Camper

8/28/2018
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Brooks Ann Camper shares her incredible sewing journey that has taken her from Broadway costume creation to making custom bridal gowns. She teaches us how you can up your game by incorporating hand sewing into your next projects! Brooks Ann's positive attitude about enjoying the act of sewing and taking care in the details is truly infectious.

Duration:01:27:36

Episode 55: 1 Year Anniversary Q&A

8/21/2018
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We celebrate one year of podcasting with an extra long question and answer episode dedicated to you, our listeners! Questions about business, our personal lives, our sewing habits, and more in this special anniversary episode!

Duration:02:21:35

Episode 54: Embracing Community with Sarai Mitnick

8/14/2018
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Sarai Mitnick gives us a peek behind the scenes of Colette Patterns and Seamwork Magazine. We discuss building an inspiring workplace, bringing sewists together online, and handling challenges in business. Sarai also chats with us about body positivity and self-image as it relates to our sewing practice.

Duration:01:01:44

Episode 53: Bra Making with Emerald Erin

8/7/2018
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Erin Meiklejohn teaches us all about bra making supplies, fitting lingerie, and what is involved in sewing your own bras. We get to hear the story behind her business, Emerald Erin, and her plans for future patterns!

Duration:01:21:54

Episode 52: Financials of Sewing

7/31/2018
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What is the real cost of making our own clothes? We tackle the tricky topic of money in this episode about sewing financials. How do sewists budget? How much fabric do we buy? How do we feel about our spending habits? Hear what the community told us!

Duration:01:19:05

Episode 51: Tessuti Fabrics with Colette Guanta

7/24/2018
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Colette Guanta joins us to talk about her fabric shop and pattern company, Tessuti! We hear the inspiring story of how Tessuti Fabrics began, and how it has evolved over the past quarter century.

Duration:00:52:09

Episode 50: A Very Special Road Trip

7/17/2018
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We are celebrating episode 50 this week with a special recap of our time spent travelling together to Pattern Review Weekend, Prince Edward County, and Montreal. We recorded some mini interviews along the way, including a sewing pep talk from Heather Lou and an intro to bra-making with Emerald Erin!

Duration:01:17:44

Episode 49: Making Time to Sew with Lauren Taylor

7/10/2018
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Lauren Taylor is here to talk about running her sewing blog, Lladybird, for almost a decade! Lauren is a sewing instructor, freelance tailor, and inspiring member of the sewing community. She gives us tips for increasing sewing productivity and finding time for creative hobbies.

Duration:01:21:14

Episode 48: Vintage Sewing with Tanya Hughes

7/3/2018
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Tanya Hughes shares her thoughts on sewing vintage patterns and fabrics. She tells us about some of her more involved projects and what it is really like to wear fashions from past decades. Tanya goes above and beyond with her sewing and has so many great tips to share.

Duration:01:07:59

Episode 47: Sewing Swimwear

6/26/2018
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Are you thinking about sewing a swimsuit this summer? We’ve got you covered! Get tips on choosing fabrics and patterns and techniques for a professional finish. We also chat about our experiences wearing swimwear and how we can be more body positive at the beach!

Duration:01:02:26

Episode 46: Building an Empire with Lisa Comfort

6/19/2018
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Lisa Comfort tells the story of Sew Over It, her online and in-person sewing shop. Lisa sells patterns, fabrics, classes, and more! She started small and has grown her business into one of the biggest indie sewing companies in the world.

Duration:01:05:48

Episode 45: MyBodyModel with Erica Schmitz

6/12/2018
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Erica Schmitz joins us on the show to talk about MyBodyModel, a web app that generates custom, body-positive croquis based on your own measurements. Erica takes us on her journey, from her first ideas and focus-testing to running her successful Kickstarter campaign. Today is launch day and we can't wait to share this app with you!

Duration:01:01:38

Episode 44: Inclusivity and Representation with Erin Weisbart

6/5/2018
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Erin Weisbart joins us to talk about inclusivity, representation, self-love, and self-expression! We learn more about the work Erin is doing with Tuesday Stitches to make the sewing community more inclusive. We also hear about her new project, Maternity Sewing, launching soon!

Duration:01:12:17