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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 45: MyBodyModel with Erica Schmitz

6/11/2018
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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

6/4/2018
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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

Episode 43: You Can Hack It

5/28/2018
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This week we break down our favourite simple and advanced hacks that will let you get the most mileage out of your patterns! Everything you need to know, from must-have hacking tools to how to mix your favourite patterns. You can hack it!

Duration:01:07:42

Episode 42: Sustainability and Sewing Part 2

5/21/2018
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We hear from the sewing community about ways we can be more sustainable in our sewing practice. We discuss favourite scrap-busters, eco-friendly options for fabric and yarns, and organizations and initiatives making a difference in our community.

Duration:01:02:42

Episode 41: Inspiring Others to Sew with Tilly Walnes

5/14/2018
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Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons joins us to chat about her sewing patterns, personal style, and how she balances running a business with being a new mum. We also get all the details about her latest book, Stretch!

Duration:00:58:09

Episode 40: Our Very Special Mothers

5/7/2018
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Our mothers join us on the show for this very special episode! We chat about what we were like as kids, the history of sewing in our families, and what our moms think of the sewing community today. These women helped shape who we are and we are so excited to introduce them to you!

Duration:01:11:59

Episode 39: The Art of Cultivating a Stylish Wardrobe With Erica Bunker

4/30/2018
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Erica Bunker joins us to talk about cultivating a stylish wardrobe. We cover exploring your personal style, looking past the pattern envelope, and how to take awesome photos of your makes. Erica is always pushing the boundaries of sewing with her bold fashion choices and couture finishes.

Duration:00:51:10

Episode 38: Me-Made-May with Zoe Edwards

4/23/2018
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Zoe Edwards, the creator of Me-Made-May, is on the podcast! We talk about sewing for kids, sustainability, and a decade of blogging. We also cover everything you need to know about the Me-Made-May challenge!

Duration:00:54:18

Episode 37: Up Your Sewing Game

4/16/2018
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In this episode, we give you tips and ideas to level up your sewing! We want to help you to learn new skills, improve the quality of your work, and sew something you didn't think possible. We hope you'll come away with the encouragement you need to take your sewing practice up a notch.

Duration:01:23:54

Episode 36: Tissue Fitting with Melissa Watson

4/9/2018
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Melissa Watson is on the show to tell us about the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method. She walks us through common fitting issues and the right order to make fit adjustments. Melissa also shares her experience growing up in the sewing world, designing patterns for McCalls, and some exciting news about the new Palmer/Pletsch fitting book!

Duration:01:07:02

Episode 35: Sustainability and Sewing

4/2/2018
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This week we are exploring the topic of sustainability as it relates to our sewing practice. We open up about where we are at in our sustainability journey, and how we plan to be kinder to the earth. We also offer tips on what you can do as a sewist to lessen your environmental and social impact on the planet.

Duration:01:06:21

Episode 34: Intentional Making with Aidan Owen

3/26/2018
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Aidan Owen joins us to chat about connecting with our deeper selves through the act of making. Aidan is an amazing knitter and an enthusiastic beginner sewist with lots of great insight to share. We talk about sustainability, slow making, and just how awe-inspiring it is to create.

Duration:01:03:55

Episode 33: Creativity and Connection with Erin Dollar

3/19/2018
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Erin Dollar is on the podcast to talk about Cotton & Flax, her collection of handmade textile home goods. We chat about her unique aesthetic, her creative process, and her line of fabrics with Robert Kaufman. Erin prioritizes sustainability in her creative business and this year she is striving to connect with the creative community in a deeper way.

Duration:01:02:53

Episode 32: Beginner Sewing

3/12/2018
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This episode is all about how to getting started with sewing! We recommend patterns, classes, and books for newbies, and explain lots of sewing techniques and fabric jargon. Find out what tools you need to get going and how to keep moving forward with your new sewing hobby!

Duration:01:00:46

Episode 31: Find Your Calling with Mimi G

3/6/2018
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Mimi G inspires us with stories from her journey to becoming a sewing celebrity. We chat about her pattern line with Simplicity, the Sew It Academy, her workshops, and more. Mimi G is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the world and encouraging the next generation to sew.

Duration:01:10:11

Episode 30: Our Very Special Favourites

2/27/2018
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We are sharing our favourite things with you! Hear about our favourite sewing tools, patterns, sewists in the community, and more. You’ll learn a little bit more about us in this very special episode and maybe discover something new!

Duration:01:09:26

Episode 29: Craft Real Magic with Rochelle New

2/20/2018
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Rochelle New is on the show to chat all about her sewing journey, pivoting in life and business, and her dog, Lucille! Rochelle is an amazing maker who designs all the prints and textiles for the items for sale in her online shop, Home Row Fiber Co. She loves sewing and knitting and creates truly unique items for crafters.

Duration:01:17:40

Episode 28: Sewing Activewear with Johanna Lu

2/13/2018
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Johanna Lu is on the podcast to talk about her new book, Sewing Activewear! She shares tips and resources for sewists interested in sewing their own workout gear. We also chat about Johanna's blog and Youtube channel, and her passion for sharing her sewing knowledge with the community.

Duration:01:09:22

Episode 27: Fabrics 101

2/6/2018
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Today’s episode is all about fabric! We’re covering all the basics such as construction, content, weight, drape, and stretch. We also offer tips for successful fabric shopping online and in person.

Duration:00:58:09

Episode 26: Workroom Social with Jennifer Wiese

1/30/2018
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This week we are chatting with Jennifer Wiese, owner of Workroom Social in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer joins us to chat about running sewing classes and retreats, creating a custom line of fashion fabrics, and finding your personal style. We also touch on the struggles of running a small business and how we are all going at our own pace.

Duration:01:15:01