Sometimes we like to use our sewing superpowers for good. In this episode, we share ideas for how our passion for sewing can help more than just our own closets. First, Barbara shares her enthusiasm for helping new sewers fall in love with our hobby. Then Lori and Helena interview Pam Damour and Loriann Payne about their trip to Huánuco, Peru to teach beginning sewing skills with Pam's non-profit Sewing with a Mission. During that unforgettable experience, they met and taught sewing to many...
After the impromptu pledge of no more fabric buying live on last month's episode, both Lori and Helena have taken another look at their stashes. There are a lot of ways to look at those piles of fabric we inevitably collect as sewers. How do we feel about it, how do we manage it? We asked Psychic Sewer Kathleen about her stash habits, too. We also dove into how Kathleen's psychic abilities play out in her life, profession and in her sewing. And our Joy Correspondent Hila pops in to spread a...
Pull up a sewing machine and grab a cuppa and get your sewing chat on! Lori & Helena catch up on what they've been sewing, their trip to Portland, Oregon to hang out with 98 of their best sewing friends, and more. They also find themselves accidentally committing to a fabric buying fast for the rest of the year! Barbara Emodi checks in with tales from Tulsa, and we introduce a new correspondent who's on a mission to bring you sewing joy.
As both a sewist and a full time psychologist, Charlie from This Blog is not for You" gave us an inside look into just how our hobby benefits our mental health. Many of us have felt the positive environment of the sewing community, but it can be hard to pinpoint why sewists are so nurturing, encouraging and accepting. We dive into some real advantages that we have in negotiating the sometimes fraught landscape of self image and body image. And an added chat with Amy from Making Marilyn,...
An interview with the talented Shannon from the With A Rare Device blog! Not only does she contribute to the sewing community with her stunning garments she creates for her and her partner, but she admits to being somewhat of an activist for the queer, trans and non-binary community.
Lori and Helena charged through 2018 with high hopes and big dreams, but didn't quite make their goal of not purchasing clothes for the entire year. Both still learned a lot from their experience, and they share their findings. But they didn't learn half as much as our returning guest Emily, who checked back in for a wrap up of her journey to learn how to sew during this year long challenge! And Barbara's personal challenge of trying out smaller Indie patterns reveals some gems and an...
Alex of Sewrendipity is our guest. We love her style and you're going to love her energy! She tells us what it was like to be a contestant on the Great British Sewing Bee, her thoughts on crafting a meaningful wardrobe and sewing sustainably, and much more.
Whether you've been sewing for 2 years or 20 years, you don't know what you don't know until later. This episode we talked to Cennetta Burwell of The Mahogany Stylist about her enduring love of sewing and what advice we would give to our beginner selves if we could go back in time. With so many years of sewing experience, and currently teaching private sewing lessons, Cennetta proved full of knowledge and passion for the craft.
Helena, Lori and Barbara sat down to empty out what has been swirling around our sewing brains recently. We've all been doing a lot of sewing and we had a lot to talk about, including a shocking confession! We took the opportunity to pepper Barbara with a few tricky questions and got even more great tips than usual, including the over-arching philosophy of sewing proportions that clarified a million little sewing decisions for us!
One thing that we love about Emily Hallman is that she knows her style! Her blog and especially her Instagram feed is a party for the eyes as she organizes her sewing into "collections" that tell a strong color story and mix and match in such a pleasing way.
In this interview with the fabulous Marcy Harriell of the Oonaballoona blog, Lori and Helena got the scoop on Marcy's exciting new project, where she combines her comfort in front of a camera (she is a working actor) with her flair for fashion and sewing. Marcy stars in the new Bluprint (formerly Craftsy Unlimited) show entitled "Re:Fashion" where she takes basics or thrift store finds and gives them that Oonaballoona flair that we all love so much.
In this episode, we reached out to hear some different perspectives on the question of "What do in-person sewing community meet-ups contribute to your sewing experience?" Lori and Helena recap their fun experience at PR weekend, then we hear from Mimi G, sewing and blogging superstar. We also reached out to three of our new friends from PR weekend to find out what they thought, and our Maven Barbara shares some thoughts.
Lori chats with Kate Ng of TimetoSew.uk about sustainability. What does sustainability mean when it comes to sewing? What practices can we adopt and which fabrics should we look for if we're concerned about the impact our hobby has on the environment and on working conditions around the world? Kate has some great insights and tips on the topic.
We are passing the mic again to hear listener's stories. Prompted by our monthly questions, Michelle, Andie and Pauline allow us into their sewing rooms to hear about their proudest moments, embarrassing items, and what they are working on now. And we are once again joined by Barbara, who is back from her travels and has a long list of to-sew items herself!
When we sew garments, we're sewing to fit our bodies. But women's bodies change often -- at least once a month. So we're Sewing with the Flow on this episode: sewing for menstruation and menopause. Lori & Helena talk with Erin Van Handel of the sewing blog Sie Macht to talk about garments and accessories that might make us feel comfy during that time of the month. We hear from Erin Beauchamp about her successful quest to sew the perfect period underwear. And Barbara Emodi drops some...
Helena and Lori discuss their recent adventures in Mood and LA fashion district when they finally met for the first time! They also discuss some of their thoughts about taking on the RTW Fast challenge for 2018. You'll also hear from another RTW-Faster who is only just learning how to sew! And Barbara Emodi weighs in with thoughts on the need for speed and fast fashion.
We thought, while the new year is still fresh, that we would highlight some of fun Challenges and Sewalongs in case you wanted to jump in with us! We have 3 mini interviews to share, a primer on interfacing from our expert Maris, as well as a fun segment by our newest contributor, Barbara Emodi.
We asked you to get in touch and let us know what you get up to when you're not sewing, why you love to sew, and what's on your sewing table right now, among other things. We hear from Naomi of Spare Room Style and her sister Miriam of Create Hope Inspire, Shannon from Adventures of a Young Seamstress, Amy from Almond Rock & Love Sewing Magazine, and Manju from Sew Manju.
Lori and Helena talked holiday sewing with the hilarious and enthusiastic Barbara from Sewing on the Edge. We discuss sewing gifts and also Barbara's book, SEW ...The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge: Real-Life Lessons from a Serial Sewist, which is available for pre-order now. Show notes - http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/episode-16-barbara-from-sewing-on-the-edge/
Inquiring minds want to know! What do you do when you're not sewing? What's on your sewing table right now? These questions and more will be answered by Hila from Saturday Night Stitch, Sasha from Secondo Piano, and hosts Lori & Helena, too. Maven Maris joins us to drop some wisdom about when to follow pattern instructions and when to throw caution to the wind and do it your own way. Listen in to find out how to add your voice to our next podcast! Check out the Show Notes