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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 24: Sewing Makes You Love Yourself

1/16/2018
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In this episode, we’re setting aside our goals and resolutions, and carving out space to talk about self-love! Inspired by the #SMYLY2018 challenge, we each tell our stories of how sewing has changed the way we view our bodies. We also offer tips for how you can be more body positive and kind to yourself this year.

Duration: 01:21:09


Episode 23: Face Your Sewing Fears with Heather Lou

1/9/2018
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Heather Lou, the designer behind Closet Case Patterns, is on the show! We chat about her sewing journey, her pattern line, and her recent move to a new office space. Heather offers our listeners an inspiring pep talk about letting go of fear as a means to improve our sewing practice and our lives.

Duration: 01:06:12


Episode 22: New Year’s Re-SEW-lutions

1/2/2018
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We are talking about sewing resolutions this week on the podcast! What are some of our goals for the new year and how can we help each other stay accountable? Learn about sewing challenges to keep you motivated and get inspired to make your own re-SEW-lution.

Duration: 01:38:40


Episode 21 - Confidence in Business with Jess Povenmire

12/25/2017
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Jess Povenmire is on the show this week to talk about her fabric and yarn shop, La Mercerie. Jess shares her experiences building confidence in business, sticking to a schedule, and planning her creative projects.

Duration: 01:04:44


Episode 20: A Very Special Episode with Sam and Shea

12/19/2017
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Our partners Shea and Sam join us for our 20th episode! We are so excited to introduce you to the guys that support us through our everyday lives as sewists and entrepreneurs. We test their sewing knowledge, laugh about the hardships of living with a sewist, and get their take on our journey as small business owners.

Duration: 01:08:05


Episode 19: Cherishing the Process with Emily Hundt

12/12/2017
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Emily Hundt is the designer behind In the Folds, an independent sewing pattern company based in Sydney, Australia. Emily believes in slow sewing and cherishing the making process. She is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to take her PDF patterns to print. We chat about planning and launching a crowdfunding campaign, her recent rebrand, and her unique design philosophy.

Duration: 00:57:52


Episode 18: Fearless Making with Jasika Nicole

12/5/2017
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Jasika Nicole joins us to chat about shoemaking, red carpet DIY, handmade beauty products and more. She's a fearless maker who will try anything! Her approach to making is inspiring and her creative spirit is infectious.

Duration: 01:22:40


Episode 17: How Big is Your Pattern Stash?

11/28/2017
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We dive deep into patterns this week with tips for organizing, storing, and collecting sewing patterns. We cover hot-button topics like indie vs. big 4, paper vs. PDF, and tracing vs. cutting! This is a great episode for beginner sewists navigating the world of patterns!

Duration: 01:24:25


Episode 16: Work/Life Balance with Jen Beeman

11/21/2017
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Jen Beeman, the founder of Grainline Studio, is on the podcast! We get her take on owning and growing an indie pattern company, and how she has found work/life balance as an entrepreneur.

Duration: 00:52:17


Episode 15: Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

11/14/2017
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We take on a ten-day capsule wardrobe challenge and tell you how it went, what we learned, and what we would do differently next time. Lee Vosburgh's 10 x 10 Challenge helped us to reflect on our current lifestyle and wardrobe needs. We walk away feeling motivated to approach our sewing plans thoughtfully and realistically.

Duration: 00:48:47


Episode 14: Inside Camp Workroom Social 2017

11/7/2017
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We go to Camp Workroom Social and chat with our fellow campers about what this sewing weekend means to them. We both found camp to be such a magical, accepting, and heart-opening experience and we really wanted to share that feeling with the sewing community. Get an inside look at this amazing weekend and hopefully we will see you at camp next year!

Duration: 01:38:58


Episode 13: BPSewvember with Amanda Adams

10/31/2017
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Amanda Adams chats with us about her photo a day challenge, #BPSewvember, and shares her passion for bringing the sewing community together. Amanda has a playful approach to sewing and we are in love with her outlook on this creative practice.

Duration: 01:05:33


Episode 12: You Don't Have to Sew Everything

10/24/2017
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This week we are tackling feelings of guilt around NOT sewing all the things and how we can give ourselves grace in our sewing practice. You don’t have to make everything by hand and we can be extra hard on ourselves sometimes for shopping or not making time to sew. We chat about how life is busy and sewing is meant to be a relaxing creative practice, let’s try to keep it that way!

Duration: 00:42:34


Episode 11: The Sewcialists with Gillian Whitcombe

10/17/2017
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Gillian Whitcombe chats with us about The Sewcialists, and her blog Crafting a Rainbow. We discuss her experience running an online community and the compelling Sewcialists blog series, Who We Are. Gillian also has some great advice about taking better blog photos and defining personal style.

Duration: 00:58:24


Episode 10: A Very Special Q&A Episode

10/10/2017
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In our first Very Special Episode, we're answering your questions. We chat about fabric, fitting solo, favourite tools, TNT patterns, sewing machines, and much more. We also reflect on podcasting for ten episodes, and how we make it work with our full-time jobs!

Duration: 01:07:01


Episode 9: The Refashioners with Portia Lawrie

10/2/2017
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Portia Lawrie joins us to chat about the Refashioners 2017 and all that goes into organizing this fantastic community challenge. Learn how you can participate and get tips on refashioning and shopping for unloved garments. Portia encourages us to get creative, overcome sewing fear, and just go for it!

Duration: 01:09:20


Episode 8: Achieving Big Goals with Kelli Ward

9/26/2017
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Kelli Ward of True Bias chats with us about her rebrand, her move to paper patterns, and reveals an exciting collaboration that she’s been working on! Over the past few years, she has balanced motherhood, school, and her growing business. Kelli’s approach of leaning slowly into her goals proves that big things can happen one day at a time.

Duration: 01:19:34


Episode 7: Are You a Sewing Perfectionist?

9/18/2017
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Do you enjoy taking the time to make every detail the best it can be or do you make yourself crazy trying to get everything ‘perfect'? In this week’s episode, we unpack the topic of perfectionism as a community by sharing your thoughts and discussing how striving for perfection affects our sewing practice.

Duration: 01:07:04


Episode 6: A New Chapter with Christine Haynes

9/11/2017
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Christine Haynes tells us all about her epic move NYC, her new job as manager of Purl Soho, and her plans for her pattern line, Christine Haynes patterns. We loved chatting about this new chapter of her life and hearing all about how she got here. Christine reminds us that it is OK to stop and evaluate where we are at in order to keep moving forward.

Duration: 01:05:26


Episode 5: How to Sewcialize

9/5/2017
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Sewcializing = sewing + socializing! Today we’re chatting all about the different ways sewists connect online. We cover everything from Instagram etiquette to our favourite Facebook groups. We also confess how many times a day we check Instagram, and how many people we follow! A great episode if you’re new to the sewing community or just looking for a new way to interact with fellow makers.

Duration: 00:58:53

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