Episode #9 – Missing SewJo and Lori’s trip to Africa

Episode #9 – Missing SewJo and Lori’s trip to Africa

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Here is another Sew Small Talk between Helena and Lori – but neither has been sewing much! Does your sewing output sometimes slump? They wanted to overcome this lack of SewJo (sewing motivation) and gathered some> tips and tricks to try themselves and hope maybe these ideas could help their listeners, too.

Lori fills us in on her exciting trip to Africa and the moving reason for her trip. Warning: this episode gets a little graphic as we discuss the horrifying details of Female Genital Circumcision that is currently practiced in many parts of Africa. It may raise some questions with younger listeners. We had to be straightforward about the truth of the practice but hope we don’t offend. Lori’s awesome students are helping to educate us all on what is happening and, more importantly, how AMREF Canada (African Medical Research and Education Foundation) is changing the practice. And Lori unexpectedly found some sewing joy in Kenya, too!

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Episode #8 – Interview with Made Tifaine

Episode #8 – Interview with Made Tifaine

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So many of us in the sewing community strive to have a mostly handmade wardrobe. The dream of having all well-fitting, carefully constructed pieces that we can be proud of is one of our goals. But sewing fulfills more than just the holes in our closets. In this episode, Lori interviews the lovely Tif from the blog MadameTifaine.wordpress.com about the year she spent resisting any ready-to-wear clothes and what she learned from her experiment.

And we have a new question that we’d love to hear our listeners answer.

HAVE YOU EVER JUST NEEDED TO SEW? MAYBE TO GET YOURSELF THROUGH A ROUGH TIME OR TO KEEP YOURSELF FROM SPENDING YOUR TIME IN LESS PRODUCTIVE WAYS? AND SECONDLY, HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT CHALLENGING YOURSELF TO A READY-TO-WEAR FAST? NOT BUYING ANY CLOTHES, BUT ONLY MAKING WHAT YOU NEED YOURSELF?

Get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

  1. Call us at 401-64MAVEN and leave your story on our voicemail. (Long distance charges may apply.)
  2. Visit speakpipe.com/ClothesMakingMavens and record your message using your computer’s built-in or external microphone.
  3. Leave your story in the comment form.
Episode #7 – Sewing Contests & Sewalongs

Episode #7 – Sewing Contests & Sewalongs

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Helena and Lori chat about sewing contests and sewalongs; listeners give us their take on what makes something look handmade and whether that’s a good or bad thing; and Maven Maris gives her tips on hand-sewing.

Mentioned in this podcast

Contributors

Episode #6 – Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

Episode #6 – Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow

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In this episode, Lori interviews Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow. We chat about finding your personal style, taking better pictures of your sewing makes, and Gillian’s fun “Sewing Dares” that have us all fearlessly asking her to peer into our deepest sewing hearts and dare us to sew something outside of our comfort zone.

Mentioned in this podcast

Canadian online fabric stores: L’oiseax , Blackbird
Curvy Sewing Collective
Concord Tee
Espresso Leggings
Wardrobe Architect

Sew Small Talk Ep. 5 – Inspiration Overload

Sew Small Talk Ep. 5 – Inspiration Overload

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It seems that neither Helena nor Lori suffer from being uninspired – they both say the world provides more inspiration than they can handle! In this episode they chat about all the ways their lists of sewing projects grow long, longer and longest.

We also hear from several listeners about their proudest sewing moments. We loved the contributions!

Maris Olson , our resident sewing teacher, gets passionate about trying all those different sewing feet your machine probably came with. They can really elevate your sewing!

Contributors for Proudest Sewing Moments:

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Stylish Fabric Blog Tour – Helena’s blouse & Lori’s vest

We want to hear from you!

Our current Sew Small Talk question is What makes something look homemade?

Sometimes as sewists we can feel a little unsure if someone asks “Did you make that?” We wonder if there is a tell-tale sign that our garment is not perfectly professional. But sometimes people are just astounded by our creativity! What do you consider the give-aways (positive or negative) of a “homesewn” garment? We’d love to hear! Get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

  1. Call us at 401-64MAVEN and leave your story on our voicemail. (Long distance charges may apply.)
  2. Visit speakpipe.com/ClothesMakingMavens and record your message using your computer’s built-in or external microphone.
  3. Leave your story in the comment form.
  4. Send your story telepathically directly to our brain. (Results not guaranteed.)
Episode #4 Interview: Lori V. from Girls in the Garden

Episode #4 Interview: Lori V. from Girls in the Garden

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Episode #4 features Helena’s interview with prolific sewing blogger Lori VanManaan from Girls in the Garden. Lori sews for herself, her daughters and now her little grandson. She contributes to the Mood Sewing Network and IndieSew.com, so she has access to beautiful fabrics and the latest indie patterns. I always love what she creates, and she usually gives such handy construction advice and pattern insights, too. But my burning motivation to chat with Lori concerned her wonderful podcast Sew Forth Now, which was one of the first podcasts I encountered that was specific to garment sewing. I loved that podcast so much, and it is no secret what an inspiration it was for me in starting Clothes Making Mavens. We talked about the amazing guests she had on Sew Forth Now and what helpful information they offered so generously. I hope this interview inspires you to check out her old episodes as well as Lori’s current creations on her blog.

Mentioned in this podcast

Needlenook Fabrics

Cabi

IndieSew

Mood Sewing Network

My Fabric Designs

Cidell and Trena’s podcast 

Sew Small Talk #3 – Fabric Zeal

Sew Small Talk #3 – Fabric Zeal

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What do sewists talk about when they get together? Fabric! Helena and Lori find so much inspiration in fabric and they bet you do, too. This month they talk about their favorite fabrics to sew with, where they buy their treasures, the exciting possibility of designing their own, and challenges they’ve encountered. They also introduce a new regular contributor to the discussion, Maris Olsen from SewMaris.com.

Our current Sew Small Talk question is What was your proudest sewing moment?

Making a your own garment is a always a magical feeling, but what stands out as the pinnacle of pride for you? We’d love to hear! Get in touch with us in one of the following ways:

  1. Call us at 401-64MAVEN and leave your story on our voicemail. (Long distance charges may apply.)
  2. Visit speakpipe.com/ClothesMakingMavens and record your message using your computer’s built-in or external microphone.
  3. Leave your story in the comment form.
  4. Send your story telepathically directly to our brain. (Results not guaranteed.)

Mentioned in this podcast

Sierra of Crabigailadams
Joyce of SeamsAlright
Eagle Jacket Pattern by Vanessa Pouzet
Helena’s (2nd version) Eagle Jacket
Forward Shoulder Adjustment tutorial by Leila and Adjusting the Sleeves on a forward shoulder adjustment by Heather B.
Helena’s proudest make
Lori’s zebra dress
Designer Fabrics on Queen Street West in Toronto
King Textiles in Toronto
Leather and Sewing Supply Depot – Findings shop on Spadina Ave that Lori couldn’t remember
Activewear discussion forum in Pattern Review
Fabric for Fashion: the Swatch Book by Clive Hallett & Amanda Johnston
Spoonflower
My Fabric Designs
Sprout
Sewmaris.com

Now find us anywhere!

Now find us anywhere!

itunesmavensThank you for your suggestions and nudges requesting us to be available on your favorite podcast platform! We are delighted to announce that we are available now on ITunes, Stitcher, TuneIn and Google Play. You’ll be able to find us at Pocketcast, Overcast, Podcast Addict, Downcast and Icatcher. I think the show was submitted to every major podcast directory, but if I missed your favorite one, let me know and I’ll figure it out. I hope this makes it easier for you to listen, especially while sewing!

Episode #2 Interview: Lauren from Lladybird

Episode #2 Interview: Lauren from Lladybird

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In this episode, Helena got a chance to talk to one of the sewing community’s most popular bloggers, Lauren Taylor of Lladybird.com. If you’ve read Lauren’s blog, you know that she’s a prolific and talented sewer; everything from intricate bras and coats to gorgeous dresses and jeans. You might even have taken part in one of her online Outfit-alongs, where she guides readers through not only sewing a particular garment, but also knitting a garment to match. Lauren sews with lightening speed and has sewn many Indie designer’s patterns. She teaches sewing workshops in several different cities, and is the Education Coordinator at Craft South in Nashville, where she lives. In this episode. she talks about how she’s able to fund her sewing hobby, while also making a supplemental income doing what she loves. I’ll ask her if she actually has any sewing anxieties, since she seems so fearless in the types of projects she tackles, and we talk about our twinning Berninas.

Mentioned in this podcast

Craft South in Nashville, TN

Pintuck & Purl in Exeter, NH

Workroom Social in Brooklyn, NY

Papercut Patterns

Spiegel 60609

Vogue Sewing Book

Bernina 350PE

Sew Small Talk  #1 – Introductions all around

Sew Small Talk #1 – Introductions all around

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In our inaugural episode, our sewing chat focuses on introducing ourselves and the podcast. Helena and Lori give a short bio of how they got started sewing, then they dig into some Proust questionnaire questions (some with a twist!).

We are especially excited to get our entire community involved and want to hear your voice! We will ask a question each Sew Small Talk episode and would love to hear your answers to include on the following podcasts!

Our first Sew Small Talk question is What is the most embarrassing thing you ever sewed that you actually wore out in public?

Why did you wear it, and where? How did you feel? Was it embarrassing at the time or only now that you think back on it? Perhaps it was a fashion crime? Or a bad fit? Or likely it was just something that was fashionable in the 80s that you’re horrified by now.

There are several ways you can share your story with us:

  1. Call us at 401-64MAVEN and leave your story on our voicemail. (Long distance charges may apply.)
  2. Visit speakpipe.com/ClothesMakingMavens and record your message using your computer’s built-in or external microphone.
  3. Leave your story in the comment form.
  4. Send your story telepathically directly to our brain. (Results not guaranteed.)