Sew Small Talk #12: The Literary Sewing Circle with Melanie from Following the Thread

Sew Small Talk #12: The Literary Sewing Circle with Melanie from Following the Thread

Lori and I were pretty excited to be contacted by Melanie, who writes at the blog Magpie Makery (now relaunched as Following the Thread), telling us how a previous podcast of ours had inspired her to launch a literary sew along! We were immediately in love with the idea and all on board to do two of our favorite things- read and sew. All three of us got together to discuss the idea and we hope you get inspired to join a sew along yourself!

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Books:
Literary Knits by Nicole Lohr
 
Resources:
A Dress A Day – Erin McKean (book: The Secret Lives of Dresses)
Clothes in Books, a book blog
Patterns/Garments:
Nettie Bodysuit by Closet Case Files
Laneway Dress by Jennifer Lauren
Sew Small Talk #11 – Activewear with Dawn from Two On, Two Off

Sew Small Talk #11 – Activewear with Dawn from Two On, Two Off

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This podcast we decided to try something new! Instead of a straight interview style format, we thought we’d invite a special guest into our regular Sew Small Talk episode for a more informal discussion of our chosen topic. We’ve been thinking about sewing our own activewear for a while now, so it seemed like the perfect time to invite Dawn of Two On Two Off to come join us. We had a great time exploring the particular challenge of very stretchy fabrics and the specifics of fit during a lot of movement. Dawn really sold us on the practicality of buying a coverstitch machine, too. Lori and Helena are both ready to run out there (haha!) and sew ourselves some workout clothes!

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Episode #10 — Interview with Michelle of That Black Chic

Episode #10 — Interview with Michelle of That Black Chic

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Lori had a chat with one of the most daring and innovative sewing bloggers out there; Michelle from www.ThatBlackChic.com. She designs, sews and photographs her garments with such an artistic vision that we can’t help but admire her work. Michelle dives into the how and why of her amazing creations during this interview, as well as her exciting plans for a future sewing magazine that includes diverse perspectives on sewing, but with an emphasis on fashion sewing while learning and trying new things..

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Sewn Magazine Go Fund Me Donation Page
Black and White Dress
Trash bag Dress
Gold Jumpsuit
Michelle’s Face Bomber Jacket
First Project Owl Pants
African Fabric Suit
Woven Denim Tote Bag

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!

Mentioned in this Podcast:

Episode #8 – Interview with Made Tifaine

Episode #8 – Interview with Made Tifaine

Download the episode here – Episode #8 Madame Tifaine

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