Episode #14 – Deepika from PatternReview.com

Episode #14 – Deepika from PatternReview.com

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Helena gets the chance to interview PatternReview.com’s fearless leader, Deepika Prakash, about the resources you may not be familiar with on the community-driven site. With her heart full of love for sewing, Deepika facilitates a wonderful community of passionate sewists that offer help, encouragement and knowledge for everyone. She also answers the burning question “What is it like to work in an office stocked with every pattern imaginable?”

Mentioned in this Podcast:

www.PatternReview.com

Large Format Printing for PDF patterns

The Sewing Bee 2017

Helena’s daughter’s first contest entry

PR weekend 2017 in New York

Pattern Review Exclusive Patterns

Claire Wrap Dress

Lillian Top Pattern

Elizabeth Made This’ many versions of the Lillian Top

Deepika’s Southport dress she was wearing during interview

Bomber jacket inspiration

Helena’s reversible dress

Helena’s Winter Street dress

Fabrics & Fabrics 403 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (no website)

Angel Fabric 630 S Los Angeles St, Ste B12, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (no website)

Episode #13 – Sharadha from SweetShard.com

Episode #13 – Sharadha from SweetShard.com

 

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Get ready for some real life conversation when Lori has the chance to visit Sharadha’s closet for a tour! SweetShard.com is a beautifully styled and photographed blog and is one of our favorites, and Lori gets to dive into the details of Sharadha’s sewing journey through the clothes she’s created. It is a very unique perspective that leads them to discuss creativity, economy, photo styling and the last minute pressure to whip up something new for an event that so many of us face. You’ll want to click over to SweetShard.com for the visual accompaniment to the discussion, too. Such a fun and insightful perspective on sewing!

Episode #12: The Literary Sewing Circle with Melanie from Following the Thread

Episode #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
Episode #11 – Activewear with Dawn from Two On, Two Off

Episode #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

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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.)
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  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.)
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  3. Leave your story in the comment form.
  4. Send your story telepathically directly to our brain. (Results not guaranteed.)