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Clothes Making Mavens is a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. Helena and Lori discuss their favourite pastime--sewing clothes--and talk to other people who are also passionate about sewing. For information and episodes, visit ClothesMakingMavens.com.

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Clothes Making Mavens is a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. Helena and Lori discuss their favourite pastime--sewing clothes--and talk to other people who are also passionate about sewing. For information and episodes, visit ClothesMakingMavens.com.

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
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Very impressed

By chokecherry45 - May 10 2020
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This got me so excited to see!

Where have you been all my life?

By AnnMarieMakes - Apr 03 2018
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I just listened to Episode #19, and I'm hooked! Going back to Episode #1, so I can hear it all.

iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
44
5
3
3
3

Very impressed

By chokecherry45 - May 10 2020
Read more
This got me so excited to see!

Where have you been all my life?

By AnnMarieMakes - Apr 03 2018
Read more
I just listened to Episode #19, and I'm hooked! Going back to Episode #1, so I can hear it all.
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Clothes Making Mavens

Latest release on Jun 04, 2020

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Clothes Making Mavens is a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. Helena and Lori discuss their favourite pastime--sewing clothes--and talk to other people who are also passionate about sewing. For information and episodes, visit ClothesMakingMavens.com.

Rank #1: Podcast Ep003: Fabric Zeal

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Fabric Zeal - 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.
Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=200

Aug 06 2016

57mins

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Rank #2: Podcast Ep020: Sew with the Flow

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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 humourous wisdom on the subject.

Apr 15 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #3: Podcast Ep019: Fast Fashion Fasting

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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.

Mar 14 2018

58mins

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Rank #4: Podcast Ep035: sewing, micromastery, and life

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After a filling each other in on a few life updates, we get down to what we've sewn lately. Helena had some fails to share and then we move on to talk about more successful projects. We also hear from a listener on her new mantra for sewing up her stash, and the lovely Hila joins us for a fresh perspective on Micromastery. It is an inspiring way to rekindle or continue our sewing mojo when life gets in the way.

Nov 16 2019

48mins

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Rank #5: Podcast Ep005: 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!
Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=221

Sep 11 2016

51mins

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Rank #6: Podcast Ep029: What we loved, hated, and learned in 2018

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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 appreciation of some great drafting and pattern testing.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #7: Podcast Ep014: Deepika from Pattern Review

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An interview with 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?"

Nov 10 2017

51mins

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Rank #8: Podcast Ep016: Barbara Emodi from Sewing on the Edge

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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/

Jan 06 2018

1hr 9mins

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Rank #9: Podcast Ep004 : Lori of Girls in the Garden

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Clothes Making Mavens is a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. Helena interviews the prolific sewing blogger Lori VanManaan, who sews beautiful garments and bags 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. We talk about her wonderful podcast Sew Forth Now, which was one of the first podcasts specific to garment sewing. We talked about the amazing guests she had on 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.
Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=215

Aug 25 2016

36mins

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Rank #10: Podcast Ep032: Sewing, Stashing and Traveling

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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.

Jun 06 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #11: Podcast Ep033: Confessions of a Serial Stasher with Psychic Sewer Kathleen

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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 little, well, joy!

Jul 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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Rank #12: Podcast Ep023: Sewing Community IRL

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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.

Jul 15 2018

59mins

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Rank #13: Podcast Ep025: Emily Hallman Designs in Color

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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.

Sep 06 2018

1hr 1min

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Rank #14: Podcast Ep024: An Interview with Marcy Harriell of Oonaballoona

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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.

Aug 13 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #15: Podcast Ep009: Sewjo

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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 you overcome your lack of sewjo, 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. 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!

Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=254

May 10 2017

52mins

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Podcast Ep041: Sewing Phases

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The podcast begins with our statement against anti-black racism. We talk about how the sewing community has a racism problem, and we offer our podcast as a platform for black sewists if they wish to talk about these issues and others. If you are interested in this, drop us a line at our website at clothesmakingmavens.com.

We then go into the episode we had recorded previously in which Lori and Helena, along with Joy Correspondent Hila and "Font of All Sewing Knowledge" Barbara, discuss the various sewing phases we've been through. The fit-and-flare dress phase? Check. The sew someone's entire bridal party dresses phase? Mercifully short lived, but check. The phase of Magical Thinking (aka forgetting that it takes WORK to transform that pattern you just bought into an actual garment)? Check. The sewing beautiful gowns for fancy parties we never get invited to phase? Also, check!

Jun 04 2020

1hr 1min

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Podcast Ep040: Leila and Jess of Muna & Broad

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Muna and Broad is a new indie pattern company that specializes in making patterns in sizes that start where most other patterns end their sizing. We talk to Leila and Jess of Muna and Broad about why they started the company, what impact it's having on size inclusivity in sewing patterns, how they manage to work together from opposite ends of the planet, and why the beginner's feeling of "being totally free to really suck" is so amazing.

May 03 2020

57mins

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Podcast Ep039: What's Happened to the Big 4 Pattern Companies?

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Our Font of All Sewing Knowledge Barbara laments that the Big Four sewing pattern companies (Vogue, Butterick, McCalls, and Simplicity) aren't what they once were. Has the art and craft of pattern drafting taken a turn for the worse? The Mavens weigh in on what clues to look for to assess how well a pattern might be drafted before you cut your fabric, and talk about their favourite indie pattern alternatives to the Big Four. Inevitably, we find ourselves complaining about taping PDF patterns together, so we explore the emerging practice of using a projector to trace patterns directly onto fabric. Lastly, our Joy Correspondent Hila asks us to imagine what our 'dream sewing life' would look like, and tells us how to help make it happen through mood boards.
A note for our listeners: We've chosen to carry on talking about sewing without reference to COVID-19. We hope this provides you with a bit of respite from the harsh realities of the world right now. Stay home, be kind, and stay well.

Mar 29 2020

52mins

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Podcast Ep038: Sewing in Japan with Emilia Bergoglio

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Helena and Lori chat sewing with Emilia Bergoglio, whose minimalist style and sustainable approach are informed by not only Emilia's Italian heritage, but also her current life in Tokyo.

Mar 07 2020

52mins

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Podcast Ep037: A Mavens Extravaganza!

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We decided to start the year with some fun by getting ALL FOUR Clothes Making Mavens together to talk about our plans for the new year. We found that we all have different ways of approaching our sewing project planning! Planning can be fun and inspirational, or suck all the fun out of our creative endeavors. How do we make it work for us? And can Lori guess everyone’s planning style off the top of her head?

Feb 04 2020

1hr 5mins

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Podcast Ep036: Montoya Mayo

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In this episode, Lori invites you to join in the #SlowFashion2020 challenge, our Joy Correspondent Hila recommends some great sewing-themed books for you to slow down and enjoy, and the Mavens chat with Montoya Mayo about her bold and colourful wardrobe that features plenty of Ankara fabric.

Dec 23 2019

1hr 4mins

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Podcast Ep035: sewing, micromastery, and life

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After a filling each other in on a few life updates, we get down to what we've sewn lately. Helena had some fails to share and then we move on to talk about more successful projects. We also hear from a listener on her new mantra for sewing up her stash, and the lovely Hila joins us for a fresh perspective on Micromastery. It is an inspiring way to rekindle or continue our sewing mojo when life gets in the way.

Nov 16 2019

48mins

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Podcast Ep034: Sewing for a Good Cause

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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 women, while Loriann's husband offered much needed repairs to sewing machines. We also share many other ways we can contribute with our sewing skills to several different causes closer to home.

Aug 21 2019

59mins

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Podcast Ep033: Confessions of a Serial Stasher with Psychic Sewer Kathleen

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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 little, well, joy!

Jul 19 2019

1hr 3mins

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Podcast Ep032: Sewing, Stashing and Traveling

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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.

Jun 06 2019

1hr 9mins

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Podcast Ep031: Sewing, Body Image, and Mental Health

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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, Emulating Elle, on how sewing is integral to her mental health.

Apr 30 2019

55mins

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Podcast Ep030: What Shannon wants pattern companies to know about their fat, queer customers

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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.

Mar 04 2019

1hr 2mins

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Podcast Ep029: What we loved, hated, and learned in 2018

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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 appreciation of some great drafting and pattern testing.

Jan 22 2019

1hr 10mins

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Podcast Ep028: Alex of Sewrendipity on the Great British Sewing Bee and Sustainable Sewing

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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.

Dec 20 2018

1hr 3mins

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Podcast Ep027: Advice to our younger sewing selves with Cennetta Burwell of The Mahogany Stylist

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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.

Nov 29 2018

1hr

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Podcast Ep026: A Ready-to-Wear-Fast Confession and Q&A with Barbara Emodi

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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!

Oct 18 2018

55mins

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Podcast Ep025: Emily Hallman Designs in Color

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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.

Sep 06 2018

1hr 1min

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Podcast Ep024: An Interview with Marcy Harriell of Oonaballoona

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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.

Aug 13 2018

1hr 8mins

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Podcast Ep023: Sewing Community IRL

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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.

Jul 15 2018

59mins

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Podcast Ep022: Sustainable Sewing with Kate Ng

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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.

Jun 17 2018

1hr 3mins

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iTunes Ratings

58 Ratings
Average Ratings
44
5
3
3
3

Very impressed

By chokecherry45 - May 10 2020
Read more
This got me so excited to see!

Where have you been all my life?

By AnnMarieMakes - Apr 03 2018
Read more
I just listened to Episode #19, and I'm hooked! Going back to Episode #1, so I can hear it all.