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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.

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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.

Excellent podcast for sewists

By mgdoodlestudio - Oct 30 2017
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Interesting and inspiring content - really enjoyable!

iTunes Ratings

50 Ratings
Average Ratings
39
4
4
1
2

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.

Excellent podcast for sewists

By mgdoodlestudio - Oct 30 2017
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Interesting and inspiring content - really enjoyable!
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Clothes Making Mavens

Latest release on Dec 23, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 23 hours ago

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 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 #3: 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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: Podcast Ep006: Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow

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Clothes Making Mavens is a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. In this episode, Lori interviews Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow (http://craftingarainbow.wordpress.com/). 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.
Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=230

Sep 26 2016

36mins

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Rank #11: 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 #12: Podcast Ep010: Michelle Morris 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.
Show notes are posted here: http://www.clothesmakingmavens.com/?p=313

Jun 16 2017

43mins

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Rank #13: 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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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 Ep013: A Tour of Sharadha's Closet Full of Handmades

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Sharadha of SweetShard.com has made herself a million-dollar wardrobe on a dime-store budget. Having spent way too many hours fawning over Sharadha's blog, Instagram account, and YouTube channel, Lori finally decided to just invite herself over to Sharadha's place to have a look in her closet in person! Sharadha was happy to give Lori the personalized tour...so come have a peek in Sharadha's closet and join in our conversation.
You can find photos of all the pieces we talk about in the podcast over on Sweet Shard's blog at http://bit.ly/2xMjX2m.

Oct 20 2017

1hr 5mins

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