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Rank #41 in Fashion & Beauty category

Arts
Society & Culture
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Fashion & Beauty
Leisure
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Stories about designing, making, and wearing your own clothing

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Stories about designing, making, and wearing your own clothing

iTunes Ratings

259 Ratings
Average Ratings
253
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Like This American Life

By yttap - Jan 06 2018
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It's a very good podcast. Too bad they stopped making them.

Very professional

By QMS1979 - Jul 27 2017
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So well done! Seamwork Radio is "This American Life" for sewists!

iTunes Ratings

259 Ratings
Average Ratings
253
6
0
0
0

Like This American Life

By yttap - Jan 06 2018
Read more
It's a very good podcast. Too bad they stopped making them.

Very professional

By QMS1979 - Jul 27 2017
Read more
So well done! Seamwork Radio is "This American Life" for sewists!
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Seamwork Radio

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Stories about designing, making, and wearing your own clothing

Rank #1: A Dream of Self-Sufficiency with Morgan Meredith

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Morgan Meredith is the designer and creator of Thread Theory, a menswear sewing pattern line. From the time she was little, Morgan knew she wanted a life that she could control. But when her husband decided to join the military, she thought those dreams might be shattered.

Listen to Morgan’s story of dramatic changes and rediscovering what really makes her happy.

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Nov 20 2015

22mins

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Rank #2: Let’s talk money with Heather Lewenza

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Talking publicly about money is a little bit taboo for most of us. And yet, it motivates and influences much of what we do with our lives, how we spend our time, and how we cope with feelings.

In today’s episode, designer Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files opens up about how money and spending have shaped her life and career, and led her to the world of home sewing. From working in an auto factory to designing shopping centers to running her own business, see how Heather’s relationship with money has transformed her thinking over time.

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May 01 2016

30mins

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Rank #3: It’s Worth It with Sadie Roberts of Tradlands

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Sadie Roberts and her partner started their label, Tradlands, without a lot of money or experience. They produce menswear-inspired shirting for women, and they believe strongly in what they make and how they serve their customers. But starting a US-made fashion label isn’t easy.

In this episode, Sadie shares how she got through some harrowing moments, why she didn’t quit, and what she’d recommend to other aspiring designers.

"I’m really comfortable saying, we had no idea what we were doing." – Sadie Roberts

Links from this episode:

Sadie wanted to let you know that if you have any questions about starting a small fashion label, she would be happy to help. You can find her email address at the end of the episode

Nov 05 2015

26mins

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Rank #4: The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway

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Growing up in Oklahoma, Matthew always had the sense that he wasn’t “normal.” As he grew up, he began to ask questions. What’s wrong with being interested in “feminine” things? And what does it say about how we view women?

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Matthew also recommends:

Oct 21 2015

27mins

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Rank #5: The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price

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Many of us are familiar with writer’s block, that creative emptiness that hits you when you have all the freedom in the world and a blank page. But what about the opposite: when you face tough times and a lack of freedom, but discover in that an unstoppable will to create?

Creating something from nothing is Leah Price’s passion. After spending ten years in what she describes as almost complete isolation, caring for her two children with special needs, Leah discovered a deep and abiding creative energy in repurposing what is unloved and wasted.

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Dec 03 2015

27mins

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STORY: A Bright Spot in the Dark with Ashley

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Ashley grew up in British Columbia, Canada and had a freewheeling, happy childhood. Her mother was confident, creative, and charismatic. Everyone seemed to adore her, especially Ashley. She was full of energy and seemed able to do anything.

But as Ashley got older, a different picture emerged. She learned that her mom had a secret, and over time it would destroy their relationship – and her mom’s life.

But somehow, for some reason, the experience of sewing with her mom remained one of the few bright spots.

“I just feel like, you know, that was sort of one of the one of the activities that we shared where she wasn't she wasn't so critical. She wasn't hard on me. She was competitive with me. You know, she coached me. She gave me some space. She gave me, like, access to her tools.”

“I'm pretty sure my mom made the shirt she's wearing, plus the sweater my toddler brother was wearing, and she definitely made the pink corduroy overalls I'm wearing, plus the booties. I used to ask her about those overalls all the time. For some reason I was delighted by the buttons, which were little kitties.”

“You can see the wall hanging in the background that my mom made. I feel like that could probably sell for a lot of money at some hipster craft fair these days!”

“You can just see the fur tops of my brother's mocassins - she definitely would have made those.”

“She was so tall, look how high I have to reach her hands! She liked to dress strikingly - bold colours and designs that accentuated her features. I remember she had to wear a stick-on bra with that dress because it was open in the back with verticle panels from collar to waistline, and we laughed about that; she was always showing me how to be classy - bra straps should never be visible for example.”

“She knit a special blanket for each of her babies during her pregnancies, and for mine she said she just knew intuitively that she was having a girl, so she chose the peach colour. I actually remember her finishing my baby brother's blanket in the hospital bed just hours after delivering him. She was a tough lady.”

If you are interested in helping address drug use in a compassionate way, Ashley has provided some wonderful links to help you get involved.

Aug 01 2020

43mins

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Seamwork Radio is Back!

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Welcome to Season 3 of Seamwork Radio! After a long hiatus, we're back with a brand new season of stories.

We'll bring you a new full-length story on the first of the month this fall, along with a mini-episode on the 15th. You'll hear stories from the lives of people like you, and how sewing has impacted them.

We're so happy to be back! Enjoy the first episode with Ashley, and look for our mini-episode in mid-August 2020.

Aug 01 2020

1min

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Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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In 1999, Kristine Vejar took her first trip to India. There, she met the Rabari, a small community that changed her perspective and direction for the future. In this story told by contributor Jessica Yen, Kristine shares what she learned, and how that informed the direction of her growing business, A Verb for Keeping Warm.

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Oct 01 2016

40mins

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Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr

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In 2008, sewing blogger Melissa Fehr revealed something on her blog: she’d been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Soon, she’d need a complete bone marrow transplant. In this episode, Melissa shares how her relationship with her body changed before and after this life-changing experience – and how this relationship eventually led her to designing her own patterns.

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Sep 01 2016

38mins

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Loving a person, not their gender with Marie of A Stitching Odyssey

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In September 2015, Marie wrote a post on her sewing blog called “Loving a Person, Not Their Gender.” In that post, she talked about the experience of having her partner come out as transgender. In today’s story, we talk to Marie and her girlfriend Charlotte about that experience, and what came after.

Editor’s note: At the end of this episode, the name of Marie’s blog is misidentified as Diary of a Sewing Fanatic, another lovely sewing blog. Marie’s blog is called A Stitching Odyssey. We apologize for the error.

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Aug 01 2016

54mins

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The Learning Process with Joost De Cock

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Have you ever wished for a way to just punch in your measurements somewhere and get a pattern that’s drafted just for you? That’s the idea behind makemypattern.com, a menswear-focused website created by Belgian sewist Joost De Cock. Joost went from only sewing a few curtains and pillows to making his own wardrobe to creating this incredible online service in the span of just a few years. In this episode, we talk about his learning process and resources he recommends to improve your own sewing.

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Jul 01 2016

30mins

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The “head stuff” with Felicia Semple

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Felicia Semple is the creator of The Craft Sessions, an incredible sewing retreat she created to help teach women to find joy and meaning – not perfection – in the practice of craft. In this episode, I talk to Felicia about her path to creating the sewing retreat she dreamed of, and how the "head stuff" around sewing and creating has affected her life.

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Jun 01 2016

34mins

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Let’s talk money with Heather Lewenza

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Talking publicly about money is a little bit taboo for most of us. And yet, it motivates and influences much of what we do with our lives, how we spend our time, and how we cope with feelings.

In today’s episode, designer Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files opens up about how money and spending have shaped her life and career, and led her to the world of home sewing. From working in an auto factory to designing shopping centers to running her own business, see how Heather’s relationship with money has transformed her thinking over time.

Related links from this episode:

May 01 2016

30mins

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A Shift in Mindset with Jacqui Palhegyi

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Jacqui Palhegyi is the blogger behind Birds of a Thread, a sewing and ethical fashion blog. She’s always been passionate about issues of social justice. But it was on a trip to Egypt with her husband that an encounter forever shifted the way she thought about how her clothing was made – and what she could do about it.

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Apr 01 2016

32mins

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Open Up with Jennifer Wiese

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Jennifer Wiese had a dream. The founder of Brooklyn sewing studio Workroom Social wanted to create a weekend-long sewing event that brought a spirit of play and fun to sewing. In 2015, she hosted Camp Workroom Social, an overnight sewing camp for adults. She talks about why being present and open to imperfection is always better than fretting over mistakes – in sewing and in life.

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Mar 01 2016

33mins

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Design, Fame, and Villainy with Gretchen Jones

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Gretchen Jones is the controversial winner of season 8 of Project Runway. Her singular style won the show, but her bold and ambitious personality led her to be cast as the season’s villain. In this interview with contributor Heather Lewenza, Gretchen talks about what led her to put herself out there on television, what life was like after sudden fame, and how she’s discovered her true career path through it all.

Just a note, this recording does have several words that you may not find appropriate for young listeners.

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Dec 17 2015

38mins

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The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price

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Many of us are familiar with writer’s block, that creative emptiness that hits you when you have all the freedom in the world and a blank page. But what about the opposite: when you face tough times and a lack of freedom, but discover in that an unstoppable will to create?

Creating something from nothing is Leah Price’s passion. After spending ten years in what she describes as almost complete isolation, caring for her two children with special needs, Leah discovered a deep and abiding creative energy in repurposing what is unloved and wasted.

Related links from this episode:

Dec 03 2015

27mins

Play

A Dream of Self-Sufficiency with Morgan Meredith

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Read more

Morgan Meredith is the designer and creator of Thread Theory, a menswear sewing pattern line. From the time she was little, Morgan knew she wanted a life that she could control. But when her husband decided to join the military, she thought those dreams might be shattered.

Listen to Morgan’s story of dramatic changes and rediscovering what really makes her happy.

Links from this episode:

Nov 20 2015

22mins

Play

It’s Worth It with Sadie Roberts of Tradlands

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Read more

Sadie Roberts and her partner started their label, Tradlands, without a lot of money or experience. They produce menswear-inspired shirting for women, and they believe strongly in what they make and how they serve their customers. But starting a US-made fashion label isn’t easy.

In this episode, Sadie shares how she got through some harrowing moments, why she didn’t quit, and what she’d recommend to other aspiring designers.

"I’m really comfortable saying, we had no idea what we were doing." – Sadie Roberts

Links from this episode:

Sadie wanted to let you know that if you have any questions about starting a small fashion label, she would be happy to help. You can find her email address at the end of the episode

Nov 05 2015

26mins

Play

The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway

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Growing up in Oklahoma, Matthew always had the sense that he wasn’t “normal.” As he grew up, he began to ask questions. What’s wrong with being interested in “feminine” things? And what does it say about how we view women?

Links from this episode:

Matthew also recommends:

Oct 21 2015

27mins

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Making Your Own Mold with Charlie Wensley

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Charlie Wensley learned the hard way that trying to fit a pre-existing mold can have devastating effects. Charlie is the blogger behind nobleanddaughter.com. But before she rediscovered her love of making clothes, she struggled to meet her own expectations about the kind of person she thought she was supposed to be. This culminated in a battle with post-natal depression that left her questioning who she was.

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Oct 08 2015

29mins

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A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore

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Jenny Rushmore is the blogger behind Cashmerette and a founder of The Curvy Sewing Collective. She’s a woman who exudes warmth and confidence in everything she does. But it wasn’t always this way. Learn how Jenny overcame childhood bullying and found her voice in the sewing community.

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Sep 18 2015

25mins

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iTunes Ratings

259 Ratings
Average Ratings
253
6
0
0
0

Like This American Life

By yttap - Jan 06 2018
Read more
It's a very good podcast. Too bad they stopped making them.

Very professional

By QMS1979 - Jul 27 2017
Read more
So well done! Seamwork Radio is "This American Life" for sewists!