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Seamwork Radio: Sewing Stories

Stories about designing, sewing, and wearing your own clothing. On Seamwork Radio, we hear the stories of all sorts of makers and what it means to them to sew clothing. We also explore the craft of sewing, how to stay creative, and the practice of creating your own wardrobe. Join us!

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It’s Worth It with Sadie Roberts of Tradlands

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: Tradlands, Sadie and Jeremy’s label 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


5 Nov 2015

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The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway

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: The Thorn and Thread, Matthew’s blog Matthew also recommends: Male Pattern Boldness TaylorTailor


21 Oct 2015

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Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

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. Related links from this episode: A Verb for Keeping Warm, Kristine’s multi-faceted business. The Modern Natural Dyer, Kristine’s book


1 Oct 2016

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Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr

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. Related links from this episode: Fehr Trade, Melissa’s blog and patterns Be The Match, the US National Marrow Donation Program British Bone Marrow Registry


1 Sep 2016

Rank #4

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

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. Related links from this episode: Loving a Person, Not Their Gender, Marie’s blog post from September 2015. A Stitching Odyssey, Marie’s blog Marie on twitter Marie on Instagram Charlotte on Instagram


1 Aug 2016

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The Learning Process with Joost De Cock

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. Related links from this episode: Make My Pattern, Joost’s pattern site All Things Joost Joost on twitter


1 Jul 2016

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The “head stuff” with Felicia Semple

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. Related links from this episode: The Craft Sessions, Felicia’s blog The Craft Sessions Retreat, where you can learn more about attending the event The Craft Sessions Manifesto offers an overview of Felicia’s philosophy


1 Jun 2016

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Let’s talk money with Heather Lewenza

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: Closet Case Files, Heather’s company The Bombshell Swimsuit The Ginger Jeans The Clare Coat The Morgan Jeans


1 May 2016

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A Shift in Mindset with Jacqui Palhegyi

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. Related links from this episode: Birds of a Thread, Jacqui’s blog The Colette Violet blouse


1 Apr 2016

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Open Up with Jennifer Wiese

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. Related links from this episode: Workroom Social Camp Workroom Social


1 Mar 2016

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Design, Fame, and Villainy with Gretchen Jones

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. Related links from this episode: Follow Gretchen on Instagram Follow Gretchen on Pinterest A Closet Tour with Gretchen Jones by Heather Lewenza, in this month’s issue of Seamwork Magazine Project Runway Season 8 The Neutral Territory, an experiment in dressing within a focused palette Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files, our intrepid reporter!


17 Dec 2015

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The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price

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: Other Boxes, Leah’s blog Our Social Fabric, the textile recycling initiative in Vancouver, where Leah is a board member. Our article on Our Social Fabric in Seamwork Magazine. Copying Complex Garments, an article by Blossom Jenab in Threads Magazine


3 Dec 2015

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A Dream of Self-Sufficiency with Morgan Meredith

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: Thread Theory, Morgan’s sewing pattern line


20 Nov 2015

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Making Your Own Mold with Charlie Wensley

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. Links from this episode: Noble & Daughter, Charlie’s blog The Great British Sewing Bee Tilly & The Buttons


8 Oct 2015

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A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore

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. Links from this episode: Cashmerette, Jenny’s sewing blog The Curvy Sewing Collective The Ginger jeans pattern from Closet Case Files The Moneta dress pattern from Colette Blogs Jenny mentions: Idle Fancy, Oonaballoona, Yoshimi the Flying Squirrel, Very Purple Person It Gets Better project to help LGBT youth


18 Sep 2015

Rank #15