Love to Sew Podcast

By Caroline Somos & Helen Wilkinson : Sewing Enthusiasts and Indie Sewing Entrepreneurs

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Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos host Love to Sew, a fun weekly podcast about making clothes, sewing community, and small business. They talk about their passion for sewing a handmade wardrobe and their daily lives as creative entrepreneurs. Listen to interviews with indie business owners and inspiring sewists who totally understand your obsession with sewing.

Episode Date
Episode 54: Embracing Community with Sarai Mitnick
Sarai Mitnick gives us a peek behind the scenes of Colette Patterns and Seamwork Magazine. We discuss building an inspiring workplace, bringing sewists together online, and handling challenges in business. Sarai also chats with us about body positivity and self-image as it relates to our sewing practice.
Aug 14, 2018
Episode 53: Bra Making with Emerald Erin

Erin Meiklejohn teaches us all about bra making supplies, fitting lingerie, and what is involved in sewing your own bras. We get to hear the story behind her business, Emerald Erin, and her plans for future patterns!

Aug 07, 2018
Episode 52: Financials of Sewing

What is the real cost of making our own clothes? We tackle the tricky topic of money in this episode about sewing financials. How do sewists budget? How much fabric do we buy? How do we feel about our spending habits? Hear what the community told us!

Jul 31, 2018
Episode 51: Tessuti Fabrics with Colette Guanta

Colette Guanta joins us to talk about her fabric shop and pattern company, Tessuti! We hear the inspiring story of how Tessuti Fabrics began, and how it has evolved over the past quarter century.

Jul 24, 2018
Episode 50: A Very Special Road Trip

We are celebrating episode 50 this week with a special recap of our time spent travelling together to Pattern Review Weekend, Prince Edward County, and Montreal. We recorded some mini interviews along the way, including a sewing pep talk from Heather Lou and an intro to bra-making with Emerald Erin!

Jul 17, 2018
Episode 49: Making Time to Sew with Lauren Taylor

Lauren Taylor is here to talk about running her sewing blog, Lladybird, for almost a decade! Lauren is a sewing instructor, freelance tailor, and inspiring member of the sewing community. She gives us tips for increasing sewing productivity and finding time for creative hobbies.

Jul 10, 2018
Episode 48: Vintage Sewing with Tanya Hughes

Tanya Hughes shares her thoughts on sewing vintage patterns and fabrics. She tells us about some of her more involved projects and what it is really like to wear fashions from past decades. Tanya goes above and beyond with her sewing and has so many great tips to share.

Jul 03, 2018
Episode 47: Sewing Swimwear

Are you thinking about sewing a swimsuit this summer? We’ve got you covered! Get tips on choosing fabrics and patterns and techniques for a professional finish. We also chat about our experiences wearing swimwear and how we can be more body positive at the beach!

Jun 26, 2018
Episode 46: Building an Empire with Lisa Comfort

Lisa Comfort tells the story of Sew Over It, her online and in-person sewing shop. Lisa sells patterns, fabrics, classes, and more! She started small and has grown her business into one of the biggest indie sewing companies in the world.

Jun 19, 2018
Episode 45: MyBodyModel with Erica Schmitz

Erica Schmitz joins us on the show to talk about MyBodyModel, a web app that generates custom, body-positive croquis based on your own measurements. Erica takes us on her journey, from her first ideas and focus-testing to running her successful Kickstarter campaign. Today is launch day and we can't wait to share this app with you!

Jun 12, 2018
Episode 44: Inclusivity and Representation with Erin Weisbart

Erin Weisbart joins us to talk about inclusivity, representation, self-love, and self-expression! We learn more about the work Erin is doing with Tuesday Stitches to make the sewing community more inclusive. We also hear about her new project, Maternity Sewing, launching soon!

Jun 05, 2018
Episode 43: You Can Hack It

This week we break down our favourite simple and advanced hacks that will let you get the most mileage out of your patterns! Everything you need to know, from must-have hacking tools to how to mix your favourite patterns. You can hack it!

May 29, 2018
Episode 42: Sustainability and Sewing Part 2

We hear from the sewing community about ways we can be more sustainable in our sewing practice. We discuss favourite scrap-busters, eco-friendly options for fabric and yarns, and organizations and initiatives making a difference in our community.

May 22, 2018
Episode 41: Inspiring Others to Sew with Tilly Walnes

Tilly Walnes from Tilly and the Buttons joins us to chat about her sewing patterns, personal style, and how she balances running a business with being a new mum. We also get all the details about her latest book, Stretch!

May 15, 2018
Episode 40: Our Very Special Mothers

Our mothers join us on the show for this very special episode! We chat about what we were like as kids, the history of sewing in our families, and what our moms think of the sewing community today. These women helped shape who we are and we are so excited to introduce them to you! 

May 08, 2018
Episode 39: The Art of Cultivating a Stylish Wardrobe With Erica Bunker

Erica Bunker joins us to talk about cultivating a stylish wardrobe. We cover exploring your personal style, looking past the pattern envelope, and how to take awesome photos of your makes. Erica is always pushing the boundaries of sewing with her bold fashion choices and couture finishes.

May 01, 2018
Episode 38: Me-Made-May with Zoe Edwards

Zoe Edwards, the creator of Me-Made-May, is on the podcast! We talk about sewing for kids, sustainability, and a decade of blogging. We also cover everything you need to know about the Me-Made-May challenge!

Apr 24, 2018
Episode 37: Up Your Sewing Game

In this episode, we give you tips and ideas to level up your sewing! We want to help you to learn new skills, improve the quality of your work, and sew something you didn't think possible. We hope you'll come away with the encouragement you need to take your sewing practice up a notch.

Apr 17, 2018
Episode 36: Tissue Fitting with Melissa Watson

Melissa Watson is on the show to tell us about the Palmer/Pletsch tissue fitting method. She walks us through common fitting issues and the right order to make fit adjustments. Melissa also shares her experience growing up in the sewing world, designing patterns for McCalls, and some exciting news about the new Palmer/Pletsch fitting book!

Apr 10, 2018
Episode 35: Sustainability and Sewing

This week we are exploring the topic of sustainability as it relates to our sewing practice. We open up about where we are at in our sustainability journey, and how we plan to be kinder to the earth. We also offer tips on what you can do as a sewist to lessen your environmental and social impact on the planet.

Apr 03, 2018
Episode 34: Intentional Making with Aidan Owen

Aidan Owen joins us to chat about connecting with our deeper selves through the act of making. Aidan is an amazing knitter and an enthusiastic beginner sewist with lots of great insight to share. We talk about sustainability, slow making, and just how awe-inspiring it is to create.

Mar 27, 2018
Episode 33: Creativity and Connection with Erin Dollar

Erin Dollar is on the podcast to talk about Cotton & Flax, her collection of handmade textile home goods. We chat about her unique aesthetic, her creative process, and her line of fabrics with Robert Kaufman. Erin prioritizes sustainability in her creative business and this year she is striving to connect with the creative community in a deeper way.

Mar 20, 2018
Episode 32: Beginner Sewing

This episode is all about getting started with sewing! We recommend patterns, classes, and books for newbies, and explain lots of sewing techniques and fabric jargon. Find out what tools you need to get going and how to keep moving forward with your new sewing hobby!

Mar 13, 2018
Episode 31: Find Your Calling with Mimi G

Mimi G inspires us with stories from her journey to becoming a sewing celebrity. We chat about her pattern line with Simplicity, the Sew It Academy, her workshops, and more. Mimi G is passionate about sharing her knowledge with the world and encouraging the next generation to sew.

Mar 06, 2018
Episode 30: Our Very Special Favourites

We are sharing our favourite things with you! Hear about our favourite sewing tools, patterns, sewists in the community, and more. You’ll learn a little bit more about us in this very special episode and maybe discover something new!

Feb 27, 2018
Episode 29: Craft Real Magic with Rochelle New

Rochelle New is on the show to chat all about her sewing journey, pivoting in life and business, and her dog, Lucille! Rochelle is an amazing maker who designs all the prints and textiles for the items for sale in her online shop, Home Row Fiber Co. She loves sewing and knitting and creates truly unique items for crafters.

Feb 20, 2018
Episode 28: Sewing Activewear with Johanna Lu

Johanna Lu is on the podcast to talk about her new book, Sewing Activewear! She shares tips and resources for sewists interested in sewing their own workout gear. We also chat about Johanna's blog and Youtube channel, and her passion for sharing her sewing knowledge with the community.

Feb 13, 2018
Episode 27: Fabrics 101

Today’s episode is all about fabric! We’re covering all the basics such as construction, content, weight, drape, and stretch. We also offer tips for successful fabric shopping online and in person.

Feb 06, 2018
Episode 26: Workroom Social with Jennifer Wiese

This week we are chatting with Jennifer Wiese, owner of Workroom Social in Brooklyn, New York. Jennifer joins us to chat about running sewing classes and retreats, creating a custom line of fashion fabrics, and finding your personal style. We also touch on the struggles of running a small business and how we are all going at our own pace.

Jan 30, 2018
Episode 25: Sewing As Therapy with Caz Adams

This week we hear from Caz Adams, the sewing instructor behind UsefulBox in Sydney, Australia. Caz shares a moving story with us and we discuss sewing as therapy and a means to connect with others and with ourselves. She also shares tips for beginner sewists and potential sewing teachers out there!

Jan 23, 2018
Episode 24: Sewing Makes You Love Yourself

In this episode, we’re setting aside our goals and resolutions, and carving out space to talk about self-love! Inspired by the #SMYLY2018 challenge, we each tell our stories of how sewing has changed the way we view our bodies. We also offer tips for how you can be more body positive and kind to yourself this year.

Jan 16, 2018
Episode 23: Face Your Sewing Fears with Heather Lou

Heather Lou, the designer behind Closet Case Patterns, is on the show! We chat about her sewing journey, her pattern line, and her recent move to a new office space. Heather offers our listeners an inspiring pep talk about letting go of fear as a means to improve our sewing practice and our lives.

Jan 09, 2018
Episode 22: New Year’s Re-SEW-lutions

We are talking about sewing resolutions this week on the podcast! What are some of our goals for the new year and how can we help each other stay accountable? Learn about sewing challenges to keep you motivated and get inspired to make your own re-SEW-lution.

Jan 02, 2018
Episode 21 - Confidence in Business with Jess Povenmire

Jess Povenmire is on the show this week to talk about her fabric and yarn shop, La Mercerie. Jess shares her experiences building confidence in business, sticking to a schedule, and planning her creative projects.

Dec 26, 2017
Episode 20: A Very Special Episode with Sam and Shea

Our partners Shea and Sam join us for our 20th episode! We are so excited to introduce you to the guys that support us through our everyday lives as sewists and entrepreneurs. We test their sewing knowledge, laugh about the hardships of living with a sewist, and get their take on our journey as small business owners.

Dec 19, 2017
Episode 19: Cherishing the Process with Emily Hundt

Emily Hundt is the designer behind In the Folds, an independent sewing pattern company based in Sydney, Australia. Emily believes in slow sewing and cherishing the making process. She is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to take her PDF patterns to print. We chat about planning and launching a crowdfunding campaign, her recent rebrand, and her unique design philosophy.

Dec 12, 2017
Episode 18: Fearless Making with Jasika Nicole

Jasika Nicole joins us to chat about shoemaking, red carpet DIY, handmade beauty products and more. She's a fearless maker who will try anything! Her approach to making is inspiring and her creative spirit is infectious.

Dec 05, 2017
Episode 17: How Big is Your Pattern Stash?

We dive deep into patterns this week with tips for organizing, storing, and collecting sewing patterns. We cover hot-button topics like indie vs. big 4, paper vs. PDF, and tracing vs. cutting! This is a great episode for beginner sewists navigating the world of patterns!

Nov 28, 2017
Episode 16: Work/Life Balance with Jen Beeman

Jen Beeman, the founder of Grainline Studio, is on the podcast! We get her take on owning and growing an indie pattern company, and how she has found work/life balance as an entrepreneur.

Nov 21, 2017
Episode 15: Capsule Wardrobe Challenge

We take on a ten-day capsule wardrobe challenge and tell you how it went, what we learned, and what we would do differently next time. Lee Vosburgh's 10 x 10 Challenge helped us to reflect on our current lifestyle and wardrobe needs. We walk away feeling motivated to approach our sewing plans thoughtfully and realistically.

Nov 14, 2017
Episode 14: Inside Camp Workroom Social 2017

We go to Camp Workroom Social and chat with our fellow campers about what this sewing weekend means to them. We both found camp to be such a magical, accepting, and heart-opening experience and we really wanted to share that feeling with the sewing community. Get an inside look at this amazing weekend and hopefully we will see you at camp next year!

Nov 07, 2017
Episode 13: BPSewvember with Amanda Adams

Amanda Adams chats with us about her photo a day challenge, #BPSewvember, and shares her passion for bringing the sewing community together. Amanda has a playful approach to sewing and we are in love with her outlook on this creative practice.

Oct 31, 2017
Episode 12: You Don't Have to Sew Everything

This week we are tackling feelings of guilt around NOT sewing all the things and how we can give ourselves grace in our sewing practice. You don’t have to make everything by hand and we can be extra hard on ourselves sometimes for shopping or not making time to sew. We chat about how life is busy and sewing is meant to be a relaxing creative practice, let’s try to keep it that way!

Oct 24, 2017
Episode 11: The Sewcialists with Gillian Whitcombe

Gillian Whitcombe chats with us about The Sewcialists, and her blog Crafting a Rainbow. We discuss her experience running an online community and the compelling Sewcialists blog series, Who We Are. Gillian also has some great advice about taking better blog photos and defining personal style.

Oct 17, 2017
Episode 10: A Very Special Q&A Episode

In our first Very Special Episode, we're answering your questions. We chat about fabric, fitting solo, favourite tools, TNT patterns, sewing machines, and much more. We also reflect on podcasting for ten episodes, and how we make it work with our full-time jobs! 

Oct 10, 2017
Episode 9: The Refashioners with Portia Lawrie

Portia Lawrie joins us to chat about the Refashioners 2017 and all that goes into organizing this fantastic community challenge. Learn how you can participate and get tips on refashioning and shopping for unloved garments. Portia encourages us to get creative, overcome sewing fear, and just go for it!

Oct 03, 2017
Episode 8: Achieving Big Goals with Kelli Ward

Kelli Ward of True Bias chats with us about her rebrand, her move to paper patterns, and reveals an exciting collaboration that she’s been working on! Over the past few years, she has balanced motherhood, school, and her growing business. Kelli’s approach of leaning slowly into her goals proves that big things can happen one day at a time.

Sep 26, 2017
Episode 7: Are You a Sewing Perfectionist?

Do you enjoy taking the time to make every detail the best it can be or do you make yourself crazy trying to get everything ‘perfect'? In this week’s episode, we unpack the topic of perfectionism as a community by sharing your thoughts and discussing how striving for perfection affects our sewing practice.

Sep 19, 2017
Episode 6: A New Chapter with Christine Haynes

Christine Haynes tells us all about her epic move NYC, her new job as manager of Purl Soho, and her plans for her pattern line, Christine Haynes patterns. We loved chatting about this new chapter of her life and hearing all about how she got here. Christine reminds us that it is OK to stop and evaluate where we are at in order to keep moving forward.

Sep 12, 2017
Episode 5: How to Sewcialize

Sewcializing = sewing + socializing! Today we’re chatting all about the different ways sewists connect online. We cover everything from Instagram etiquette to our favourite Facebook groups. We also confess how many times a day we check Instagram, and how many people we follow! A great episode if you’re new to the sewing community or just looking for a new way to interact with fellow makers.

Sep 05, 2017
Episode 4: Modern Sewing with Katie Marcus

Katie Marcus from What Katie Sews shares how she learned to sew, her favourite makes and patterns, and her passion for sustainability through sewing. Katie has a modern approach to sewing, focusing on wearable makes that reflect her strong sense of style. We loved getting to know Katie and we hope you do too!

Aug 29, 2017
Episode 3: How Big Is Your Fabric Stash?

Learn how we organize our fabrics, what we like to stash, how our partners feel about it, and what to do with unwanted items. Together we confess how much fabric we are each hoarding and come to realize that it’s OK to collect fabric as part of a sewing practice. Do you have a growing fabric stash? Listen to this episode for great tips (and maybe a little bit of moral support) when it comes to organizing and managing a fabric collection.

Aug 22, 2017
Episode 2: Curvy Sewing with Jenny Rushmore

Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Patterns comes on the show to talk about her sewing journey, her business, and the Curvy Sewing Collective. She also tells us the story of #cakewithcashmerette, and how sewing has helped her to love and accept her body, and inspire others to do the same.

Aug 22, 2017
Episode 1: Get to Know Us

You're going to get to know us in this episode! We’re talking about how and when we learned to sew, why we love it so much, what we do every day, and how we met. Helen makes a big announcement about her business. Caroline tells the story behind the name of her online shop. We wrap up with a rapid-fire random question session – complete with lots of laughs and some embarrassing confessions.

Aug 22, 2017
Episode 0: Introducing the Love to Sew Podcast

Helen Wilkinson and Caroline Somos host Love to Sew, a fun weekly podcast about making clothes, sewing community, and small business. They talk (and laugh) about their passion for sewing a handmade wardrobe and their daily lives as creative entrepreneurs. Listen to interviews with indie business owners and inspiring sewists who totally understand your obsession with sewing. Join us every Tuesday for new episodes of Love to Sew!

Aug 15, 2017