Love to Sew Podcast

By Caroline Somos & Helen Wilkinson : Sewing Enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs

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Subscribers: 427
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pofanne
 Feb 23, 2020
my favourite sewing podcast

Denise
 Jan 9, 2020
Thanks for the reminder that fails are actually learning opportunities! 😉

Ane
 Dec 20, 2019
The best sewing podcast I have found!

Andrea
 May 16, 2019

Abby
 Apr 19, 2019
Great podcast! A good guest lineup plus useful garment sewing tips/technical advice and inspiration. Helen and Caroline are sweet, funny, and friendly.

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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 156: Black Makers Matter with Julian Collins
47:43

Julian Collins joins us to chat about his sewing journey and the Black Makers Matter coalition. We discuss how the sewing community can support Black makers and help to ensure companies big and small make it clear that they value their Black customers. Julian also talks about the confidence he gets from wearing handmade garments and his SewManly Facebook group! 

Aug 04, 2020
Episode 155: Fabric Shopping Online
01:05:09

Learn how to fabric shop online! We discuss our top tips for online fabric shopping so you can find that perfect fabric for your project.

Jul 28, 2020
Episode 154: Sewing Confessions
47:06

We share your favourite sewing confessions, from sewing over pins to not pre-washing your fabrics, we’ve got them all!

Jul 21, 2020
Episode 153: Queer and Trans Sewing
46:21

We hear from queer and trans community members about their experiences sewing clothing that affirms their gender and finding patterns that fit. We share listener stories of how sewing can have both a positive and negative impact on one’s gender expression and also discuss ways we can be more inclusive of LGBTQ+ sewists in our sewing community!

Jul 14, 2020
Episode 152: Linen
52:01

Learn all about linen! We discuss the fascinating history of linen, common characteristics of linen, and the many great pattern suggestions for sewing with linen. We also touch on some tips and tricks for sewing with linen and our favourite linen makes!

Jul 07, 2020
Episode 151: Muna & Broad with Jess and Leila
55:23

Jess and Leila join us to talk about their pattern design company, Muna and Broad! We discuss the beginning days of Muna and Broad, size inclusivity in the sewing community, and the inspiring community contributions Jess and Leila are behind.

Jun 30, 2020
Episode 150: Pattern Matching
42:41

We cover all the details you need to know for pattern matching! We share tips and tricks to successfully match fabrics like stripes and plaids, and discuss the many creative opportunities with pattern matching!

Jun 23, 2020
Episode 149: Meditative Crafting
44:00

We discuss how meditative crafting can help you to de-stress and relax, along with sharing lots of inspiring project ideas!

Jun 16, 2020
Episode 148: Sew Queer with Shannon Flaherty
01:07:48

Shannon Flaherty joins us to talk about Sew Queer and her involvement in the online sewing community! Shannon shares her experience as a queer, fat sewist and gives her advice on inclusivity in the sewing community.

Jun 09, 2020
Episode 147: Bias Tape
44:34

Learn all about bias tape! We discuss the different types of bias tape, how to make it, and where to use it. We share some inspiring bias tape projects and some of our favorite shops to buy bias tape!

May 26, 2020
Episode 146: Sew Inspired
43:57

We share who is inspiring you in the sewing community! We discuss whose style you are swooning over, sewing community leaders that are major heart eyes, and who we are loving following too!

May 19, 2020
Episode 145: Mending
47:32

Let’s get mending! We cover stitches to use when mending, different mending techniques, and the tools you need to be successful. We also share our mending experience and our favourite mending resources!

May 12, 2020
Episode 144: Style School with Stasia Savasuk
01:12:20

Stasia Savasuk chats with us about her style school and her journey to finding her style. She also shares some styling tips so we can always look and feel great - inside and out!

May 05, 2020
Episode 143: Menswear Style with Norris Danta-Ford
48:09

Norris Dánta Ford joins us to chat about menswear style! Norris chats about why fashion is important to him, and how we can be bolder with our styling choices. He shares styling resources, styling inspiration, and the many projects he is working on in the sewing community and beyond!

Apr 28, 2020
Episode 142: Documenting Your Makes
44:18

Do you journal your sewing process, or simply take photos of your finished makes? We are chatting about ways you can get organized in documenting your makes, while also sharing some of our top tips for taking a good photo! The #memademay challenge is coming up, and we share some planning tips for that too!

Apr 21, 2020
Episode 141: Feedback Fest 4
46:08

We share your episode feedback over the past 6 months and chat about our favorite episodes too! Hear what episodes resonated with the community most, and some follow-up discussions on some of your favourite topics!

Apr 14, 2020
Episode 140: Toiles and Tribulations with Rachael Gilbert-Burns
01:02:08

Rachael Gilbert-Burns joins us to chat about the Measurements Movement and the #imnot2D social media hashtag! She also chats about how her sewing curiosity has helped her to grow as a sewist and engage with others in the online sewing community.

Apr 07, 2020
Episode 139: TNT Patterns
54:43

Who doesn’t love a tried and true pattern? We share your favourite patterns, and ours too, in this TNT episode. We also share your favourite TNT pattern hacks that always leave you coming back for more!

Mar 31, 2020
Episode 138: Thread
56:17

Learn all about thread! We discuss the different types of thread, its properties and weights, and how to find the right thread for your sewing project. We also discuss top tips for finding a good quality thread, and ways to strengthen your thread when hand-stitching!

Mar 24, 2020
Episode 137: Friday Pattern Co. with Chelsea Gurnoe
53:30

Chelsea Gurnoe joins us to share her story of starting her indie pattern design company, Friday Pattern Co.! We chat about Friday pattern favourites, the beginning years in the business, and her commitment to social responsibility.

Mar 17, 2020
Episode 136: Fabric Dyeing
37:50

Learn about fabric dyeing! We cover different types of dyes, best practices, and the tools and supplies you will need to have success at home. Plus, we share our personal experience and our favourite tips and resources to inspire you to try your hand at fabric dyeing!

Mar 10, 2020
Episode 135: Pattern Testing with Meg McCarthy
56:38

Meg McCarthy joins us to chat about pattern testing! We chat about the pattern testing process and her pattern testing experience over the years. We also chat about her successful blog, Cookin’ and Craftin’, and her involvement in the sewing community.

Mar 03, 2020
Episode 134: Sewing with Delicate Fabrics
50:17

Let’s get fancy and chat about delicate fabrics! We discuss different kinds of delicate fabrics, and the tools and tips you need to succeed in working with fine fabrics. You will be sewing up your silks and chiffons in no time!

Feb 25, 2020
Episode 133: Zippers
58:41

We discuss the history of the zipper, how to choose a zipper for your project, and our best tips for zipper success when sewing!

Feb 18, 2020
Episode 132: Sewing Self-Care
42:31

We discuss how sewing can be a form of self-care, ways to create self-care moments in your sewing practice, and how sewing plays an important role in our self-care practices!

Feb 11, 2020
Episode 131: Shoemaking with Amanda Overs
01:04:14

Amanda Overs joins us to talk about shoe-making! From starting her business ‘I Can Make Shoes’ to her recent book release, Amanda chats with us about her shoe-making resources and how we too can make our own shoes!

Feb 04, 2020
Episode 130: Sewing Spaces
58:13

From accommodating small spaces to your favourite organizational tips, we chat all about your sewing spaces and what makes them special! We highlight your tips and tricks for a great sewing space, and also share the details on our sewing spaces too!

Jan 28, 2020
Episode 129: Sewing Careers
01:33:33

Learn how to turn your sewing passion into a full-time career! This week we are chatting about the different sewing careers out there and how you can make a living doing what you love.

Jan 21, 2020
Episode 128: Cotton
48:35

Learn all about cotton! We discuss the history of cotton, common characteristics of cotton fabric, and the many popular cotton fabrics we use to sew our garments. We also touch on some tips and tricks for sewing with cotton and our favourite cotton makes!

Jan 14, 2020
Episode 127: Sewing Challenges with Paulette Erato
01:04:04

Paulette Erato joins us to chat about the sewing challenges happening in our community in 2020! We chat about her successful blog, Petit Font, and her annual round-up of sewing challenges each year. We also touch on Paulette’s involvement in this year’s Sew My Style challenge.

Jan 07, 2020
Episode 126: New Years Goals
55:35

Let’s chat sewing goals! This week we are talking all about our sewing and business plans for 2020. We also share your sewing goals and ambitions for the new year too!

Dec 31, 2019
Episode 125: Behind the Scenes with Melanie
01:02:33

Our Podcast Assistant Melanie joins us on this holiday episode! We chat about what went down in 2019, what Melanie does for the show, and our podcast plans for 2020.

Dec 24, 2019
Episode 124: Curvy Sewing 101
53:20

Get to know your curves as we dive deep into the curvy sewing resources in our community! We discuss go-to curvy sewing communities, curvy sewists and bloggers to follow, and the sewing tips you need to get that perfect fit.

Dec 17, 2019
Episode 123: Fitting Solo with Linda Lee
01:06:10

Linda Lee joins us this week to chat about creating a great fit for any garment! We also touch on The Sewing Workshop sewing patterns and Linda’s expansive teaching and business experience in the sewing community.

Dec 10, 2019
Episode 122: Sewing Gifts
48:47

Are you looking for the perfect sewing gift to give to a loved one? What about gifts to give to your sewing friends? We’ve got you covered with all our favourites, so your gift can be both as special and unique as your loved one!

Dec 03, 2019
Episode 121: Can You Sew This for Me?
44:41

We can all relate to the situation when someone asks us to make or mend something! Do you sew for others, or is sewing a solo, self-care activity for you? We discuss how to create sewing boundaries to keep your sewing passion ignited, and also how to graciously say no to those sewing projects you don’t want to tackle.

Nov 26, 2019
Episode 120: The Mindful Wardrobe Project with Meg McElwee
01:09:57

Meg McElwee joins us to chat about how we can mindfully sew our wardrobes as a form of self-care. Meg chats all about the early days of Sew Liberated Patterns and her recent course release of The Mindful Wardrobe Project!

Nov 19, 2019
Episode 119: Buttons and Buttonholes
01:03:03

From creating a strong buttonhole to finding the perfect button for your project, we cover all the details when it comes to buttons and buttonholes! We discuss hand-sewing and machine sewing button techniques, and some helpful tips to ensure you have well-sewn buttons on all your garments!

Nov 12, 2019
Episode 118: Feel the Fantasy with Gertie
01:06:11

Sewing starlet Gretchen ‘Gertie’ Hirsch joins us to chat about retro sewing and curvy pattern design! Gertie shares her sewing journey from starting her blog over a decade ago to producing sewing patterns, books, and hosting workshops around the world. Gertie shares her love for retro glam, and the behind-the-scenes of making a pattern that accentuates women’s curves.

Nov 05, 2019
Episode 117: Designing Vogue Patterns with Carlos Correa
01:01:59

Vogue Pattern Designer Carlos Correa gives us a behind-the-scenes preview in the making of Vogue sewing patterns! Carlos also chats about his own sewing journey, his love for high fashion, and his approach to making a handmade wardrobe.

Oct 29, 2019
Episode 116: Our Favourite Sewing Tools
01:02:54

We are sharing our favourite items in our sewing toolkits! We also cover toolkit checklists for specific projects such as jeans-making and bra-making. Do you want to level up your sewing toolkit? We cover that too!

Oct 22, 2019
Episode 115: Feedback Fest 3
01:07:36

Hear your feedback over the last 6 months with our semi-annual feedback fest!  We share your inspiring sewing stories, responses to recent episodes, additional sewing tips, and so much more!

Oct 15, 2019
Episode 114: Matchpoint Fabric & Sustainability
58:40

Michelle Brown Colistro from Matchpoint Fabric joins us this week to chat about sustainable sewing. We chat about sustainability in the textile industry, and ways you too can make a positive, sustainable impact with your sewing. We also chat about Matchpoint Fabric as a successful earth-friendly business!

Oct 08, 2019
Episode 113: Refashioning
51:51

Let’s get creative and sustainable with refashioning! We cover why you should refashion beloved makes for a better fit, and how you can get creative and make big changes with your unworn garments.

Oct 01, 2019
Episode 112: Full Coverage Fashion with Rumana Lasker
52:41

Rumana Lasker joins us to talk about full coverage fashion! From wearing the hijab to her most recent burkini make, we chat with Rumana about her modest sewing approach. Rumana also chats with us about the #sewincolour movement, with its focus on diversity and inclusion, and we also hear some behind-the-scenes details from Rumana's experience on The Great British Sewing Bee!

Sep 24, 2019
Episode 111: Sewing Tips
01:02:27

From your favourite sewing tricks to your go-to sewing tools, we cover all your favourite sewing tips. Whether you are looking for ways to organize your sewing space, upgrade your sewing techniques or some simple, but smart, reminders to help you in your sewing journey, we've got you covered in this week's episode!

Sep 17, 2019
Episode 110: Seam Finishes
44:58

From the basic serging seam technique to the hong kong seam finish, we cover various different ways you can finish off those seam allowances. Whether you are looking for something quick and easy, or that professional finish, we've got you covered in this week's episode!

Sep 10, 2019
Episode 109: Curvy Sewing with Aaronica Cole
01:00:25
Aaronica Cole joins us to chat about curvy sewing and learning to love our bodies! We discuss the shift toward more inclusive sizing in the community, and the impact it is having on sewists. Aaronica also shares her insights on how we can influence young ones through our creative passions and self-care.
Sep 03, 2019
Episode 108: Create Your Dream Wardrobe
44:19

What does your style say about you? From assessing your current style to designing your dream wardrobe, we will have you inspired to create the looks that best suits you.

Aug 27, 2019
Episode 107: Denim
01:02:09
Everything you always wanted to know about Denim! What do denim weights mean? How do I choose the right denim for my project? What is selvage denim? We cover it all this week as we deep dive into Denim!
Aug 20, 2019
Episode 106: Couture Sewing with Susan Khalje
01:07:45
Join us as we chat with Susan Khalje about the art of couture sewing! We chat about why couture matters, how to create ‘couture moments’ in your wardrobe, and the tools needed to succeed with couture sewing. We also chat about her Couture Sewing School and her favourite couture shops!
Aug 13, 2019
Episode 105: Speedy Sewing
58:20
You’re busy, we’re busy, everyone is busy! We want to highlight how you can make the most of your sewing time and speed up your sewing process. We give our top tips for sewing efficiency and tons of quick pattern recommendations!
Aug 06, 2019
Episode 104: Sewing Through Cancer with Denise Archer
01:26:58

Denise Archer shares her personal experience battling cancer and how sewing played a vital role. We discuss sewing as an escape and the power of knowing our bodies through our relationship with making clothes. Denise also shares her perspective on body image post-cancer and reconstructive surgery.

Jul 30, 2019
Episode 103: Fabric Q&A
01:27:19
We answer fabric questions from the community! From identifying quality textiles to tips for working with tricky fabrics, we cover everything you ever wanted to know in this jam-packed Q&A.
Jul 23, 2019
Episode 102: Vintage Sewing and Refashioning with Evelyn Wood
01:04:38

Vintage sewing expert Evelyn Wood joins us to talk about creating garments from the past! She shares tips for refashioning thrift store finds, the importance of mending, and her top 5 good sewing habits. We also discuss ‘garment archeology’ and how to look for clues when admiring vintage pieces.

Jul 16, 2019
Episode 101: Community Over Competition
57:19

How competitive are you? This week we discuss our experience managing our competitive sides and fostering the sewing community. We hear from our listeners and dive into sewing competitions, social media comparison traps, and how to start a business in a competitive environment.

Jul 09, 2019
Episode 100: Get to Know Us 2.0
01:16:00

To celebrate 100 episodes of Love to Sew, Caroline and Helen interview each other. What have we always wanted to know? Favourite fabrics, recipes, podcasts, and more!

Jul 02, 2019
Episode 99: Patternmaking with Suzy Furrer
01:01:11

Suzy Furrer of Apparel Arts joins us to chat about patternmaking. From creating a moulage through to drafting patterns, Suzy has so much knowledge to share. We also talk about building her design school and literally writing the book on patternmaking!

Jun 25, 2019
Episode 98: Scrap Busting
55:52

What do we do with all of our fabric scraps? We break down how we store our scraps, what is worth keeping, and loads of project ideas that will have you scrap-free in no time.

Jun 18, 2019
Episode 97: Vlogging with Brittany J. Jones
54:36
Brittany J. Jones takes us behind the scenes of running a sewing YouTube channel! How she taught herself to make videos, how she stays on schedule, and how she stays true to her authentic voice online. Plus we chat about the Sew in 30 movement, radiating positivity, and Big 4 patterns.
Jun 11, 2019
Episode 96: Rubbing off Ready-To-Wear
45:07
Recreate your favourite ready-to-wear garments! We break down different methods and provide tons of great resources that will help you replace your store-bought with me-mades. Plus, we answer your sewing questions and reveal some exciting podcast news!
Jun 04, 2019
Episode 95: Creative Collaboration with Alexia Abegg
01:07:02
Alexia Abegg talks with us about Ruby Star Society, fabric design, tie-dye, and pottery. She’s an amazing creative force and gives us her secrets to successful collaboration, following your passion, and getting things done!
May 28, 2019
Episode 94: Why Do We Sew?
01:32:59
We share the wonderful, heartfelt, and surprising reasons why we sew. Listeners all around the world wrote in to tell us their ‘why’ and celebrate this wonderful hobby with us!
May 21, 2019
Episode 93: Hey June Handmade with Adrianna Appl
55:53
Adrianna Appl of Hey June Handmade is on to talk about juggling a pattern business, building a house, and raising 3 kids while living in an RV. We chat about her popular patterns and her authentic social media voice. Plus, she gives a pep talk for those of us who are ready to put their creative projects out into the world!
May 14, 2019
Episode 92: Sergers and Overlockers 101
01:12:42

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about sergers! We break down different types of stitches and what they are used for, give some top recommendations for entry-level machines, and tell you everything to look out for when choosing the right serger for you. Plus lots of great resources to learn more and get you overlocking in no time.

May 07, 2019
Episode 91: Shirtmaking with David Page Coffin
01:19:19

David Page Coffin joins us to chat about his almost 50 years of sewing experience! He gives us great shirtmaking tips and shares his sewing philosophy. We also dive into his career as an editor of Threads magazine and how he stumbled into the wonderful world of sewing.

Apr 30, 2019
Episode 90: Surface Design with Spoonflower
01:25:35
We chat in person with two fun and enthusiastic Spoonflower employees! Have you ever wanted to try designing your own fabric? We share how you can get started with surface design and all the fun projects you can create. We also hear about Spoonflower’s history and how the custom printing magic happens.
Apr 23, 2019
Episode 89: Feedback Fest 2
01:10:11

We share your feedback from the past 6 months in this semi-annual feedback fest! Hear inspiring stories from fellow listeners, get great sewing tips, and leave feeling inspired to get out there and sew!

Apr 16, 2019
Episode 88: Dress Up and Stand Out with Elisalex de Castro Peake
01:29:24

Elisalex De Castro Peake chats with us about her leap from the fashion world to the home sewing community. We hear the story behind By Hand London and discuss where things are headed next. Elisalex also shares great tips about fitting bodices, embroidering clothing, and dressing to impress.

Apr 09, 2019
Episode 87: How to get your SewJo back
01:07:02

We have all experienced Sewjo (sewing mojo) or lack thereof! Why does it leave us and how do we find it again? We discuss our personal experiences with losing our SewJo and things we have done to get it back.

Apr 02, 2019
Episode 86: Sewn Magazine with Michelle Morris
58:50

Michelle Morris of That Black Chic and Sewn Magazine joins us to talk about her return to sewing, starting her blog, and creating her own sewing magazine. We chat about her joyful approach to choosing projects and how she makes garments simply for the love of it!

Mar 26, 2019
Episode 85: Sustainable Sewing with Megan Nielsen
01:08:07
Megan Nielsen shares with us about her journey to becoming an indie pattern designer and her passion for sustainable sewing. We discuss how we can make changes in our sewing practice to be more kind to the earth and to each other.
Mar 19, 2019
Episode 84: Sewing Around the World
57:31
We asked for your sewing stories from around the world! In this episode, we make connections and highlight differences in our sewing. We share your stories, tips and experiences.
Mar 12, 2019
Episode 83: Sewing Machines 101
01:02:11

Sewing Machines come in all shapes and sizes! We talk about the history of the sewing machine, what to look for when you shop for one, and how to approach machine maintenance. We also discuss our favourite stitches, feet, and fun features!

Mar 05, 2019
Episode 82: Meet Makers of Color with Mac Housley
01:03:28
Mac Housley joins us to discuss her part in starting the @meetmakersofcolor Instagram account. She shares why following a diverse spectrum of people online creates more cross-cultural dialogue and how Meet Makers of Color is helping us do that. We also discuss creative positive space for important conversations and ‘trying on’ new ideas. 
Feb 26, 2019
Episode 81: Bag Making with Anna Graham
53:02

Anna Graham joins us to share her tips on sewing bags, how she got into pattern making, and designing her very own fabric line. We also talk about how she bought her studio space sight unseen and balancing work and family life.

Feb 19, 2019
Episode 80: Maternity Sewing
01:38:45
We catch up with six amazing sewists who are on journeys of motherhood. We find out how being pregnant has impacted their sewing, favourite maternity-friendly patterns, and making time to sew post-partum. We also discuss major body changes and how that can both motivate and de-motivate us in our sewing.
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 79: Sewcializing 2.0
01:47:42

We revisit the topic of sewcializing in this episode. Where can you find fellow makers online? What is good sewcial etiquette? How do you make an Instagram story? How can you start a sewing challenge? We cover all that and much more!

Feb 05, 2019
Episode 78: Interfacing 101
01:07:03

Learn all about interfacing! We discuss the various types of interfacing, their applications, and how to properly use them in our sewing projects. We also highlight some favourite interfacings from you, our listeners!

Jan 29, 2019
Episode 77: The Fold Line with Kate Underdown
57:52
Kate Underdown joins us to talk about The Fold Line’s new website and pattern shop! We discuss how things have evolved over the years, working as a team, and growing an online community. Kate also shares her favourite thing about the sewing world and why she loves what she does. 
Jan 22, 2019
Episode 76: Sewing Menswear
52:52

Want to sew menswear for yourself or a loved one? We talk about some differences between classic womenswear and menswear, where to get started, and how to approach sewing for a loved one. Plus pattern ideas and tips for success with sewing menswear!

Jan 15, 2019
Episode 75: Sewing with Kids with River Takada-Capel
01:18:24
River Takada-Capel chats with us about starting and growing a sustainable fibre arts business and her work as a kids sewing instructor. We talk about how children aren’t afraid to get started with creative projects and share loads of advice about teaching kids to sew! 
Jan 08, 2019
Episode 74: Start Now with Elise Cripe
01:20:18

Elise Cripe joins us to talk about setting and achieving goals! We discuss taking small steps, tracking your progress, and starting today. Elise also shares her sewing journey and what led her to create Get To Work Book, the ultimate planner for your life and your creative projects.

Jan 01, 2019
Episode 73: The Boys are Back
01:19:58

Shea and Sam join us on this special Holiday episode! We chat about what went down in 2018, what exactly Sam does for the podcast, and whether we got around to making them anything this year. We also find out what sewing tool they want to be and quiz them on fashion and patterns!

Dec 25, 2018
Episode 72: Cultivating Community with Natalie Chanin
59:23

Natalie Chanin shares her journey from up-cycling old t-shirts in New York City to returning home to Florence Alabama where she started her clothing line, Alabama Chanin. We talk about building a community of makers and prioritizing transparency in the supply chain. She also tells us about teaching the creative process through The School of Making and the importance of sharing skills with others.

Dec 18, 2018
Episode 71: Sewing Coats
01:15:00

Brrrrrr! It’s cold in here! We discuss everything you need to know about sewing a coat, from beginner tips to advanced tailoring techniques. Learn the difference between wool coating fabrics and how to mentally prepare for a big project like a coat.

Dec 11, 2018
Episode 70: Sew Frosting
01:00:33
Sometimes you want to make something just for fun! We chat about sewing ‘frosting’ in this episode and discuss some of our favourite projects for fancy fabrics, where we find inspiration, and what we want to make for this holiday season.
Dec 04, 2018
Episode 69: Jeans Making with Alina Kroeker
01:05:55
Alina Kroeker joins us to talk about making jeans. Her goal is to provide one-of-a-kind jeans to her customers and encourage people to opt for quality denim products that will last. We chat about making jeans, sewing for others, and how to recover from buttonhole disasters!
Nov 27, 2018
Episode 68: Know Yourself Better with Gretchen Rubin
01:02:18

Gretchen Rubin joins us to talk about her Four Tendencies framework and how it relates to our creative hobbies. We talk about knowing yourself better, finding accountability, facing your fears, and how colour can influence our everyday lives. Gretchen is a happiness expert and she gives us loads of tips on how to be happy and productive in our sewing practice.

Nov 20, 2018
Episode 67: Clothing Care with Harriet Johnson
01:03:01

Harriet Johnson has a wealth of knowledge to share about caring for our clothes! She believes in extending the life of our garments and the love we put into making them. We talk about how to properly wash and store your clothes, basic mending, and stain removal.

Nov 13, 2018
Episode 66: Sewing Meet-ups
01:26:05

We love meeting fellow sewists in real life! It is so much fun, and we want to encourage you to try it too. We talk about how to meet online friends in person, how to organize a sewing meet-up, basic meet-up etiquette, and lessons learned from our past sewing get-togethers.

Nov 06, 2018
Episode 65: Sew Confident with Marcy Harriell
01:00:36

Marcy Harriell (aka Oonaballoona) talks with us about finding confidence through sewing, embracing her amazing personal style, and blending her passions for acting and sewing in her new series' on Bluprint. We discuss shopping the garment district in NYC, whether Marcy ever wears ‘basics’, and her recently-acquired title of 'the patron saint of Frosting'.

Oct 30, 2018
Episode 64: Sewing as Art with Carolyn Norman
01:05:39

Carolyn Norman joins us to talk about sewing as a form of artistic expression. She shares stories from almost 50 years of sewing and inspires us to look at our sewing hobby as more than just making clothes. We talk about finding inspiration in your everyday life, being buried with your favourite fabrics, and her column in Sewn Magazine.

Oct 23, 2018
Episode 63: Feedback Fest
01:05:59
We get a lot of amazing feedback from our listeners, so this episode is a big feedback fest! We cover seasonal fabric storage, washable silk, zero-waste-fashion, ‘selfish’ sewing, and so much more. Hear from fellow listeners as we answer questions and share their sewing thoughts.
Oct 16, 2018
Episode 62: Sewing with Knits
01:17:04
Welcome to the wonderful world of sewing with knit fabrics! We cover what kinds of fabric you can use, the tools you need, and tips for getting a professional finish while sewing. You will be making your own tees, leggings, and sweaters in no time!
Oct 09, 2018
Episode 61: Slow Fashion with Karen Templer
01:12:47

Karen Templer joins us to talk about Slow Fashion October. Can our sewing have an impact on the overall fashion industry? How can we be more intentional with our making practices? Karen shares how she learned to slow down while still enjoying fashion and style.

Oct 02, 2018
Episode 60: Sewing Struggles
01:12:02

Sewing isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes there are tears, anger, and disappointment. On this episode, we share your sewing struggles, based on stories from our listeners. We talk about how hard it is to fit our bodies, how lonely sewing can be, and how comparing ourselves to others can make us lose our sew-jo.

Sep 25, 2018
Episode 59: Block Printing with Jen Hewett
01:08:44

Jen Hewett shares her passion for block printing and tells us how we can print our own fabrics! She walks us through how she got started with block printing, why she loves turning her printed fabrics into garments, and what makes a good block. We also discuss listening to your body while you work, wearing prints, and why not to turn your hobby into a business.

Sep 18, 2018
Episode 58: Planning Projects
01:01:05
We dive into planning sewing projects and cover topics such as why you should plan, tools you can use to plan, and how to stick to the plan once you have it! Following through on sewing can be the hardest part of the process, and we want to help set you up for success.
Sep 11, 2018
Episode 57: Indie Sewing with Allie Olson
01:13:30

Allie Olson shares the story behind Indiesew, her online marketplace for indie patterns and garment fabrics. We discuss the current state of the indie pattern market and the value of sharing your sewing projects online. We also talk about her personal style journey and how her perspective on body image has recently shifted.

Sep 04, 2018
Episode 56: Hand Sewing with Brooks Ann Camper
01:27:37

Brooks Ann Camper shares her incredible sewing journey that has taken her from Broadway costume creation to making custom bridal gowns. She teaches us how you can up your game by incorporating hand sewing into your next projects! Brooks Ann's positive attitude about enjoying the act of sewing and taking care in the details is truly infectious.

Aug 28, 2018
Episode 55: 1 Year Anniversary Q&A
02:21:36

We celebrate one year of podcasting with an extra long question and answer episode dedicated to you, our listeners! Questions about business, our personal lives, our sewing habits, and more in this special anniversary episode!

Aug 21, 2018
Episode 54: Embracing Community with Sarai Mitnick
01:01:45
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
01:21:55

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
01:19:06

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
52:10

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
01:17:45

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
01:21:15

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
01:08:00

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
01:02:27

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
01:05:49

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
01:01:39

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
01:12:18

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
01:07:43

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
01:02:43

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
58:10

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
01:12:01

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
51:11

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
54:18

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
01:23:55

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
01:07:03

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
01:06:22

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
01:03:56

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
01:02:54

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
01:00:47

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
01:10:12

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
01:09:27

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
01:17:41

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
01:09:23

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
58:10

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
01:15:02

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
01:05:19

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
01:21:10

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
01:06:13

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
01:38:41

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
01:04:45

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
01:08:06

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
57:54

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
01:22:41

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?
01:24:27

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
52:18

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
48:48

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
01:38:59

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
01:05:34

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
42:35

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
58:25

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
01:07:02

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
01:09:22

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
01:19:35

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?
01:07:05

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
01:05:27

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
58:54

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
52:24

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?
45:10

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
01:08:15

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
51:29

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
02:43

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