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Sewing your own clothing can change your perspective in surprising ways. Seamwork Radio brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life. We talk to artists, designers, and everyday creators about how the act of sewing has helped the…

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    • Oct 13, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    What Are Your Fit Expectations?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 33:28

    Have you ever found yourself working on the fit of a garment and not knowing when to stop? Or felt confused about what actually constitutes a fitting issue? Or maybe even found yourself obsessing over how something your making fits? In this episode, we talk about developing a healthier mindset around fitting while still working to develop the skills and outcomes you're looking for when you sew.

    Cosplay is For Everyone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 42:18

    Why is cosplay so entrancing? Why do people want to spend a bunch of time and money to transform themselves into someone else? Hear from six cosplayers who show us how clothing connects us to each other, because we're all welcome in this craft.

    Semi-minimalist Sewing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 30:37

    In practice, minimalism can feel restrictive and even joyless, especially for a creator. So is there a middle path with minimalism? Can you be a semi-minimalist?

    How to Make More Time for Sewing and Creativity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 27:46

    This week on the podcast, Haley and I are sharing some of our own little tricks for making time for the things we enjoy, namely sewing and making. We talk about: Figuring out how much time you want to spend on creativity, Determining which activities bring you joy and which don't, How to make sewing feel more like playtime.

    Escaping the Cult of Efficiency

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 41:49

    An obsession with goals, productivity, and checking things off can be really unhealthy. In this week's episode of the podcast, we explore how the Cult of Efficiency came to dominate our cultures and share 5 tips to help.

    I Healed My Brain Through Sewing, with Nia Kelley

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 39:18

    In this episode, Sarai speaks to Nia Kelley. At just 36, Nia suffered a stroke that would damage about a third of her brain, making basic tasks like speech and reading difficult. The road to recovery was long. But on that journey, Nia discovered new sources of creativity and hard-won lessons about ambition and just what she is truly capable of.

    Create Your Own Personal Sewing Challenge

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 33:27

    After packing up and moving to a new house, Sarai decided to create a queue of 5 projects that she believes she'll wear for at least 10 years. She's calling it The Decade Project. In this episode, she and Haley talk about this project and how you can create your own personal sewing challenge.

    Rediscover Your Style When Life Changes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 29:45

    Paperless Sewing Using a Projector (with Fuyo of Projectors for Sewing)

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 29:44

    Have you ever wished that you could just SEW, without all the hassle of printing and assembling paper patterns? Today, Fuyo from Projectors for Sewing tells us how.

    What We've Learned From a Year of Pandemic Making

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 28:15

    The last year and a half have been transformative for many of us. In this episode, we explore how the pandemic shaped our thoughts about making, and the lessons we've learned about the importance of craft in our lives.

    6 Tools We Wish We'd Bought Sooner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 27:27

    Are there sewing tools you wish you'd bought sooner than you did? In this episode, we discuss the six sewing tools and notions that we love so much, we wish we'd always had them in our lives.

    How Much Clothing Do I Really Need?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 24:52

    Do you ever look at your closet and wonder, how much of this stuff do I really need? In today's episode, we share some approaches to this question, and ideas we've used (or want to use) to eliminate clutter and maintain a reasonable wardrobe.

    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 23:43

    In the last episode, we explored the reasons that we sew in order to uncover our individual sewing "why." Today, we discuss how to use that "why" to make decisions with purpose and intention.

    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 25:49

    What is the real reason you sew? By understanding the "why" behind your sewing practice, you can find new ways to stay motivated, understand your sewing, and make meaningful choices about how you spend your time.

    Behind the Scenes: The Seamwork Philosophy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 34:49

    We're looking inward this week and sharing a bit about what it's like working at Seamwork. Sarai and Haley share our values and philosophy and why we're pursuing B Corp certification this year.

    A Rising Ruby Star

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 34:28

    If you love fabric, you might be familiar with both Cotton + Steel and Ruby Star society. In this episode, Haley sits down with all five founding designers to talk about their creative journey, their close friendship, and what designing fabric means to them.

    Why Buy Organic? (Featuring Birch Fabrics)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 26:33

    What exactly is organic fabric? And why should you buy it? We're joined by Arleen, Director of Operations for Birch Fabric to talk about the how and why of organics, and why they focus their business on organic cotton.

    Taking the First Steps to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 36:28

    Ever thought about turning the hobby you love into a business? Today, we're joined by Abby Glassenberg of Craft Industry Alliance, who shares her wisdom after working with over a thousand craft businesses of all sizes.

    Three DIY Replacements for Disposables in the Bathroom

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 19:48

    This month, we had an amazing article about making your own non-disposable bathroom products. Today, we'll talk through those DIY ideas to help us all reduce waste in the home while using the scraps we already have.

    Creative Mending Tips and Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 29:08

    This month, we're talking about making clothes last. In this episode, learn 10 different ways you can mend, adapt, or wear your clothes when they've gotten a little past their prime.

    What are the Signs of High-Quality Clothing?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 27:24

    How do you know if a piece of clothing is high quality? And how do you build quality into the clothing that you make? In this episode, we discuss the three areas to look for quality in clothing, and what "high quality" really means for us.

    Quick Tips to Make Paper Patterns Last

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 18:05

    Today's episode was inspired by a video on our YouTube channel called "3 Tips to Make Paper Patterns Last". We'll share the 3 tips from that video, and also adding a few more ideas to keep your paper patterns around longer.

    How to Use the Rule of Three Outfits

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 15:51

    In last week's episode, we talked about prioritizing your projects. This week, we're quickly digging into one specific technique that will help you to plan and develop an idea, and make sure it fits your wardrobe.

    How to Prioritize Your Projects

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 25:22

    This week, we address a question in the Seamwork community about how to prioritize projects and prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed. We share Seamwork members' tips, and our own experiences to give you a few ideas to try.

    What to do When Your Hobby Feels Like a Chore

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 23:59

    Do you ever feel a bit "meh" about sewing? We'll explore how you can tackle the creative doldrums by asking yourself a few key questions, and figuring out the right approach for you to find your way back to a hobby you love.

    Creativity Runs in the Family

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 38:09

    The Burrells are a tight-knit family that sews together. Patricia, Sierra, and Sone-Seerè each know how to sew, but it wasn't something that they did together—until recently. These three women tell the story of how they share this creative spark.

    Look for Hidden Sewing Fears

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 31:58

    Creativity makes us feel vulnerable. Sometimes we have hidden fears around our own shortcomings, our self-image, or what other people might think. We'll talk about what some of the common fears around sewing are, and how we deal with them.

    Learn to Celebrate Progress

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 26:28

    Not many of us spend a lot of time patting ourselves on the back. Let's change that! In this episode, we'll share some concrete ideas that we've found helpful to celebrate progress and stay motivated.

    Find Your Sewing Affirmations

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 27:24

    What do you do when sewing frustrates you? How do you handle stress, failure, and the occasional hit to your self-esteem that comes with creating? In this episode, we'll share a tool that can help you be kinder to yourself and stay motivated to make.

    Ann Lowe: Big Risks for Big Dreams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 39:03

    Ann Lowe moved to New York with big dreams. She wanted to become a great American designer, no small feat for a Black woman from Alabama in 1928. But she held fast to her dream, taking enormous risks and facing down catastrophe to realize her talent.   As a podcast listener, you get half off an unlimited membership to Seamwork. Just go to https://www.seamwork.com/go/podcast50 and sign up.

    Where to Find Vintage and Deadstock Fabric

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 24:06

    Have you heard the term “deadstock” applied to fabric? What does that mean? Inspired by a thread in our community, we’ll discuss the benefits and drawbacks of deadstock, vintage, and secondhand fabric. And we’ll share some favorite places to find it.

    Update Your Sewing Room Without Buying More Stuff

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 24:26

    We’ve all been spending a lot more time at home in 2020, and that’s led many of us to think more about our spaces. Whether you have a tiny corner or a luxurious craft room, we’ll share 8 tips to help you organize and update your space without buying things you don’t need.

    How do I Get Rid of Clothes I've Made?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 19:22

    Decluttering handmade clothing is HARD. We all get attached to things we’ve made with our own two hands. In this episode. Haley helps us out with five questions you can ask yourself and three practical tips to help you move your handmade clothes to the donation pile when it’s time.

    Creativity is Magic, with Christi Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 1, 2021 46:54

    This is the story of a designer who really knows herself and her craft. She left a decade-long career in the fashion scenes of Los Angeles and NYC to open up a textiles studio in the Catskills of upstate New York, where she rebuilds textiles with magic, ritual, and a deep connection to nature. As a podcast listener, you get half off an unlimited membership to Seamwork. Just go to https://www.seamwork.com/go/podcast50 and sign up.

    Sewing Through the Generations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2020 25:55

    In this episode, we’ll hear stories from the Seamwork team about how past and future generations of sewists have impacted our sewing stories.

    Sewing a Legacy, the Story of Folkwear

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2020 42:40

    Folkwear has been creating patterns for nearly 50 years. Despite four changes in ownership and two recessions, this women-owned business is still making patterns today.

    The Ways We Share

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2020 21:48

    In this episode, we’ll hear stories about sharing, and how we share our craft with our loved ones. We asked you about a time that you sewed for someone else. Did it go as planned? Did they love it? How did they react?

    STORY: Sewing for the Body I have Right Now, with Maggie

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2020 33:28

    Maggie Crisler stands 6’1” tall, is plus-sized, and feels like her accent isn’t quite Southern enough for her small Alabama town, but it’s too Southern for the rest of the world. After a tumor on her pituitary gland caused her to rapidly gain over 90 pounds in one year, she thought she was locked out of clothing that fits. And she quit sewing. Why should she bother making clothing if her body might be totally different in a few months? “I didn’t know what was gonna happen, and I still honestly don’t know what’s gonna happen with my health and my body. I don’t know if once we get all of the stuff sorted, if I’m going to drop 30 pounds or if I’m going to stay the same size or what. “ Maggie is a force. She plays a bright red vintage organ in a rock ‘n roll band, quilts, has long, wavy red hair, sews her clothes by hand, and has a cool job at Alabama Chanin. When you talk to her, she exudes confidence. She’s matter of fact. She has a kind tone in her voice, she’s a great storyteller, and you can’t help but want to just hang out and chat all day. But she’s spent much of her life feeling like she doesn’t fit in. Born and raised in Alabama, and growing up in a creative household, sewing has always been a part of Maggie’s life. Her relationship with this craft has changed as much as her body. After a two-year hiatus from sewing, Maggie is back with some lifelong lessons she’s learned about making, sustainability, self-image, and the power of a well-fitting garment.  

    MINI: Finding Unexpected Connections Through Sewing

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2020 22:07

    In this episode, we’ll hear stories about how sewing connects us. We asked you the question, when has sewing helped you form unexpected connections? Adrienne finds a sense of connection through the online community but also with previous generations of sewers and makers in her own family. Megan finds a sewing pattern in her grandmother’s sewing stash with a special note. We also talk about building our own communities. Carmela Zabala, one of the founders of Sew Tampa Bay, shares some tips for cultivating your very own sewing meet-up. Don’t forget to share your stories with us! Next month (October 2020), we’re looking for stories about sharing handmade gifts. You can share your story at http://www.seamwork.com/go/answer. Building a Local Sewing Community Sewing Heals: An interview with Tabitha Sewer Sewing Heals T-shirt Smart Closet Read the latest issue of Seamwork   Check out the latest patterns the Milo cardigan and the Sawyer skirt.

    STORY: Daddy Dressed Me with Michael and Ava

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2020 33:33

    It’s unlikely that you’ve met a father and daughter with a bond like that of Michael and Ava. Ava is 9 years old, and absolutely loves her dad, Michael. Not only does she feel comfortable discussing her life with him and letting him in on what’s bothering her as she grows up, but they collaborate together on custom-sewn outfits just for her. Years ago, Michael made the decision to be there for his daughter. Sometimes that’s meant listening to her when she faces a problem at school, and other times it’s meant learning to do her hair or paint her nails. And it’s also meant using his creativity to learn to sew for her. As a single Black father who works every day to empower his daughter to become the person she’s meant to be, he’s breaking stereotypes. As a male in a traditionally female-dominated hobby space, he’s used his creativity to empower others to be vulnerable, empathetic, and share what they create with pride. "One of my biggest goals was for her to be able to express herself. That was a struggle for me when I was growing up. It wasn't even that it wasn't encouraged. I just wasn't given the opportunity. And I didn't want her to have that same experience. So, you know, just initially sitting down and having conversations with her, asking her how she's doing, giving her the opportunity to say how things are actually impacting her." "So with my upbringing I have always felt close to women like. So it's just like a natural transition for me to be close with her, to be able to listen to her and, you know, I understand some of her emotions, some of it, you know, I have no clue what, you know, some of the feelings are. But, yeah, I think it's just being emotionally available to her." "It was pretty much anything creative, so I would um, take like the alphabet, I used to make this for my mom. When I was younger, I would take the whole alphabet and assign a word to describe her. So she would post that on her walls. Or if it was when I was younger, I used to go to the Boys and Girls Club on Saturdays and take like an art class. So painting, drawing, writing. When I got older, I started doing like party planning, having, you know, gatherings for birthdays where I could create invitations and centerpieces." Find Michael on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/daddydressedmebymg/ Read an article by Michael in the July issue of Seamwork at: https://www.seamwork.com/issues/2020/07/the-power-of-expression

    Overcoming Mistakes with Creative Grit

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2020 27:56

    In this episode, we’ll hear stories about sewing projects gone awry, and how failures can become opportunities. Marjorie thought she had ruined the dress she was sewing to wear to her son's wedding when she burned a hole in it. After literally throwing the dress in the trash, she decided to turn the flaw into a feature and added hand embellishment to cover the burn. Tiffanie wanted to give up on a ruffled dress for a student showcase, but when she finally finished the dress, she felt proud of how she executed her vision. Tiffanie says the when you are frustrated, take a break from the project to get some perspective. Munirah was frustrated when a bra project just didn’t fit the way she wanted it to. She was ready to just move on to the next project, but after an epiphany one night, she was able to salvage the project. Maressa was ready to give up on a knitting project after repeatedly ripping out a sleeve she could get quite right. After deciding to pivot and make the sweater sleeveless, she created one of her most loved and worn knitting projects of all time. Don’t forget to share your stories with us! Next month (September 2020), we’re looking for stories about unexpected connections made through sewing. You can share your story at http://www.seamwork.com/go/answer. Related links from this episode: How to Develop Creative Grit Follow Tiffanie on Instagram @cheri_amor24 Follow Munirah on Instagram @making_moon Follow Maressa on Instagram @maressamade Failure is the Birthplace of Creative Opportunity Find the Abolitionist Sewing Circle by visiting: @homegirlbox @_madisonstar The Natural Colors Cookbook by Maggie Pate Read the latest issue of Seamwork. Check out the latest patterns: the Beckett overalls and Samson top.  

    STORY: A Bright Spot in the Dark with Ashley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2020 43:48

    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.  

    Seamwork Radio is Back!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2020 1:51

    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.

    Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2016 40:08

    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    

    Episode 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2016

    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.

    Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2016 38:36

    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  

    Episode 14: Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2016

    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.

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

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2016 54:47

    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  

    Episode 13: Loving a person, not their gender with Marie of A Stitching Odyssey

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2016

    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 ...

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