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.
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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!