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Ann Lowe: Big Risks for Big Dreams

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.

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  • Episode 28
    Ann Lowe: Big Risks for Big Dreams

    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.

  • Episode 27
    Where to Find Vintage and Deadstock Fabric

    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.

  • Episode 26
    Update Your Sewing Room Without Buying More Stuff

    We’ve all spent 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 more stuff.

  • Episode 25
    How do I Get Rid of Clothes I've Made?

    Decluttering handmade clothing is HARD. We get attached to things we’ve made with our own two hands. Learn five questions to ask yourself, and three practical tips to help you move your handmade clothes to the donation pile when it’s time.

  • Episode 24
    Creativity is Magic, with Christi Johnson

    This is the story of a designer who listens to omens. She left a decade-long career in the fashion scenes of LA and NYC to open a textiles studio in the Catskills, where she rebuilds textiles with magic, ritual, and a deep connection to nature.

  • Episode 23
    Sewing Through the Generations

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

  • Episode 22
    Sewing a Legacy, the Story of Folkwear

    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.

  • Episode 21
    The Ways We Share

    In this episode, we’ll hear stories about how we share our craft with our loved ones. We asked you about a time that you sewed for someone else.

  • Episode 20
    Sewing for the Body I Have Right Now, with Maggie

    What would you do if your body kept changing? If you lost 30 pounds in a month or gained 90 pounds in a year? Maggie's chronic illness causes extreme changes in her body, affecting her desire to sew and her relationship to the craft she loves.

  • Episode 19
    Finding Unexpected Connections Through Sewing

    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?

  • Episode 18
    Daddy Dressed Me with Michael and Ava

    There are a lot of stereotypes surrounding father-daughter relationships. Once Michael knew he was having a daughter, he was determined to make sure she knew how and provided a way to help express herself, and one way he does that is through sewing.

  • Episode 17
    Overcoming Mistakes with Creative Grit

    We’ll hear stories about overcoming obstacles in our sewing and creative projects, and what approaches help us keep going.

  • Episode 16
    A Bright Spot in the Dark with Ashley

    Sometimes you learn something about your childhood that causes you to see it in a new way. As Ashley grew up, her innocence and relationship with her mom eroded. But somehow, sewing provided that thin thread of connection that never went away.

  • Episode 15
    Creative Community with Kristine Vejar

    Kristine Vejar is an author, natural dyer, and owner of A Verb for Keeping Warm. In 1999, she took her first trip to India. There, she met the Rabari, a small community that changed her perspective and direction for the future.

  • Episode 14
    Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr

    Melissa Fehr knows activewear. In 2008, she revealed something on her blog: she'd been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. She'd need a complete bone marrow transplant. This life-changing experience eventually led her to designing patterns.

  • Episode 13
    Loving a person, not their gender with Marie Koupparis

    In September 2015, Marie of the blog A Stitching Odyssey wrote a post called "Loving a Person, Not Their Gender" about the experience of her partner coming out as transgender. In this episode, we speak with Marie and Charlotte.

  • Episode 12
    The Learning Process with Joost De Cock

    Have you ever wanted to just punch in your measurements somewhere and get a pattern that's drafted just for you? Joost De Cock went from sewing pillows to making his own wardrobe to creating this incredible online service in just a few years.

  • Episode 11
    The "head stuff" with Felicia Semple

    Felicia Semple is the creator of The Craft Sessions, an incredible sewing retreat she created to help teach women to find joy and meaning - not perfection - in the practice of craft.

  • Episode 10
    Let's talk money with Heather Lewenza

    Talking money is tough. In this episode, designer and founder of Closet Case Patterns Heather Lewenza talks about how money and spending have shaped her values and led her to a career in sewing.

  • Episode 9
    A Shift in Mindset with Jacqui Palhegyi

    Jacqui Palhegyi is the blogger behind Birds of a Thread, a sewing and ethical fashion blog. She's always been passionate about issues of social justice. On a trip to Egypt, an encounter forever shifted what she knew about clothing.

  • Episode 8
    Open Up with Jennifer Wiese

    Jennifer Wiese is the founder of Brooklyn Sewing Studio. In this episode, she tells the story of putting on a major sewing event, and the unexpected benefits of being open to mistakes.

  • Episode 7
    Design, Fame, and Villainy with Gretchen Jones

    Cast as a villain on Project Runway season 8, Gretchen Jones talks about life and design after her experience after her controversial win.

  • Episode 6
    The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price

    After spending ten years in what she describes as almost complete isolation, caring for her two children with special needs, Leah discovered a deep and abiding creative energy in repurposing what is unloved and wasted.

  • Episode 5
    A Dream of Self-Sufficiency with Morgan Meredith

    From the time she was little, Morgan knew she wanted a life that she could control. But when her husband decided to join the military, she thought those dreams might be shattered.

  • Episode 4
    It's Worth It with Sadie Roberts of Tradlands

    Sadie Roberts and her partner started their label, Tradlands, without a lot of money or experience. Hear Sadie's story of starting a US-made clothing label from the ground up, and how and why labels like hers can thrive.

  • Episode 3
    The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway

    Growing up in Oklahoma, Matthew always had the sense that he wasn't "normal." As he grew up, he began to ask questions. What's wrong with being interested in "feminine" things?

  • Episode 2
    Making Your Own Mold with Charlie Wensley

    Before she rediscovered her love of making clothes, Charlie Wensley struggled to meet expectations about the kind of person she thought she was supposed to be, culminating in a battle with post-natal depression.

  • Episode 1
    A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore

    Jenny Rushmore founded Cashmerette and The Curvy Sewing Collective. She's a woman who exudes confidence in everything she does. But it wasn't always this way. Learn how Jenny overcame childhood bullying and found her voice in the sewing community.


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