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What We’ve Learned From a Year of Pandemic Making

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.

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  • Episode 48
    What We’ve Learned From a Year of Pandemic Making

    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.

  • Episode 47
    6 Tools We Wish We’d Bought Sooner

    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.

  • Episode 46
    How Much Clothing Do I Really Need?

    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.

  • Episode 45
    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 2

    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.

  • Episode 44
    Finding Your Sewing Why, Part 1

    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.

  • Episode 43
    Behind the Scenes: The Seamwork Philosophy

    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.

  • Episode 42
    A Rising Ruby Star

    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

  • Episode 41
    Why Buy Organic? (featuring Birch Fabrics)

    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.

  • Episode 40
    Taking the First Steps to Turn Your Hobby Into a Business

    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.

  • Episode 39
    Three DIY Replacements for Disposables in the Bathroom

    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.

  • Episode 38
    What are the Signs of High Quality Clothing?

    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.

  • Episode 37
    Creative Mending Tips and Ideas

    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.

  • Episode 36
    Quick Tips to Make Paper Patterns Last

    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.

  • Episode 35
    How to Use the Rule of Three Outfits

    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.

  • Episode 34
    How to Prioritize Your Projects

    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.

  • Episode 33
    What to do When Your Hobby Feels Like a Chore

    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.

  • Episode 32
    Creativity Runs in the Family, with the Burrells

    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.

  • Episode 31
    Look for Hidden Sewing Fears

    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.

  • Episode 30
    Learn to Celebrate Progress

    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.

  • Episode 29
    Find Your Sewing Affirmations

    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.

  • 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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