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How to Sew When You Feel Stressed Out

Feeling stressed out? In this episode, Sarai and Haley talk about why it’s hard to sew when you’re stressed, and they share super practical tips for using sewing as a way to remove stress and not add to it.

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  • Episode 66
    Do I HAVE to sew gifts?

    Do you feel pressure to make gifts this time of year? In this episode, Sarai and Haley talk about how the holiday season creates a perfect storm for crafting-stress, plus some tips for removing pressure while still making gifts with love.

  • Episode 65
    The Decade Project: 5 Lessons So Far

    The decade project is Sarai's challenge to sew 5 garments to wear for the next 10 years. It's taught her 5 key things about designing clothing for longevity, and they're all things you can apply to your own sewing.

  • Episode 64
    What's Your Learning Style?

    There are 2 different approaches to learning—the ambitious learner and the cautious learner. On today's episode of the podcast, we talk about how to identify which type you are, what the benefits and pitfalls are, and how to learn from the other.

  • Episode 63
    How to Build Your Sewing Skills Intentionally

    In this episode, Sarai and Haley talk about how you can build up your sewing skills intentionally while making things you still love.

  • Episode 62
    How Blackbird Fabrics Came To Be, With Caroline Somos

    Caroline didn't set out to open one of the most successful online fabric shops in the sewing community, but she always knew sewing would be a part of her journey. In this episode, she shares how Blackbird Fabrics came to be.

  • Episode 61
    Our Top Five Fitting Resources

    In this episode, we round up some of our favorite fitting resources with options for every experience level and approach. We’ll talk about books, where to find fit resources online, and our brand new fitting class and free downloadable fit journal.

  • Episode 60
    How to Start Your Fitting Journey

    When you wear something that fits, you feel empowered. In this week's podcast, we discuss some of the core principles of fitting, and how you can get started on your own fitting journey.

  • Episode 59
    What Are Your Fit Expectations?

    Have you ever found yourself struggling to get a garment to fit? 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.

  • Episode 58
    Cosplay is For Everyone

    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.

  • Episode 57
    Semi-minimalist Sewing

    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?

  • Episode 56
    How to Make More Time for Sewing and Creativity

    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

  • Episode 55
    Escaping the Cult of Efficiency

    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.

  • Episode 54
    Nia Kelley

    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

  • Episode 53
    Create Your Own Personal Sewing Challenge

    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. Learn how to set up your own personal sewing challenge.

  • Episode 52
    Create a Personal Wardrobe Palette

    Building a palette of colors and prints that works with your style can be challenging, especially when there are so many beautiful fabrics out there in the world! Today, some tips for thinking about color and building a palette that works for you.

  • Episode 51
    Going Deep with Moodboards

    What exactly is a moodboard, and why would you want to create one? Today, we're talking about the goals of creating a moodboard, how they can help you to clarify your ideas and desires, and creative ideas you can use to make them more meaningful.

  • Episode 50
    Rediscover Your Style When Life Changes

    Sometimes life throws you a curve ball; other times, you make a big change on your own; and sometimes changes accumulate over time. When that happens, exploring your personal style can help you reconnect with who you are at the present moment.

  • Episode 49
    Paperless Sewing Using a Projector (with Fuyo of Projectors

    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.

  • 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.