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32 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
#12: Sew Over 50 with Judith Staley
Judith is the creator of, and one of the main driving forces behind, the biggest sewing community on Instagram, SewOver50. Whilst providing a virtual hub for conversation and inspiration for everyone, SewOver50 also pushes for the increased visibility of older people within sewing related industries. In our conversation, Judith tells me about the rapid creation of that community and the goals behind it. She also shares how her own revelations surrounding her wardrobe and sewing output sparked the idea for the fantastically inspiring challenge: #so50sustainablesewing. The blog post mentioned in the introduction about handmade washable period pants can be found HERE Find Judith on Instagram @judithrosalind Read about Judith’s revelation in 2018 related to her wardrobe and sewing output HERE and HERE Stacey Doodley’s documentary Fashion’s Dirty Secrets HERE (not currently available on iplayer but lots of clips are available on Youtube). The True Cost, a powerful documentary about the clothing industry, is available on Youtube HERE See Judith below in one of her awesome tops made using the LB Pullover pattern by Paper Theory. Judith has posted a lot about her Vintage Linen Coat Project, see below for the incredible way that she handled the rust spots, and read about it HERE. She’s using the September Coat pattern by Merchant & Mills. Judith’s Insta-pal @redrubyrose is a talented natural dye expert and accessories designer/maker. See one of Judith’s natural dye embroidery patches HERE. The Destash for Kids with Cancer account is HERE (@destash_for_kids_with_cancer) Find the Sew Over 50 community @sewover50, Judith founded it and co-runs it with Sandy @sunnydayz06 The amazing blog and community, The Sewcialists is HERE (it’s no longer running but all posts are still up to enjoy) Blanca @blakandblanca is an incredible older sewist who was the inspiration behind the Blanca Flight Suit pattern by Closet Core Patterns. #so50sustainablesewing is the hashtag that is definitely worth checking out! Wardrobe Crisis podcast by Clare Press HERE. Maria @velosews made an incredible jacket from a used coffee bean sack (pictured below). Check out her fantastic podcast Sew Organised Style HERE. A big source of inspiration for Judith, and many others, is Tricia @morrissews. Equally, Sue Stoney @suestoney is a talented maker and prolific creator. Read her blog HERE. The Envelope Dress zero waste pattern by Cris Wood.
18 minutes | Oct 11, 2021
#11: Sewing Vs. Kids
In this solo episode of CYT, we’re taking the definition of sustainability in a different direction from the usual environmental meaning. I’m talking about how to sustain your sewing life when you are a parent, particularly of younger kids. It’s basically all the points that I eventually figured out for myself, but wish I’d heard when I first became a parent. If you aren’t a parent of young kids, don’t be thinking that this episode isn’t for you however. There’s lots in this that would apply to anyone who suddenly becomes busier or has been landed with new responsibilities. There are many causes that can lead us to get lost or deprioritised in life. And although this particular episode is about parenthood and includes a few points specific to that situation, it definitely works more broadly with lots of tips and perspectives that will be useful to many. Support the podcast over on Patreon!
0 minutes | Oct 4, 2021
#10: Clothing Systems with Guy – the Light Touch
It’s Episode 10 of the CYT podcast! We’re into double figures now! I’ve got a super interesting conversation for you today with Guy from The Light Touch London (soon to be Bristol). He’s a really thoughtful maker with heaps of fascinating ideas and projects, many of which we touch on in this episode. His investigations into clothing systems, and tracking your outfits enthralled me in particular, and we also get into the Fibreshed movement, the soil to soil life cycle of clothing, his love of wool, millennial sewers, decommissioning garments, making clothes from pieces-together textiles and more. Support the podcast over on Patreon! Find Guy and his many fascinating projects on Instagram @thelighttouchlondon. Read more about the Fibreshed movement and the soil-to-soil philosophy HERE, and check out the diagram below that covers the main areas involved. Keeping British textile production alive are the Bristol Cloth Project HERE Guy’s own experimentation resulted in a prototype felted wool waistcoat/vest, that could follow the Fibreshed model HERE, pictured below. The next Southern Wool Show is scheduled for 3rd/4th September 2022, find out more HERE. Find designer/maker/inventor Rachel John (@racheljohntextiles) on Instagram HERE and her website HERE. The picture below features Rachel knitting a rug with giant needles (more info HERE). The hashtag where I ‘found’ Guy is #dopemensew on Instagram. Fashion on the ration book, available in paperback HERE. Guy’s pyjama top made from deconstructed shirts and his previous ‘decommissioned’ pyjama top HERE and pictured below. Overlord clothing brand that upcycles vintage textiles, transforming them into new clothing with a utility feel HERE. Closet Core Pouf free pattern and tutorial HERE, ideal for getting rid of tiny and unusable fabric scraps.
31 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
#9: Overlockers & Coverstitch Machines with Julia Hincks
Welcome to episode 9 of Check Your Thread. In this one, I chat to my friend and colleague Julia Hincks, who just so happens to be a sewing expert and author. She has written two amazing sewing books, The Overlocker Technique Manual (published in 2014) and The Coverstitch Technique Manual (which has just been released). If you already own an overlocker (AKA serger) or coverstitch machine, or you’re considering investing in either, you need to hear this conversation. Julia gives her expert advice on buying and maintaining these machines, and drops sooooooooo many awesome tips on how to get the most from them. Support the podcast over on Patreon! Find details of Julia’s forthcoming teaching gigs and her books, plus video tutorials, pattern reviews and more on her website House of Miss Sew. Find her on Instagram she’s @juliahincks, and her YouTube channel is House of Miss Sew. Julia’s first book, The Overlocker Technique Manual (pictured below), can be bought HERE. The US version, The Serger’s Technique Bible, is available HERE. The book has also been translated into Dutch, French, Spanish and Italian. Her second book, The Coverstitch Technique Manual (pictured below), is available in the UK HERE, and the Ebook version is available on Amazon. The US version of the physical book can be pre-ordered HERE. Julia’s current teaching gigs include dressmaking classes at Made and Making in Hassocks, East Sussex, UK, and pattern cutting at Dot to Dot Studio in East Hoathly, East Sussex, UK. Julia mentions the Babylock Euphoria coverstitch machine which you can see HERE . Kitchen appliance covers can be a great option if your overlocker didn’t come with a cover. The one pictured below is from Lakeland HERE. Sew Very Crafty has made a great video tutorial for making your own overlocker/serger cover which can be found HERE.
20 minutes | Sep 20, 2021
#8: Is Sewing Sustainable?
It’s episode 8 of CYT, and in this solo episode I’ve posed myself the question: is sewing sustainable? I share my musings on the concept of sustainability, particularly as it relates to sewing, and how we need to be wary of over simplification and greenwashing. Plus I discuss what I consider to be the overarching goal for sewing in a more sustainable way, and ideas for how we can achieve it. Making clothing that fits our bodies, personal style and lifestyle requirements can guarantee that we’re making garments and accessories that will see lots of use and last us a long, long time. Support the podcast over on Patreon! Read about my recent linen Arden pants make HERE and see below, as mentioned in previous episode introductions. Check out my newly finished autumnal Vali blouse HERE and see below.
32 minutes | Sep 12, 2021
#7: Experimental Sewing with Riccardo Guido
It’s Episode 7 of the Check Your Thread podcast and this one was such a joy to record. You may recognise Riccardo as one of the finalists of season 5 of the Great British Sewing Bee. However, Riccardo Guido started boldly and fearlessly experimenting with reclaimed fabrics and innovative approaches to garment sewing long before Joe Lycett ever muttered the phrase ‘Transformation Challenge’. Right from the beginning, Riccardo has forged his own path to making his own wardrobe, including signing up to learn pattern cutting before taking a sewing class, and to this day he rarely uses commercial sewing patterns. In our delightful conversation, he tells me about his sewing history, which of the aforementioned transformation challenges was his least favourite, his future sewing goals and lots more. Support the podcast over on Patreon! Find Riccardo Guido on Instagram @rifallo More on the Great British Sewing Bee HERE Wendy Ward’s website HERE and her Check Your Thread podcast episode HERE Riccardo’s sweatshirt using Wendy’s Felix sweatshirt pattern HERE (pictured below) using scuba off-cuts leftover from his tracksuit project from the GBSB Find @sewandrew, maker of the embroidered chess piece HERE. Riccardo’s sweatshirt that developed around the embroidery HERE (pictured below) Riccardo’s technique for piecing scraps HERE (the start of which is pictured below) Zero Waste Daniel, legendary NY-based designer who uses garment industry waste HERE and on Instagram HERE See Riccardo’s sofa bomber jacket HERE and hear him on the un:CUT podcast HERE Core Arts, the non-profit organisation supporting people who suffer from mental health issues through learning, HERE Fabrications, based in Hackney, owned by Barley Massey HERE Zero Waste Fashion Design book HERE (pictured below) by Holly McQuillan & Timo Rissanen
37 minutes | Sep 5, 2021
#6: Life, Sewing and Sustainability with Amy Dyce
It’s the sixth episode of the Check Your Thread podcast, and the second episode featuring parts of the great conversation I had with Amy Dyce. Last week Amy shared heaps about her small business, Craft & Thrift. In today’s episode, the conversation moves from running a sustainability-minded business, to running a sustainability-minded life! We discuss ways to share eco habits, the realities of eco-guilt and how making sustainable choices can get murky. Amy also talks about the ways she uses sewing to save her money and how thrifting has made sewing viable for her. Amy also explains how sewing and knitting became a gateway for her to become more aware of social injustice and other political issues, and reflects on the importance of acknowledging and checking your own privilege. Craft & Thrift Etsy shop HERE My Lou Box Top made using a kit given to me from Craft & Thrift (kits HERE) Tomato victory! Katie Green Bean youtube channel HERE The Vintage Book Worm UK Etsy shop HERE Me-Made-May explainer HERE Find Amy’s Me-Made-May videos HERE Read more about my hand-sewn sock experiments HERE Incredible visible mending and darning by Roberta Cummings HERE Me and White Supremacy: A Guided Journal HERE The Sporkful Podcast HERE with many episodes about race (and food) including THIS ONE
25 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
#5: Craft & Thrift with Amy Dyce
Welcome to the fifth episode of CYT, this time featuring a conversation with Amy Dyce, a crafty, thrifty environmentally-minded woman who has a small business called Craft & Thrift. Through her Etsy shop she sells thrifted, vintage and deadstock fabric, along with other related sewing products. Amy was so generous with her time that we ended up chatting and recording for over two hours! Because of that, we will release two episodes that include different parts of our conversation. This first half focuses on her business, including how she pivoted from selling tea cosies to deadstock fabric, her (possibly haunted) storage unit and about the shipping containers full of 90s fabric that pushed her business to the next level. The scrap-busting related challenges are: #so50sustainablesewing created by @judithrosalind and hosted by @sewover50 #recyclingremnants created by @elleandthestitches Lou Box Top pattern by Sew DIY HERE Lou Box Top kits from Craft & Thrift HERE Find my guest Amy on Instagram @craftandthrift, her website is HERE and Etsy shop is HERE The Sew Your Own Undies kits we collaborated on HERE Jen Gale from @sustainableish’s powerful post HERE
22 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
#4: My 5 Favourite Scrap Projects
It’s clear that making the most of the fabric we buy is fundamental to keeping our craft as sustainable as possible. In this solo episode I’m making a case for keeping and using your fabric scraps and leftovers from previous sewing projects, and I’m going to run through my 5 favourite uses for scraps and leftovers. Support the podcast over on Patreon! The Closet Core Pattern free pouf pattern, found HERE, is an excellent way to use up scraps for making the outside and can be stuffed with scraps that are too tiny to be used for anything else. @crystaltips fabulous pieced-together sun hat can be seen HERE Reversible Bucket Hat pattern by Oliver + S HERE Sorrento Bucket Hat pattern by Elbe Textiles HERE Serpentine Hat pattern by Elbe Textiles HERE Free Sandcastle Bucket Hat pattern by Waves and Wild HERE Free Hat pattern by Liz Haywood HERE Free SoZo Undies pattern by me HERE Wonder Undies pattern by Waves and Wild HERE Free Speedy Pants pattern by Waves and Wild HERE (used to make the undies pictured below) Superhero Boxers pattern by Waves and Wild HERE Comox Trunks pattern by Thread Theory HERE Sew Your Own Undies kits by Craft and Thrift HERE Harem Pants pattern by Wiksten. Wiksten are currently only taking wholesale orders so do an online search to find a stockist of this pattern close to you. Free Bummies pattern by Brindille & Twig HERE Free Ringer Tee pattern by Brindille & Twig HERE Misusu Patterns can be found HERE My scrap-busting jersey tees project HERE My Scout Tee made from scraps of viscose HERE The tiered Maxi Dress made from slinky jersey leftovers HERE Elbe Textiles blog post about Patchwork clothing can be found HERE My ‘Scraps and small piece busting’ Pinterest board is HERE Some shorts I made with leftover quilting cotton waistband facings and pocket bags HERE (shown above) My Thelma Boilersuit with leftover gingham yoke lining HERE
34 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
#3: African Textiles Today with Jacqueline Shaw
In the third episode of Check Your Thread I’m talking with Jacqueline Shaw, founder of Wax and Wraps which offers African textiles sewing subscription boxes. Jacqueline is an expert on the African fashion and textiles industries and has an MA in Ethical Fashion and Sustainability under her belt as well. In this conversation she shares her excitement about what’s going on right now in African fabric production. She educates me on lots of topics related to her experiences and passions, including her perspective on cultural appropriation and dressmaking with African textiles. Support the podcast over on Patreon! Wax and Wraps can be found HERE. Jacqueline’s sourcing agency, African Fashion Guide, is HERE. The blue and white striped cotton fabric handwoven in Uganda is pictured below plus can be viewed on Wax and Wraps Instagram HERE, swipe to see the weaving process. Jacqueline’s YouTube Channel can be found HERE. The stretch Ankara fabric that blew my mind is HERE. Fashion Africa, Jacqueline’s book, can be bought from Waterstones HERE or Amazon HERE.
28 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
#2: How to Sew Sustainably with Wendy Ward
It’s the second episode of the Check Your Thread podcast, and I’ve got my first guest! Wendy Ward has integrated sustainable thinking into her making so deeply that she has literally written a book called ‘How to Sew Sustainably’! In this conversation Wendy shares tips on sewing more sustainably from her book and from her own sewing life. Plus we discuss the commercialisation of craft and how privilege is often associated with sewing today. And finally Wendy talks about how to keep craft accessible when you're short on time, money and space. Wendy Ward’s website and blog can be found HERE. More details about Wendy’s new book ‘How to Sew Sustainably’ can be found HERE, including links where to buy it. An example of Wendy’s approach to pieced together fabric technique from the book: Scrappy collage piece by Wendy: THIS is the Instagram post where Wendy discusses the commercialisation of, and privilege associated with, craft. The discussion continues in the comments. Wendy’s craft-crush Claire Wellesley-Smith’s work and books can be found HERE. Wendy’s favourite craft tool purveyor, Beyond Measure, can be found HERE. An example of the darning eggs by Do-Well Design:
16 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Welcome to Check Your Thread, a new podcast about sewing more sustainably! In the first episode, creator Zoe Edwards takes us on a journey through her sewing history, from fashion student, to garment industry employee, to sewing blogger, to dressmaking teacher and more. Learn what inspired her to start Check Your Thread and find out what you can expect from future episodes. Let’s nerd out about garment sewing whilst getting inspired to reduce the impact we have on the planet. Zoe has been blogging for 13 years at https://sozowhatdoyouknow.blogspot.com/ and posts on Instagram @sozoblog. Find out about Me-Made-May here. Discover Zoe’s book, ‘Mend it, Wear it, Love it’ here Learn more about the textile recycling charity TRAID here. Thanks to Silvia Sella (@baba_baba) for the logo design Thanks to Simon Richmond from Palmskin Productions (@palmskinproductions) for the music Thanks to Patrick Potter for production support
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