Meet/share like-minded sewing folk aged over 50. Run by @judithrosalind and @sunnydayz06. Use #SewOver50 to be seen/reposted. Blogs by @susanyoungsewing Sewover50 intersects with all the other communities.
Sandy Bach, their Australian lead creates their community initiatives and fun projects happening in the Sewover50 community. Susan Young, the official Sewover50 blog writer has featured in a couple of podcasts. Judith Staley, the founder of Sewover50 has now featured in two podcasts. They’re a fabulous team with a following of 24,000 and growing by 1,000 each month.
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Sandy’s Instagram tech podcasts
Thursday 9 April 2020: Sandy discusses the basics of using hashtags on Instagram.
Thursday 16 April 2020: Sandy provides more useful information about hashtags on Instagram.
Thursday 5 August 2021: Rhonda Buss or Sewbussted saves dogs using her pilot skills, sews and is a longtime member of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago.
Rhonda Buss or Sewbussted is today’s Sewover50 guest. Rhonda starts chatting about how she saves dogs who go onto doing great things like being therapy dogs. She’s a pilot and she uses this skill to help her local community save dogs in states that keep lost dogs for very long.
She has sewn since the age of 5 and was taught by her grandmother. You would have seen Rhonda create and continue her #1yearchallenge on instagram. This challenge was Rhonda’s response to being in lockdown last year.
Yes. Rhonda is a long time member of the Haute Couture Club of Chicago, which is now open to anyone who wants to pop into their monthly Zoom meetings.
Rhonda’s blog has a lot of resources to build your patternmaking and sewing skills.
As Judith says, this challenge is all about using ‘waste’ fabric to make a garment, fabric that is already in the system…. your remnants, charity shop or thrift fabric from estate sales, vintage fabrics, manufacturing waste, fabric picked up from fabric swap tables at meet ups or from your fellow sewist’s destashes, discarded garments or tablecloths or bed linen.
Please be aware to avoid buying charity shop garments that you might think are worth remaking because they are a very large size. These garments should be left for people who are looking for these sizes for themselves to wear. Remember this challenge is essentially to use what you already have available in your home.
Seeing how you give fabric or garments a second life will spark your creativity so follow #So50SustainableSewing and #Soover50 to be inspired to take up this challenge.
You’ll see how sustainable it is to sew your own clothes and see what is sustainable clothing.
Keep your eyes peeled.
As with all our #sewover50 challenges this challenge is open to all…no age restrictions.
Guest podcasters will also be helping you find you sustainable sewing actions.
There are prizes, which are relevant to this challenge. The sponsors are:
@elbetextiles, @criswoodsews, @birgittahelmersson, @lizhaywood3754, @thatwendyward, @craftandthrift, @greyfriarsandgrace, @jenerates.shopwindow, @selvedgeandbolts, @ann_normandy_sewing_patterns and there will be more.
Guest Editors so far are:
There are many more to come so you could assume this challenge will flow into September too.
Have a listen to Liz Haywood’s podcast about Zero waste sewing and her experience of the damaging effect textiles production has effected the environment. Have a listen to Kate Ward’s mending podcast or her repurposing podcast for ideas. Katrine of Mending Mayhem talked about how mending is another way to use ‘waste’ fabric. Kate Sekules of Visible mending is a great resource to about repurposing and using ‘waste fabrics and clothes’ to save the planet. Sue Stoney has been a podcast guest a few times, as has Raquel. Jen Hogg, Tricia and Marcia Lois have also been on the podcast for Sewover50.
Susan Young: Sewing for men series
When James was 7 years old he was taught to sew and knit when he was being looked after by a neighbour. You’ll hear how sewing has played various roles in James’s life from the time he was in middle school onwards.
James shares his methods of finding fabrics, finding patterns and sewing techniques. There are also the stereotypical responses James has endured as a man buying fabric from a retail store. He now buys his fabrics online as a less negative way to source the fabric he wants to use.
James shares the ways men are not included in the sewing conversations and men do sew and should be included in online discussions.
Elbe Textiles is James’ favourite patterns. There are so many of their patterns that are go-to styles that James makes many versions of. James offers great advice when you want to start sewing mens clothes.
Susan Young starts the mens sewing series
Thursday 22 July 2021: Susan Young the official blog writer for Sewover50, is back to kick off the men who sew series for Sewover50.
You may have noticed that she recently made her husband some new gear and in this podcast you’ll hear why she’s done just that. Susan recently wrote a comprehensive article for Love Sewing magazine using the mens sewing research she did and examples of her sewing for her lucky husband.
Susan wanted to sew but had no motivation to continue to sew for herself so while in lockdown, she decided to sew a sweatshirt or 2 for her husband. You’ll hear about her experience and what developments she has begun to see in the online sewing world.
This podcast is to support Susan’s research and article in Love Sewing magazine in the coming weeks you’ll hear from the men in the Sewover50 community talk about their sewing experiences. They’ll also discuss ways to get the best outcomes when sewing menswear.
The pattern search terms and fabric names Susan mentions are a great start when you’re learning how to sew mens clothes for beginners.
Meet Corrie Lewis-Bishop
Corrie uses the same use of resources that she has done all her life as a ceramicist for making her own clothes. You’ll hear how she has taken up sewing later in life and now can’t believe that it took her so long to do this.
Corrie has been recognised for her sewing stance in the latest book published by Cashmette – Ahead of the curve. This is great recognition for Corrie making her clothes and challening the ongoing revolution in the pattern industry to include larger size ranges and make sewists over 50 visible.
Corrie finds it’s really powerful to wear clothes that you love, that fit you and make you feel confident in how you present yourself. Sewists have that power in every garment they make.
She talks about the feedback she received when she wrote a guest post for Sewover50 in May this year.
You can have a great time looking at Corrie’s shop of ceramic makes. She lives and breathes years of creativity experience in each piece.
And of course, you can find Corrie on Instagram as Ceramic67
Meet Jeanette Irons
Thursday 1 July 2021: Jeanette Irons of sew.irons, gives us some valuable advice about how to replace your ready to wear clothes with clothes you want to sew.
Jeanette continues to replace her existing ready to wear clothes with clothes that suit her body and need for comfortable clothes. This Frankie baseball tee has been made 8 times.
Jeanette knows her perception of what clothes should look like after being inspired by Sewover50 followers. She sees people who ‘look like her’ and that’s what now motivates her to sew clothes.
Meet Nancy Chen Bajraktari
Nancy uses her photographic professional background to post beautiful Instagram images of her sewing.
Make sure you listen to find out how Nancy started her sewing skills through her day job as a prosthetist orthotist.
Print matching can be an instant marriage or the print may fight for prominence. Nancy explains this among her many tips for print matching.
Nancy was pleasantly surprised her pattern mixing entry was featured on Sewover50, as she’s not 50 yet!
Thursday 17 June 2021: Chuleenan or csews contributes to her local sewing community and to the online sewing community.
One of her great online sewing contributions is her sewing pattern height chart she has recently updated. Culeenan is 5′ 7″ (170 cm) and in 2017 when she wrote her post about the challenges of sewing patterns that are based on various body heights. That was the same year she created this chart so sewists could quickly see the heights used by various sewing pattern companies.
She’s finished a much more significant update in February of this year. Chuleenan went through the entire chart and updated all the links to the size charts and I added a new column of information – size ranges. Since she created the chart in 2017, many companies have expanded their size ranges so she’s also included that information in the chart. Some companies don’t yet have all of their patterns in expanded sizes so there are a lot of asterisks in the chart with explanations below the chart about what is available in extended sizes.
As she says about Sewover50, ‘I love seeing what other sewists are making, the sewing challenges like pattern mixing, and to see sewing details, which are so inspiring. Sewover50 shares so much great information. I was really excited that Sewover50 highlighted my sewing pattern height chart.’
Meet Helen Shaw
Thursday 10 June 2021: Helen Shaw’s sewing journey encompasses making a classic white shirt.
Helen recently wrote a guest post for Sewover50 about her shirt making journey.
Helen has continued to make shirts and you’ll be surprised by the type of sewing learning she did before she attempted making her very first classic white shirt.
You can follow Helen’s sewing journey at her Instagram account Sosewshaw. Her joyful sewing journey continues.
Meet Angie Hinksman
Angie is a new Sewover50 follower and we noticed her because of her amazing duvet bias binding dress.
What you’ll hear is the depth of Angie’s sewing experience but more importantly how she has grieved the loss of her husband and found ways to find her self and as she says ‘stay sane’.
The topic of her sewing doesn’t diminish what’s happened to her over the last 2 years.
Angie is part of her local community and has become a great part of the online sewing community.
Meet Helga @salixsews
Thursday 27 May 2021: Helga @salixsews felt the warmth of Sewover50 from the moment she made her Instagram account public. She had kept her Instagram account private until she had had enough of feeling isolated through each covid lockdown she had been experiencing.
In this podcast, Helga tells us about all the recognition she experienced in the first 10 days of opening her Instagram account.
When we all celebrated the 30,000 follower Sewover50 milestone in April, Helga posted some family photos. She is a genealogist and she chats about how sewing is in her blood.
Her life has included an international fashion retail role that you’ll enjoy hearing about.
She considers Sewover50 to be the Mothership and you’ll need to listen to why she says this.
Meet Amanda Bowden
Thursday 20 May 2021: Making your own swimwear is so rewarding especially if you’re training to swim the English Channel. Amanda Bowden is going to swim the English Channel in a relay team in August this year for charity. She’s a Sewover50 follower and she chats about her sewing journey and and marathon swimming journey.
Amanda has perfected her marathon swimming cozzie to the point where she is able to make cozzies with a theme for each long distance swim she does.
In August Amanda will swim the English Channel in a relay team. You can support her English Channel swim on Amanda’s The Swimming Seamstress Total Giving page.
She sews her own swimwear and has perfected her marathon cozzies. She’s known as ‘The Swimming Seamstress’ on Instagram and Facebook page called Sewing for Swimming and she tells us her marathon swimming story and her cozzie sewing knowledge. Amanda shared her sewing and swimming story as a guest writer for Sewover50 on Instagram. Make sure you find Amanda on Instagram .
Meet Des Whitehorn
Sewing Save Series: Des is most happiest with a needle in her hands. You’ll hear how her sewing journey began and understand why sewing brings her joy.
Des is able to sew great projects through saving garments and furniture. You’ll find out how Des does this in her contribution to the Sewing Save Series.
This sewing save is Des’s first for the podcast. She’s taken a dress she isn’t happy with and converts it to culottes! You’ll hear her thought process to decide what remake would suit her best.
Sewing Save Series 14 August 2020: This week Des talks about her joy in creating a christening dress from a bridal gown. That catch was that the bridal gown was supposed to be kept for future use by the next generations. Hear how she made this work.
Meet Punk Frockers
Punk Frockers is an inclusive podcast for sewists looking to connect with other sewists, and have fun, challenging projects. Beverly Baptiste (she/her) is an artist and maker who makes her living as a research scientist. Jenny Hassler (she/her) is a wife, mother, grandmother, CPA, and artist, living and working in western North Carolina.
Haptic and Hue podcast series 2
Meet Tina @bricolagdk
Thursday 8 April 2021: Tina or Bricolagdk talks about her sewing experience post her breast cancer mastectomy and her choice to have one breast without a prosthesis.
Tina found the Sewover50 community made her feel amongst like minded people through their support for her call out for patterns that were asymmetrical. When Tina asked Judith and Sandy of Sewover50 to put the call out for patterns that would suit her uniboob body, Tina was so thrilled to have people from across the globe helping her find pdf patterns that made Tina feel confident in her body.
Tina is now part of a facebook group called Sewing Flat and Asymmetrical to share patterns that suit their bodies. This is a group for anyone sewing for a small bust, asymmetry or after surgery (mastectomy or otherwise), offering shared ideas, support and information in a safe space.
Listeners can direct message Tina to find patterns to suit their body needs. There is a German pattern company called Schnittquelle that has great patterns. Their website has both patterns and fabrics. Tina absolutely loves DP Studio patterns. Megan Kelso or Venusmensch is one Instagram person who Tina refers to about adapting an ordinary bar pattern for a chest with one breast. Here is a link to the Megan Kelso venus_mensch tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcZEDDjs4J0
Anna Bonny is another Instagram person who has a unilateral pdf bra pattern. Teta & Teta has 2 downloadable unilateral bra patterns on their website. Bra Makers Supply has a tutorial on how to make a breast form. Seamwork has a tutorial on bodice adjustments for a bilateral mastectomy. Sandra Betzina’s book on Fast Fit: Easy Pattern Alterations for Every Figure, has a chapter on adapting patterns for a mastectomy body. Here’s the link to Made It patterns, mentioned by Tina. They’re contributing a robe pattern for a book for people living with cancer and its effects. Les Monocyclettes is the French company with clothes for people with 1 breast.
Here are some blog posts Tina has already written:
A blog post at The Sewcialists website: https://thesewcialists.com/2019/11/08/who-we-are-sewing-after-a-unilateral-mastectomy/
A blog post for My Body Model: https://www.mybodymodel.com/sketch-sew/designing-for-my-post-mastectomy-body-with-my-body-model-croquis-by-tina/
This blog post was written by the amazing Susan Young!
A Birthday Blog for @sewover50: https://susanyoungsewing.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/its-our-birthday-sew-over-50-12-months-on/
Meet Denise Archer
Thursday 25 March 2021: Denise Archer talks about her breast cancer experience and how her sewing choices have changed. She shares the details of her breast cancer treatments and post surgeries.
This podcast is not medical advice. If you want information about breast cancer treatments or post surgery choices contact your oncologist or go to the breast cancer organisations in your country.
Meet Sheila O’Kelly
Here is Sheila’s story.
My mother and grandmother sewed so I always knew about sewing, and I’ve always sewed things like tablecloths and cushion covers. But it was only after my mother died in 2016 that I began to sew clothes. I had attempted it before but got frustrated by my lack of knowledge and inability to fit garments and never made anything I could actually wear. I have more patience now than I did in my youth!
Sewing is my main non-work joy. Although in non-Covid times I am also very involved in amateur drama both on and off the stage; including making costumes.
When I’m stressed I like to make something simple like the Wiksten Shift Dress; and then other times I like to challenge myself and learn new skills. For example, I recently made the Shoalhaven Shacked by Muna and Broad and that was very satisfying. I had never made a collar with a stand before.
I also love knit garments – for comfort and ease.
When did you discover sewover50 and how have you enjoyed being in that community?
I stumbled across sewover50 about 18 months ago; and Sandy also reached out to me. I don’t know how she does it to all of us, but she makes you feel like you are her friend! And I just love seeing gorgeous patterns on people my age – and also via the Curvy Collective, on people of all shapes and sizes.
Thanks for sharing your story on Sewover50 podcast Sheila O’Kelly!
Meet Cennetta Burwell
Thursday 25 February 2021: Cennetta’s Sewover50 podcast is replayed to recognise Black History Month.
CeeSews is back!
Thursday 18 February 2021: Ceesews is back for Sewover50 podcast discussing everything she knows about sergers/overlockers. Ceesews wanted to record a second podcast especially as it’s Black History Month in the USA this month.
Make sure you listen to CeeSews closely because there is a lot of information you’ll use on your next projects.
Black History Month podcast replays
Black History Month podcast replays: Sewover50 will be replaying previous podcasts featuring Black sewing community sewists that keep the over50s sewists in our community visible. They give their time to sewists everyday and in so many ways in during Black History Month, we’ll replay these podcasts one more time.
Wednesday 17 February 2021: We’re replaying Carrie Cunningham’s June 2020 podcast for Black History Month 2021. This is to celebrate and recognise the black sewists who are part of the Sewover50 community.
You’ll find Elaine’s Minvera makes on their website. When Elaine sews or does anything, she gets into the technical side of it. She has built computers in previous years.
Elaine’s journey to Sewover50 was through joining Sewcialists in 2018 because she felt Sewcialists was an amazing sewing voice. Being part of Sewover50 is a way of staying connected; having fun; and find this community fulfilling during this time of social isolation.
This was also around the same time Elaine saw the start of Sewover50 and she hopped into the account and has followed it ever since that day in 2018.
As a Minerva Maker, Elaine has made a few great pieces that shine as you can see on this page.
Donna Karan patterns are her favourites and they inspire her.
Elaine and Maria both agreed that we’d like to do something in October to recognise black designers during Black History Month in the UK. Please DM us so we can set up a couple of podcasts for October this year. You can find out more about Black History Month in the UK and Black Poppy Rose.
Meet Gabriele @kissntuss
Her sewing journey all started with Gabriele’s objective to learn how to sew couch cushions.
Why did Gabriele want to make cushions in the first place? That came about when Gabriele and her husband left their apartment in Frankfurt in 2010. Her husband had a big pile of old ties that he wanted to throw away. These were ties he had collected since he had first started working. Some ties were wildly patterned ones and he had some really high-priced designer pieces, too. All the ties were silk ties.
Creativity with Maria Yap
Thursday 14 January 2021: Maria Yap is back for Sewover50 to talk about her creative process.
Maria is an emotional fabric buyer and as long as the price of the fabric fits her budget, she has fabrics to make into the projects that inspire her. In this podcast Maria talks about how she will either let the fabric dictate the project or else she will change the fabric weight to make it work for her intended project.
Colour in nature inspire her and Nani Iro fabrics are her weakness. When the pattern she decides to make has great design features, she will use solid colour fabrics to make the pattern design shine.
Raquel is back
Thursday 17 December 2020: Raquel is this week’s Sewover50 podcast guest.
Raquel was podcast #2 in 2019 and in this podcast she updates us on her sewing and how she supports the Sewover50 account on Instagram.
Refashions are her joy and she talks to us about how thrifting in Taipei meets her budget needs.
Raquel initially started participating in MAGAM Sewalong when it was run by Sarah Liz. MAGAM Sewalong is another sewing challenge Raquel continues to support each month because this keeps her sewing creativity alive. Raquel is also enjoying being a Minerva Maker now.
Her love for refashioning is what drives her sewing passion each day.
Creating model looks with her own sewing is her fun and successful challenge
Meet Maria Yap
Maria’s sewing blog contains very detailed reviews of patterns and the fabrics she uses. In the dictionary, you’ll see Maria’s photo under the definition of ‘meticulous’. Maria has shared her sewing experience and knowledge with the sewing community for many years now.
Maria’s earliest experience helping her mother keep their treadle sewing machine operational didn’t deter her from deciding to sew.
When you look at the garments Maria has sewn, you’ll realise these demonstrate her passion to be creative when she sews. Maria chats to us about her latest garment sewing contest garments and how she used her creativity to use fabrics and patterns she’s been wanting to use for a while.
Sewover50 has given Maria a safe place to act with likeminded people on Instagram.
Meet Julie Yost
Julie is a local at Rochester, MN USA where we are beginning our winter season
Julie is so fortunate to have learned at the feet of her mother and grandmothers. One of her earliest sewing memories was when she was about 4 years old and her grandmother was sewing her Aunt’s wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses – pink satin dresses with red velvet capes for a winter wedding. Her grandmother made a replica bridesmaid dress for Julie’s Barbie doll!!
Julie’s mom made many of their clothes when she was growing up. Julie was officially allowed to use the sewing machine when she turned 10 and from then Julie went on to enter garments in the county fair, made her own clothes, made special occasion dresses for her 2 sisters and eventually made her own wedding dress and the 4 bridesmaid dresses.
Julie says ‘I can also remember gong to the fabric stores with my mom and running our hands over the bolts and fondling the fabric between our fingers. (At first I wasn’t even sure why we did it!?!) By the time I was starting high school, I thought the people who worked in the fabric stores had the best job EVER!’
Julie’s first ‘adult’ job (after getting married and moving to a new part of the state) was as a sewing machine consultant /salesperson. Julie had a few life lessons that came from the 5 years she spent there, including using my detective skills (? ha, ha) to recover a stolen sewing machine (a Singer Featherweight model #221) and then working with the police to catch the thief. You’ll hear this story from Julie in her Sewover50 podcast.
How has Sewover50 made an impact on you: Julie said: ‘I had no idea what Instagram was until my daughter made me “sign up” in April of 2019. I hadn’t had “sewing friends” in almost 35 years so it was an AMAZING experience to join such a positive, supportive and encouraging community. I was shocked that it existed!! And since I had just retired (from something totally NOT sewing-related), the virtual companionship was exactly what I needed! It gave me so much motivation and inspiration!! But I wouldn’t have even been able to participate if Sandy and Judith hadn’t offered IG tips and instructions! They didn’t just offer sewing support; they were my technical support too!! ‘
Two most shocking realizations about the Sewover50 community:
1. there are thousands and thousands of sewists from around the world who are willing to offer ideas and encouragement!! and
2. when I receive replies or specific help from @sewover50 (aka Judith and Sandy), it feels like I am the only person they have to talk to today, yet I am one of their over 24,000 members!?!? How is that possible?!? How can they have the patience and kindness to speak to everyone and make that person feel like they are a close, personal friend? It’s unbelievable!! I think the reason SewOver50 is so successful is because of their special kindness!
#waiwot: “As a way of giving back to the community, and potentially focusing on progress vs. production / completion, I started the #waiwot hashtag. It’s a way for people to share their creative journey, not just their final destination. It’s good for “slow sewists” who still want to post to IG but may not finish a project for weeks or months. And it’s a great way to share tips (or lessons learned or mistakes) as they’re happening. I find I learn more from an in-process picture than I do from just looking at the final garment. Believe me, I STILL want to see the final garment!!! But I enjoy seeing behind the scenes and joining the maker on their journey. Because I enjoy it, I thought others would too, so I post a Weekly #waiwot Roundup each Friday in my stories where I feature people who have used the hashtag that week.’
Meet Jen Hogg
Thursday 26 November 2020: There are so many great people in Sewover50 and Jen Hogg is one of this supportive online sewing group.
Jen is from Glasgow and you may also know she was on the Great British Sewing Bee Series 5!
Jen has been contributing to the Sewover50 community with her sewing creations and Hogg Hack guests posts. As Jen says – Sewover50: a force for good.
Jen talked about her experience on the Great British Sewing Bee series and how this experience has increased her sewing confidence and provided her with a group of very talented sewing friends.
Thursday 19 November 2020: Cee has always sewn and encouraged people in her community to sew. Cee is a wife, mom and grandmom. She also loves to sew and will tackle any project. She also loves to follow Sewover50. Serger is her true love. Cee teaches sewing and serging.
Cee gives to her local community through leading a Neighbourhood Group in her city for the American Sewing Guild.
Her new adventure is learning to use the fun tools on the internet to continue spreading the love of all things sewing. Sewover50 tutorials are really helping Cee increase her online skills.
Cee started using her mother’s sewing machine when her parents would go out grocery shopping. She wasn’t supposed to touch her mother’s sewing machine at all.
As Cee was growing up, she was exposed to 4H and then really developed her sewing skills.
As Cee says, ‘By helping each other, we can build a stronger community’.
Jayne may have only started sewing 2 years ago but you’ll appreciate why she decided to become sewing obsessed. Jayne created her own local sewover20 group with her daughter and their friends.
She will reuse fabrics etc where possible but Jayne will by her fabrics locally and she sources wool from Yorkshire or New Zealand. Make sure you follow The Sewing Resistance, run by Jayne, Vintage Tina and Steinmakes. They’re a global textile project giving a voice to hopes and dreams. Make sure you read about Arpilleras too.
From Jayne: “I am in such incredible company here. I’m honoured and overwhelmed. Thank you for interviewing me and allowing me to chatter. Huge thanks for everyone who has found the time to listen to my ramblings. I sill can’t get over how posh I sound. My family up in Yorkshire will think it’s an imposter. They will be ‘hark at er wi a fancy ways, what hav ya dun wi our Jayne’?“
5 November 2020: Saremy Duffy is a lovely sewist that shares her sewing skills via live stream and is a Sewover50 supporter.
Sewsewlive is where you’ll find Saremy.
Saremy talks about how living in a fire prone area affects her sewing choices. She sews regularly even though she wasn’t a fan of sewing at school. Her creativity is amazing and ongoing.
We discuss the November Sewover50 challenge to support small businesses with sponsorship from Linton Tweeds. Use ‘sewover50’ discount code for the month of November to receive at 15% discount on fabric purchases from the Linton Tweeds website.
From Saremy: ‘It was definitely a pleasure talking with you Maria! You’re interested, patient and organised. You make it so easy.’
Jen was a guest editor for Sewover50 and was featured in MySewisfaction in their Meet the maker series. Jen is a 50 something creative girl with a total obsession for florals and jumpsuits.
Jen left school with an ‘O’ Level in Art and gained a place on a full-time hairdressing course. After qualifying she worked in a couple of salons on a rent-a-chair basis building up her clientele until one of the salon owners wasn’t paying the utility bills, electricity board called in to cut the supply off! So, Jen asked to take over the lease, fast forward a few years the property came up for sale and she bought it at the age of 23!
From Jen: ‘Maria is amazing. I was a bit nervous at first but it was like chatting to a friend. It didn’t feel like I was being interviewed. Jayne Raven, I agree. I think I sound less Northern all through my podcast all though it crept in by the end. Maria edited it brilliantly too. When I was first asked, I listened to all the previous ones. So insightful. Everyone has their story to tell. Thank you so much for including me!‘
Thursday 22 October 2020: Cennetta Burwell or the Mahogany Stylist describes herself as ‘Julia Baker meets June Cleaver’. Cennetta gave us her time as a Sewover50 stalwart and it’s a real thrill to meet a sewist that has been blogging and sharing her skills online since 2007.
Cennetta started her blog in 2007 after following Pattern Review for nearly five years before joining. Initially, Cennetta wanted to share reviews and projects like so many others in blogland at the time. Cennetta is motivated to pay it forward and she’s a great fit for being an active Sewover50 member. Pattern review had been a great resource and she learned so many techniques, shortcuts, and alternative construction processes from sewists of all levels.
From Cennetta: ‘It was great talking to Maria about sewing. She’s a gem for all she is doing to bring awareness in the sewing community. Thank you Maria and Sewover50.’
Her sewing skill interests were started with her mother and sister but Marianne really took to sewing through the mentoring of her future mother-in-law. This was when Marianne really took to sewing.
From Marianne: ‘It was an honour to be interviewed by Maria! As a journalist I’ve always been the one asking the questions. Totally a new experience to be on the other side. It was so relaxed, like talking to an old friend, which of course means that Maria is doing an excellent job!
I love hearing everyone’s sewing stories. It’s a pleasure to give Sewover50 a voice through podcasting. There are so many lovely people within @sewover50 who help behind the scenes. Fabulous work to Judith, Sandy and Susan for producing Sewover50 podcasts!‘
You’ll also know that Lisa is a vintage sewing enthusiast that helps people achieve their sewing dreams is what Lisa concentrates on now.
From Lisa: ‘I was thrilled to be asked and the extra of meeting lovely Maria @velosews. I agree with everyone. It was just fun to chat about what we all love and far less cringey listening to it than I thought it would be. Still god the joy of catching up with Jen Legg and Jayne Raven still.’
Thursday 17 September 2020: Di believes that everyone should feel able to sew regardless of their background, ability and especially income. Di makes 99% of her clothes and quite a few for her husband, son and wider family.
During the Covid crisis Di made 40 sets of scrubs for her local intensive care unit and then designed a face mask with a ‘see through’ visor to assist with lip reading and enabling people seeing facial expressions. This community need brought together her passion for sewing and understanding the challenges faced by those with additional needs. Di’s smile mask pattern and tutorial are free.
From Di: ‘Maria, it was an absolute pleasure talking with you. Thank you so much for widening the reach of #sewover50 and helping us feel even more engaged. Especially as this year has meant so many face to face opportunities to meet like minded makers have been cancelled.’
Thursday 10 September 2020: Lynda talked to us about fitting for the changing body and the 3 main alterations she’s helped students with in her workshops. Lynda loves to teach people to pattern fit. She refers to a handy Threads article she wrote containing the details for getting a sleeve head to fit you well. This article is in Threads issue 189 in February/March 2017 so if you have a subscription, go grab this article.
Thursday 3 September 2020: Sewover50 have brought back the flat lay challenge is returning in September and you’ll have time to practice your skills as it’s a whole month!
Sandy says ‘Flat lays are FUN….you can hide behind the camera 😁, learn new skills, and be creative.’
Thursday 27 August 2020: This week you’ll hear Tomasa talk about her experience as a Sewover50 team member. It’s fascinating and their work is thoughtful in recognising sewists and keeping Sewover50 a safe place to go to.
Thank you Tomasa for being on the podcast. Happy 2nd year anniversary Sewover50!
In today’s episode, Tomasa talks about her sewing journey. Her sewing resume is extensive. Tomasa has had a few articles published in sewing publications.
From Tomasa: ‘It was so much fun talking to Maria. And I was lucky enough to be interviewed twice. I was nervous at first but Maria’s warmth and kindness was so reassuring. She is such a treasure to the sewing community.‘
Tricia is another keen Sewover50 follower who you’ll love to hear from as part of our series to bring the voice of the Sewover50 community to you.
From Tricia: ‘It was a real honour to be interviewed (more like a friendly chat so do agree if you’re asked) and I’ve loved listening to my Instagram friends too!‘
Thursday 6 August 2020 for Sewover50: This week in Part 2, Karen delves more into finding your signature style. Of course, we did get side tracked and talked about online fabric shopping as well. The two topics go hand in hand.
Thursday 30 July 2020: Many of you will know Karen as IntoStitches on Instagram through Sewover50. Part 1 of her podcast for Sewover50 Karen talks about her sewing history and how sewing gets her out of her dark times.
From Karen: ‘Thank you to Sewover50 and Maria for giving me the opportunity to share my sewing story on the podcast. It’s an honor to be featured with all of these talented makers. Thank you to @velosews for her kindness and all of the time and effort she puts into bringing us all together.‘
Thursday 23 July 2020: Carol is our next Sewover50 stalwart that kindly gave her time for this podcast. Her sewing story is compelling and heartwarming to hear.
Carol hosts a private Facebook Sewing group called Carol’s Sewing Corner and a youtube channel and a blog – G-CAS dot net. Carol is self employed and had a sewing business for 12 years. Carol is also a part of the Black Makers Matter Coalition. You can see her profile post on Instagram and you’ll be able to keep up to date on how she’s contributing right now.
From Carol: ‘Maria’s podcast was like talking to an old friend!! I enjoyed being featured. I love to listen to the podcast while I cut out projects! It’s great listening and certainly keeps me company in the wee hours of the morning. Keep up the great work Maria. I’m a huge fan!!‘
Thursday 16 July 2020: #magamsewalong for June was all about #jugglingjune…whether it’s patterns, prints, styles, projects or even time! Hope you were able to juggle and to join in with Sue Stoney @suestoney , Helene @hportemanteau and Suzy Roberts @sewinginspain in June! You’ll know that their monthly challenges can overflow into the next month or two depending on your precious sewing time.
Thursday 2 July 2020: When lockdown took place in the UK, Susan Young felt like many of us, paralysed by the quick changes we quickly had to make. This was coupled with lots of time on your hands but with restrictions to our previous lifestyle. Have a listen to hear the sewing ideas provided by the Sewover50 community.
Thursday 25 June 2020: Carrie Cunningham is truly a self taught sewist and she is no stranger to providing online sewing classes. She has taught generations to sew. Through her church work, she has taught her congregation to sew and they sew for Little Dresses for Africa. Carrie’s philanthropic work also extends to managing their weekly local food drive.
From Carrie: ‘Love the podcast! It’s great to hear about what the community is doing! I had sew much fun during my interview! Velosews (Maria) made it easy to sit back and have fun!‘
Thursday 18 June 2020: Susan Young continues to discuss her Sewover50 blog post about your fabric purchases. This episode goes into weighing up purchasing long lasting plastic-based fabrics against ‘natural’ fibres. Susan refers to her review of the Fashioned from Nature exhibit that took place at the V&A Museum exhibit a few years ago. We then discuss reduce, reuse, recycle. Make sure you read The Golden Thread-how fabric changed history by Kassia St Clair.
Here’s a sneak peek at Susan’s next Sewover50 podcast discussion about Batch sewing.
Thursday 11 June 2020: Susan Young, the official blog writer for Sewover50 compiled another insightful blog post when these questions were posed to Sewover50 followers…“How do you assess your fabric purchases? Is cheap fabric inferior, or can you sometimes find a genuine bargain? Does expensive always mean quality…and what does that mean? How do you weigh up long lasting plastic-based fabrics against ‘natural’ fibres that may gradually wear out but where ageing can add to the appeal of the fabric?
This week we hear part 1 from Susan about this discussion. Part 2 will go live next Thursday.
Thursday 4 June 2020: Sue Stoney is definitely a lifelong sewist that has been part of Sewover50 since it started.
From Sue: ‘Maria is the best! I think everyone should know that she does this as a public service. She doesn’t receive any remuneration for all this work. Her podcasts are always a highlight for me. Sewover50, Thank you for featuring Maria and thank you for including me!‘
From Cathy: ‘I feel honoured to be part of the Sewover50 Thursday feature. As others have said, being interviewed by Maria is more like having a chat with a good friend. I have loved hearing all the voices in our sewing community.’
Thursday 21 May 2020: Today we meet Marcia Lois from Suffolk UK. Do you know the background of why she loves to wear bright colours and pretty prints? Why not listen to Marcia’s podcast and find out. Sewover50 has brought her to a group of like minded sewist that were not available to her locally. She rarely buys new fabrics and she enjoys hand embroidery.
Thursday 14 May 2020: Judith Staley created Sewover50 after a call out by the Sewcialists. Sewover50 has evolved and Judith walks us through what this community is now all about.
Thursday 7 May 2020: Welcome Judith Staley, the founder of Sewover50, as she discusses their most recent challenge – #isolationheadband challenge. This is her very first podcast!
Thursday 30 April 2020: Susan Young is back again this week to talk about the very first Sewover50 meetup idea came up and what went on behind the scenes to make this such a successful event for everyone. You can read about this wonderful day and see the photos of everyone on Susan’s blog as well as on the Sewover50 instagram account.
Thursday 23 April 2020: You’ll hear from the official Sewover50 blog writer, Susan Young.
From Susan: ‘I’m always keep to see who Maria’s Sewover50 guest is each week on Sew Organised Style podcast and to hear more from their in their own words. It’s a fascinating cross-section of our sewing community. Thank you for all your hard work @velosews (Maria)‘.
In case you missed their recent #isolationheadband mini challenge, here are some headband links: Meyraki patterns, Nice Dress thanks i made it, patterns for pirates, Loopy mabels closet, Felix Stowe sewing school and megan nielsen patterns just to name a few.
Thursday 16 April 2020: Sandy deep dives into hashtags.
Thursday 9 April 2020: Sandy discusses the basics of using hashtags on instagram.
Thursday 2 April 2020: Sandy introduces us to the world of Sewover50.
From Sandy: ‘I love these podcasts…it’s so interesting to find out more, share sewing stories and listen to all the accents of the world as well. You do a terrific job Maria (@velosews).‘
Susan Young has written quite a few articles for Sewover50 that you’ll love reading:
Celebrating Sewover50 2 years – 18 August 2020
Susan made a Sewover50 video – 16 June 2020 for the first online Sewing Weekender
Do you batch cut/sew? A Sewover50 discussion – 6 June 2020
A Sewover50 discussion about fabric choices – 26 May 2020
The first official Sewover50 meeting up – 25 February 2020
Your Sewover50 go to tee shirt patterns – 7 December 2019
Sewing advice for newbies from the Sewover50 mind hive – 25 November 2019
It’s our birthday! Sewover50 – 18 August 2019
Has anything changed yet and what can we do – 4 June 2019
The first Sewover50 challenge and what’s next – 3 May 2019
Sewover50 #flatlay round up – 4 April 2019
The day Sewover50 gals did some glam modelling – 15 February 2019
Sewover50 challenge update – 2 February 2019
Are you ready for your first sewing challenge – 1 February 2019
Love Sewing Headquarters – November 2019
Does ageism exist in modern dressmaking and why do we need the SewOver50 hashtag? – 23 August 2018
Indie vs big 4 discuss – 4 August 2018