SewOver50 podcasts in 2022

Judith and Sandy continue to build the SewOver50 community

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 communities. We are a community that is so over ageism.

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 39,000 and growing by 1,000 each month.

Simplicity McCalls UK and Sew Over It have now actively collaborated with SewOver50, since this community started in August 2018.

If you are able, become a Patreon supporter to keep developing Sewover50 podcasts published at least every Tuesday and Thursday, for free. There are over 125 SewOver50 podcasts!

Sewover50 celebrating 2 years on instagram

Sandy’s Instagram tech podcasts

Sandy Bach knows Instagram

Thursday 9 April 2020: Sandy discusses the basics of using hashtags on Instagram.

Make hashtags work for you

Thursday 16 April 2020: Sandy provides more useful information about hashtags on Instagram.

Hashtags part 2

Click on the links in the table below to listen to the latest SewOver50 podcasts. Stories for each podcast are below this table.
Previous SewOver50 podcasts are on the original blog post.

SewOver50 celebrate 40k

Will you join SewOver50 celebrate reaching 40,000 followers on Instagram with Sandy and Judith?

Friday 11 March 2022: Celebrate SewOver50 reaching 40,000 followers this weekend with a fun contest.

Join the 40,000 follower contest on SewOver50 today

SewOver50 on Instagram has gone from their humble beginnings in August 2018 when Judith (@JudithRosalind the founder) asked “is there a need for a group for older sewists? to now being the largest active sewing community on Instagram. In the words of Helen Reddy, we’re “in numbers too big to ignore!”  

On the SewOver50 post published on Friday 11 March 2022 UK time, describe your “sewing style” in three descriptors in the comments.
One entry per person.
This is a fun contest that ends at midnight Sunday 13 March 2022.

Everyone can enter because SewOver50 intersects with all communities. Whether you have a private or public account, you can add your entry on the Friday 11 March 2022 post.

What some more fun?

ALSO: Join us for a LIVE on Friday at 7.30pm GMT 🇬🇧 where we dip our toes into live-streaming for the first time! All you have to do is be on Instagram and get involved with the conversation between Judith and Sandy on the SewOver50 account.

We’ve asked a few of our followers to send  us their descriptors to have a bit of fun and you can see who we have chosen! 🎉 🎤 Fingers crossed 🤞 and see you there. 

Stay tuned for the newest podcast by following us
SewOver50 podcasts from 2020 to 2021
26 MayWis_g from Gent
24 MayLindy of Stokx Patterns and her SewOver50 supporters
19 MayLove Binti background information
17 MayJudy’s Op Shop rules
12 MayCamilla’s encore podcast
10 MayThe Big Sew Off
5 MaySteven of arealheller encore podcast – men who sew series
3 MayThreaded Together AZ
28 AprilSewing Machine Magic‘ project with Love Binti
26 AprilMaking fuller bust adjustments with Lindsie of Sew Busty
21 AprilMolly of MikeandMollysHouse
19 AprilJudy of Judywillimentross
14 AprilClive for #boyssewtoo
12 AprilLisa of Gizagiza.gorogoro
7 AprilLindy of Stoxkpatterns
5 AprilJanine of Janineerm
31 MarchByrd of Yogabyrdsews
29 MarchCamilla of frck.lindberg – sewing for men
24 MarchSteven of arealheller – men who sew series
22 MarchBra sewing chat with Helga and Nicole
17 MarchAlison of Alibobs_sews – breast cancer series
15 MarchTeresa of Desewtropia and Ukraine Etsy listing
11 MarchSewOver50 celebrates 40K fun contest
10 MarchPam of Sewnonthemap
8 MarchHelga and Nicole’s sewing plans
4 MarchKate Sekules – sewing and style questions developed by Helene
3 MarchSewing friends – Helga and Nicole
1 MarchRobyn is fourpatchtextiles
24 FebruaryDawna Tierney is Spoolriversewing
22 FebruaryTracy Davis is sewing4therapy
17 FebruaryVintageTina
15 FebruaryYolanda Woodland is so_sew_mardest
10 FebruaryJeanette Hayes – NZsews
8 FebruaryNikksinclair
3 FebruaryVisible mending journey Sarah Pondevie
2 FebruaryAngie’s 2022 plans
1 FebruaryAngie Hinksman is back
27 January#Sewingcpd
25 JanuaryCurvy pattern database with Sarah Thomas
20 JanuaryJulie and Gabriele’s 2022 plans
18 JanuarySewing friends: Gabriele and Julie
13 JanuaryUthando Project with Anne Vivers
11 JanuaryAbout Mimi Jackson
SewOver50 podcasts from 2020 to 2021
New podcasts added twice a week

Judy’s Op shopping rules

Judy Ross in her epic dress

Tuesday 17 May 2022: Judy talks about her Op shopping rules.

Op shopping for fabric needs to the thoughtfully done
Judy buys men’s dress pants that are on clearance at Op shops.

Camilla in Sweden is back

Camilla and rules are not friends

Thursday 12 May 2022: Camilla is back to discuss the influences on her sewing and how she wants to inspire people to sew.

Camilla shares the people and things that influences her sewing life.

Rules inhibit her design ideas and she encourages new sewists to just try sewing. It’s only fabric.

wombat

You’ll understand why this wombat is pictured here for Camilla’s second podcast, once you hear her chat.

The Big Sew Off

Supporting The Big Sew Off

Tuesday 10 May 2022: Alma of Sew Over It talks about The Big Sew Off – a 24 hour sewing marathon on 12 May 2022 to raise money for Mind in the UK.

The Big Sew Off event podcast
Alma of SewOverit

Who’s involved so far? By Hand London, Guthrie and Ghani, Kate from the Foldline and Sew Essential plus some Great British Sewing Bee including Rumana (@thelittlepomigranate) and last year’s winner Serena (@sernasews_)

24 hour sewathon to raise money for Mind

Here’s how to find out more about The Big Sew Off.

The Big Sew Off website: https://thebigsewoff.com/

Justgiving donate page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bigsewoff 

How to get involved: https://thebigsewoff.com/fundraise-with-us/

Sew Over It YouTube channel where The Big Sew Off will be live streamed from 10am Thursday 12th May to 10am Friday 13th May: https://www.youtube.com/user/SewOverIt

Steven’s encore podcast

Steven has a family history in tailoring

Thursday 5 May 2022: Steven is back for an encore podcast.

Encore Steven podcast
Green pepper jacket

He talks about what motivates his sewing. This includes who his sewing idols are as well.

This is the project Steven is most proud of and will wear when the weather is cool enough

You’ll get an insider look at Steven’s sewing life by listening to this encore podcast.

All the family loves his sewing

He enjoys wearing earthy tones too.

Threaded Together AZ

Tuesday 3 May 2022: Sierra of Threaded Together talks about the programs run for the local community and developed from community needs.

Sierra talks about Threaded Together AZ

Threaded Together is about inspiring creativity and connection through textile arts programs that partner with participants to nurture inclusive communities, cultivate agency, and provide employment pathways for people who have faced institutional injustice.

Sewing squad, Create + Connect and the STEP program are the program created by Threaded Together based on the wants of their community.

You can hear their back story on Punkfrockers episode 35 in October 2021.

Threaded Together AZ programs

Threaded Together has a facebook page, a website and their Instagram account. Sierra manages their social media accounts.

Sewing Machine Magic

Girls sewing their own period pads

Thursday 28 April 2022: Elle Yang and Suzan Okae talk about Sewing Machine Magic, a program run within the programs run by Love Binti in Uganda.

Elle and Suzan talk about Sewing Machine Magic
Gaining sewing skills helps girls create an income

Love Binti presented their programs at this year’s Commission into the Status of Women 66 run virtually by the United Nations Women UK group. The sewing machines used to get Sewing Machine Magic started were initially funded through donations from Zonta International in Taiwan.

Elle tells how Sewing Machine Magic was initiated after she learned of the disadvantages girls had through lack of sanitary pads in their communities. Once girls started their menstrual cycles, they were unable to attend school during their periods and then they were unable to continue their education.

Fund raising for the programs run by Love Binti are needed to help run their local programs to help the local communities raise their living standards. They’re currently fund raising for sewing pads now.

About Love Binti: Love Binti from Swahili means the caring and loving of a girl.
Love Binti exists to care for women in rural areas in Africa and improve their living and health conditions. By upgrading infrastructure and providing vocational training, Love Binti helps women improve their work skills and get out of poverty. Love Binti believes that women are the cornerstone of change. The transformation of a woman’s life can lead to the reversal of a family and even a community.

You can learn more about Love Binti through their website and on Instagram.

Making fuller bust adjustments

Tuesday 26 April 2021: Lindsie Rank is back to update us on her latest bust adjustment learnings, as she navigates making clothes for her pregnancy and nursing needs.

Lindsie shares her research making 5inch full bust adjustments

There are plenty of resources for increasing bust sizes by 2 inches/5cm. Lindsie currently needs to increase bust size by 7 inches/ 18cm and this might change during her pregnancy and nursing stage. She shares these details on the Sew Busty website.

This is the vintage maternity pattern Lindsie refers to
Lindsie adjusted the bust for Butterick 6226
Side view of her jumpsuit

As you can see below, she is already working on her nursing patterns.

Already working on nursing bras that fit.

Why not head over to her Sew Busty pattern review for all the details as well as the blog post about the Chalk and Notch Fringe dress pictured below.

Chalk and notch Fringe dress

Molly of MikeandMollyshouse

Molly of MikeandMollyshouse

Thursday 21 April 2022: Molly of Mikeandmollyshouse, unlike Teresa desewtropia, doesn’t enjoy making Halloween costumes.

Molly of Mike and Molly’s House

Mike and Molly still share their IG account but it’s basically run by Molly, and you’ll see all the videos about her sewing and the house they are renovating.

Mike and Molly

From 2008 to 2011 we had a blog called Mike and Molly’s House where we shared how we were tackled our overwhelming credit card debt and shared all of our maker-ry things that we were doing.

In 2019 I decided to do more garment sewing and discovered the sewing community which also included the Sew over 50 account. It’s a community that really pushed me to improve my skills as a Sewist especially with garments.

Instagram is a sketchbook for me to put my ideas out there often times they are spontaneous to the point that in the morning I don’t have a clue what I’m doing but as the day progresses, I am creating stories with an arch. Often they include my cat, grandson or a particular part of our current house renovation.

Happy to sew again

I have psoriatic arthritis that leaves me with chronic pain. Sewing has served as an activity that I can do even on really bad days. More about this in the next podcast with Molly.

Judy of Judywillimentross

Judy Ross in her epic dress

Tuesday 19 April 2022: Judy @judywillimentross is well known for her epic dress and now her hexi coat.

Judy talks about the epic dress and hexi coat

She discusses her father’s influence to recycle resources and her role at Glowing Sky, as the company also has Judy’s values regarding resources.

Have a listen to the markers Judy sewed in the epic dress, she commenced sewing on the first day of lock down in New Zealand in 2020.

There were quite a few wee highlights Judy talks about in this podcast about the epic dress and her latest hexi coat. One wee highlight was Judy’s epic dress was in the top 9 for SewOver50 in 2021, next to Esme of Great British Sewing Bee. That really is an impressive accomplishment.

Can you see why Julie was a wee bit excited?

Keep an eye out for Judy’s next podcast where she runs through her op shopping rules. You’ll learn how Judy’s garment choices are guided by not adding to landfill but also ensuring clothes that are needed in the community, stay in circulation.

Judy made the front page news with her epic dress

Clive for #boyssewtoo

Clive with #boyssewtoo tee machine sewing in a park
Clive for #boyssewtoo

Thursday 14 April 2022: Clive of @Bruderfuldesign has been developing #boyssewtoo movement and he discusses this for SewOver50.

Clive discusses the development of #boyssewtoo in memory of Rob Dawson

Boys Sew Too! was born out of the shared experience for the love and passion of sewing. Many boys and men are discouraged from sewing as ‘boys don’t sew’. That was the message Clive’s husband Mark received from a teacher at school. This is something they bonded over with a fellow male sewer they had the privilege to know called Rob Dawson. Rob touched many lives in the sewing world and Clive and Rob finally got to meet on the catwalk at the Stitch Festival in London. Sadly Rob passed away very suddenly, just two weeks after that show. The Boys Sew Too! movement was set up and dedicated to Rob so the word can be spread that boys and men really do sew.

Rob was an inspirational person who always motivated others in community sewing groups. He encouraged others to do their best and Rob would champion your makes regardless of skill and ability.

Clive caught up with Janene @ooobop at the Stitch Festival in the SewOver50 lounge

Rob was told that ‘boys don’t sew’ as a kid. He ignored them and sewed anyway.

#boyssewtoo is here to do just that – to encourage, support and spread the news that sewing is a life skill for all and that means boys too! Within the pages of Clive’s website they are building the support, guidance and tools you need to love this beautiful craft.

#boyssewtoo image

Boys Sew Too! is a message to those out there who may feel scared or judged for wanting to sew because they’re boys. Sewing is for all.

Lisa is gizagiza.gorogoro

Lisa Omori

Tuesday 12 April 2020: Lisa of gizagiza.gorogoro dusted off her sewing machine in March, 2020 to make masks.  Together with her children, they sewed and donated over 6000 masks through the Million Mask Challenge

Lisa is gizagiza.gorogoro

Sewing gave Lisa a sense of purpose and she discovered how meditative sewing could be.  She says that she doesn’t think she would have started sewing clothes if it wasn’t for COVID lockdowns and the need for ppe.

Lisa said ‘When I was little my mom had this awesome set of heavy pinking shears.  She called them “giza giza hasami” or zig zag scissors.  So Giza Giza means zig zag in Japanese. Goro goro is Japanese onomatopeia for the sound that rocks make when they are rolling.  (not stones or pebbles.. that’s koro koro).  My industrial Juki machine makes this sound due to its old clutch motor. Goro goro is also modern japanese slang for “chilling at home” because you are kind of rolling around the house. So I like to think of myself chilling at home, firing up my rumbling Juki and sewing up some zig zag seams.’

This is Lisa’s stylish mother

Lisa tells us about how she’s lucky to live close to Remainders in Pasadena. This is where Lisa sources the wool fabrics she loves sewing the most.

Lisa’s Hawaiian quilt

Make sure you listen to Lisa talk about this quilt.

Since Lisa turned 50, she felt comfortable showing her face in photos of her make. The SewOver50 community gave her this confidence to be brave and show her face on Instagram.

As Lisa says – It’s not too late and you’re not too old.

Lindy of Stokxpatterns

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Lindy supports SewOver50 sewists

Thursday 7 April 2022: Lindy of Stokx patterns has been a big supporter of SewOver50 followers.

Meet Lindy of Stokx Patterns

Gabriele of Kissntuss discovered Lindy when Lindy first started her business. What you’ll hear is the support Gabriele and Julie of consistentlydifferentdesigns have provided Lindy to keep producing sewing patterns that are different to mainstream patterns. You’ll hear both Gabriele and Julie talk about their first coat twinning experience in their podcasts.

Lindy is an Australian living in Berlin Germany, developing clothes and sewing patterns for us to enjoy making.

Mirridresssewalong

Stokx In The Wild on Instagram is going from strength to strength with sewists showing how they’re enjoying using Stokx patterns in their lives.

Janine of Janineerm

Janine helps others like SewOver50

Tuesday 5 April 2022: Janine or Janineerm has been helping Judith and Sandy with guest SewOver50 posts for many years now.

When people need help, Janine volunteers to help others like SewOver50

Janine or @janineerm is a very busy sewist and has been a guest editor for SewOver50. Janine is one of those people who if you need help, she will volunteer her time to you.

Janine has an organised sewing space

In this podcast, she describes the steps she takes to be a guest editor. We discuss what guest editors need to provide and really, Janine has enjoyed being a guest editor for SewOver50 for a very long time.

You’ll hear how Janine did not know Instagram at all when she first began volunteering with SewOver50. 

One of Janine’s latest makes ‘in the wild’

Byrd of Yogabyrdsews

Bryd now sews

Thursday 31 March 2022: Byrd or Yogabyrdsews is a new sewists and part of the SewOver50 community.

Byrd now sews!

Byrd watched her mother contribute to the community through the PTA, through school activities, in political activities and even until her passing, she would collect bread for nursing homes.

Byrd has worked in social services and now in retirement she uses her sewing to help her sorority assist a school and nursing homes by sewing customised bags for residents on as a birthday gift.

In retirement, Byrd contributes to the whole community and not just through her sewing.

Byrd supporting black makers with her BHM pattern designer 2022 makes

Remember that Byrd has been sewing for less than 2 years. She was terrified of sewing patterns so she drafted her own pyjama pattern and made them for everyone in her household.

Camilla @frkc.lindberg

Tuesday 29 March 2022: Camilla frkc.lindberg on Instagram sews for men and is a SewOver50 follower on Instagram

Camilla sews for the men in her life
Camilla in Sweden

From her youth, Camilla has sewn and she became a career tailor. You’ll hear how sewing for her family is an expression of her love for them. They show their love for Camilla by requesting she make them clothes. You will enjoy hearing about her first project recycling her mother’s newly bought jeans, when Camilla was a teenager.

Camilla lives in Sweden and she has many local shops where she can source fabric and patterns from local designers. One of her favourite designers is Ann Ringstrad.

Camilla treasures the work Judith and Sandy do to recognise older sewists on Instagram. As Camilla says, SewOver50 makes older sewists visible.

You’ll hear more from Camilla in the coming months as we explore the sewing available in Sweden.

Steven @arealheller

Steven has a family history in tailoring

Thursday 24 March 2022: Steven or @arealheller been sewing for 3 years and he found SewOver50 through people he was following on Instagram.

Steven tells us he is in Sewover60 and he should be in Sewover70 as well.

He had always wanted to sew and once Steven retired he discovered tailoring was a skill his grandfathers had. Three of his grandparents were tailors. All four of his grandparents migrated to the States as refugees from Russia and Poland.

Steven decided to make his own indie designed bowling shirts when the store he used to buy them ready made, closed down. His 3 year sewing journey is now an obsession.

  • Wardrobe by me patterns – mens patterns
  • Twig and tale patterns – childrens and mens patterns
  • Green pepper patterns – lined hooded raincoat
  • Thread theory patterns
  • Sew Kwik
  • Burda
  • Sew Easy

New sewists should learn to sew yoke using the burrito technique.

A bra sewing chat with Helga and Nicole

Tuesday 22 March 2022: Helga and Nicole chat about bra sewing.

Helga discussed bra sewing with Nicole

This was an unplanned podcast where we were discussing how to get started when you’re thinking about sewing your very own bra.

Alison of Alibobs_sews

Alison is Alibobs_sews

Thursday 17 March 2022: Alison Alibobs_sews says the SewOver50 Instagram tip posts are quite useful to her. She’s not over 50 and Alison is a great friend to many sewists online.

Alison shares her embroidery story that binds her to her mother
A sampler by Alison

Alison had her personal embroidery story published in Threads Magazine issue 212. Alison wrote how doing embroidery on the sofa when Alison was diagnosed with breast cancer, as her mother also also done had breast cancer when Alison was 4 years old.

Guess what dress pattern Alison’s wearing.

Alison created embroidered flowers in a vase and did blackwork embroidery to reflect a pixelated portrait.

Alison’s blackwork embroidery

Teresa of desewtropia

Teresa loves to sew

Tuesday 15 March 2022: Teresa @desewtropia has developed a listing of Etsy craft sellers who are based in the Ukraine after a recent all call out from Anita daydreamsofquilts

Teresa talks about how she’s contributed her web design skills to help Ukraine Etsy craft businesses
The initial call out by Anita Lehay

Teresa @desewtropia created a list of over 80 Etsy digital craft sellers based in Ukraine after Anita of @daydreamsofquilts put out a call to support craft sellers directly. Etsy has removed the sellers fees from these businesses as well.

Teresa’s response to help support Ukraine sellers on Etsy

Teresa has web development skills and she’s created this listing and a website hosting this list. Links to the Ukrainian Etsy sellers at Teresa’s website at www.teresahardy.com/ukraine.

From Teresa “Oh, and also we made it so that all the code is open source – so it’s free and available for anyone who wants to use it – you need to be a little nerdy, of course, but it’s there and if someone wants to use it to make a collection of other ways to help people in Ukraine, I’d be thrilled to know about it.’ 

She will keep updating this list as people let her know about Ukraine craft businesses and the list will be available indefinitely.

We also learn about Teresa’s sewing life. Her personal Instagram if anyone’s interested in life in the Andes at the equator is @unpaintedhuffheins (As Teresa says, ‘Yeah, I don’t make my usernames easy do I?’)

Pam of Sewnonthemap

Pam O’Connor is Sewnonthemap

10 March 2022: Sewnonthemap is Pam’s Instagram handle and she’s today’s SewOver50 podcast guest.

Pam is Sewnonthemap

She has a fabric stash that reflects the countries she has lived in over the years

Pam will tell you that sewing is just one of her passions.

Sewing friends – Helga and Nicole

Tuesday 8 March 2022: Do you want to know what Helga and Nicole are working on next? Have a listen to part 2 of their friends podcast.

The projects Helga and Nicole are working right now
Helga and Nicole with their sewing friend projects

Thursday 3 March 2022: Helga of Salixsews and Nicole of Septemberfaden are sewing friends both online through SewOver50 and locally in Augsburg, Germany.

Sewing friends through SewOver50
Helga and Nicole are sewing friends

Robyn

Tuesday 1 March 2022: Robyn is fourpatchtextiles on Instagram and she’s many things including a SewOver50 follower and visible mending advocate.

Robyn is fourpatchtextiles on Instagram
Robyn, Norman and a baby sock monkey

Robyn is a retired engineer however she’s as mindful of her resources now as she has ever been. From her first efforts as a young child sewing with scraps and using a stapler to sew seams together, Robyn continues to share her pattern cutting knowledge with her fellow sewists all over the world…on Instagram.

She focusses on slow fashion and good fit. Her mindful use of fabrics means she uses jersey scraps to create her iconic sock monkeys. They tend to run her Instagram account.

By following Tricia of Morrissews and Wendy whendy7, she found people who looked like her in the sewing world when she started to follow the SewOver50 hashtag.

Now SewOver50 and Mending Mayhem are her go-to information sources about Instagram.

You can follow Robyn on her blog and on Instagram.

Dawna

Dawna

Thursday 24 February 2022: @spoolriversewing is how we all know and admire Dawna’s sewing skills and she’s now a SewOver50 podcast guest as well.

Dawna is Spoolriversewing on Instagram

Dawna is a rivertown gal from St Paul, Minnesota, situated on the Mississippi River. She lives a stone’s throw away from the banks of this mighty river and she walks by it every day. Dawna is an English major and at university she read ‘Spoonriver Anthology’ which is a collection of poems about rural life in America. It’s essentially a tapestry of life and her sewing life is definitely a tapestry of her life as well.

You can find Dawn on her blog and on instagram.

Dawna has a very long sewing career and her daughters have also attended sewing camp. You’ll love listening to her sewing reflections.

Tracy Davis

Tracy Davis

Tuesday 22 February 2022: Tracy’s sewing style reflects her Instagram name sewing4therapy.

Tracy Davis is Sewing4therapy on Instagram

Vintage Tina

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Vintage Tina wearing vintage, of course

Thursday 17 February 2022: Tina Watts has now created the Vintage clothes she enjoys wearing.

Vintage Tina is a Brisbane Spoolette
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Vintage Tina

Her instagram account provides her with the file of the clothes she can choose from, in true vintage style.

Yolanda Woodland

Yolanda Woodland

Tuesday 15 February 2022: Yolanda gives her time to test patterns for sewing companies.

Yolanda Woodland is @so_sew_mardest on Instagram

Jeanette Hayes

Jeanette Hayes

Thursday 10 February 2022: Jeanette or netty.hayes.sews on Instagram is a New Zealand sewist and a SewOver50 follower.

Jeanette is and Auckland local in New Zealand
Jeanette is SewOver50 follower on the grid for Friday Pattern Davenport

Jeanette has recently come back to sewing and she’s collaborated with Chalk and Notch patterns, Friday Pattern Company, True Bias, Minerva and Fabric Godmother.

True Bias Shelby make

Fabric Godmother said they Jeanette’s profile through #sewover50.

Jeanette wrote a blog for Friday Pattern Company about this square neck hack.

Nikki Sinclair

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Nikki Sinclair

Tuesday 8 February 2022: Nikki Sinclair is a stylist who sews and inspires her fellow SewOver50 friends.

Nikki Sinclair is joined by her biggest fan, Clayton

Nikki Sinclair is joined by her biggest fan, Clayton

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Nikki has great support from Clayton (the Sinclair part)

You can find Nikki’s styling work at her website.

Nikki shows her style everyday.

Sarah Pondevie

Sarah Pondevie of Pattern Union patterns (on hiatus)


Thursday 3 February 2022
: Sarah has been focussing on using her existing resources to focus on visible mending. With her pattern developments, she amassed a lot of fabrics and resources that were no longer useful to her but when she went to take them to the local thrift store, the response from the store was a wake up call to her regarding textile waste.Sarah discusses her journey into visible mending

Sarah discusses her journey into visible mending

In this podcast Sarah discusses how she’s focussing on visible mending techniques and helping local people develop their own visible mending skills in Perth.

Sarah’s sewing pattern development is on hiatus right now as she focusses her energies on visible mending and painting.

This is a story about how one indie pattern designer is using her sewing skills to be more mindful about how she uses textiles and slowing the sewing process down.

Angie Hinksman

Angie Hinksman

Wednesday 2 February 2022: Angie gives us the inside details of her time recording on Kirsty’s Handmade Christmas.

Angie gives more details about her tv appearance and her plans for 2022

Angie makes dolls and toys and she discusses this in more detail. As well as her love of the Marvellous Miss Maisel tv series and clothes.

Tuesday 1 February 2021: Angie Hinksman has had a few amazing opportunities offered to her since last year and she talks about them in this podcast.

Angie Hinksman is back

Yes. She’s taken these opportunities and is enjoying herself and is feeling happy again.

That’s Angie on the telly.

#sewingcpd

Sarah Thomas

Thursday 27 January 2022: Sarah loves to keep spreadsheets and when she created her sewing pattern database, she was more than happy to share in with the sewing community. She also puts her time into pattern testing as well.

There is so much Sarah does for the Curvy Sewing community including SewOver50

Tuesday 25 January 2022: Sarah Thomas runs Curvy Pattern Database.

Part 1: Sarah Thomas talks about all the work she does to keep the Curvy Pattern Database current
Sarah does all the work herself

In part 1 of this podcast with Sarah, she introduces her sewing background and then we hear about all the work she puts into the website, The Curvy Pattern Database, as well as the Instagram account Curvy Pattern Database, and the additional time she makes every month to do a monthly round up of patterns available for sewists.

The spreadsheet is a resource she built to use and she shares this with all sewists for free.

Sarah is in her element with sewing and spreadsheets

Part 2 gives us more details about what Sarah does for the sewing community including pattern testing for a few sewing companies.

As Sarah said ‘#SewingCPD is something that I hope to keep going and this came from the #SewingCPD challenge I hosted in October 2021. I’ve been quiet over on Instagram in the past month just recovering from the Challenge, but it was a great time to see all the inclusive makes that sewists made up in the month of October and some since then! It was also a delight to be able to give away so many prizes – and to have such universal support from pattern designers.’

Make sure you use #SewingCPD so you’re helping Sarah continue to keep the Curvy Pattern Database up to date for all sewists to use.

Gabriele and Julie

Thursday 20 January 2022: Julie and Gabriele discuss their plans for 2022 and beyond. They hold SewOver50 in high regard.

Do your sewing plans match the plans that Julie and Gabriele have in mind?

You’ll also hear the background of their twinning sewing projects.

Tuesday 18 January 2022: Gabriele and Julie are sewing friends from the SewOver50 community.

Julie and Gabriele talk about their sewing friendship. This is part 1 of their podcast together

Gabriele reached out to Julie though a DM. She helped Julie become more comfortable with general Instagram functionality like stories and chatting.

In part 1, you’ll hear how their sewing friendship has grown and grown.

Uthando Project

Thursday 13 January 2021: Ann Vivers talks about the work undertaken by the Uthando Project. This is the project that you’ve seen on Instagram as UthandoprojectdollmakersSydney.

Ann Vivers of Uthando Project
Uthando Project dolls with local children in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Uthando Project is based in Perth, Western Australia and this organisation is run by unpaid volunteers.

Uthando Project Mission

To create handmade dolls for our partner organisations in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, who work with disadvantaged and vulnerable children to strengthen relationships through play.

To provide opportunities for community, shared creativity and purpose for dollmakers in Australia and around the world.

What they do: Since 2004 thousands of dollmakers from around the world have designed, made and sent or delivered handmade dolls for children in KwaZulu Natal (KZN), South Africa. The number of dolls shipped each year has steadily increased and around 6000 dolls are shipped each year to our partners in KZN from our headquarters in Forrestfield.  Groups provide doll makers with a sense of community and companionship through a sharing of skills and ideas with a common humanitarian purpose.

Uthando Project partners with five non-government organizations in KwaZulu Natal distributing dolls to children in need.

Dolls for specific discussions with children

Mimi Jackson

Mimi Jackson

Monday 10 January 2022: Mimi Jackson talks about her love for sewing and how fabric impacts her life and the lives of her family.

Mimi Jackson talks about her sewing love.

Tuesday 21 December 2021: Mimi Jackson runs shop the garment district on Instagram.

Mimi talks about shopping in the fashion district in NYC

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