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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 44,000 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.
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 celebrated 40k
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!”
2022 podcast links
In 2019 Marja-Lisa found The Avid Seamstress patterns at Liberty in London and that is when she began to think about sewing her own clothes. At the start of the first lockdown, and after watching a few episodes of the Great British Sewing Bee, she decided to try sewing clothes.
When Marja-Lisa first tried to sew her first dress, she used a very old bedsheet to learn the construction process involved before she cut into her Liberty of London fabric.
Having instructions that help you develop your skills like she experienced with The Avid Seamstress patterns really motivated Marja-Lisa to sew and continue to build her sewing skills.
Marja-Lisa finds that she’s learnt so much about Instagram and sewing by following the SewOver50 account.
Make sure you listen to how Marja-Lisa developed her online name!
Since she started following SewOver50 she has helped out Judith and Sandy of SewOver50 and managed a guest post on Instagram.
Ruthie is Sewmanystitches
Ruthie loves making clothes with floral prints to create her happy wardrobe.
There’s a lovely story behind the dress Ruthie made using the large panel print from Julia Allison Cost fabrics.
Ruthie makes many dresses but she also loves making and wearing coats and capes.
She is now venturing into working with solid fabrics and making them more happy by adding tucks for the fabrics, inserting lace and sewing applique to these fabrics.
One of her many Pontoon dresses, below is the Pontoon dress made with the taupe fabric Ruthie talked about in this podcast.
If you’ve not used florals before, Ruthie has some advice for new to sewing with floral sewists. Find you floral!
Florals are the basis of Ruthie’s clothes and they make her happy.
This podcast was recorded with both Margaret and Kat in their home and they both thoroughly enjoy frocktails and meeting in real life all the people who you chat to on Instagram in the SewOver50 community.
Both Margaret and Kat attend sewing days as SewToon in Newcastle, Toon is a dialect version of Town because that’s how Geordies pronounce the word. Lynne and Linda who were sewing friends on the podcast who also attend SewToon. SewToon is organised by Lynne’s daughter Tamlyn. Here’s a link to Lynne and Linda’s podcast blog post.
When Margaret learned to sew, she was taught at home and at school how to sew. There was no internet or YouTube videos to learn sewing skills. Kat was able to learn to sew through YouTube tutorials and then pass on those sewing skills to Margaret.
Margaret did benefit from the learn to sew patterns Simplicity published back when she was learning to sew.
Katherine learned to sew later. You’ll love listening to Kat’s ‘school skirt project’ story.
Margaret came back to sewing in 2013 and Kat taught Margaret techniques she has never learned.
Make sure you have a cuppa and sit down to listen to their stories because they will draw you into to how they work together so well. A really strong mother and daughter sewing duo.
Margaret and Kat also discuss how they keep their Instagram accounts safe. Margaret also discusses how she keeps a record of her patterns but those notes won’t be on her blog anymore.
Elke is Sewthreadbear
While Elke can’t remember who taught her to sew, she has always sewn and in a way was influenced by her 2 aunts on her father’s side. Her aunts had a knitting machine and they created the most beautiful knitted garments.
What Elke did realise that using a knitting machine would mean she would need lots of storage space for all the wool yarns used, as she saw from her aunts.
Elke is a SewOver50 follower who was able to attend SewOver50 Frocktails in September.
Elke talks about how as a sewist, we get caught in the perfection of the pattern we’re using. She has learnt that if the garment looks good from 3′ away, you’ve done a great job.
She has sewn some amazing garments using Julia Allison Cost fabrics too.
Love for Lismore heART space
Tuesday 1 November 2022: Rebecca Ryan and Jodi Dynan are co founders of Love for Lismore HeART Space. Rebecca and Susan Goodwin of Measure Twice Cut Once patterns talk about their experiences with these floods and how people can help this area rebuild their communities.
In the months after catastrophic flooding decimated parts of the northern rivers, including the heart of the region, Lismore, heart banners have been spreading through the region to bring hope, love and a sense of solidarity to our community.
Behind the scenes we have been working to replenish lost craft supplies, collecting and distributing gifts and using crafts as a way to heal all of our hearts. The Love for Lismore group has distributed over 1,200 heart banners, made and handed out over 1,100 mini heart flags at the Our Healing Hearts Lantern parade in June, created large scale banners for the stages at One From The Heart and other music festivals and fund-raisers and sparked heart based side projects including hot water bottle covers and pet coats to help the community through this cold winter.
We have been able to achieve so much together, with the help of donations, and now we are ready to stretch our wings and settle into a space to bring even more of this to life.
The HeART space will be a place to sew and craft, to donate heart banners and craft supplies or hand made gifts, to pick up much needed craft supplies at no cost or a heart banner for your home or business, a space to create, craft and heal together.
We have found a location in Lismore and in order to keep the Love For Lismore HeART Space running we need to ensure we can pay the rent and bills and will need your help to do so. All donations will help keep this brand new community space operating.
Have a look at some of the ways you can help this community as they rebuild their lives:
- Like the Love for Lismore heart space facebook page
- Funding for Love for Lismore heart space via Go Fund me page
- Send art and craft supplies to Love for Lismore heart space – ‘Shop 2 119 Magellan Street, Lismore NSW 2480’
- Make heart banners and join the Love for Lismore and surrounds facebook page.
Stay in contact with Love for Lismore Heart Space via their Facebook page. They need your support.
Susan also mentions Sofia’s kitchen where she prepares meals for locals everyday. Make sure you subscribe to Susan’s sewing YouTube channel. Taking the scary out of sewing is her focus for new sewists.
Stacey Taylor is The Crooked Hem
Tuesday 25 October 2022: Stacey Taylor known as The Crooked Hem on Instagram, has developed a series of free YouTube videos to help sewists use the Top Down Centre Out method, developed by Ruth Collins ithacamaven on Instagram.
Ruth Collins was on the podcast in August and discussed the 5 steps within the Top Down Centre Out pants fitting method.
Stacey has developed this series of Top Down Centre Out videos in consultation with Ruth so these free resources are always available and up to date.
Stacey is a trained molecular biologist, and this engrained discipline leads her to always document her work, cite my sources, and encourage open discourse. Stacey left the lab years ago but took these principles with her to other parts of her life, including her sewing practice.
She shares her work here with everyone openly in the hope that it might inspire others or helps people along their sewing journey.
When Stacey is not at her sewing machine, she’s in her garden or hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband. Stacey has a Ph.D. in cancer biology, and she has worked as a scientist, teacher, and a technical writer. Today she is a product manager in the cancer diagnostics industry.
If you watched the posts and stories for SewOver50 Frocktails in September, you would have seen her have a splendid weekend in Edinburgh.
Morag has been sewing since she can remember and has the knack for working with paper and then developing her sewing project. She is mindful of the fabric she uses and you’ll hear about her cashmere remnant purchases from Nomad_slt. Nomad SLT rescues cashmere and wool fabrics for reselling.
As there are five men in her family, Morag is skilled at sewing shirts. Her favourite pattern is Thread Theory Fairfield shirt. She made a toile for all five of her family and tweaked the pattern for their shapes. They were all in the medium size for this pattern, but Morag found the Thread Theory resources for fitting mens shirts was invaluable as she realised they all had fitting needs to create a shirt that fits each of them perfectly!
Thanks to Gabriele KissnTuss who asked to have Anna as a guest on the podcast for SewOver50.
Tuesday 27 September 2022: Make sure you keep an eye out for #sewingcpd2022 on the Curvy Pattern Database Instagram account.
Use #sewingcpd when you sew a pattern from the Curvy Pattern Database in October and be in the running for one of 15 prizes. The top prize is US based – a Babylock sewing machine.
2021 was the first year #sewingcpd was run with over 40 prizes given away. That’s a lot of prizes for Sarah to manage on her own. There are now 133 designers in the database. Many of these designers will work with customers to grade out their patterns and work with you to ensure the pattern works for you as well.
As Sarah said, over 400 patterns are published each year now. Patterns need to be ‘one-click away’. Patterns in books, magazines, in collections and in subscriptions are not easy to find and won’t be on the Curvy Pattern Database.
Days for girls
Tuesday 20 September 2022: Mary Connolly-Gale is the Chief Operating Officer of Days for Girls Australia. Days for Girls is an international organisation who’s mission is to shatter the stigma and limitations associated with menstruation for improved health, education and livelihoods.
This podcast was a suggestion by Monica, a patron of the podcast. Thank you Monica.
Days for Girls Australia is a registered Australian not for profit and is a Country Affiliate with Days for Girls International. Volunteers across Australia mobilize to increase access to menstrual products and vital health information for women and girls around the world.
Tuesday 13 September 2022: Have you enjoyed seeing Byrd and Molly run So50Live for the Sewover50 community during the northern hemisphere Summer months? That’s Byrd of Yogabyrdsews and Molly of Mike and Molly’s House on Instagram. Byrd and Molly are today’s SewOver50 podcast guests.
Both Molly and Byrd were wanting to do the work to have more discussions on SewOver50. They approached Judith and Sandy separately earlier this year and now they’ve created an engaging platform for SewOver50 on Instagram.
They had roles at the start and now they have a great rhythm working together and making their guests feel comfortable in their So50LIVE interviews on Instagram.
Every recording can be watched from the SewOver50 Instagram account if you miss it live.
In addition to meeting sewists, SO50Live will provide a front row seat to upcoming sewing challenges, Sew Organised Style podcasts and other current sewing news and tips.
Wis_g part 2
Tuesday 6 September 2022: This is part 2 of Wis’s interview in May.
It’s a few weeks away from SewOver50’s Frocktails event in Edinburgh this month and hearing Wis talk about her love for sewing is a great way to lead into this international event.
When Wis came back to sewing, getting used to sewing patterns with seam allowances, when they were not included before, she had to read pattern instructions in a lot more detail.
Her wish is that every designer puts the seam allowances on every pattern piece. You know what it’s like when you’re working on a collar or facing and this pattern piece has much smaller seam allowances than the rest of the pattern pieces. Very tricky!
Wis recommends you have to measure all the time as you sew and have a clear head too. She also recommends you test the pattern before using the fabric you want to make your final garment out of. This is a practice Wis does with each project. She checks that the side seams match with the paper pattern.
Wis suggests you take your time, measure all your pattern pieces and fabrics every time will give you are good results.
Her ongoing adjustments are to lengthen the bodice of her garments because she is tall.
Wis follows SewOver50 and she says there are many great garments she sees from SewOver50 followers, all the time. The online sewing challenges also inspires Wis to sew. Wis is often in awe of the creations she sees from SewOver50 followers.
By taking pattern drafting classes, Wis is now building up her range of block patterns that fit her body and her design aesthetic.
Ruth Collins – Top Down Center Out method
Ruth posts all the details about the Top Down Centre Out method on her Instagram account including updates about this method as she refines it.
Ruth discusses the basis of the Top Down Center Out method and what this method was designed to sewists achieve on their own.
At about the 10 minute mark, Ruth discusses the 5 steps of her Top Down Centre Out method.
Towards the end of the podcast, Ruth discusses how this pants fitting method caters the body curves and people’s fit preferences.
Ruth does discuss how making pants fit is also a part of ensuring you keep the style of the pants as well. Different styles will have shaping to keep within the pants you’re working on.
Marcia Lois Riddington returns
23 August 2022: Marcia is back to update us about her sewing and crafting life.
Since Marcia was the first SewOver50 follower on the podcast in 2020, she has enjoyed exploring her sewing skills and clothing style.
MendMarch had a very positive effect on Marcia this year and she now looks forward to visible mending in her daily life.
Like many sewists, she has to do some sewing everyday to relax her.
She has always embroidered and Marcia now builds embroidery into many of her makes.
Tuesday 16 August 2022: Sewn Adaptive is an educational platform for tailors and existing/new sewists to learn alteration techniques to adapt fashion to make it more accessible to all parts of the community.
In this recording, you’ll hear what motivates them to use their industry experience to help adapt clothes for all parts of the community. They’re sharing their knowledge with us through their videos on their Instagram account Sewnadaptive.
Home sewists and new sewists can learn adaptation techniques they can do for themselves or for their loved ones with a few sewing notions.
Runway of Dreams 2022: When you watch Runway of Dreams, the fashion and clothing looks like fashion and clothing. Lynn points out that you might not see the adaptions made to these clothes at all but the alterations were made for the wearer’s needs. The adaptions are tasteful, proportional and stylish.
Sewn Adaptive is an educational platform for tailors and existing/new sewists to learn alteration techniques to make fashion more accessible. Home sewists and new sewists can learn alteration techniques they can do for themselves or for their loved ones with a few sewing notions.
Alex talks about using Velcro patches for button down shirts to assist people with dexterity challenges. He also emphasises the importance of using the right terminology like ‘upper limb difference’ to describe a hand that has fingers missing, as an example.
Lynn discusses how the adaptions they demonstrate on Instagram can be made by manufacturers and sewists alike.
Replacing buttons with Velcro patches and snaps are closures on like shirts and pants. Alex discusses how there are so many types of velcro fastenings and how easy they are to buy.
Proportional adaptation to fashion are features on Sewn Adaptive. Anyone can make these adaptions. The techniques are simple and you can make the right adaptions by finding out from the wearer what they want to achieve to make clothes fit them stylishly.
Making changes to clothes so they don’t look altered is what you’ll continue to see on Sewn Adaptive. People should be able to wear the brands they want to wear and not look like their clothes have been altered for them. Oscar (pictured above) wears his sweater that fits him perfectly now.
Lynn and Alex continue to add alteration ideas on Sewn Adaptive regularly for manufacturers and sewists to make fashion be more accessible. They also receive ideas from the community about the adaptions they use to make clothes fit either themselves or their loved ones.
Patching techniques are used reinforce jeans for less wear and tear by wearers who have a prosthesis. Patching options are shown on Sewn Adaptive.
Lynn and Alex discuss examples of adaptions for limbs that have varied widths as well as adaptions on trousers and tops for people who use wheelchairs.
Lynn discusses how they would like to work with sewing machine companies that have machines that are accessible. Alex discusses developing alteration accreditation for a more reliable alteration/adaptive experience.
Making alterations and clothing adaptions that make clothes look tailored for all people is the goal that Sewn Adaptive is teaching people one IG video at a time. It’s all about the comfort of the customers and giving everyone the ability to wear brand labels that suit their bodies.
Diane – Style Falcon patterns
Tuesday 9 August 2022: Diane of Style Falcon patterns creates patterns using a mature fit model for the basis of her patterns.
How Diane found a suitable fit model and why she established the name Style Falcon are some of the topics Diane discusses in her first podcast for SewOver50.
We do discuss falcon as there are many associations of birds and women that are negative. Falcons are strong and have many of the positive connotations Diane wanted to reflect for women.
Diane also discusses the team she has to bring Style Falcon patterns to us with the adjustments we make for our ageing bodies built into every pattern she launches.
Diane has been sewing most of her life and she learnt to sew through her grandmother.
Camilla and Sweden sewing community
Tuesday 2 August 2022: Camilla has kept her promise and is back to tell use about the sewing community in Sweden.
Please excuse us as Camilla describes her love for wombats, an Australian native animal. She’s very passionate about sewing and wombats.
You’ll see how social media and the internet has influenced the current trends in the local sewing community of Sweden.
Lindy of Stokx Patterns
Choosing patterns to fit your body is full of emotions and Lindy provides some more objective ways to get a pattern that fits you.
Carmen Bouchard @carmencitablog
Tuesday 19 July 2022: Today we continue to hear Carmen talk about sewing and what she learnt from her experience of being on the French Sewing Bee.
Carmen has given back to the sewing community through the books she has published and teaching on Artesan online learning platform. Here’s the link to Artesane
Tuesday 12 July 2022: Carmen has been sewing since she was 5 years old. In 2014, Carmen won the Great French Sewing Bee Season 1 – Cousu Main.
Carmen was taught to sew using a pattern at the age of 12. As she said, she follows pattern instructions to the letter, even if the instructions are not comprehensive.
Carmen Bouchard is a Canadian expat living in Brittany, France. She started sewing at the age of 5 and at 12 years old, her neighbour taught Carmen to sew by following pattern – Vogue patterns.
Carmen has been teaching and is a spokesperson for Fiskars and Janome in France. Carmen will never skimp on tools or notions. Here’s the link to Artesane, the French Craftsy-like platform. Have a look at Carmen’s online course.
Lou of @sewmuchtodesign
Tuesday 5 July 2022: Lou is back to discuss her sewing life on this podcast. Lou has been a guest editor twice now and she gives people an idea of how easy it is to give back to the SewOver50 community.
Congratulations on your recent retirement Lou.
Her coat making is something you need to take a close look at on her Instagram account. Coats and jackets are a great way to think outside the box and you can create ‘one of a kind’ pieces.
As Lou says, you have to feel the fabric you’re about to use.
Coats and jackets are that perfect third piece of a pulled together outfit. Lou provides some good advice for new sewists that are about to make their first coat or jacket.
Lou tells us #mymakesforthemonth is almost 2 years strong and offers over $5,000 of prizes.
On a personal note, thank you Lou for sharing how your Mom influenced you to sew.
Lu-Anne of Luannesewcializes
Tuesday 29 June 2022: Lu-Anne talks about how she’s now creating clothes when she never thought that she would do this.
Lu-Anne is also passionate about using fabric that tells a story and you’ll see examples of these on her Instagram account. You should follow Lu-Anne on Instagram to see how creating clothes creates moments and feelings for the people she loves.
Lu-Anne is now included in the CanadaSews group. Lu-Anne is also a fan of Julia Allison Cost and her amazing fabrics.
Lu-Anne first started to sew as an offshoot from her weaving creations she did when she attended the Arts School in Banff, Canada.
For a person who said they would never quilt, Luanne is adding quilting to her sewing skills and this has absolutely been a game changer for her.
For many years, Lu-Anne used to think that social media was something to stay away from. When she started to follow @sewover50 on her private account, she saw how positive and embracing the online community was and about a year ago, Lu-Anne created a public account and publicly thanked the sewing community for helping her decide to create this new account.
Lu-Anne embraces the ‘much’. Have a listen to what embracing the ‘much’ is all about.
Bernadette of littlemissdressco
She’s a long time buyer of fabric and when she sewed and sold clothes online, Bernadette also started to teach people to sew. The teaching she did really took off. So much so, she was also sewed on television and worked for quite a few sewing machine companies.
Bernadette still has a core group of sewing students that sew together and socialise outside of their sewing sessions. They are a group of sewing friends now.
Bernadette Wainwright little miss dress co on Facebook and most often at littlemissdressco on Instagram.
She has sewn not just for her family but also for tv shows and also most recently for Gay Pride month in the UK. Bernadette sews for Stuart Hillard, who was on series 1 of the Great British Sewing Bee.
You really should go to Bernadette’s Instagram account to see all the amazing work she’s created for herself, for her husband and for Gay Pride Month.
Her advice to new sewists is to ‘start small and gradually build your skills.’
Lou of Sewmuchtodesign
In this podcast Lou shares her recent experience where her Instagram account was hacked and the good news is, she was able to get her account back with help from SewOver50’s Sandy and Judith. Lou also shares handy tips about keeping your account safe that she’s learned through this upsetting experience.
Lou shares her experience and some ways to protect your instagram account when she was faced with a message to say ‘you’ve been logged out’. She describes how you can navigate your way through Instagram to reclaim your Instagram account from online theft.
Do you have a public and a private Instagram account?
If your Instagram account keeps saying ‘you’ve been logged out’ gather your wits about you and follow the series of Instagram prompts to help you claim back your account.
You’ll hear how Sandy from SewOver50 helped Lou navigate her way through Instagram to claim back her account.
Having a ‘back up’ Instagram account helped Lou contact SewOver50 for assistance. Lou now has back up codes and two factor authentication for her accounts.
Make sure you check the contact details listed in your Instagram accounts are your email and phone numbers listed.
When you receive communication about your Instagram account, it will come from Meta, the company that runs Facebook and Instagram.
Once you are provided with a verification code from Meta, take it one step at a time and you may have to try a few times to get into your account. Stay calm.
Lou then talks about the verification codes and the actions she took to make her Instagram account more secure. Lou also uses WhatsApp for account verification rather than verification through her mobile/cell phone number.
Helpful tips from Lou include sending voice memos to your friends or asking specific questions only they would know when you’ve trying to help them through an online problem verifies that you are who you say you are. No one can imitate you.
Go with your gut if you feel that someone who’s contacting you is not the real person you know.
Go into settings and into your login and see what is in your account as well as the location that your account has been logged into.
Thursday 26 May 2022: Wis is Wis_g on Instagram. She tells us about how she chose ‘what i sew’ as this phrase uses the first letters of her name Wis. Clever right?
Do you also think about should you still blog or not? Wis has also thought about the same issues as she also has a blog where she has posted the information about the clothes she has made.
Wis talks about how she feels about sewing and being a part of the SewOver50 community. Since SewOver50 started in August 2018, she has felt very safe within this community lead by Judith and Sandy.
Lindy and SewOver50
4 May 2022: Lindy is back and tells a few stories about how SewOver50 followers are using her patterns to make amazing clothes from the fabrics that they love to wear.
Lindy highly regards SewOver50 sewists and how they create such amazing clothes they wear again and again once she releases her new patterns.
She knows everyone’s name and Lindy gets so much joy from seeing how everyone uses her patterns for their own purposes. That’s the joy of being an indie pattern designer.
Have you been following #stokxinthewild yet? There are now over 200 posts now, since we recorded this podcast.
The Hacker top is one to look out for.
Wis_g for The Sewing Weekender 2022
Saturday 21 May 2022: Wis lives in Gent, is a SewOver50 follower and she attended the in-house (2019) and online Sewing Weekender (2020) events.
This is a special podcast created as part of the 2022 Saturday lineup at The Sewing Weekender 2022.
Judy’s Op shopping rules
Tuesday 17 May 2022: Judy talks about her Op shopping rules.
Camilla in Sweden is back
Thursday 12 May 2022: Camilla is back to discuss the influences on her sewing and how she wants to inspire people to sew.
Rules inhibit her design ideas and she encourages new sewists to just try sewing. It’s only fabric.
You’ll understand why this wombat is pictured here for Camilla’s second podcast, once you hear her chat.
The Big Sew Off
This inaugural 24-hour sewathon has so far raised £7,070 for Mind.
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_)
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
Thursday 5 May 2022: Steven is back for an encore podcast.
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.
He enjoys wearing earthy tones too.
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.
Sewing Machine Magic
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.
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.
Making fuller 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.
As you can see below, she is already working on her nursing patterns.
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.
Molly of MikeandMollyshouse
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Clive for #boyssewtoo
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.
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.
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
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.
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.’
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Byrd of Yogabyrdsews
Thursday 31 March 2022: Byrd or Yogabyrdsews is a new sewists and part of the SewOver50 community.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
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 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.
Alison created embroidered flowers in a vase and did blackwork embroidery to reflect a pixelated portrait.
Teresa of desewtropia
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 @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.
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
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.
Thursday 3 March 2022: Helga of Salixsews and Nicole of Septemberfaden are sewing friends both online through SewOver50 and locally in Augsburg, Germany.
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.
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.
Dawna has a very long sewing career and her daughters have also attended sewing camp. You’ll love listening to her sewing reflections.
Tuesday 22 February 2022: Tracy’s sewing style reflects her Instagram name sewing4therapy.
Thursday 17 February 2022: Tina Watts has now created the Vintage clothes she enjoys wearing.
Her instagram account provides her with the file of the clothes she can choose from, in true vintage style.
Tuesday 15 February 2022: Yolanda gives her time to test patterns for sewing companies.
Fabric Godmother said they Jeanette’s profile through #sewover50.
Jeanette wrote a blog for Friday Pattern Company about this square neck hack.
Nikki Sinclair is joined by her biggest fan, Clayton
You can find Nikki’s styling work at her website.
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
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.
Wednesday 2 February 2022: Angie gives us the inside details of her time recording on Kirsty’s Handmade Christmas.
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.
Yes. She’s taken these opportunities and is enjoying herself and is feeling happy again.
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.
Tuesday 25 January 2022: Sarah Thomas runs Curvy Pattern Database.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Monday 10 January 2022: Mimi Jackson talks about her love for sewing and how fabric impacts her life and the lives of her family.
Tuesday 21 December 2021: Mimi Jackson runs shop the garment district on Instagram.