This is the podcast series about sewing for men and men who sew from the Sewover50 community. The links in this list takes you directly to their podcast!
|20 December 2022||TheSeamstersapprentice|
|13 December 2022||SewAndrew|
|21 June 2022||Bernadette sews for men|
|5 May 2022||Steven’s encore podcast|
|29 March 2022||Camilla sews for the men in her life|
|24 March 2022||Steven is @arealheller|
|14 December 2021||Simon is madebysilverfox part 2|
|9 December 2021||Simon is madebysilverfox part 1|
|9 November 2021||James is craftspacecontinuum|
|7 October 2021||Justin is Justinmakesmyown|
|28 September 2021||Joost for freesewing.org|
|23 September 2021||Adriana for Thread Theory|
|16 September 2021||Christopher is back|
|2 September 2021||Wendy Ward – sewing basics for every body|
|26 August 2021||Enno Sewts is OUTdressed.no|
|12 August 2021||Wouter is Wouter.vdub|
|29 July 2021||James is james_is_sew_happy|
|22 July 2021||Susan Young sewing – sewing for men|
Once Adam made the curtains in his home study 6 years ago, he became fascinated by sewing machines and sewing. Well, he tells a story about his first fascination with sewing machine as a 5 year old.
The first garment Adam made was a simple tshirt.
In the early days, sewing was a shared hobby with his late sister Sarah when she founded Dragon Café The Dragon Cafe is the project flagship of the Mental Fight Club. Sewing keeps the memory of his sister with him as Adam sews his projects for himself, his family and his friends.
Adam is an Emeritus Professor of Maths so we discussed how numbers can have an emotional meaning to people especially in the sewing and crafting community.
When Adam initially retired at 60, his plans where to run, hike and be more active in the great outdoors.
You should have a look at the shirts he has made for his colleague and friend James as well as for himself using Ankara prints. They are a pattern matcher’s dream project.
Adam describes sewing to the men he knows in this way – ‘This is engineering with really complicated structural materials.’
Tuesday 13 December 2022: Andrew is SewAndrew and he has a history of learning skills and then teaching them to his local community. This includes his teaching sewing to the local community.
He’s a hairdresser by trade and was a professional dancer and with both of these talents, Andrew gives back to the community by teaching.
Here’s where you can find more about Eco Life Eastbourne where Andrew has been running in person sewing classes for the community.
Eloise is one of his loves that he sews for on a regular basis and you can see why from these photos.
Andrew’s first real sewing project was a waistcoat that he sewed with a costume designer who guided his sewing. He’s not looked back since that time.
Andrew makes a good point that if you are using patterns from the same company, after making your body adjustments to your first pattern, as you use more of these patterns the adjustments you made to subsequent patterns are the same as your first pattern. Easy.
Andrew states that his best achievement is really the last project he’s made because it has your best skills in it.
Bernadette – sews for men
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.’
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.
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.
Tuesday 14 December 2021: In part 2, Simon talks about the sewing community and he’s quite inspiring.
Thursday 9 December 2021: Simon Turner @madebysilverfox is a new sewist. He counters the saying ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’. He’s a part of the SewOver50 community and one of the men who sew.
In this first episode his sewing skill story centres around a family market umbrella that he hand sewed to stop the fabric from deteriorating any further. Restoring this umbrella has led to Simon investing in his sewing skills.
He shares his sewing skills for sewing his own clothes as well as for his family and friends.
Simon has been sewing for 2 years. This is his Covid skill.
James is a cosmetologist who has sewn throughout his life and loves crafts. Most recently he’s used online learning as his tv substitute learning new skills.
He’s values making connections with people and especially through these periods of long lockdowns.
Can you spot Tomasa, Peter and Kyle in these photos…as well as Kenneth D King?
The online community such as Sewover50 has helped James stay connected with people in the sewing and crafting community.
These Sew House Seven Nehalem pants was his first make after initially sewing masks.
Justin has also made the Hey Jude Vero top from the Hey Jude patterns beach set.
Justin tells us about how sewing is a part of his family history.
My Instagram account (@justinmakesmyown) is a free-for-all covering all my “making” endeavours, not just sewing. I also knit, mend, cook, bake, garden, ferment and do other activities that are easily photographed. I do have to say that my sewing posts receive the most attention. I guess less people are interested in my sourdough or kimchi.
Justin Google searches patterns he uses and refers to Thread Theory and Wardrobe by me as his first sewing patterns he has used. Listen into this podcast and find out what patterns Justin is using to create his back to the office clothes for 2022.
Justin does reuse and recycle fabrics, materials and projects he’s made but won’t get any wear out of. As Justin says, the sewing community is more than just talking about sewing.
FreeSewing is an open source software project with the aim of becoming the Wikipedia of sewing patterns.
FreeSewing provides a core library for parametric pattern design, an ever-growing library of designs implemented in code, as well as a bunch of adjacent tools for building modern interfaces on top of our platform.
FreeSewing is not interested in fashion, trends, or publishing the hot new pattern of the season. Instead, the contributors want to empower makers by distilling the knowledge of the sewing community into parametric designs + documentation, and make that information freely available.
Thread Theory patterns
Thursday 23 September 2021: Adrianna of Thread Theory Patterns joined into the Sewover50 sewing for men series this week.
Adrianna is focusses on technical design and product development for Thread Theory Patterns. Her training is in men’s tailoring and patterns.
In this podcast Adrianna shares some great sewing tips and you’ll love her sewing tool suggestions as well. Thread Theory patterns are well known for men’s patterns and they are focussing on making patterns for all sexes. They value inclusivity and demonstrate this through their patterns.
Many thanks for Morgan and Matt for agreeing to develop this podcast for Sewover50.
Thursday 16 September 2021: Chris is back for Sewover50 and he’s investing in his sewing practice this year.
I’ve been sewing for about 3 years now and I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! I primarily started with menswear, but now I just make whatever I feel like.
Currently, I’m working full time and studying sewing and design to increase my sewing practice. So far, sewing has been a great resource for me to take the time and reflect on myself and the world around me. Oftentimes, it brings up more questions than not. What clothes make me the happiest (more masculine, more feminine, a bit of both)? How can I use sewing as medium to express my views as a queer Chicanx person in a world that doesn’t seem to care about the lives of BIPOCs?
While I can’t say I’ve found the answers for myself just yet, I invite you to join me in cultivating a more inclusive environment! You can also find me on Instagram @imthatbrujastitch.’
Thursday 2 September 2021: Wendy Ward is back for Sewover50’s theme about ‘Men who sew and sewing for men’ series. One of her latest books ‘Sewing basics for every body’ provides patterns that can be used for people who either do or don’t identify with any sex.
Wendy’s textile industry knowledge and her teaching experience has helped her develop this really useful book that helps build your sewing practice while creating a capsule wardrobe that reflects who you are.
This is an empowering book by developing your life skills in a methodical way while allowing each user to create clothes that suit who they are most comfortable being.
It’s all about giving the reader skills to create what they want and look how they want to be seen. And isn’t that really a sewists’ superpower.
Enno Swets or OUTdressed.no
One of the first functional fabric stores Enno was able to get the fabric he wanted was from Extreme Textil. Enno has made many things that he has wanted and you’ll hear about them in this podcast.
Enno also mentions Fabrics and Materials to Make Your Own Gear or Grow Your Business. (ripstopbytheroll.com) and Shelby – Extreme Outdoor Materials & Gear (shelbyoutdoor.com) as great sources for functional fabrics and notions.
There are many examples of Enno’s creativity he’s developed through sewing. Being part of the online sewing community is something he highly values.
The story behind this backpack created by Enno for his wife is a great example of how he has used his engineering background to develop a custom order backpack. The frame is from the original backpack that has a good life but was no longer available.
Thursday 12 August 2021: Wouter started sewing 8 years ago when he wanted to know what it would be like to wear a kilt.
Wouter says his sewing skills are not great but you’ll see on his instagram account how much he focusses on fit and great construction techniques.
X Marks the Scot is the kilt forum Wouter talks about. Have a look for the utility kilt with pockets details that Wouter used in his research to make his own kilt.
Wouter was featured in the men who sew post on Sewover50 and he was really pleased to contribute to this podcast series about men who sew.
You’ll hear about his initial sewing experiences as he was growing up.
These Waralee pants are just one of the designs Wouter has developed for freesewing.org They’re free.
Sewing advice from Wouter… Find a technique to sew a zipper fly. Get really good at making welt pockets. Master these skills and make a bunch of them. He has more advice that will help new sewists that you’ll hear in his very first podcast.
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: Sewover50 men sewing series
Thursday 22 July 2021: Susan Young, the official blog writer for Sewover50, kicks 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.
Monday 15 March 2021: Pete Trimble or Pete Sews will be showcasing ‘sewing down a rabbit hole’ that his followers has been wanting to see for ages. He will demonstrated these skills at the Australian Sewing Guild’s Autumn Sewing Celebration on 27 March 2021.
Precision Sewing with Pete Trimble of Pete Sews is participants from around the world saw on 27 March 2021.
The details maketh the shirt.
Pete has a flair for detail and accuracy when he sews, come along on a little journey where fingers get very close to the iron, pinning is preferred and you’ll realise the true meaning of ‘measure twice, cut once’!
In his presentation Pete took us through his techniques for adding detail stripes to a cuff, fitting a contrast accent to your yoke seam and everyone’s favourite, felled sleeve seams by sewing down the rabbit hole!
Tuesday 17 November 2020: The Sewcialists have a couple of new volunteer editors. Christopher is one of the new volunteer editor team members. He researches cell biology.
‘Hey y’all! My name’s Chris and I currently live in San Diego, California.
I’ve been sewing for about 2 years, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it! I primarily started with menswear, but now I just make whatever I feel like.
Currently, I’m attempting to work with lace and learning what it means to create for others. So far, sewing has been a great resource for me to take the time and reflect on myself and the world around me. Oftentimes, it brings up more questions than not. What clothes make me the happiest (more masculine, more feminine, a bit of both)? How can I use sewing as medium to express my views as a queer Chicanx person in a world that doesn’t seem to care about the lives of BIPOCs?
While I can’t say I’ve found the answers for myself just yet, I invite you to join me in cultivating a more inclusive environment! While here at the Sewcialists, I hope to be able to give back to the sewing community that’s helped me continue to grow so much. You can also find me on Instagram @imthatbrujastitch.’