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Perfect again

Episode 8, Series 2: Perfect Again is where you go to find a light bra form that suits your personal needs after a mastectomy. These bra forms are just one option to consider when you’ve already endured the medical and personal trauma of breast cancer and want to look like yourself again. You won’t feel weighed down.

Listen to the passion Julie has in this podcast.
Take a look at Perfect Again for more details.

Julie Brand of Perfect Again was in the same situation in 2002, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. After a mastectomy and an unsuccessful reconstruction which lasted for seven months, she asked her plastic surgeon to remove the breast implant.

Perfect again isn’t just your average bra form. The passion for Julie’s business is reflected in the table banging she does as she speaks. Her business is a personal commitment to her unique customer base to help them begin to feel perfect again. Perfect Again’s Facebook has ongoing information about these breast forms.

“After it came out, I needed a breast form but the only products available at the time were ill fitting, uncomfortable and poorly designed,” Julie says.

As an artist who had ‘always made stuff’ Julie decided to design and make an external breast prosthesis for herself.

“There were none on the market that appealed to me. I intuitively knew that if I wasn’t happy with a weighted breast form, other women wouldn’t be happy either. So my partner Franco, an Italian ship-wright and a man who can make anything, decided we’d get into it and Perfect Again was born!” And now it’s 6 years since they began!

Perfect Again Breast Forms are:
– lightweight
– comfortable. You won’t feel you’re wearing them
– beautiful to wear in gorgeous lingerie
– perfect for watersports and being active again.

episodes · resources · sewing advice · Uncategorized

Stitchless TV

Episode 6, series 2 brings you Tree of Stitchless TV.

Tree of Stitchless TV has constantly provided YouTube videos to demystify sewing. Any type of sewing is no mystery to Tree and her videos are her way of sharing her curious mind and useful solutions.

You’ll love listening to Tree talk about her passion – sewing!

You’ll kick yourself if you haven’t already accessed Tree’s many sewing videos. She makes sewing that much easier and isn’t that what the online sewing community is about?
You’ll hear the fire inside her that keeps her video development an ongoing resource for us all.

Listen to the story behind the Pontoon dress

Tree is so resourceful you’ll have hop into her Instagram account. I did mention Tree’s YouTube account but did you know Tree has an Etsy store. She also has a very active Facebook account where you can see what Tree’s up to.

Juud is her biggest fan. You’ll hear about their meeting in real life!

Tree also mentions her New York and Frida Khalo printed fabric shop at FASHION FORMULA 

A big thanks to our podcast sponsor
Style Sew Me patterns.

Take Control of Your Style

Sew stylish and versatile pieces that fit perfectly in your active lifestyle. Their women’s sewing patterns are your canvas to create your uniquely perfect look.

Remember listening to Eryn and Erica last year when they launched the Erica dress? This was an impromptu podcast and you can hear just how collaborative and supportive Eryn is in true life.

Head over to Style Sew Me patterns and have a peek at their pattern range now!

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Maz Lifestyle

Series 2 episode 5: When you live in rural Australia and wouldn’t live anywhere else, you’ll hear how Maz of Maz lifestyle goes about her busy life, battling the elements and finding time to sew. On this podcast you’ll realise why we think Maz is the type of person you’ll want as your neighbour.

Maz is a mum of 4 and a grandmother however she gives her time and energy to her community in Carinda so you’ll hear about they celebrate David Bowie each year at the Carinda pub.

You’ll also hear how her family manage her regular photo taking for her Instagram account.

There are so many funny stories in this podcast but also many stories about how the local community comes together to help their neighbours in times of need.

Maz is a Cossie Confidence ambassador, showing women that you should have fun and embrace who you are now.

Maz and her daughter Lizzie also have an online store Lizzy and me designs selling their handmade clutches, bags and earrings. It’s their way of bringing their outback aesthetic to you. 

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#BHMpatterndesigners

Myra and Nateida spoke to us about their #BHMpatterndesigners this month. Go to Youtube to keep up to date with Nateida and Myra.

3 simple rules

  1. Must tag both @sewnaturaldane and @OneSewSweet and use the hashtag #BHMpatterndesigners in order to have your entry counted
  2. You must use a design by a Black pattern designer from any craft ie sewing, knitting, crotchet or any other craft that you love. Check with Myra at @OneSewSweet or Natieda at @sewnaturaldane
  3. You can only sew and post your item (garment/s, handbag, knitting etc) created from 1 – 29 February 2020. Your entry is due 29 February 2020.

This year has a theme – include details about someone who inspires your style.

Pattern designers include: Bayron HandmadeMontoya MayoStyle Sew MeTabitha SewerShannon MoniqueKama SewtraGG Made ItLeJanaroB patternsHey Brown Berry. During this challenge more designers may be discovered and we’ll list them here.

Don’t forget Tracey ReeseBeaute J’DdoreKhaliah Ali and Sarah Trails.

Fabric companies include: Sew much fabric , Fabric FixAnkara and lace and My Daily Threadz

This challenge is supported by their four Ambassadors (new this year!) @crumpetsteaandsewing@crystalsewsandstuff@islandsewcialist@lejanarobpatterns

A HUGE thank you to 2020 #BHMpatterndesigner sponsors:
@mydailythreadzme@sewnmagazine@bayronhandmade@thanksImadethem@sewmuchfabric@stylesewmepatterns@claire_cochran@laststitch@montoyamayo. ⠀
Use BHM20 for a 20% discount and free shipping from Style Sew Me patterns You can read about Eryn, the design force behind Style Sew Me patterns on Making the Flame.

Go to Youtube to keep up to date with Nateida and Myra. Here’s a link to their kick off video. There’s also a great write up on Making the Flame you should read.

episodes · resources · Style series

Find you tribe in Brisbane

Series 2 Episode 4: Amy’s next podcast brings introduces us to some of the many sewists that make up the Brisbane Spoolettes.

Finding your tribe in Brisbane is brought to you courtesy of our Brisbane correspondent, Amy Tuite. You’ll find Amy on Instagram at’ making Marilyn emulating Elle.

Amy interviewed a sample of the amazing sewing people within the Brisbane Spoolettes, at this pre-Christmas get-together to celebrate their 2019 sewing achievements and pass on their New Year wishes to us all. You’ll find the Brisbane Spoolette group on facebook and also on Instagram. The wonderful bar atmosphere in the background is real.

episodes · resources · sewing retailer

Vero of Sacotin patterns

Series 2 episode 1: Vero Pinson of Sacotin patterns

Vero Pinson of Sacotin patterns

Vero Pinson, the designer who is Sacotin patterns has gone from strength to strength since she first decided to take time off from her full time job and bring her bag designs to life 6 years ago. Sacotin patterns have grown slowly and steadily through word of mouth creating a huge following of Sacotin addicts. That is the name of the facebook group that generates and showcases their multitude of sacotin bags every week.

Vero has studied communication, however her patterns have shown that a well-developed product will sell itself. You’ll hear how Vero builds each pattern using techniques she is developing. Meanwhile she has new bag pattern ideas forming in her creative mind just bursting to become the next new pattern. Keep an ear out for Vero’s handy tips for using Odicoat.

This podcast has a transcript in both English and French.
Thank you Vero and Cyrielle for creating the French transcript. Each of these transcripts took 6 hours to create and we’ve done this especially for our global listening friends.

A special treat for our listeners are these sewing planners designed for you by Vero.
sewing note planner in English
sewing note planner in French

Podcast episode links:
Sacotin website;
Sacotin facebook page;
Sacotin addicts facebook page;
Sacotin pattern reviews on Pattern Review.
Maria’s Limbo bag review;
Maria’s Samba bag reviews;
Threads and needle reviews,
Odicoat link

episodes · resources · sewing advice · sewing retailer

Better online fabric shopping

There was a time when the thought of online fabric shopping was an idea sewing and craft people would not consider or want.

Listen to Elizabeth talk about her research on Episode 4 Jumbo mega online fabric shopping guide 21 minutes audio time.

About Me

Elizabeth of Elizabethmadethis.com has created a couple of very helpful blog posts about online fabric shopping. Elizabeth has always shared her research and ideas for sewing people because she has always been supportive to the community.

Elizabeth of Elizabethmadethis.com has created a couple of very helpful blog posts about online fabric shopping. Elizabeth has always shared her research and ideas for sewing people because she has always been supportive to the community.

Earlier this month Elizabeth wrote a great blog post called 16 tips for better fabric shopping online. Elizabeth has now added to this blog post with a Jumbo mega online fabric shopping guide containing over 200 online fabric retailers that span across 4 English speaking countries – The States, Canada, the UK and Australia. This is just the start of a great resource from Elizabeth. Listen to the real story behind Elizabeth’s research.

stack of fabrics in purple tones

This podcast was produced by Maria Theoharous after assisting Elizabeth with her online fabric retailer research. Permission by Elizabeth. Sound by Bensound. Support us via our Patreon page.