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Lara Thornberry and Sewjourn

Series 2 Episode 2: Lara is a sewer who blogs. She’s a Melbourne sewing local that makes everything and gets everything done. That’s our view. You’ll hear Lara’s view on how she gets things done and what Sewjourn is all about. Sewjourn. It’s like a Sewcation but Australian.

Lara loves everything about sewing.
The formal gown Lara made for her daughter

You can find Lara:
on her website
on instagram
and her pattern reviews on PR
Oh here’s the link to her Style Arc Lara Jane dress

Lara knows her style

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Kenneth D King: Life lessons and sewing

Episode 18: In part 2 Kenneth gives us life lessons and tips about sewing.

A man of many talents: Kenneth D King part 2

In this second episode with Kenneth D King we learn 3 more things about his talents. Well there really are more gems we learn about Kenneth in this episode and re-listening to both episodes is a must.

Kenneth also gives us some sewing tips he’s learnt the hard way. He’s a wonderful bloke and so his podcasts are wonderful. Go and listen to Kenneth’s All Grown Up Now podcast and have a good binge listen to them. Go to his website kennethdking.com or see him at Sew Expo at Friday Night Live on 28 February 2020. Our own Anne Whalley is sharing a booth with Kenneth and Ryliss Bod at Sew Expo

Show note links: Kenneth D King websiteKenneth D King facebook pageInstagram accountKDK baghis library of pdf booksHunter Reynolds’ Memorial Dress and the Dress Restoration story

Kenneth D. King, is a Threads magazine contributing editor, is a sewing and couture expert and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He also teaches at his studio in New York City and travels extensively in the United States, teaching fitting and couture sewing techniques. 

Cocoon coat

Kenneth produces one-of-a-kind, made-to-measure pieces for women and men, as well as limited-edition pieces for boutiques. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, as well as in many private collections. Kenneth was the 2013 recipient of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.

This button jacket is amazing!!!
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Kenneth D King: A man of many talents

Episode 17: Kenneth D King is a man of many talents. A many faceted gem – millinery, jewellery, sewing, couture, developed the KDK bag and more recently barbie doll couture. This is just part 1 of our chat with Kenneth D King.

Kenneth D King
A man of many talents: Kenneth D King part 2

Show note links: Kenneth D King websiteKenneth D King facebook pageInstagram accountKDK baghis library of pdf booksHunter Reynolds’ Memorial Dress and the Dress Restoration story

Kenneth D. King, is a Threads magazine contributing editor, is a sewing and couture expert and an adjunct instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan. He also teaches at his studio in New York City and travels extensively in the United States, teaching fitting and couture sewing techniques. 

Cocoon coat

Kenneth produces one-of-a-kind, made-to-measure pieces for women and men, as well as limited-edition pieces for boutiques. His work is in the permanent collections of several museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and San Francisco’s DeYoung Museum, as well as in many private collections. Kenneth was the 2013 recipient of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals Lifetime Achievement Award.

This button jacket is amazing!!!

Part 2 of this chat will be published on New Years Eve!

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Susan Khalje: Nothing is a problem

Episode 16: Susan Khalje is coming to teach in Australia again in 2020 and she’s packing her bags with some goodies for us locals who will be going to her workshops. These workshops are being held in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.

Susan Khalje

Show note links: Australian Teaching Tour, Susan Khalje Couture: Sewing Club, the London tour, the Paris tour and the couture sewing school. Dior: A New Look, A New Enterprise by Adele Palmer. Linton Tweed fabric for chanel style jackets.

Episode 16 Susan Khalje: Nothing is a problem

If you’ve never seen any of the great work made by Susan’s students, head to her instagram account and have a look at the depth of work they do.

Susan Khalje, one of the foremost educators and practitioners of couture sewing in the world, began her career with professional training at the New York couture salon Chez Cez et Bez and later as a designer on Seventh Avenue. She then established her own wedding dress and evening wear company, Susan Khalje Couture, before focusing full-time on preserving the techniques of couture sewing.

Susan is a contributing editor of Threads Magazine, was honored with The Association of Sewing and Design Professionals’ Lifetime Achievement Award and hosted Sew Much More, which ran for 6 years on HGTV and DIY. In addition to her frequent contributions to Threads Magazine, she has written for every major sewing publication. Her books include the best-selling Bridal Couture: Fine Sewing Techniques for Wedding Gowns and Evening Wear (Krause) and Linen and Cotton: Classic Sewing Techniques (Taunton). She has contributed to The Experts’ Guide to 100 Things Everyone Should Know How to Do and profiled in More Magazine’s 50 Celebrate 50. She has also taught for Craftsy/Blueprint: the extraordinarily successful Couture Dress and Guipure Lace Skirt classes.

She is a charter member of the Association of Sewing and Design Professionals (formerly The Professional Association of Custom Clothiers) and has served as its chairperson. She is a member of The Fashion Group International, The Costume Society of America and was awarded an honorary lifetime membership to the Smocking Arts Guild of America.

An exceptional and sought-after teacher, Susan established The Couture Sewing School in the 90s, and she teaches couture sewing techniques throughout the United States as well as internationally. Her professional contacts extend to Paris and London, where she yearly takes groups of students for an insider’s look at the couture arts.

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Julia Bobbin graces Sewn Mag

Episode 15: Julia Bobbin has been sewing obsessed since she first 10 years ago and she’s featured in the December issue of Sewn Magazine.

In this podcast we were able to drag Julia away from her latest sewing project and congratulate her on being featured in Sewn Magazine this month. What a woman. You can read more about Julia on her blog: http://www.juliabobbin.com Find Julia on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/juliabobbin

Yes Julia has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaBobbinDesign/

Dream stitchers is the group Julia teaches at in Melbourne.

Julia’s 2019 Frocktails outfit.
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Amy and Ali May

Episode 14: Meet Amy our Brisbane correspondent chatting with Alison May, aka Alimay on Instgram. They’re just shooting the breeze at social sewing one afternoon amongst their Brisbane Spoolette friends. 17 minutes of easy audio fun.

Introducing Making Marilyn emulating Elle or Amy Tuite. She’s our super sharp Brisbane correspondent who is all about sewing.

Amy Tuite: Brisbane Correspondent

She’s a Brisbane Spoolette that lives and breathes sewing when her wonderful cat Mr Smoochy gives her a break from his adorable cuddle powers. Cats need to be adored right!

Amy is all about sewing especially when you follow her Instagram account. Yes Mr Smoochy does feature in her IG posts as does Fluffy bubba.

Ali May over joyed fabric shopping in Kuala Lumpur on another travel adventure

Amy chats with Ali of Alimmay at Sewing Social one early Spring weekend.

Ali May shares her latest sewing joys on Instagram. Ali May also shares the art and creativity of the places she travels to as well. Capes4Kids and Our lady of Leisure patterns are mentioned in this podcast.

At another wonderful Brisbane Spoolette event.

If you’ve ever attended a Brisbane Spoolette event, you’ll know that both Amy and Ali May are part of this great group of locals that share their love of sewing and instinctively know how to make you feel welcome.

2019 Brisbane Spoolette Frocktails

Drop Amy a message on her Instagram account so she knows you appreciate her work and want to hear more ‘on the spot’ Brisbane podcasts.

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Erica Bunker DIY Style

Episode 12: Chatting to Erica Bunker was very special to us. Erica is our first ‘Style’ guest. 38 minutes audio time.

Building a home-sewn wardrobe takes patience in allowing yourself to grow, learn and to tolerate occasional setbacks.

Listen to how Erica has empowered home sewers to look beyond outdated commercial pattern instructions, select fine fabrics and the fundamentals of creating a luxurious and stylish home-sewn wardrobe.

If you missed her collaboration podcast with Eryn from Style Sew Me patterns – Erica dress – listen to podcast #9 now.

Erica’s website is always available and has all her details and latest tutorials and blog posts.

I’m sure you already follow Erica on instagram so here’s the link if you missed it.