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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.

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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

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Astratex announcement

Episode 11 – Listen to the how Astratex has supported movie productions and the fashion industry. 15 minutes audio time.

Fall in love again with fine European fabrics at Astratex. This store has been one of Melbourne’s favourites. They were the first store to import cashmere into Australia.

Their fabrics have been used for movie productions like Lord of the Rings, Moulin Rouge and on Dancing with the Stars.

Of course we bought fabric while we were visited their store too.

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Oh so fine

Episode 8: Listen to Anna and Louise of Selective Fine Fabrics 34 minutes audio time.

With the opening of their new Upper Mt Gravatt store, Anna and Louise of Selective Fine Fabrics talked to us about how their two fabric stores should be on your places to visit when you travel through Brisbane. Their flagship store in Logan is much loved by their loyal customers. Here’s a link to their website.
A fabric store serves a purpose for those life changing moments in your life.
Their instagram account has lots of inspirations and customer examples of their work.

We’ll be speaking to other long time retailers who are now purely online sewing stores.

Don’t forget to listen to Elizabeth’s tips for better online fabric shopping.

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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.

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We found Jimmy buttons

Anne at Jimmy Buttons front door

Series 1 Episode 1 Listen to our very first podcast!!! 9 minutes audio time recorded at Jimmy Buttons.

Get to Jimmy buttons at 375 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria

Take a peek inside.

Location 375 George Street, Fitzroy, Victoria  Call (03) 9419 4500

Email: source@jimmybuttons.com.au
Website: http://www.jimmybuttons.com.au

Melbourne’s an easy place to get around if you’re staying for a short visit. Jump on a tram to get to Jimmy Buttons – an icon to the sewing community. It’s where we can source all sorts of notions locally. Jimmy has been serving the clothing community and the sewing community now for 31 years and he confessed to us that he wants a holiday.

You can read more about Jimmy Buttons:

This podcast was produced by Maria Theoharous, Anne Whalley and tram directions by Bruce Whalley. Interview permission obtained from Jimmy! Video by Bruce Whalley. Podcast editing by Maria Theoharous. Sound by Bensound.

Contact us if you’d like us to visit your retail store so eager creatives can find you fast!