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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.

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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.

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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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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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Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson

Episode 13: Conversation with Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson. Thank you to the Powerhouse Museum for giving us permission to publish this audience recording at this free event. 1 hour 16 minutes audio time.

Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson: Step Into Paradise is the first in-depth survey that captures the dynamic energy of Linda and Jenny’s creative partnership. It draws on more than four decades of one of the most influential pairings in the history of Australian fashion, examining the influences, inspirations and the compelling stories behind their work.

Honoured as Officers in the Order of Australia for their contributions to Australia’s fashion industry, Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson transformed the nation’s fashion and cultural heritage with their pioneering style inspired by Australia’s cultural and natural landscape, melded with their global influences.

The exhibition begins with their creative partnership in the 1970s at the Flamingo Park Frock Salon at Sydney’s Strand arcade and the sensational Flamingo Follies fashion parades, branching into their distinctive individual careers through to recent years including Jenny’s costume designs for the Sydney Olympic Games and their collaborations with Australian designers Romance Was Born.

Over 150 garments, textiles, photographs and artworks, many unseen, from the Museum’s own extensive collection are brought together with the designers’ personal archives. Highlight pieces on display include artwork from the pair and archival behind the scenes photographs, Jenny Kee’s black opal Chanel suit from Karl Lagerfeld’s first collection in 1983 and Linda Jackson’s iconic Waratah dress.