Sewing your own clothing can change your perspective in surprising ways. Seamwork Radio brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life. We talk to artists, designers, and everyday creators about how the act of sewing has helped them slow down, get to know their bodies, discover their own identity, and take part in the growing movement to revive the art of sewing.
Episode 15: Creative Community with Kristine Vejar
In 1999, Kristine Vejar took her first trip to India. There, she met the Rabari, a small community that changed her perspective and direction for the future.
Episode 14: Beating the Odds with Melissa Fehr
In 2008, sewing blogger Melissa Fehr revealed something on her blog: she’d been diagnosed with a rare blood disorder. Soon, she’d need a complete bone marrow transplant. In this episode, Melissa shares how her relationship with her body changed before and after this life-changing experience – and how this relationship eventually led her to designing her own patterns.
Episode 13: Loving a person, not their gender with Marie of A Stitching Odyssey
In September 2015, Marie wrote a post on her sewing blog called “Loving a Person, Not Their Gender.” In that post, she talked about the experience of having her partner come out as transgender. In today’s story, we talk to Marie and her girlfriend Charlotte about that experience, and what came after. Editor’s note: At …
Episode 12: The Learning Process with Joost De Cock
Have you ever wished for a way to just punch in your measurements somewhere and get a pattern that’s drafted just for you? That’s the idea behind makemypattern.com, a menswear-focused website created by Belgian sewist Joost De Cock. Joost went from only sewing a few curtains and pillows to making his own wardrobe to creating …
Episode 11: The “head stuff” with Felicia Semple
Felicia Semple is the creator of The Craft Sessions, an incredible sewing retreat she created to help teach women to find joy and meaning – not perfection – in the practice of craft.
Episode 10: Let’s talk money with Heather Lewenza
Talking money is tough. In this episode, designer Heather Lewenza talks about how money and spending has shaped her values and led her to a career in sewing.
Episode 9: A Shift in Mindset with Jacqui Palhegyi
On a trip to Egypt, Jacqui’s attitude towards clothing was forever changed.
Episode 8: Open Up with Jennifer Wiese
Jennifer Wiese tells the story of putting on a major sewing event, and the unexpected benefits of being open to mistakes.
Episode 7: Design, Fame, and Villainy with Gretchen Jones
Gretchen Jones talks about life and design after Project Runway.
Episode 6: The Opposite of Creative Block with Leah Price
Creating something from nothing is Leah Price’s passion. After spending ten years in what she describes as almost complete isolation, caring for her two children with special needs, Leah discovered a deep and abiding creative energy in repurposing what is unloved and wasted.
Episode 5: A Dream of Self-Sufficiency with Morgan Meredith
From the time she was little, Morgan knew she wanted a life that she could control. But when her husband decided to join the military, she thought those dreams might be shattered.
Episode 4: It’s Worth It with Sadie Roberts of Tradlands
Hear Sadie’s story of starting a US-made clothing label from the ground up, and how and why labels like hers can thrive.
Episode 3: The Proud Sewist with Matthew Holloway
Growing up in Oklahoma, Matthew always had the sense that he wasn’t “normal.” As he grew up, he began to ask questions. What’s wrong with being interested in “feminine” things? And what does it say about how we view women?
Episode 2: Making Your Own Mold with Charlie Wensley
Charlie Wensley learned the hard way that trying to fit a pre-existing mold can have devastating effects. But before she rediscovered her love of making clothes, she struggled to meet her own expectations about the kind of person she thought she was supposed to be.
Episode 1: A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore
Jenny Rushmore is the sort of person that lights up a room. She’s the blogger behind Cashmerette and a founder of The Curvy Sewing Collective. But Jenny’s confidence and warmth came only after years of bullying and insecurity. Hear how Jenny not only overcame the harshness of childhood bullying, but has helped spread the message of self-acceptance.