I love listening to podcasts while I sew or draw. One that I’ve really been enjoying is called Clothes Making Mavens – a sewing podcast about handmade fashion. The hosts are Helena and Lori. They often chat with each other about sewing, and they also interview people of interest in the sewing world. Their recent interview with Deepika from PatternReveiw.com was so fascinating. There are guest speakers who pop in to give talks about sewing-related topics, such as an Maris Olsen’s in-depth look at interfacing or Barbara Emodi’s insights about indie pattern designers.
Lori and Helena even ask their listeners to send audio files answering a specific list of questions ! And many listeners have actually done that, which I absolutely love! Hearing a lot of different voices and viewpoints, all talking about sewing, is very interesting and entertaining. I finally decided to be brave and send in a sound recording of my own! I was too nervous to just talk, so I had to write down my responses on a piece of paper and just record myself reading them. I’ve attached the transcript below. I don’t know if they’ll use my recording on their podcast, but I’m pretty proud of myself for taking the jump to send it!
Another thing I love about the podcast is that it’s very well produced. The sound quality is excellent, the segments flow together smoothly, and each episode is planned out and edited. It’s a great pleasure to listen to the Clothes Making Mavens!
Here’s the transcript I recorded and sent to Clothes Making Mavens:
- What is your name and where can people find you online?
Hello Helena and Lori! Thank you for inviting your listeners to talk about their sewing on your podcast. I’m really enjoying listening to all the responses you’ve been getting. I’m Michelle Goggins from Montana, and you can find me on-line at MGDoodleStudio.com
- What are you doing when you’re not sewing?
What do I do when I’m not sewing? Well, I live with my husband on our family ranch, the Goggins Ranch, and there’s always something interesting going on with that, plus we also run our family owned livestock feed and supply store. I also love to draw and have a huge fascination with designing my own fabric, which I have printed at Spoonflower.com. So, I’m drawing on paper and drawing digitally pretty much every chance I get, when I’m not sewing. I especially love sewing with the fabrics I design! That’s my obsession right now.
- Why do you sew?
Why do I sew? I love sewing because it gives me a great feeling of creativity. I love working with my hands, the feel of the fabrics, and also making something that I can use or wear. I also love that it lets me be creative away from the computer. With digital drawing, I feel like I spend a lot of time looking at a screen, and sewing lets me get away from that. Like I said, I’m obsessed with designing my own fabrics – and when I receive them in the mail, I absolutely can’t to make something with them.
- What’s on your sewing table right now?
I just finished making The Blackwood Cardigan from Helen’s Closet, which I really love. It’s a long stretchy knit cardigan that hangs about halfway between my hips and knees. It has pockets, which are so handy. It has a longer sleeve, meant to come down over your hand, which is really nice in this chilly Montana climate. It was really easy to sew. I made it with a cotton/poly knit that I’ve had laying around for several years, and I was so happy to find a use for it.
- What are you planning to sew in future that you’re excited about?
In the future, I’m excited to sew the Suki Kimono, also from Helen’s closet. I need to buy some inexpensive fabric to test it out, and then I plan to design my own fabric and have it printed on silk from Spoonflower.com. I’m really looking forward to that! I’m excited to try more patterns from Indie designers – I think these patterns are really the way to go. I listened to your guest speaker’s segment about Indie designers, and I agree with everything she said about them. The instructions are so detailed and clear. I love how the designers use photos of real people to model their designs. You can go to the designer’s websites and get thorough details about the pattern, see all kinds of pictures of people who’ve made the pattern, and even interact with the designer and other sewists in some cases. I love that you can download the patterns as a PDF file and print out the size you need. I really enjoy the process of taping the PDF pattern together. It’s relaxing for me, kind of like putting a puzzle together.
Thanks Lori and Helena for your wonderful podcast and for giving me the chance to talk about my love of sewing! Have a great day!