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053: BONUS Making alterations for your body shape with Elise Chase-Sinclair

As promised for season 2 we have a number of BONUS episodes with expert guests.

Do you ever find that when you try to buy clothes that they often fit one part of your body but not others? For example if buying trousers or jeans, you can get them to fit your hips but they are too tight or loose on the waist and too tight or loose on the thighs.

Or if you are trying to buy dresses, if you get the size to fit your bust it's too big on the shoulders or drowns your bottom half, but if you try the size on to fit your waist and hips, it's too tight across the bust?

You may have had the same experiences when making your own clothes and using the standard pattern sizing. And if you have tried to use the same size that you would buy from the shop, you may have found that it makes up to be a completely different size to what you were expecting.

Advice from the expert Elise Chase-Sinclair

I recently spoke to fitting and alterations expert Elise Chase-Sinclair about these problems. You can also listen to our chat in this bonus podcast episode.

Elise has made and altered clothes for actors, dancers, and opera singers and just regular people. She also worked as a garment technician where she's analyzed how garments fit on different bodies.

Through her work experience she's become an expert at what alteration and pattern drafting techniques get the best fit for different bodies.

Her mission is to help people feel good in their clothes by teaching them how to make their clothes fit their bodies, and not the other way around. Something that I'm definitely very passionate about as well.

In this episode Elise gives her top tips on making alterations for your unique body shape.

Whether you have bought or made your clothes, if you they don't fit your unique proportions then they can feel uncomfortable and unflattering. When we are self-conscious about what we are wearing that can impact how we feel and how we interact with others.

You can get more details and all the links from the episode here: https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode53

If you enjoy this episode please add a rating and/or review as it helps others to find us and be sure to share with any friends that love to sew. 

Also, if you haven?t done so already, follow the podcast. I?m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you?re not following, there?s a good chance you?ll miss out. Follow now!


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2022-11-05
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052: 10 Top Tips for Sewing with Thicker Fabrics

Hello my lovelies and thanks for joining me for this week's episode. As the weather turns a bit colder I thought it might be good to talk about sewing with thicker fabrics so today I have 10 tips for you plus a couple of bonus tips on working with these sometimes trickier fabrics. First I'd like to just cover a couple of things I wanted to remember to share with you.
Episode webpage: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode52

It is approaching winter here in the UK and whilst it has been quite a mild autumn the colder nights are just around the corner.

We are also experiencing unprecedented fuel costs and so warm clothes and layers will definitely be a feature of my winter wardrobe.

But making warm clothes can often involve sewing thicker fabrics and I know that many people are put off by the thought of having to wrestle layers of thicker fabrics through their sewing machine. And if you have tried it in the past and had a bad experience it can put you off trying it again. 

So today I wanted to talk through 10 top tips that you can use to have confidence making everything from warm jumpers to snuggly coats. I have also included a couple of bonus tips that came to me as I was prepping for this chat.

I don't want you to be left shivering as the cold weather sets in and I also don't want you to to have to say no to a fabric or pattern because you are worried about sewing thicker fabrics.

So these tips are simple ways to have fun making toasty treats to wear in winter and get a finish that you can be proud of.

I hope you find them useful and you can download a pdf copy from the episode web page. https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode52

If you haven't tried sewing with thicker fabrics I hope this inspires you to give it a go - if you have and have any experiences you want to share then please let me know. I always love to hear your thoughts and what you are working on or planning so do get in touch.

If you enjoy this episode please add a rating and/or review as it helps others to find us and be sure to share with any friends that love to sew. 

Also, if you haven?t done so already, follow the podcast. I?m adding a bunch of bonus episodes to the feed and, if you?re not following, there?s a good chance you?ll miss out. Follow now!

https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode52


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2022-10-29
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051: Making a Duster Jacket aka long cardigan

If you have struggled to find the perfect garment to help you transition from the warm weather to the cooler temperatures then look no further.
The trusty Duster Jacket also known as a long cardigan is the perfect make and the pattern I'm reviewing in this episode is a great for beginner dressmakers and experienced sewists alike.
The Simplicity 8557 pattern includes 5 garments and is definitely in the easy to sew category.
In this episode I give you some tips on sewing stretch fabrics if this is your first time making a stretch garment. I also talk through the versions I have made, my mistakes and tips to help you have a go.
For more details about the links and items mentioned check out the episode web page: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode51

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2022-10-15
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050: Learning to sew in your fifties with Melanie Keane

When you hear the long list of different clothes that Melanie Keane has made it's hard to believe that she only started sewing when the UK Prime Minister announced the lockdown in 2020. 

When I was planning for Season 2 of the Sew Mindful podcast I asked the Sew Much More Fun facebook group what topics they would like to hear about. Mel responded and said that it would be good to talk about the challenges of buying fabric as she had had some bad experiences and learnt a lot from them. 

I was intrigued to hear about Mel's experiences and thought you might be too. So I was delighted that when I asked if she would be a guest on the podcast to share her thoughts, she agreed.

We ended up covering a lot more than just buying fabrics in our chat and I had such fun learning more about Mel and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

For full details of the links and resources from our chat go to the episode web page: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode50

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2022-10-01
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049: How long should dressmaking take?

In this first interview of season 2 I'm delighted to be talking to Mel Forrest of Mint Button Sewing School. 

Mel was a primary school teacher for 15 years before leaving to pursue a 'portfolio career' in the home-sewing industry. She now teaches 1:1 sewing lessons and workshops.

She also works part time as a retail assistant in a fabric shop - Home Town, Rochester. And if that wasn't enough you may also come into contact with her as a customer service assistant for the online sewing pattern shop, The Foldline.

I found out about Mel through a blog post she wrote about an experiment she challenged herself to complete. After watching The Great British Sewing Bee and being shocked by the time allowed for one of the sewing tasks, Mel decided to try it for herself and see how long it would take her to complete.

For more details about the episode and all of the links go to the episode web page: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode49

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2022-09-24
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048: Season 2 Introduction and Special Offer!

Well it's been longer than I planned but better later than never! 

The Sew Mindful sewing podcast is back for another season. Thanks for all of you that gave me the encouragement and friendly nudges to get back to my microphone.

Have you missed me? Well, I've definitely missed talking with you and you have never been far from my thoughts.

So this episode is a quick introduction to what to expect from the new season. It also includes a special offer for 20% off from the wonderful Erica Schmitz of MybodyModel so be sure to listen out for that.

For more details on this episode and the links to the resources mentioned visit the episode web page: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/episode48

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2022-09-24
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047: How to use Value & Colour Contrast to Look Fabulous

I'm so excited to share this week's episode with you as it is one of the topics that I have personally struggled with (and continue to work on) and that is understanding how to combine colours to create outfits that feel amazing.

So when I want to learn more about anything style related I turn to the fabulous style gurus that have joined me on the podcast and this week it is a delight to welcome back Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style.

Imogen was the first person to introduce me to the concept of picking colours and fabrics that mirrored my facial features such as hair, skin, eyes and lips, picking up the properties of those features such as colour and texture.

When I recently discovered the impact of value and colour contrast I knew I had to share it with you as it is such a simple yet powerful way of designing and planning what you make to have maximum impact.

In this episode you will hear:
> What Value and Colour Contrast are
> Why some colours and colour combinations work for you and why some don't
> How to discover your own level of value contrast
> How to create outfits that reflect and match your value contrast
> How Disney princesses can help us understand colour contrast and how to identify your optimum colour contrast
> How to combine colours and neutrals to perfectly suit you
> How to use colour and value contrast to pick the best patterned fabrics for your makes
> and much more!

Useful Links and Resources:
> Amazon: Colour Wheel
> Insideoutstyleblog: 3 Steps to finding your ultimate contrast levels
> Insideoutstyleblog: Understanding colour contrast and putting outfits together
> Insideoutstyleblog: Getting Your Head Around Value and Contrast ? the Celebrity Version
> Related episode: 002: Use your face to pick your fabric
> Sew Much More Fun Guide: Fabric Harmony Framework Guide (free pdf download)

If you enjoy this episode please be sure to share it and to leave a review to help others find us. And I always love to hear about you trying out what you pick up from these great interviews so do let me know by DM on Instagram or via the Sew Much More Fun Website or Facebook Group!

Connect with Imogen Lamport:
Website address: https://insideoutstyleblog.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutStyleBlog/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog/

Connect with me:
Website | www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram | instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun

Thank you so much for listening and for all your support. x

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2021-07-10
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046: Finding patterns and more In A Haystack!

SPECIAL OFFER CODE BELOW!

Do you get overwhelmed when you try to search for new pattern and fabric ideas? Well if you do you are not alone. Lots of the dressmakers I speak to say that they can find it challenging to stay on top of the new pattern designers and fabric shops that are popping up all the time.

So I was doing a bit of my own research to find out what I could do to help and I came across In A Haystack. This a digital subscription service that does all the legwork for you and each month presents you with a focused themed pack that includes a digital sewing pattern and so much more.

I was intrigued and so my guest this week is the wonderful Kate, the founder of In A Haystack to tell us all about it.

What you will hear in this episode:
> Why Kate set up In A Haystack
> What is included in her digital subscription Haystack Packs
> How her background as a researcher helps her save you & I time
> Examples of what has been included in recent packs
> How a monthly focus can help you reduce sewing overwhelm
> The benefits of having a monthly digital subscription and how it can boost your creativity

Useful Links and Resources:
In A Haystack resources
> In A Haystack Subscription
> Carly's Haystack Pack Challenge
> Tyla's Using Every Scrap blog post

Patterns mentioned
> Josie Bra - Made My Wardrobe
> Fleur Pinafore - Untitled Thoughts
> Lily Top - Experimental Space
> Lynn Skirt & Pinafore - Vanessa Hansen Studio

Directories and forums
> The Foldline - pattern shop, blog and more
> Patternreview.com - pattern forum and reviews
> Curvy Sewing Collective pattern collection forum and reviews

Instagrammers and hashtags
> @sewistandthecitySewing Bee Style Challenge #sewingbeestyle
> #MeMadeMay & #MeMadeMay2021

SPECIAL OFFER CODE
Kate is kindly offering all Sew Mindful listeners 20% off your first Monthly Digital Sewing pack! Simply enter the code SEWMINDFUL to receive your discount.  Code is valid until 31 July 2021.

I found this episode so useful and I hope you do too. If you enjoy it then please remember to subscribe on your podcast app and leave a review as that really helps other like-minded lovelies to join us.

Thank you so much for listening!

Connect with Kate (In A Haystack):
Website: https://inahaystack.co.uk
Instagram: @in_a_haystack

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: @sewmuchmorefun

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2021-07-03
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045: Not using Tapes? Here's why you should!

CHANCE TO WIN a pack of Vlieseline Perfect Hem Tape!

I am always on the lookout for ways to make my garments look more professional and so any opportunity to learn about how things are done in a manufacturing environment that I can bring into my home dressmaking excites me.

This week I am delighted to welcome back the expertise of the wonderful Janet Kolle of Vlieseline to help me get genned up on the technology of tapes and how to apply them to our garments. 

In this episode we discuss 10 fabulous Vlieseline tape products that can take your finished hand made clothes to that next level of professionalism and significantly improve the life of your special makes too. 

We chat about:
> the impact of not using tapes as seen in the Great British Sewing Bee
> where tapes can be used
> which tapes are suited to which applications and fabrics
> the best products for no-sew hems
> the best tapesto extend the life of your lovely garments
> how tapes are used in clothing manufacture and how we can benefit from their research and technology

GIVEAWAY!
Because Janet loves these products so much she wanted you to be able to try them too and so we have 10 packs of Vlieseline?s Perfect Hem tape to give away. 

For your chance to win one of these packs click the link below and fill out your details. Competition closes at midday on the 9th June 2021.

https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/hemtapegiveaway

Useful links and resources:

>  Sew Much More Fun Youtube Channel
> H410 Interlining
> Seam Tape Flexible
> Bias Tape
> Edge Tape
> StretchFix
> Framilastic
> Waist Shaper
> EdgeFix Tape
> Perfect Hem Tape
> Wundaweb
> Bondaweb Tape
> Quilt-A-Long 2021 - live weekly demos free of charge - https://www.facebook.com/VlieselineFreudenbergUK

Connect with Janet Kolle & Vlieseline:
Website: https://www.vlieseline.com/
Instagram: @vlieseline_uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VlieselineFreudenbergUK

Contact me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXz_TgNqzajtLC5cKXcbJew

 Thank you so much for listening!

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2021-06-26
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044: So what is Mindful Embroidery anyway?

Thank you so much for joining me again for another podcast episode. This week I am joined by the delightful Mary Broddle of Mary Broddle Embroidery.

Mary is on a mission to share the well being benefits of embroidery.  It has made a dramatic impact on her own life, helping her to cope with disabling chronic illness and living in her own  lockdown before the world new what lockdown was. 

I also believe in the power of any kind of craft and in particular sewing to help us feel better but you don't have to take my word for it.

In this episode you will hear:
> about Mary's background and how chronic illness changed her life direction and the role embroidery played
> how Mary got started with embroidery
> why learning to embroider is so fantastic to help you stop snacking or drinking too much wine
> the types of TV programs to avoid when embroidering
> what you'll be missing out on if you have never tried it
> what Mindful Embroidery is
> the background to Mindful Embroidery and the influence of Indian and Japanese stitching traditions
> how Mary's Mindful Embroidery kits came into being and how you can hold of one
> tips for using embroidery on  your own dressmaking makes

"Try embroidery and don?t worry about whether you are doing it right.  Start with Mindful Stitching as a way to relax when you don?t have the time or energy to focus on dressmaking.  My kits provide you with everything you need to get started and can be kept in a bag next to your favourite chair, ready to pick up when you have 10 mins."  ...Mary

If you are already a lover of embroidering then be sure to get in touch and let us know or pop a pic on instagram and tag Mary and me. And if you are inspired like I am to give it a go then please message us and let us know as we love to hear about your experiences.

Useful links and resources:
Mindful Stitching Kits are currently on an introductory offer, available through Mary's website shop. https://marybroddleembroidery.com/product/mindful-stitching-kits/

Monthly hoop art course: https://marybroddleembroidery.com/courses/

Contact Mary:
Website: https://marybroddleembroidery.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marybroddleembroidery
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/marybroddle_embroidery/

Contact me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun

Thank you so much for listening!

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2021-06-19
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043: The Marmite of Fabrics - Bengaline

Hello! Thank you for joining me for another Sew Mindful chat. This week is another Fabric Focus. The last one we did was with the lovely Harriet Kjellman when we talked about Denim. If you haven't listened to Episode 35 then be sure to go back and check that out.

So in this Fabric Focus session I have chosen a fabric that seems to divide opinion - Bengaline. It is a fabric that I discovered quite late on in my sewing journey and it was not at all what I expected. And it did take a while to grow on me.

You didn't really see much of it around until fairly recently and now it is quite common to see it on the high street used in ready to wear trousers, capri pants, dresses and skirts.

It has some great properties but there are some characteristics about it that are not to everyone's taste.

In this episode you will hear:
> the history of Bengaline
> the defining features of Bengaline as a dressmaking fabric
> the types of garment you can use it for
> where to find patterns that are designed for use with Bengaline
> how to work with Bengaline and what you need to be aware of
> why some people aren't so keen on this fabric

Useful links and resources:
> Blog post- Imogen Lamport: How buying a tap changed the way I think about buying clothes
> Blog post - Gillian of Crafting a Rainbow: Style Arc Bengaline Review
> Pattern: Eva Dress by Eliza M
> Blog post: What is Bengaline
> Wikipedia: Bengaline
> Blog Post: Sewing is Cool: Bengaline Fabric Care Instructions
> Episode 35: Fabric Focus - Denim
> Episode 36: Which is the right sewing machine needle
> Bengaline Patterns: Style Arc
> Roman: Bengaline Trousers
> ASOS: Bengaline Trousers

Connect with me:
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun

Thank you so much for listening!

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2021-06-05
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042: The Power of Practice

Welcome and thank you so much for tuning in for this episode. This week I want to tackle a topic that I noticed myself struggling with and that is getting stuck in student mode, faffing and procrastinating. That was until I discovered the Power of Practice!

Do you suffer from any of these? Do you watch hours of youtube videos, or attend lots of courses, or maybe start but don't finish lots of projects?

Well that was me. I found myself doing all of these and not actually feeling like I was making progress. In fact I felt the opposite - overwhelmed by all the new information and guilty for never seeming to finish anything.

So in this episode you will hear:
> how lessons from the film The Matrix helped me break my cycle of procrastination
> how you can spot the signs of being stuck in this mode
> why watching the video or reading the book isn't enough
> the power of putting into practice
> 10 steps to take effective action, stop the faff and ditch the guilt

Useful links and resources:
> The Power of Practice Workbook
> Wikipedia: The Matrix
> Youtube: The Matrix - I know Kung Fu

If you do take action and want to be accountable then be sure to contact me via the website or DM as I'd love to hear about your experiences.

Connect with me:
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun



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2021-05-29
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041: Reduce, Re-use, Recycle

A short and sweet episode for you this week. Inspired by my love of the Great British Sewing Bee I wanted to talk a little bit about upcycling and recycling. 

We are very lucky in the UK to have access to a wide variety of different fabrics and I do love to create garments from new fabrics but it hasn?t always been this way and from necessity comes creativity. During World War 2 for example the Make Do and Mend campaign encouraged house wives to create garments from curtains, parachutes and even their husbands clothes. 

But now there is a new nuance added to the equation - the environment. We are becoming more aware of the impact waste and we each have a role to play in trying to ensure that we minimise our contribution to landfill.

So learning to upcycle and consciously recycle is a fantastic way to do our bit.

In this episode you will hear:
> A few reasons why you should consider upcycling
> Some different approaches to getting started upcycling
> Some inspiration from the recent Reduce, Re-use and Recycle episode of the Great British Sewing Bee and how you can try it too!

Useful links and resources

So I have a lot of links and resources for you this week to explore and enjoy.

> Hand & Lock: Article Upcycling through the ages
> Circular Online: Article on UK Contribution to textile waste
> Roberta Style Lee Article: 5 of the best apps and websites for selling preloved clothes in the UK
> Other Websites and apps to sell clothes or buy second hand
> Vinted
> Gumtree
> Shpock
> Ebay
> Fashion Revolution - resources and how to video tutorials on upcycling
> Well and Good: How to upcycle clothes you will actually want to wear
> Paper Michey: Turning trousers into a crop wrap top
> The Sorry Girls: Fall Fashion Hacks and upcycles including a fabulous silk bomber jacket from a silk shirt
> Sarah Tyau: Playlist of videos on hacks and refashion ideas

I'd love to see your upcycle successes so DM me or tag @sewmuchmorefun on your Instagram posts of your creations.

Connect with me:
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun

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2021-05-22
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040: How to reconnect with your style with Imogen Lamport

I can't believe we are at Episode 40 already! Thank you so much for listening and supporting the show. This week I am joined again by my very first guest on the podcast, the wonderful Imogen Lamport.

If you haven't listened to the previous episodes with Imogen and you at all interested in anything related to style then I highly recommend going back and picking those up (episodes 2, 8 and 14).

Imogen has dedicated her energy to learning about all things style and then helping other women to apply that to create wardrobes that they love.

I have been on a personal journey to learn about my own style preferences but feel like it is still a work in progress so in this episode Imogen gives her take on how to start to reconnect with your style if like me you feel a bit lost.

In this episode you will hear:
> Some of the reasons we can feel like we have lost our style
> How to change your perception of your style
> Tips on how to have fun with the clothes you already have
> Questions to help you identify what's changed for you and how to move forward
> Practical tips to discover your own sometimes hidden values
> How to reflect your values through your clothing
> Why the connection between values and satisfaction is so important

Useful links and resources:
> Episode 2: Use your face to pick your fabric
> Episode 8: Use Style Lines to flatter your figure
> Episode 14: Tips to turn frightful photos into sexy selfies
> Developing your Style Recipe - Tips and Tricks from the Professional
> 7 Steps to Style program

I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I did and I'd love to know what your biggest takeaways or a-has are from listening so be sure to DM me on instagram or email me via the Sew Much More Fun website.

Connect with Imogen
Website: https://insideoutstyleblog.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog
Facebook: https;//facebook.com/insideoutstyleblog

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Instagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun
Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun

Thank you so much for listening!

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2021-05-15
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039: Making your own knickers with Flo-Jo Fabrics

This week is all about underwear and I wanted to talk about making your own knickers.  I put off making my own underwear for a long time because I thought it was really difficult. Then I saw some fabulous knicker-making kits advertised by Flo-Jo Fabrics. All the hardwork of choosing what fabrics and which elastics was done for me and I decided to take the plunge and give it a go.

I made my first two pairs of knickers - one from non-stretch cotton fabric with elastic around legs and waist and the other from jersey fabric with stretch lace around the legs and waist.

The kits included the patterns and instructions and it couldn't have been simpler. I was able to make them with my sewing machine and I loved them. So when I thought about talking about making knickers I figured who better to talk to than where it started for me and the fabulous Delia of Flo-Jo was so much fun to explore this topic with!

My thoughts about this episode were also triggered by a fabulous photo in the Flo-Jo Fabrics newsletter of Delia and Erika in Wonder Woman swimsuits raising money for a good cause. If you buy one of their knicker making kits then they are donating £1 to Womankind for each kit sold. So please do check those out as they are great fun to make and you get to support a fabulous cause too!

In this episode you will hear:
> Who Flo-Jo Fabrics are and what they do
> How the knicker making kits came to be
> The benefits of making your own knickers
> The different types of knickers available in the kits
> Different ways to adapt the pattern to create the perfect style for you
> Tips on taking the leap and getting started

Useful links and resources:
Knicker making kits: https://www.flo-jofabrics.co.uk/products/cat_1273412-Kits.html
Womankind Charity: https://www.womankindbristol.org.uk/
Book - Knickers !: 6 Sewing Patterns for Handmade Lingerie including French knickers, cotton briefs and saucy Brazilians

I loved doing this episode and Delia's energy and enthusiasm so I hope that you love it too.

Reviews really help others find us!
Haven?t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

Connect with  Delia & Flo-Jo Fabrics:
Website | www.flo-jofabrics.co.uk
Facebook | www.facebook.com/Flo-Jo-Boutique-181291368551545/
Instagram | instagram.com/@flojofabrics

Connect with me:
Website | www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Facebook | facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun
Instagram | instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun

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2021-05-08
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038: How to choose interfacings & interlinings

Thank you so much for tuning in to this week's episode. We have an exciting giveaway for you alongside this episode.

This week I am joined by the wonderful Janet Kolle of Vlieseline to talk all things interfacing. If like me you have been baffled by which interfacing or interlining to choose for your dressmaking project then Janet is here to help.

In this episode you will hear:
> Janet's background with Freudenburg and Vlieseline
> What's the difference between interfacing and interlining
> Where you can use interfacings/interlinings
> Why bi-elastic interlining is Janet's favourite
> Benefits of using interlinings and interfacings
> Why it is important to test with your fabric
> The best interfacings and interlinings to get started with

And generously Janet has given us a fabulous Vlieseline Embroidery Kit with 5 of their fabulous products ideal for machine and hand embroidery to give away to a lucky listener. For a chance to win head over to the Sew Much More Fun website and fill in your details: https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/vlieseline-embroidery-set-giveaway

We will be drawing a winner at random on the 28th May 2021 at midday (BST) so be sure to get your entry in.

Useful Links and Resources
It was a delight to talk to Janet and here are some links and resources from our conversation:
> Vlieseline website: https://www.vlieseline.com/
> Vlieseline Embroidery Kit: https://www.vlieseline.com/Products/Creative-Range/Stick-Set
> Vlieseline Woven Interlinings: https://www.vlieseline.com/Products/Woven-Interlinings
> Vlieseline Fusible Interlinings: https://www.vlieseline.com/Products/Fusible-Interlinings
> Janet's favourite - G770

Connect with Janet Kolle & Vlieseline:
Website: https://www.vlieseline.com/
Instagram: @vlieseline_uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VlieselineFreudenbergUK

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
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2021-05-01
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037: Connecting with your Creativity with Clara Nartey

Thank you so much for tuning in to this week's episode. For many years after I learned how to sew and make clothes I religiously followed patterns. Whilst I was making them my own by choosing my fabrics I wouldn't have thought of myself as creative.

When I started learning about pattern drafting and later, fashion design I realised that we are all creative but we just don't always know how to recognise and nurture our creativity. I wanted to find a guest that could explain how we can connect with our creativity and that led me to the talented Clara Nartey.

Clara is an artist, an entrepreneur and a coach. She creates the most magnificent and colourful textile artworks and through her teaching and coaching shares her own process with others to help them share their creativity with the world.

In this episode you will hear:
> Clara's background and how she reached where she is today
> How she raised the money for her first sewing machine
> Her approach to learning how to quilt
> How she became such a successful textile artist
> Her tips on developing your own creativity
> Where many people go wrong in their creative process and how to avoid it
> The two types of creative mindset and how to use them to your advantage
> The next steps you can take to boost your own creativity

It was a delight to talk to Clara and I learned so much from our chat plus we got to laugh a lot too! I really hope you enjoy this episode and if you want more colour in your life be sure to follow Clara on Instagram.

Useful links and resources:
Daily Journalling Challenge: https://academy.claranartey.com/p/daily-journaling-challenge
Clarity to Create: https://theclaritytocreate.com/
Time Mastery for Creatives: https://claranartey.com/time-mastery

If you have found any tips or techniques that help you to boost your own creativity and want to share then be sure to DM me on instagram or email me via the sewmuchmorefun.co.uk website!

Connect with Clara:
Website: https://claranartey.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claranartey/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaraNarteyArt/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdaMSI2j3N1kG8k1phUlN6Q

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-04-24
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036: Which is the right sewing machine needle?

Thank you so much for joining me again this week!  In this episode I am answering a great question raised by one of our listeners - Stephanie - who wanted to know how to pick the right sewing machine needle for her sewing projects.

So in this episode you will hear:
> Why there are different types of needles
> What the anatomy of a machine needle is
> What factors going into choosing which needle to use
> How are needles sized
> What types of needle are available and when are they used
> When you should change your sewing machine needle
> What brands of needles are available

We cover a lot in this episode so if you'd like a handy PDF guide of the key aspects covered to keep as a handy reference then head over to the Sew Much More Fun website and sign up for the newsletter and within the next few days we will email you a copy!

I love answering your questions so be sure to let me know what you would like to hear or learn more about.

Connect with me:
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-04-17
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035: Fabric Focus - Denim, the Switzerland of Fabrics with Harriet Kjellman

Welcome to this week's Sew Mindful podcast episode with one of my favourite titles to date. I can't take credit for it as it was the work of my wonderful guest this week - Harriet Kjellman.

Harriet is a woman of many talents including lecturing in fashion at Wolverhampton University, running her own fashion label and consulting and teaching in fashion and fashion processes and product development.

Harriet has a long history with denim and uses it extensively in her designs which is why when I think of this wonderful fabric, I think of her. She referred to denim as 'the Switzerland of fabrics' because it is so neutral in that it transcends barriers and boundaries across so many walks of life, not taking sides, accessible to one and all.

In this episode you will hear:
> Who Harriet is and her history and connection to denim
> Her take on the symbolism of denim
> Why denim is so versatile
> What makes denim unique
> Some of the challenges in working with denim and tips to overcome them
> Seam and stitching techniques to use with denim and how to spot high-end garments
> Tricks for topstitching on denim
> The ethos and features of Harriet's denim design collection
> What to look for when buying denim

I thoroughly enjoyed Harriet's take on denim and the reasons for using and wearing it and I hope that you get some tips, ideas and inspiration from this episode.

Connect with Harriet:
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/harriet_kjellman/
Website: https://www.harrietkjellman.com/62-design-company
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/62designcompany/ & https://www.facebook.com/harrietkjellmanofficial

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-04-10
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034: What Wearing Red Can Do For You!

Hello, welcome and thank you for joining me! I wanted to just do a quick intro to this episode to explain a bit about what to expect and how this week's topic relates to dressmaking (as it may not be apparent when you first start listening!)

One of the considerations when I am making garments is the fabric and each fabric has colours and properties associated with it. We can choose colours based purely on aesthetics for example which colours work well together but there are schools of thought around colours being so much more. 

This interview explores one of those schools of thought around energy and chakras and their relationship to colour and the reason I wanted to share it with you is that I have found it so interesting and stimulating to incorporate different perspectives into my life and I wanted to give you the chance to do the same.  

It follows on from episode 29 where my fabulous guest Sue Ricks and I talked about the Pantone Colour of the Year and some of the meanings and associations of yellow.

In this episode initially we recap about what chakras are and in particular the base chakra,  how that relates to our bodies and emotions and how the colour red relates to it. 

Then we go on to talk about how you can use the colour red to boost any those physical and emotional areas where you may feel you need a boost. 

It could be that after hearing it you decide it?s not for you. You could also decide that you will add it into your tools and considerations to help you create your fabulous garments. The choice is totally yours but I hope you find it interesting. 

If you have enjoyed this episode then take a pic of you listening in your fav red outfit or with your fav red accessory, stick it on instagram and tag Sue and I, @sue_ricks_academy and @sewmuchmorefun!

Connect with Sue
Website: https://suericks.com
Sue Ricks Academy: https://suericksacademy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suericksacademy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sue_ricks_academy/
Email: [email protected]

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/



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2021-03-27
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033: Drafting your own sewing patterns

Hello and welcome to this episode of the Sew Mindful podcast.

Have you ever struggled to find just the right pattern for the garment or style you want to make?  Have you ever thought I wish I could make my own patterns - surely it can't be that difficult?

Well in this episode I explore my thoughts and experiences with pattern drafting. When I first learned pattern drafting it deepened my love of dressmaking but also brought with it a fair amount of subsquent frustrations.

So I want to share with you my warts and all assessment of the pros and cons of pattern drafting, how and when I have used it and some insights as to what it involves.

In this episode you will hear:
> What is pattern drafting?
> What tools do you need to get started?
> What is the process involved with pattern drafting including some aspects you may not have considered
> The pros and cons of making your own patterns
> How to use pattern drafting and commercial patterns together
> Some ways to get started and find out more

Useful Links and Resources:
> Gretchen Hirsch: Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
> Winifred Aldrich: Metric Pattern Cutting for Women's Wear
> Chinelo Bally: Freehand Fashion
> Tomoko Nakamichi: Pattern Magic, Pattern Magic 2, Pattern Magic 3
> Suzzy Furrer: Apparel Arts
> Alexandra: In-house Patterns
> @Sewmadeforme: bespoke slopers
> William Gee: pattern drafting paper and supplies
> Craftsy: craftsy.com

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and if you have any takeaways or a-has. Take a pic of you listening on your device or with your favourite pattern or sewing book, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun.

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
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2021-03-20
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032: Inspiring Women - Thank you!

In the week of International Women's Day and Mother's Day in the UK, it seemed only fitting to dedicate this episode to the amazing women that have influenced and inspired my sewing and dressmaking.

So in this episode you will hear:
> about the sewing teachers that have helped me build my sewing skills and confidence
> who from the Great British Sewing Bee made my list of top influential women
> which movie has my favourite costumes
> some personal thank you's - did you get a mention?

Useful links and resources:
> Craftsy: https://www.craftsy.com/
> Suzy Furrer, Apparel Arts Foundation: https://www.apparelartsproductions.com/
> The Sewing Book, Alison Smith
> Alison Smith's School of Sewing: https://www.schoolofsewing.co.uk/
> Love Sewing Magazine
> The Great British Sewing Bee
> Tilly & the Buttons: https://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/
> Janet Pray, Islander Sewing System: https://stores.islandersewing.com/
> Claire-Louise Hardie, The Thrifty Stitcher: https://thethriftystitcher.co.uk/
> Abstract, The Art of Design: https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80057883
> Black Panther trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjDjIWPwcPU
> Krystal Proffitt: https://krystalproffitt.com/
> Hidden Figures trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wfrDhgUMGI
> A Call to Spy trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TbZgLKjrdnA
> On the Basis of Sex trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgvBT-IO4lY

Thank you so much to all of my fabulous past guests and to all you wonderful listeners. I hope that this inspires you to reflect on those in your life that have inspired you and that you are grateful for.

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and know who your inspiration comes from, your fav movies or people in your life that you are grateful for. Take a pic of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun. 

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
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2021-03-13
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031: Fabric Shops and Making Memories

Full disclosure - my cheeks are still aching from all the laughing we did recording this episode! Thank you so much for joining me for episode 31 where I am joined once again by Claire Hutchinson for what is becoming known as the Claire Hutchinson Mini Series!

If you have listened to any of our previous chats you will know that Claire loves fabric and so in this get together she shares her favourite fabric shops and to my delight many of them were new to me and I can't wait to arrange a bus trip with Claire's mum (who sounds like a blast!) just as soon as we can go back out to shop!

In this episode you will hear:
> lots of girly laughter!
> some of Claire's fav fabric shops and why she loves them
> how to plan a fabric shopping trip the Claire Hutchinson way
> some memories of Claire's favourite shopping trips

Useful Links and Resources:
> The Fent Shop, Macclesfield
> Shufflebottoms, Macclesfield
> Fabworks, Dewsbury
> Sew Wardrobe, Ashby
> The Shuttle, Shipley
> Misan West, Goldhawk Road, London
> Dragonfly Fabrics
> Fabric Godmother
> Minerva Crafts
> Guthrie and Ghani, Birmingham
> Birmingham Rag Market
> Sewing for Pleasure, Birmingham NEC
> Linton Tweeds, Carlisle
> Beckford Silk, Tewksbury
> Claire's Lockdown Hoodie

I hope you have as much fun listening to this episode as we did recording it and if you  have any favourite local fabric shops then please do email me [email protected] and let me know.

Connect with Claire:
Instagram: @sew_made_it

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-03-06
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030: Fabric Spotlight - Jersey

Hello and welcome to this episode of the Sew Mindful podcast and thank you so much for joining me.

This week I wanted to focus on one of my favourite fabrics to work with and that is Jersey. I wanted to do a bit of research and share with you some background to the different types of fibres that Jersey fabrics can be made from and the very different properties that each one has.

I have been teaching my sister to sew her first stretch garment and so I have been sharing some of my tips and experiences to help her get started and thought that you might want to share those too.

In this episode you will hear:
> a short history of how Jersey came to be
> the many different fibres that Jersey can be made from  and how those fibres affect the properties of the fabric
> the types of garments you can make from Jersey
> my top tips for preparing to work with your Jersey fabric
> my sewing tips for constructing garments from this beautifully versatile fabric

Useful links and resources:
> FREE pattern - Itch to Stitch Lago Tank Top
> Deer & Doe - Plantain t-shirt pattern
> Grainline Studios - Lark Tee pattern
> I loved this article from Tissura on the history of Jersey fabric: https://tissura.com/articles/jersey-fabrics
> This article from the V&A website shares more about Mary Quant's iconic Jersey dresses: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/six-revolutionary-designs-by-mary-quant
> Great article by MyHandmade Wardrobe:  https://www.myhandmadewardrobepatterns.com/blog//jersey-fabrics-all-you-need-to-know

Connect with Me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-02-27
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029: The Secrets Behind the 2021 Pantone Colour of the Year

Pantone started as a graphics standards system for designers to provide a way to standardise how we define and refer to colours. It has become so influential that it is now a primary influencer in the colour trends followed by the fashion industry.

In 2000 the Pantone Color Institute set up the Pantone Color of the Year. It has evolved into a significant trendsetting tool and now takes 9 months of research to select. Pantone describe the colour of the year as "...a color snapsho of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude."

My fascination with colour began when I trained as a Reflexologist and started to learn about energy and chakras and their relationship with colour. So I wanted to explore the combination of the selection of Illuminating Yellow as the Pantone 2021 Color of the Year and what that represents energetically to understand how I can use that to my advantage in my designs and makes for 2021.

To many this combination of topics may seem a bit woo woo but if you are open to gaining new perspectives on seemingly ordinary things then I think you will find my chat with my good friend and energy expert, Sue Ricks intriguing.

In this episode you will hear:
> How Sue began working with colour and energy
> What chakras are and how the colour yellow relates to them
> Ways to incorporate yellow into your life
> What types of energetic and emotional issues yellow may help to address
> What our connection to different colours can tell us
> How to experiment and bring colour into your life

Useful links and resources
> Pantone Color of the Year 2021
> Sue with Chakra Chart
> Sue with Solar Plexus Reflex Point

Connect with Sue
Website: https://suericks.com
Sue Ricks Academy: https://suericksacademy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/suericksacademy
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/suericks_gtr/

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-02-20
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028: How to Buy Fabric (part 2) with Claire Hutchinson

This week is the 2nd part of my chat with the wonderful Claire Hutchinson about her tips on buying fabric particularly when in shops. If you haven't already listened to episode 27 for part 1 of our chat then I'd highly recommend doing so as Claire shares some great tips on how to make sure you get the best preparation for any fabric shopping trip.

What you will hear in this episode:
In this episode we get stuck straight into Claire's tips on how much fabric to buy if you haven't already finalised your pattern choice to ensure that you minimise any leftovers. We also talk about the some project ideas for any scraps that you have.

Claire shares her thoughts on textured fabrics and some other tips to elevate your garment design. And to inspire us all she shares whats coming up on her sewing project list.

Useful links and resources:
> Helen's Closet patterns
> Blackbird Fabrics
> Love to Sew Podcast (with Helen and Caroline from Helen's Closet and Blackbird Fabrics)
> Make a Pouf Scrap Busting Tutorial
> Linton Tweeds
> How to make a rounded back adjustment
> Scout Tee pattern from Grainline Studios
> Hudson Pants pattern from True Bias

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or if you have a fabric stash then show it off, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun and Claire @sew_made_it.

Connect with Claire:
Instagram: @sew_made_it

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-02-13
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027: How to buy fabric (part 1) with Claire Hutchinson

In this week's episode Claire Hutchinson returns to continue our chat about her fabric stash. Claire first joined me in Episode 24 to share her process for picking and making garments and as we spoke it was clear that Claire loves to buy fabric.

I wanted to find out how to become more confident in buying fabric when in shops and so in this episode Claire shares the details of her process of picking and buying fabrics.

If you have struggled to find fabrics you love then Claire has some great advice  for you. There were so many tips that I've split our chat into two parts.

In this episode you will hear:
> how Claire prepares for her fabric shopping,
> how she narrows down her choices when in the fabric store,
> how she feels about plain vs patterned fabrics,
> what colour palette she uses,
> which fabrics she tries to avoid and why,
> the importance of doing your homework,
> and the benefit of making things to last.

Useful links and resources:
> Merchant and Mills Hareme Jacket
> Style Arc Adelaide Jacket
> True Bias Hudson Pants

In part 2 (episode 28 available next week) we will be talking about
> how to work out how much fabric to buy if you haven?t decided on your final pattern yet,
> tips on how to use up your scraps,
> best ways to store your fabrics,
> the benefits of buying textured fabrics,
> how to create interest with haberdashery and accessories,
> and what?s on Claire?s project list.

Connect with Claire:
Instagram: @sew_made_it

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

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2021-02-06
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026: How to Choose a Sewing Machine

One of the most often asked questions when people are learning to make their own clothes is which is the best sewing machine to buy. Choosing a sewing machine can seem really daunting as there are so many to choose from so in this episode I talk about the key things I look for when choosing a sewing machine.

I explain how the machines I have bought in the past have evolved in features and price as my sewing has become more advanced and more frequent. 

In this episode you will hear:
> What to do before you start to buy a sewing machine
> Pricing bands for different levels of sewing machine and what to expect for your budget
> Types of features to expect at each level of machine
> Key features to look out for
> Popular brands of sewing machine
> Advanced features on more expensive models

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or if you have a sewing machine then show it off, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun. 

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2021-01-30
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025: How I deal with my sewing failures

I love sewing but it can be easy to feel defeated if your project doesn't turn out as planned. There can be lots of reasons why sewing failures can happen but because you have often invested time and money into it the frustration can feel magnified when it happens.

In this episode I talk about some of my 'failures' and the reason I have used quote marks is because I have found ways to reframe these projects and see them with new eyes. I want to share with you some of the ways that I have found to help me enjoy my sewing more and end up with more garments that I really love.

So if you have felt so frustrated with a sewing project (or any project) that it has made you think of giving it up altogether then these tips might change how you see that experience and give you some pointers on how to prevent that happening in the future.

In this episode you will hear:
> why sewing fails seem to hurt so much
> details of some of my own favourite sewing fails
> some of the reasons why sewing projects fail
> how to prevent different types of sewing failures from happening
> a little pep talk to keep you on track at times of frustration :)

Useful links and resources:
Fitting books
> Singer: The Perfect Fit
> The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen
> Fit for Real People by Pati Palmer & Marta Alto
> Fantastic Fit for Every Body by Gale Grigg Hazen
Tutorials and worksheets
> Tuesday Techniques Pattern Fitting tutorials
> Sewing Project Pep Talk Worksheet - Printable or Editable PDF
Useful websites and blogs
> Cashmerette Blazer Pattern Development

> MyBodyModel Croquis for designing and sketching
Sewing patterns mentioned
> Sew House Seven Toaster Sweater pattern

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun. 



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2021-01-23
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024: Putting Fabric First with Claire Hutchinson

I love talking to other makers about their makes and the processes they follow to express their creativity so I wanted to share with you some of the wonderful people I have met through sewing.

I met Claire Hutchinson on a Pattern Drafting course at The School of Sewing in Ashby, UK. I loved her enthusiasm and passion for all things dressmaking and followed her progress via her projects on Instagram.

Over the years she has dedicated a lot of time to honing her dressmaking skills, learning new techniques and practicing and applying her skills in a wide variety of dressmaking projects.

In this episode we talk about Claire's approach to starting new projects and how she finds her inspiration and follows that through to her finished makes. It is almost the opposite to my own process which I found fascinating and I am sure you will too.

In this episode you will hear
> how Claire got started making clothes
> how her ambition initially out-stripped her ability but didn't dampen her enthusiasm
> how her fabric stash kicks off her creative process and all the steps she follows
> some of her memorable 'failures' and the lessons they delivered

Useful Links & Resources
> ME+EM - https://www.meandem.com/
> Alexander McQueen - https://www.alexandermcqueen.com/en-gb
> Christian Dior - https://www.dior.com/en_gb/womens-fashion/woman
> Reiss - https://www.reiss.com/
> Chanel - https://www.chanel.com/en_GB
> Grainline Studio, Archer Shirt - https://grainlinestudio.com/products/archer-button-up-shirt
> True Bias, Lander Pants - https://shop.truebias.com/product/lander-pant-short
> True Bias, Ogden Cami - https://shop.truebias.com/products?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search=ogden
> Alison Smith's School of Sewing - https://www.schoolofsewing.co.uk/

Connect with Claire:
Instagram: @sew_made_it

Connect with me (Jacqui):
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode Claire and I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit or your own fabric stash, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag Claire @sew_made_it and me @sewmuchmorefun. 

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2021-01-16
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023: How I Plan My Sewing Projects

January is my favourite month for planning and so I wanted to share the steps that I used to plan my next mini collection that I will be making to kick off this year. Now the phrase ?mini collection? sounds a lot more glamorous than it really is but after years of making individual garments that didn?t really go with anything in my wardrobe or that I ended up not being able to wear very often I decided I needed a better plan.

So I am going to share with you how I created my last two collections of clothes that I absolutely love and get much more regular wear from. So if you are struggling to plan or decide what to make or even how to fill the gaps that you might have in your wardrobe then tune in to find out more. 

In this episode you will hear:

> How to find out what might be getting in the way of your planning

> Why planning has become so important for me and how my life has changed

> The benefits of creating a plan

> My 7 steps to dressmaking project planning

> The tools I use to help me with my planning and how you can get the most from them

Useful links and resources

> MyBodyModel Blog: https://www.mybodymodel.com/wardrobe-planning/new-year-wardrobe-goals-sewing-a-capsule-wardrobe/

> Trello Dressmaking Project Planner Board Template: https://trello.com/b/c7K4DptJ/dressmaking-project-planner/jacquiblakemore/recommend 

> Dressmaking project plan template: https://bfefd38b-334b-4907-8d36-1876e41e9c01.usrfiles.com/ugd/bfefd3_1aed18c0c0a44308a2bcbfe941b4b0df.pdf 

> Swatch Card Template: https://bfefd38b-334b-4907-8d36-1876e41e9c01.usrfiles.com/ugd/bfefd3_62d227b665d04b8591f7fc741e4746b0.pdf 

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Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun. 



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2021-01-09
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022: Attracting the Results you Really Want

Happy New Year lovely listeners and welcome to 2021. I wanted to find a topic that would set you up to have a great year and so this week?s guest is the marvellous Mikki Gaskell. 

Mikki is a coach who describes herself as your biggest cheerleader and who doesn't need one of those! She believes that everyone is born with a unique and special gift inside them and she works to inspire, motivate and bring out the best in each person.

We talk about the power of our thoughts and the Law of Attraction and how you can use them to not only improve your sewing but also to have a life filled with fun.

In this episode you will hear:

> How Mikki became a coach and why she loves the Law of Attraction
> What the Law of Attraction is and how you can use it to your advantage
> Why positive affirmations alone don?t work
> How to use the power of your thoughts to change your beliefs
> How to really tune in to what you are actually thinking
> Why the good and the bad times are equally important

Useful Links and Resources:

FREEBIE:
> 10 Tips for a Positive Mindset
https://www.mikkigaskell.co.uk/free-for-you

COURSES:
> Law of Attraction - Beginners
https://www.mikkigaskell.co.uk/lawofattractionbeginners

> Law of Attraction - Advanced
https://www.mikkigaskell.co.uk/lawofattractionadvanced

BLOG:
> Overcoming Sewing Frustration to Create Something Beautiful: https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/overcoming-sewing-frustration-to-create-something-beautiful 

Connect with Mikki:

Website: https://www.mikkigaskell.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mikkigaskell/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mikki-gaskell-llb-hons-lch-dip-aba309124/ 

Connect with me (Jacqui)

Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, Mikki and I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag Mikki @mikkigaskell and me @sewmuchmorefun. 

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2021-01-02
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021: Making Money From Your Sewing Skills

If you have ever thought about whether you might be able to turn your sewing into a way to bring in more money then this episode is for you. Or if you already sell things that you have made and want to increase your audience and sales online then be sure to give this a listen.

My guest for this episode is the fabulous Annabelle Bayhan. Annabelle helps people that run their own businesses connect with their audience through social media to find the right people to buy their products and services.

She brings her experience for marketing and project managing in big corporations to online businesses in a way that is simple to follow and fun to apply.

I was totally inspired by our interview and have listened to it several times since editing to start to use her tips and suggestions myself so I hope you love it as much as I do.

In this episode you will hear:

> How to find out if what you make would sell online
> What to consider when moving from a hobby to a business
> How to differentiate yourself from the big businesses and use that to your advantage
> The power of your story
> Tricks to creating engaging and reusable social media content
> How to become your own influencer
> How to get started

Useful links and resources:

Small scale makers:

> Bookhou
> Juicy Glass
> Katies Enamelist

Instagram resources

> Jasmine Star

Youtube video for fabric store explaining the story of each fabric designer

> Let?s talk about fabric with Aims from Indy Bindy Fabrics

Connect with Annabelle:

Website: https://www.annabellebayhan.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/annabellebayhan/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/annabellebayhan
Twitter: https://twitter.com/annabellebayhan

Connect with me (Jacqui):

Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, Annabelle and I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag Annabelle @annabellebayhan and me @sewmuchmorefun 

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2020-12-26
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020: Creating harmonious colour combinations with Lisa Newport

I'm still a novice when it comes to creating colour combinations so I wanted to find someone that could help me learn more about colour and how to incorporate it into my designs and my overall wardrobe.

So my guest for this episode is the queen of all things colour and style, Lisa Newport of Lisa Newport Style. She is the founder of the 4 step Drab to Fab System which she developed drawing on her skills and experience in textiles, fashion design and her first love, make up.

Lisa certainly practices what she preaches and when I first met her at a networking event it was her fabulous use of colour in her outfits and presentation that made her stand out.

In this episode you will hear:
> Lisa's background and how she first started working with colour
> The common mistakes many of us make when choosing colours for our wardrobe
> The  benefits of having a personal colour consultation
> How to determine if you have warm or cool undertones
> How to get started adding more colour to your wardrobe
> The difference between tone, tints and shades
> How to create a colour palette and colour combinations

Useful links and resources:
> Colour Wheel Images
> My Pinterest colour palettes board

Connect with Lisa:
Website: https://www.lisanewportstyle.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lisanewportstyle/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lisanewportstyle
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-newport-style/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/LisaNewportStyle

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, Lisa and I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag Lisa @lisanewportstyle and me @sewmuchmorefun 

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2020-12-19
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019: Can our clothes really make us happy?

My guest for this episode is the fabulous Rebecca Weef Smith. For a long time I have realised that what I wear can have an impact on how I'm feeling but I've never really considered the deeper reasons why or thought about how I can use that to my advantage.

Rebecca had that sense too but she wanted to know more so decided on this as a topic for her Positive Psychology Master's at the University of East London. 

Having been influenced by fashion all her life it was a subject that she was very personally connected to and so undertook to find out more about how clothes make us feel. 

In this episode you will hear:

> Rebecca's journey that lead up to her Masters; 
> The outcome of her research ; 
> How we can consciously use our clothes to influence our mood; 
> The 'secret' messages we and those around us are conveying with our outfits; 
> The way Rebecca has inspired others with her dressing up challenges; 
> Why fashion isn't all bad; 
> Rebecca's challenge to you to stir up your emotions; 

Useful links and resources
Rebecca Research Paper - Flourishing Fashion An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis of the Experience of Wearing a Happy Outfit- https://www.fashionstudies.ca/flourishing-fashion 

Lumity Life article - https://my.lumitylife.com/goldie-magazine-rebecca-weef-smith-how-i-became-a-magazine-editor-in-my-50s/

@SociallyTracy IGTV interview: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CIEQJwgDBuE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link 

Connect with Rebecca
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaweefsmith/
LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/rebecca-weef-smith-a3502b103/

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, Rebecca and I would love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device or in your fav outfit, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag Rebecca @rebeccaweefsmith and me @sewmuchmorefun 

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2020-12-12
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018: Uncovering Hidden Beliefs That Hold Us Back

A huge thank you for tuning in for episode 18! This week's episode is short and sweet  but for me it has been super powerful - uncovering the hidden/subconscious beliefs that hold us back

Over the last few weeks I've been paying real attention to what happens in my mind when I find myself avoiding tasks or activities.

I believe that we are all master manifesters but it seems that sometimes even despite our best intentions we can't seem to move forward with particular projects.

After talking to a friend who  said she was struggling in a similar way we decided to pay closer attention to see if we could understand what was going on.

In this episode I explain what we discovered and how helpful that has been for me in terms of recognising how and when I might be self-sabbotaging and what I can do to change my behaviour.

Useful links and resources:
Amber Allworth - The All Worth It Podcast and the Stitching Something New episode
Tuesday Techniques - Live session program and live session recordings

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun 

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2020-11-28
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017: The Art of Finding Inspiration with Sylvie Hart

This week's episode is for anyone that has struggled to find inspiration for new ways to wear an old favourite garment or ideas on how to add new garments to your existing wardrobe.

So I was delighted to be joined by the fabulous Sylvie Hart to get some advice on how she creates the beautiful outfits in her Instagram stories using inspiration from different sources.

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Sylvie is not one for just talking about such topics. She is all about taking action and was keen to set us both a challenge to try out a real life example. So we embarked on a task to find two outfits that inspired us and try to recreate them with our own style. 

And what a journey it turned out to be and a much more challenging one that I could have expected. We discuss her tips and strategies together with both of our experiences in trying them out including the ups and downs along the way. 

In this episode you will hear:

Sylvie's tips on places (other than just Pinterest) to find inspiration and ideas 3 ways to focus your search for inspiration to get great results How to assess and analyse the images and inspiration you have collected How to use your analysis to apply your style personality to the outfit Our experiences during the challenge and my own experiment How Sylvie used two garments to get inspiration on new ways to wear them 

Useful links and resources:
My Style Inspiration Experiment (blog post): https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/post/my-style-inspiration-experiment
Sylvie's amazing experiment results: Sylvie's Results

Connect with Sylvie:
Website: https://www.sylviehart.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sylvie_style/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sylviehartstyle

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun and Sylvie @sylvie_style

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2020-11-21
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016: The Story of Cashmerette with Jenny Rushmore

Thank you so much for tuning in. This week my guest is the fabulous Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette.  I have admired Jenny for a long time, as a regular consumer of the excellent information in the  Curvy Sewing Collective and following the Cashmerette Pattern brand as it has grown and flourished.

I was delighted to get the chance to ask Jenny about her journey and her mission and she was so generous in opening up in our chat. She shares how as a curvy sewist she discovered sewing aged 30 and as she began to make her own clothes she realised it transformed not only what she was wearing but also her confidence.

What you will hear in this episode:

How Jenny's sewing journey beganHer transition in just 10 years from corporate marketing non-sewist to fabulously successful plus-sized pattern brandThe birth of the Curvy Sewing CollectiveThe a-ha that lead to Cashmerette and their mission to help real women with real bodiesThe most valuable business lesson Jenny has learnedThe most surprising personal lesson from her experience along the wayWhy Cashmerette patterns are differentThe most common mistakes sewists make when using sewing patternsJenny's top tip to get a much better fitThe future plans for Cashmerette

And in case you are not familiar with some fitting terminology FBA means Full Bust Adjustment!

Useful links and resources:

Cashmerette Pattern Size Calculator: https://www.cashmerette.com/pages/sizingBlazer development blog post: https://blog.cashmerette.com/2020/10/blazer-bound-final-muslin.htmlThe Concord T-shirt: https://www.cashmerette.com/products/concord-tshirt-pdf-pattern?_pos=2&_sid=0683380f4&_ss=rFitting for curves workshop: https://workshops.cashmerette.com/p/fitting-for-curves-pattern-adjustments-for-the-upper-body?preview=logged_out

Cashmerette also have a SALE starting on Weds 25th November so be sure to sign up for their newsletter to find out more!

Connect with Jenny
Website: https://www.cashmerette.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cashmerette/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cashmerette

Connect with me (Jacqui)
Website: https://sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.co.uk/sewmuchmorefun/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun/

If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you in some way, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me and Jenny @sewmuchmorefun and @cashmerette

Haven?t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

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2020-11-14
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015: So you think sewing patterns are scary?

Hey there lovely listeners and welcome to episode 15 where I tackle the sometimes scary world of commercial sewing patterns.

I love sewing patterns but I know that I have the kind of mind that likes reading instructions - don?t judge me, that?s just who I am.  I also know that for many people the thought of using a sewing pattern conjures similar feelings to going to the dentist or filling out a tax return.

In this episode I cover 

what makes sewing patterns appear scarythe alternatives to sewing patterns and their pros and consthe benefits that I believe sewing patterns bring youthe challenges you might facea strategy for easily tackling the challenges and making the most of these powerful tools. 

I'll be covering more about patterns in my Tuesday Techniques Facebook Lives at lunchtimes (GMT) every Tuesday over the next couple of months in the  Sew Much More Fun Facebook group.

For non-Facebook users I will also be posting the replays on the Sew Much More Fun website so be sure to sign up for our newsletter to get notified about updates.

Useful links and resources
Pattern and tracing paper: 

William Gee for bigger orders - https://www.williamgee.co.uk/product-category/design-aids-and-equipment/pattern-paper-and-card/ Empress Mills also do 10m rolls - https://www.empressmills.co.uk/dressmakers-pattern-paper-plain-1-x-10m-prymAlso search 'pattern paper' in Google to buy from Ebay or Amazon. Ideally you want weights of around 50gsm.

Curvy Sewing Collective - https://curvysewingcollective.com/
Tracing pin wheel - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0746777N3/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_0PzPFbKCGZMSX
Tilly & The Buttons for Beginners patterns - https://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/
Cashmerette for plus size patterns - https://www.cashmerette.com/

Connect with me
Website | www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Facebook | facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun
Instagram | instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun

If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you in some way, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me and Imogen @sewmuchmorefun and @insideoutstyleblog

Haven?t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

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2020-11-07
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014: 13 Tips to turn frightful photos into sexy selfies

Welcome to episode 14 of the Sew Mindful podcast. This episode will air on Halloween so if the thought of having your photo taken sends chills down your spine then this episode is just for you. 

I am delighted to welcome back the inimitable Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style who shares 13 great tips on how to turn your frightful photo experiences into sexy selfies that you?ll be proud to show off.

For those of you making your own clothes, after taking all that time and effort to bring together your gorgeous creations it is only fitting that you should show them off and seeing them on a mannequin never quite does them justice. But if you?ve struggled to feel comfortable in front of the camera then overcoming that camera shyness can be a challenge.

But with her years of experience Imogen has some simple but effective tweaks that we can all make to create photos that are fun and fabulous. 

In this episode you will hear:

How taking photos can help improve your own styleThe tech you need to set yourself up for successPro tips on posing to show off your best sideCreative ways to make your photo shoots funHow to maximise your assets and minimise your misgivingsThe power of gaps and angles

Useful links and resources:

How to take a good selfie ? The Technology (including how to make a selfie stand from bulldog clips!): https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2015/01/how-to-take-a-good-selfie-photo-the-technology.html 

How to take a great selfie ? the art of posing: https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2015/03/how-to-take-a-good-selfie-photo-the-art-of-posing.html

7 Steps to Style Program: https://insideoutstyleblog.com/7-steps-to-style-system-2

Connect with Imogen Lamport:
Website address: https://insideoutstyleblog.com/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutStyleBlog/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog/
Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog/
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/imogenlamport/

Connect with me:
Website | www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Facebook | facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun
Instagram | instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun

If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you in some way, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me and Imogen @sewmuchmorefun and @insideoutstyleblog

Haven?t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

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2020-10-31
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013: Fascinating Lessons from Forties Fashion

Thank you so much for tuning in for this episode where my friend Paola De Giovanni and I reminisce on fashion through the twentieth century.

As a fashion historian Paola's passion for the past is infectious and we explore the wonderful decade of the 1940s. We explore how society, culture and war impacted what we wore then and continues to influence what we wear and make today.

Be sure to check out the fabulous links below as there are some gorgeous resources, pictures and inspirational videos for anyone wanting to explore more about clothing from the last 2-300 years.

Covered in this episode:

The changing role of women through the 1940sImpact of war on access to fabricEffect of war on the styles and fashions and the amazing creativity that it generatedThe lessons we can learn and inspiration we can take from fashion historyHow the 1940s has impacted what we wear today

Also be sure to listen out for the unexpected reference to dog hair!

Useful links and resources:

The V&A Museum (London): https://www.vam.ac.uk/collections/fashion

The Fashion Museum (Bath): https://www.fashionmuseum.co.uk

The Palais Galliera (Paris): https://www.palaisgalliera.paris.fr/fr/collections/les-collections

Vintage Fashion Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/VintageFashions/videos

The Manchester Art Gallery: https://manchesterartgallery.org/collections/titles/?fashion

The Costume Gallery: http://www.costumegallery.com

Fashion Era (online reference library): https://www.fashion-era.com

Sonia Delaunay: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/ey-exhibition-sonia-delaunay/delaunay-introduction

Madam Madeleine Vionnet: https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/madeleine-vionnet-an-introduction?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuL_8BRCXARIsAGiC51D1J1coUXqDtSlhj_00Qi4jIouil6CmL_NtcGbo5KFkTGKqGeMd-9saAk-7EALw_wcB

Connect with Paola:

Website | www.meanmagenta_photography.com
Instagram | instagram.com/meanmagenta_photography
Shopify | https://meanmagenta-marbling-art.myshopify.com

Connect with me:
Website | www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk
Facebook | facebook.com/sewmuchmorefun
Instagram | instagram.com/sewmuchmorefun

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2020-10-24
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012: My 9 top tips to buying fabric online

Hello lovely listeners and this week I am flying solo once again to share with you my 9 top tips to buying fabric online. So if the thought of trying to navigate the vast world of online fabrics brings you out in a cold sweat then this episode is for you.

I share with you why I love buying fabric online and how I have honed a few simple tips to ensure I get fabrics I love with minimum fuss delivered straight to my door.

In this episode you will hear:

the three reasons we find buying fabric online so difficultthe definitions of the key terms that once you understand them will help you confidently negotiate the different names and types of fabricmy 9 top tips to ensure that buying fabric online will be fun, fruitful and fabulous

Useful links and resources:
Online fabric sites that supply swatches:

Fabric Godmother: https://www.fabricgodmother.co.uk/Minerva: https://www.minervacrafts.com/Ray Stitch: https://www.raystitch.co.uk/Guthrie & Ghani: https://guthrie-ghani.co.uk/My Fabrics: https://www.myfabrics.co.uk/Dalston Mills: https://www.dalstonmillfabrics.co.uk/Dragonfly Fabrics: https://www.dragonflyfabrics.co.uk/Contrado: https://www.contrado.co.uk/fabric-swatch-packFashion Formula: https://www.fashion-formula.com/shop/sample-books

My fabric swatch template: Swatch Template

Books:

*Fabric for Fashion, The Swatch Book by Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston*Fabric for Fashion, the Complete Guide by Clive Hallett and Amanda Johnston

Connect with me:

Facebook: https://facebook.com/sewmuchmorefunInstagram: https://instagram.com/sewmuchmorefunWebsite: https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk

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2020-10-17
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011: Celebrate your uniqueness with MyBodyModel - Erica Schmitz

I am a huge fan of this week?s guest - the brilliant Erica Schmitz. 

Erica is an obsessed garment sewist who founded MyBodyModel, a website that makes customized fashion drawing templates (also know as croquis) based on your measurements. 

It all started because she wanted to draw her sewing ideas, and was frustrated that she couldn?t find any fashion illustration templates that looked like her. She began development of MyBodyModel in 2017 with crowdfunding support from 725 backers (nearly all women!) who believed in MyBodyModel?s mission of body-positive design. 

Through MyBodyModel, Erica is committed to increasing visibility and appreciation of our wonderful diversity of body shapes. She wants to help women have more fun and confidence in dressing our bodies in a way that expresses our own uniqueness and personal style - rather than trying to conform to some outdated social construct of what our bodies ?should? look like.  

Starting to use MyBodyModel helped me to understand so much more about what designs worked well for me and my shape after wasting years designing and making clothes that would only really suit someone with disproportionately long legs LOL!

We talk about common misconceptions that we have about our bodies and how to start to celebrate your own style. If you ever needed any excuse to re-live the fun of playing with paper dolls then this episode is for you.

Useful links and resources:

?5 Ways Sewing Can Help Us Love Our Bodies? - This excerpt is from an article that Erica wrote for Sew News MagazineMyBodyModel?s community blog is a rich source of inspiration around personal style, wardrobe planning, sketching, & body-positivity including guest bloggers from our wonderful sewing and knitting community, ranging in age from their 20?s to their 60?s!?Sketch & Tell? live interview series, available on MyBodyModel's IGTV, where each guest shares about her personal style evolution & how sketching on her body model templates has been part of that journey. My 3x3 Capsule Challenge using MyBodyModelSPECIAL OFFER: It?s always FREE to enter your measurements and see your body model preview - and it only takes a few minutes. You can even edit and make adjustments for free. To download your body model package, enter promo code SEWMINDFUL (all capital letters, all one word) for 10% off your own printable & digital fashion sketchbook, featuring your own personal body model croquis.

Connect with Erica:

Website address | https://mybodymodel.com/
Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/mybodymodel/
Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/mybodymodel/
Twitter | https://twitter.com/mybodymodel/
Youtube | https://www.youtube.com/MyBodyModel
Pinterest | https://www.pinterest.com/MyBodyModel/

Connect with me:

Instagram & Facebook!

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2020-10-10
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010: 7 Steps to doing your own alterations

This week?s topic is one that I get asked about a lot and that is how to do your own clothing alterations.

When people think about making their own clothes it?s natural to think that it is easiest to start by modifying something you already have rather than making from scratch. But in reality having to take apart and remake a garment can be more challenging that just making it from scratch.

So in this episode I?m giving you some tips as to the type of alterations that are easiest to take on for beginners and those that might need more experience. We talk about what you need to know before you start doing your alterations and the many benefits of learning how to tackle some alteration projects yourself.

I also give you my 7 step process to alterations to ensure that you end up with a professional finish.

Over the coming weeks I am going to be covering more tips on alterations over in the Sew Much More Fun facebook group so be sure to join to find out more.

Useful links and resources
Tutorial - Top tips on taking full length selfies

And I?d love to hear what questions you have about alterations so you can email me at [email protected].If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you, I?d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a pic of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me @sewmuchmorefun

Haven?t left a review yet? Just go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!Finally, I'd love to get your help to contribute to this podcast because that helps me keep it useful to you and other listeners. Submit a question for the Listener Questions of the Month edition of The Sew Mindful Podcast. Go to https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/podcast-question and enter your question which could feature on an upcoming episode.

Connect with me:
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2020-10-03
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009: Woman Saves World by Making Own Clothes

Sounds melodramatic right? Woman saves world by making her own clothes. Surely dressmaking is just a hobby? But what if the impact of learning to make clothes was not only to produce outfits that fit, flatter and look fabulous but could also save the environment and improve your wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around you? Wouldn't that be amazing!

?I feel like we understand what plastic does to the Earth, but I had no idea what cotton was capable of? ? Stacey Dooley

Well in this episode I explore how learning this great skill can do just that. I share some scary stats about the fashion industry's impact on both the environment and the people that work in it. I explore the perceived value of the skills of dressmaking and roles dominated by women in the workplace and the changes to our lifestyle that have disconnected us from our creativity and our connection to those around us.

And the answer to all the world's woes? Spoiler alert!

Yes you guessed it - learning to make your own clothes!

Useful Links and Resources:
Environmental cost of 'fast fashion' is not sustainable by University of Manchester
Exploitation and Sweatshops are at the core of fast fashion - Euro News on Leicester Factory working conditions
Fashion and the Environment - British Fashion Council White Paper
6 Reasons why sewing benefits your mental health - ThisBlogisNotForYou
Sewing for Self Care - The Science behind Creativity and Mental Health - Sewing for Victory
7 Ways to help garment workers: https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/jul/09/seven-ways-to-help-garment-workers
Stacey Dooley Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOe_M3GutdY
Made in Dagenham trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHvz5kBkD0U 

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2020-09-26
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008: Use Style Lines to Flatter your Figure - with Imogen Lamport

My guest is the fabulous Imogen Lamport of Inside Out Style back by popular demand. If you haven?t listened to Episode 2 where Imogen made her first appearance then be sure to go and listen to that after this episode. If you have listened to that episode then you will know that Imogen is a walking encyclopaedia on all things style. 

At the time of recording we are in the transition phase between seasons and I am planning what to make and wear as the weather begins to change. I?ve become fascinated by the optical illusions that clothing can create and so I decided to ask the style guru, Imogen, about the ways in which we can use style lines in our clothing and the rules to help me understand what will flatter me and what I should avoid. It?s a juicy episode packed to the brim with great rules, tips and advice.

In this episode you will hear:

The four most common style lines and how they relate to our clothingThe three rules of horizontal lines ? how to use them to create balance and where to avoid themHow to create height and lose pounds using verticals and why rolling up your sleeves can make your legs look longerThe best place to use a curve in your clothes and which neckline is the most flattering for you

?and sooooo much more!

Useful Links and resources: 

Episode 002: Use your face to pick your fabric: https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/podcast/episode/4c8e89fb/002-use-your-face-to-pick-your-fabric-with-imogen-lamportSeven Steps to Style program - https://insideoutstyleblog.com/7-steps-to-style-system Imogen?s Three Rules of Horizontal Lines - https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2016/11/horiztonal-lines-clothing.htmlHow Diagonal Lines Work in outfits - https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2016/11/how-diagonal-lines-work.htmlHow Curved Lines work - https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2016/12/curved-lines-work.html Where to end tops to make your hips and tummy look slimmer - https://insideoutstyleblog.com/2018/03/where-to-end-tops-to-make-your-hips-and-tummy-look-slimmer.html 

Connect with Imogen Lamport:

| Website address | https://insideoutstyleblog.com/
| Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutStyleBlog/
| Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog/
| Twitter | https://www.instagram.com/insideoutstyleblog/
| LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/imogenlamport/ 

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2020-09-19
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007: Making Time (to Sew) with Amber Allworth

I am joined once again by Amber Allworth for part 2 of our discussion on change, this time focusing on tips that can help you understand how you are using your time.  If you want to make changes we cover some tips and tools to help you do that including how to do more of what lights you up. 

So if you feel out of control or overwhelmed by your to do list, if you feel dissatisfied with how you are spending your time, if you feel like you never get to do what you want to do then this episode is for you. 

I personally found this episode really useful and listened to it quite a few times in the edit as there are so many helpful tips. 

I?m not sure about you but over the recent months my routine has changed and full disclosure, I have found it challenging to get into a routine that I?m happy with. Until quite recently I have allowed myself to start ambling into my day without too much of a plan because due to stuff going on at home I was constantly getting interrupted or having to change what I planned to do. 

But in starting the podcast I knew it was an opportunity to reintroduce some structure and some consistency and so as you will hear in this episode there are a few changes that I have made and tools I have been using that have really helped me. And I am now also applying the tips and strategies that we discuss to take that to the next level. 

In this episode you will hear:

How making time for yourself can benefit othersHow to take an inventory of your timeHow to understand your values and incorporate them into your calendarThe value of taking one action vs trying to complete the whole project in one sittingHow to ?chunk? your planningHow to use the pomodoro technique and the hidden power of setting time boundaries

Useful links and resources

Amber?s Sew Mindful Listener tools including the Time Inventory: https://www.allworthitcoaching.com/sewmindful/ Explanation of the pomodoro technique: https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-techniqueDownload for pomodoro timer: https://francescocirillo.com/products/pomodoro-timer-softwareBook ? The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst:Amber?s Podcast: The All Worth It Podcast

Connect with Amber Allworth:

| Website address | https://www.allworthitcoaching.com/
| Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/AllworthItLifeCoaching/
| Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/allworthitlifecoaching/
| LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/allworth-it-life-coaching/

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2020-09-12
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006: Making Change Intentional with Amber Allworth

?The only constant in life is change,? Heraclitus

But change can be tough and if you struggle with change but want to embrace it then episode 6 ? Making Change Intentional -  is just for you. 

My guest is Amber Allworth of Allworth It Life Coaching. She specialises in working with people that want to make a change in their lives or have been forced into making a change. Those changes could include a change in career, feeling stuck in a rut or cycle you want to change, changing your routine and breaking old habits to create new ones and how to plan for and manage that transition. 

In this episode you?ll hear:

how to start making change intentional, e.g. if you want to create new lasting space to learn a new hobby or skill like dressmaking, or if, due to these unusual times, know that a significant change is round the corner and want to be prepared for and even proactive about it. how to explore what thoughts and beliefs might hold back your best intentions and how to expose particularly the subconscious thoughts so that you can take more conscious actions. how you can use small actions to build your ?change muscle? if you are not used to or uncomfortable with change, and what those small steps include.  discussion about how to be more realistic with timescales and kinder to yourself if your initial plans don?t come to fruition. 

Useful links and resources:
Amber has created an amazing worksheet to help you with an Intentional Change Brainstorm which you can access from the link here: https://www.allworthitcoaching.com/sewmindful/ 

She is also offering the chance to work with her 1-to-1 with a 30 minute coaching session for the first 10 listeners that sign up for her upcoming Your Next Move bootcamp which starts on the 14th September. In Your Next Move bootcamp she?ll be helping you to identify the change(s) you want to make in your life, set some goals, create some deadlines, and so much more! There are 6 sessions over 10 days AND bonuses you won?t want to miss!

Connect with Amber Allworth:
| Website address | https://www.allworthitcoaching.com/
| Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/AllworthItLifeCoaching/
| Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/allworthitlifecoaching/
| LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/company/allworth-it-life-coaching/

If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you, I?d love to hear about your biggest takeaway. Take a pic of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me and Amber @sewmuchmorefun and @allworthitlifecoaching.

Haven?t left a review yet? Just go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

Finally, I'd love to get your help to contribute to this podcast because that helps me keep it useful to you and other listeners. Submit a question for the Listener Questions of the Month edition of The Sew Mindful Podcast. Go to https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/podcast-question and enter your question which could feature on an upcoming episode.

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2020-09-05
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005: Discover your style personality with Sylvie Hart

In this episode I am speaking to the serene Sylvie Hart of Sylvie Hart Style about how to uncover your own style personality. 

Sylvie helps women discover their inner style and create a wardrobe that aligns their style + lifestyle.

And like me she believes that when we feel comfortable and confident in how we look, there is a ripple effect in who we aspire to be and what we can accomplish.

In this episode we talk about my style journalling experiment that she coached me through and the surprising revelations that I got from it. 

We also talk about some simple practical steps you can take to start align your clothes with your personal style and tips to add strong basic pieces to give you more options and piece of mind. 

Remember to check out the show notes for the link to the Sylvie?s Style journal template and also my completed journal and the pics of my dubious horse riding outfit mentioned during our chat. 

If you enjoy this episode and it inspired you in some way, I?d love to hear about it and know your biggest takeaway. Take a screenshot of you listening on your device, post it to your Instagram Stories and tag me and Sylvie @sewmuchmorefun and @sylvie_style.

Haven?t left a review yet? All you have to do is go to the Sew Mindful podcast on itunes, click 'Listen on Apple Podcasts', open in itunes and then click 'Ratings and Reviews'. And thanks for your support of this show!

I'd love to get your help to contribute to this podcast because that helps me keep it useful to you and other listeners. So you can submit a question for the Listener Questions of the Month edition of The Sew Mindful Podcast. All you have to do is go to https://www.sewmuchmorefun.co.uk/podcast-question and enter your question which could be featured on an upcoming episode.

In this episode you?ll hear:

How I used Sylvie's style journal template to understand more about my style personalityHow to transform your wardrobe from a time capsule of the past to reflect the future youWhy wearing your pyjamas to work from home may be impacting your productivityTools and techniques you can use to connect with your unique personal style

Useful links and resources:

Style Journal Template
Jacqui's completed style journal - with pic of my hideous horse-riding outfit! Remember no judging!

Connect with Sylvie Hart:
| Website address | https://www.sylviehartstyle.com
| Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/sylviehartstyle
| Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/sylvie_style
| LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylvia-hart-4a363985/

Sylvie offers 1:1 Styling Services and STYLE ACCESS which is a members-only style community designed to teach you practical, every day style tips to use so you can stress less about what to wear and focus more on what you do best!

She also has a Style Course launching in October 2020!

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2020-08-29
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004: 5 Steps to Wardrobe Detox - Maria Bello

In this episode I?m talking to the wonderful Maria Bello of Maria Bello Styling. She is an Italian Style consultant living in London and specialises in helping her clients use what they wear to overcome anxiety and depression.
She is a qualified Personal Fashion Stylist based in South London having trained with celebrity stylist, Casey Paul. 

She is originally from Italy and Fashion has been an essential part of her life since a very young age. She is a member of FIPI (Federation of Image Professionals International) and also a Colour Expert.

She shares that "I used to suffer from crippling Anxiety and Depression and now I help those struggling with mental health find their Signature Style through my ?Style Yourself Confident? programme which mixes personal styling, self-development and spirituality." 

During our interview Maria gives tips on how to tackle the famous ?I have nothing to wear? and create a streamline wardrobe made of items that fit and flatter your body shape and can be mixed to create numerous outfits and remove the stress from getting dressed. 

In our chat we talk about 5 steps you can use to detox your wardrobe to start to clear space for all the fabulous garments you want to make. And at the end of the episode Maria has a freebie and a discount code for listeners to get 20% off her amazing styling services. 


What we cover in this episode:

The S.T.Y.L.E Method

S treamline your closetT aking InventoryY our Body ShapeL ess is moreE mbrace your true self 

Useful links and resources
Connect with Maria:
| Website address | https://www.mbstyling.co.uk/
| Facebook page | https://www.facebook.com/MariaBelloStyling https://www.facebook.com/groups/696408657782182/?source_id=540402399462899
| Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/mariabellostyling_
| LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/maria-fiatamone-bello-a63514177/

Download | Fill in the gaps worksheet and 20% off voucher code

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2020-08-22
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