080: What are powernet and power mesh fabrics?
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
If like me you have found the terms powernet, power mesh and stretch mesh confusing then this episode for you. After finally finishing my Willowdale bra this week I thought it would be fun to talk about these fabrics that create the foundations of our lingerie and swimwear but can be used for many more applications. So this week I wanted to share my thoughts on what the definitions are for each of these fabrics, how they are made that makes them so great and lots of ideas of ways in which you can use them in your dressmaking. In the blog post for the episode you'll find lots of links and re ..read more
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079: How to Sharpen Fabric Scissors
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
Fabric scissor and shears are such an important tool when it comes to sewing and dressmaking. There is a lot of tips and advice out there about how to care for and sharpen them and so I wanted to explore with you who says what and my thoughts on the pros and cons of each recommendation. In this episode I'll share with you the difference between all-purpose scissors and fabric scissors and shears. I'll explain why you need to think about sharpening your fabric scissors. If you have ever wondered which fabrics are guilty of dulling your blades then I'll give you a list to be looking out for. I ..read more
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078: Getting to know Maison Fauve
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
FREE Pattern and chance to win Prizes with this week's guest from Maison Fauve (see link below) I was delighted to finally get chance to talk with the passionate Emilie Faurie of the French pattern and fabric brand, Maison Fauve recently. I've been following her wonderful creations on Instagram and got to try out the beautiful Cicadella Blouse pattern which has some very stylish details that I really enjoyed trying. Emilie has an unusual career path into creating Maison Fauve which she shares in our chat. Her passion for all things fashion is contagious and she explained to me how she create ..read more
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076: Sewing Silky Festive Outfits
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
It's coming up to the festive season and if you are like me, you might be thinking about sewing with silky festive fabrics. It's also a time when we might want to create outfits with particular design features that give them more of a dressy feel. I wanted to get some tips for you on how to sew these silky fabrics as they can be tricky to handle and if you've had experience trying to work with them, that might have put you off. So when I was last talking to Pamela Leggett she mentioned some tips that she has for sewing these fabrics that have been successful for the people that have joined h ..read more
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075: Pyjama Party - 5 Pyjama Patterns Tried, Tested & Reviewed
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
Hey there my lovely! ?✨ Welcome to this Pyjama Party episode where we're all about getting comfy in style.   Mystery of the Perfect Pyjama Pattern I've been on a mission to find patterns that are not just cozy but also show off your style! From relaxed fits to chic designs, I've explored a few that might just tickle your fancy. But which ones? Ah, you'll have to tune in to find out! Ever wondered what fabric works best for those dreamy night-time outfits? I'm also sharing my tips on this topic, from breathable blends for those warmer nights to snug fabrics for when the temperature drops ..read more
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074: Sewing B: Small businesses enriching local communities
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
In this heartwarming episode I wanted to share inspiring stories from the lovely ladies at my local sewing shop which demonstrate the profound impact that sewing communities have on our well-being.  None of this would be possible for them without the positive influence of small business owner Elaine Bell of Sewing B (Belle) in Stapleford near Nottingham. It's also the time of year for Small Business Saturday, which emphasizes the importance of supporting local and small businesses. So I wanted to support one of my local small businesses with some engaging interviews and my reflections on ..read more
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073: The Point of the Needle with Barbara Burman
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
Have you ever considered the impact of your sewing stories? In this episode I'm delighted to be joined by Barbara Burman, the author of "The Point of the Needle, Why Sewing Matters." Barbara is a historian with a deep interest in material culture, particularly in textiles and dress.  In our chat Barbara shares her upbringing in a country vicarage, surrounded by a culture of making things, from cabinet making to sewing. This environment, combined with her academic interests, led her to write her book which covers the following themes: Oral Histories: the importance of oral history in und ..read more
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072: Stitch love into every gift: Ideas and planner
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
Thank you so much for joining me for this episode of the Sew Mindful podcast where I delve into the delightful yet sometimes daunting world of making handmade gifts. As we approach the festive season, a time renowned for gift-giving, I explore the intricate balance between the joy of creating personalized presents and the potential stress it can bring. This episode is a heartfelt discussion about why we choose to make gifts, the reasons it's okay not to, and how to navigate gift-making in a way that's enjoyable and fulfilling. This episode is packed with tips and tricks to streamline your gi ..read more
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071: Button loops & feminine frills: the Lily Button Dress
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
Want ideas for a lovely party dress? Well I was delighted to get to try this pattern for the Lily Button Dress by Made Label and in this episode I will share my thoughts on the pattern, the techniques involved and my lessons from this make. The lovely SJ of Made Label also has generously popped by to leave a quick message about what she has been up to. And she's given you a SPECIAL OFFER CODE FOR 30% DISCOUNT so be sure to listen out for that. I wasn't sure about the button loops and button-fronted style but in this episode I share why I am now a convert. I hope you enjoy it and let me know ..read more
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069: Meet Couture Dressmaker Mette Baillie
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by Jacqui Blakemore
4M ago
I'm delighted to be joined in this episode by the incredibly talented Mette Baillie, a couture dressmaker with a wealth of experience that spans a lifetime. Mette's journey into the world of couture dressmaking began at the age of 9 when she crafted her very first outfit. That initial spark ignited a lifelong passion that eventually led her to become an award-winning couturier. I can't wait for you to hear her inspiring story. During our conversation, Mette and I delve into her ethos around clothes and fit. She firmly believes that our clothes should fit us and our unique lifestyles, not the ..read more
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