Sew Ab Fab Podcast
Confidence and Practice

Confidence and Practice

July 2, 2021

This week Aly and Caroline answer questions that you gave to us. we discuss our favourite fabrics and sewing machine functions amongst other sewing related queries.

We Chat with Di Venter who’s sewing journey has made an enormous difference to disadvantaged people.

We Chat with Di Venter who’s sewing journey has made an enormous difference to disadvantaged people.

June 25, 2021

In this episode Aly and Caroline chat with Di who has given her time selflessly sharing her sewing knowledge with some of the most disadvantaged people both here in the UK and abroad. She also tells us about the 100 day project and how Sewing helped her learn a new language. 

Di's favourite quote "Each one, teach one" Nelson Mandela.

Aly and Caroline discuss our love affair or not with our craft and give a clue as to what we will be up to in the future.

 

Purple Community Fund - https://www.p-c-f.org

https://the100dayproject.org

https://www.cashmerette.com

https://shop.tillyandthebuttons.com/collections/sewingpatterns

https://www.lovesewingmag.co.uk/dressmaking/item/a-brief-history-of-shweshwe/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilac-breasted_roller

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Darn Knit’ A great name for an emporium of Alterations and Wool

‘Darn Knit’ A great name for an emporium of Alterations and Wool

June 18, 2021

Sew Ab Fabs Caroline and Aly chat to the wonderfully talented Sian owner of Darn Knit a shop dedicated to Alterations and Wool. Sian shares her journey of taking on this business and her aspirations for the future. Sian also tells us how she has had to adapt during the Pandemic to keep her business fresh. 

https://www.darnknit.co.uk

 

Our Curly Seams friends Part 2 Podcast and beyond

Our Curly Seams friends Part 2 Podcast and beyond

June 11, 2021

Aly and Caroline catch up for part two of this episode with Emma and Tracey of Curly Seams. We find out a bit more about their Curly Seams visual Podcast and all the other crafts and hobbies that inspire them. 

We find out which are their favourite bakes and baking presenters and also what a best day would look like. 

We also discuss the next generation of sewers and crafters and touch on what sewing and crafting has given them and the young ones in the families.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfV2y8nymTFP0TqdRJ6FzjA/about

https://www.instagram.com/curlyseams/?hl=en

https://www.traceypereira.co.uk

Our Curly Seams Friends - Part 1 Quilty Stories from home and away

Our Curly Seams Friends - Part 1 Quilty Stories from home and away

June 4, 2021

In part 1 of this 2 part episode Sew Ab Fabs Aly and Caroline chat with Curly Seams cousins Emma and Tracey about how they journeyed with their families from the UK to the States where Patchwork and quilting became passions for them. They tell us how these hobbies opened up amazing opportunities that turned into careers. 

Tracey was among one of the first people to bring Longarm quilting to the UK and we chat about how quilting has since taken her to far flung places she never imagined she would go to. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfV2y8nymTFP0TqdRJ6FzjA/about

https://www.instagram.com/curlyseams/?hl=en

https://www.traceypereira.co.uk

 

 

 

 

From download of PDF to full paper pattern. Sew Ab Fab chat with Mark from Patternsy.com

From download of PDF to full paper pattern. Sew Ab Fab chat with Mark from Patternsy.com

May 28, 2021

If you've ever printed a PDF pattern at home you will appreciate hearing how Su and Mark went ahead and created Patternsy, becoming the first company dedicated exclusively to printing full size sewing patterns from downloaded sewing patterns for home dressmakers and Designers. And what a journey in life they have taken to get to where they are today, its inspiring. So join us and listen in to this enlightening and informative episode.  

Patternsy have kindly offered 10% off your next order of a printing from your downloaded pattern visit store.patternsy.com  and fill in the code from the question in the episode. The offer is for one use per person 

How many A4 sheets of paper would fit onto an AO sheet and which country is most closely associated with the establishment of the metric system ? (numbercountry) Offer Valid 28/05/21 -28/06/21

 

Sew Ab Fab chat with Damien a Textile Agent who introduces fabrics to your favourite retailers

Sew Ab Fab chat with Damien a Textile Agent who introduces fabrics to your favourite retailers

May 21, 2021

In our sixth episode Aly and Caroline chat to Damien a Textile Agent who for 12 years has  been the middleman between manufacturer and retailer, he describes his business to us and gives us a peek at what it's like being a travelling fabric salesperson.

We gossip about the Great British Sewing Bee technical challenges and Carolines first trip back to a London hospital after a break of 18 months. 

Julia of Bobbins and Buttons shares her inspiring story of independent pattern designing

Julia of Bobbins and Buttons shares her inspiring story of independent pattern designing

May 14, 2021

Aly and Caroline chat with Julia Claridge about the journey that led her to the birth of Bobbins and Buttons. She tells us the processes involved from idea to publishing a sewing pattern and why creating home dressmaking patterns for men is becoming popular. Caroline and Aly talk about Sweet Pea dramas and Aly shares a tale as to why its best to wear appropriate clothing at all times.

https://www.bobbinsnbuttons.co.uk

 

 

Sew Ab Fab talk with the Fabulous Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory

Sew Ab Fab talk with the Fabulous Fiona Pullen of The Sewing Directory

May 7, 2021

Caroline and Aly catch up with what's been happening in their own lives this week and then talk with Fiona Pullen Founder of the fabulous online sewing and craft resource The Sewing Directory. Fiona tells us how The Sewing Directory came about and how she has gone on to write two books for creative people who own or are starting businesses themselves , 'Craft a Creative Business' and 'Making and Marketing a Creative Art and Craft Business'. She tells us her plans for the future and gives us some amazing tips about looking after websites.

https://www.thesewingdirectory.co.uk

 

Busy Mum and High Street Shop owner Nicola tells us about her business - Sew Busy

Busy Mum and High Street Shop owner Nicola tells us about her business - Sew Busy

April 30, 2021

Aly and Caroline chat to Nicola owner of Sew Busy a sewing and craft shop in Fleet, Hampshire. Nicola describes how she juggled family and business in the early days of Sew Busy. Nicola also tells us how important Sew Busy has become to many people in her community and how that led to an invitation to one of HRH Queen Elizabeth II Garden Parties.

https://sew-busy.co.uk 

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