Episode #1: Sewing Vintage Modern

A few months back, I had the whimsical idea of starting a podcast about sewing. At the time, I didn’t really know exactly what this would sound like; all I did know is that I wanted to make the type of thing that I would like to listen to while sewing. You see, podcasts, audio books, and NPR are what I usually turn to in the meditative hours of a sewing project. I like these mediums while sewing, because the voices over the airwaves or audio files make me feel that I’m in good company, and I always learn something new about what’s going on out in the world while I’m in that solitary zone inside my head and apartment.

Over the past few months I’ve started recording interviews with people that I want to learn from, and came up with a list of subjects I’d like to cover. I had the help of a very talented radio-producer friend (I don’t know if I can reveal that person’s name here! But THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!), who coached me on equipment, speaking into a microphone (and not sounding like a robot in the process!), and generally (hopefully) not embarrassing myself. So far, it’s been a lot of fun.

So…I present to you Episode 1: Sewing Vintage Modern, an interview with the lovely Jamie Lau of BurdaStyle.com, who is one of the coauthors of Burda’s newest sewing book, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, out on December 11th. Jamie also happens to be a talented designer and entrepeneur in her free time, so beyond chatting about the book, we delve a little into what it takes to start an indie clothing line, and what Jamie is finding inspirational in the world of textiles these days.

Next week I’ll be posting an episode with Isa Rodrigues, from the Textile Arts Center, in which we discuss using natural dyes and how to start a natural dye garden. A lovely thing to plan for over the cold months to come!

I’m looking for fresh ideas and subjects to cover, so if you have thoughts please leave them in the comments section. Anything having to do with sewing, fashion, and textiles is fair game.

Find all episodes and subscribe on iTunes!

Thanks for listening!

Episode #1: Sewing Vintage Modern

Links from Episode 1:

BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern 

Info on the New York and San Francisco  book launch parites


London College of Fashion

Renegade Craft Fair

Angela Kane Pinafore Dress Pattern 

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

B&J Fabrics

Fashion Image Archive at Midtown Manhattan Library

02/2011 Dress with gathered rectangle skirt and cap sleeves #101

Anda Dress

Peplum Top

3rd Ward

Indie Mart 

Brooklyn Flea


Hester Street Fair

Big Cartel

André Courrèges

Pierre Cardin

Steven Alan

Pattern People

Color Collective

Intro: fordhahm_nonnanonna, written and recorded by FakeShamus

Outro: Sister Susie’s sewing shirts for soldiers, by Billy Murray

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