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The internet has been blowing up lately with claims that video is where it's at in - and it's easy to see why people are saying that. More and more social media platforms I'm looking at you, Instagram are prioritizing video content on their sites and making it easier than ever to produce awesome videos. I've seen a lot of sewing bloggers try their hand and sewing vlogging over this last year, and it's really opened my eyes to the huge online sewing community that exists on YouTube.

I'm still just dipping my toes into the world sewing vloggers, but one I loved right away was Brittany J. I love her chic style, how she produces her videos, and how genuinely nice she is. I was thinking she would be the perfect guest to talk about video - then a bunch of you requested she come on the show and it sealed the deal!

So, today Brittany has come on the show to give us a behind-the-scenes look at how she makes her videos happen. We cover her equipment, software, lessons learnt, and her top three tips for anyone looking to start their own sewing vlog. Man, I'm such a huge fan of Allie from Indie Sew. Allie is the incredible entrepreneur behind Indie Sew, an online marketplace for indie sewing patterns, fabrics, and classes. We first spoke way back in EP04 about what it was like behind the scenes of her business, and we're back again today to reflect and celebrate Indie Sew's third birthday.

This episode includes a lot of looking forward, discussions on mindful growth and entrepreneurship, and reminders to stay kind to yourself above everything else. This conversation was hugely inspiring to me and I know you guys will enjoy it too. Today's show notes can be found at MakerStyle. Lately, you guys have been asking me to open up a little more about myself on the show and give you a little bit of a background on the lady behind the show. I guess this makes sense, because I love learning more about my favourite online friends, but I've got to admit it makes me a feel a little strange opening up like this on the internet.

So, as per your request, here are your questions answered in celebration of my 22nd birthday.

Hi, I’m Rachel.

Blogging, personal, sewing - nothing was off limits. It's chatty, full of anecdotes, and shares a whole lot about who I am as a person. To save my sanity and avoid me over-analyzing every last word I said this episode is pretty much free-form with very little editing. I hope you can appreciate the rawness and openness found in this episode.

Regular interviews will resume next week. A special thank you goes out to everyone who asked me a question - it really blows my mind that there are people on the internet who are even remotely curious in who I am as a person. As makers, we often get into the habit of wanting to DIY everything.

DIY Haircuts? Sure, why not! DIY Website? No question, we can handle it! DIY Wardrobe? That's why I knew I had to have Kelli from True Bias on the show to talk a little bit more about why she decide to work with a professional branding agency to re-work her business's branding. This episode is all about business, growth and personal development. Even if you're nowhere near a place in your blog or business where you can afford a professional branding I'm so there!!

Plus, Kelli really opens up about how she feels towards her business, and as a True Bias super fan I loved learning more about this side of her. Today's show notes can be found over at Makerstyle.

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Allie is really a master of "retro-ish" and has a beautiful me-made wardrobe filled with vintage patterns used in modern ways. As someone who could never imagine myself wearing a "vintage" pattern in my everyday life, Allie inspires me to give it a try!

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Allie is also one of the sweetest and funny people I've met in the sewing community, so that makes things extra fun ; Truth be told, Allie is one of those bloggers I use to really look up to before I got started with Maker Style and it's pretty cool to think we're now sewing pals. Today shownotes are avaliable at makerstyle. Harts Fabric has been in business since In the indie sewing industry, especially our rapidly moving online world, that seems like a lifetime.

When I learnt about this, and a little more about what it's like behind the scenes at Harts, I knew I had to have some of their team on the show to share it all with you. We've had a few other fabric stores on the podcast in the past, but most of them have been smaller, one-woman operations. What's interesting about Hart's is that while they're still a fabric-centric business, they've got a team of people working together to make things happen. I loved learning more about their dynamic and finding out more about how diverse a career in sewing can be.

While I do have a sponsored post going live on the blog today with Harts, this episode of the podcast isn't sponsored in the least. I think they've got a genuinely interesting story to tell and I know you guys will love it. Plus, Dana and Dani are lots of fun. I'm sure they'll brighten up your commute this morning. Today we're throwing it back to EP05!

Sara from the Sara Project is back on the show again to share her top seven spring sewing trends and some incredible pattern ideas. If you're getting ready or in the middle of your spring sewing planning then you are going to LOVE this episode. Today's show notes can be found over at MakerStyle. In this fast-growing indie online sewing world, being in business for five years basically makes you a veteran in the industry. We're already seeing major shifts in how blogging, patterns, and indie sewing are being done today vs. In addition to designing up some of the world's most beautiful cocktail dress patterns, she's been in the indie sewing industry aka: indiestry for a while now and is a great person to chat about the changes she's seen.

While we do talk a lot about the Indiestry, we also progressed into talking a lot about life as a sewing small business owner - overcoming challenges and making magic happen. It was a fantastic chat and I know you're going to love this episode. Today's show notes are avaliable at makerstyle. Welcome back, friends! We're starting season two off with a little bit of sewspiration and discussing the big fabric trends we're seeing for the spring of As the weather starts to warm up, I can't help but daydream about my summer sewing projects or obsessively stalk my favourite RTW stores I'm looking at you, Anthropologie to figure out how to recreate my favourite looks for less.

Today my guest is Michelle from Style Maker Fabrics. Michelle is the owner of Style Maker Fabrics, an online fabric store that specializes in offering trendy fabrics at affordable prices. Some of the fabrics in Michelle's shop are leftover from big-name designers Like my love, Anthropologie. What make's Michelle stand out for other fabric stores, in my humble opinion, is the emphasis she places on offering fabrics that match RTW trends.

When you order from her she sends along a little postcard with all of her trend observations this season on the back - it's a little touch, but it really reaffirms her commitment to offering sewists the tools they need to make stylish clothes. In addition to stocking super fashionable fabrics, Michelle also sponsors seasonal style blog tour - you might have seen the Spring Style Tour taking place right now.

The eight trends Michelle is going to share with us today can be seen in action on the tour, so it's definitely worth taking a closer look at! Although this episode is part of the Spring Style tour and I'm one of the tour participants, it's not sponsored, and my opinions about Style Maker Fabrics are all my own.

I genuinely think it's important to celebrate businesses who support stylish apparel sewing and think Michelle is the perfect expert for this episode. While I can't order as much as I would like to because shipping is a killer, I know I can always count on her for finding the trendiest fabrics I can't seem to find anywhere else. I know you're going to love this episode, so let's jump on in! What does it mean for your business to be sustainable?


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Does it mean the products are earth-friendly? The workload is manageable over a long period of time, so you won't get burnt out? Today we talk about crafting a business that is sustainable in all senses of the word - sustainable for your life, your time, and the planet. Our guest today is the wonderful Meghann Halfmoon from Halfmoon Atelier. Meghann recently shifted her business model from selling physical products to digital products PDF sewing patterns to make her business function a little more smoothly from her remote island location in Saba. We also got talking about sustainability in another sense - building a business that is sustainable for the planet.


In response to this part of our chat, Meghann has sent over a whole list of resources linked in the show notes below with great information on making more ethical sewing choices. It's a beautiful woven cami my favourite with an elegant scooped back. Meghann sent me a copy of this pattern as a thank you and I'm excited to get sewing that tonight. This episode really inspired me to be more conscious about my choices in all areas of my life. I know you will enjoy it! Today's show notes can be found at www. When was the last time you read a print magazine?

For me, it's been a really long time. I loved the fact that I could never lose them, could access any type of content I wanted, and could read about anything I wanted for free. I basically swore off print magazines for good. But then I heard about Suzy, a new independent print magazine for the fashion-loving sewists. I thought the idea of launching a print magazine in an increasingly digital era was a bold move, so I knew I had to get the founders Rosa and Dominique on the show to share the what, why, and how behind their new magazine venture.

After hearing why Dominique and Rosa started Suzy and learning a little more about their processes, I started to agree that there was a special appeal in print magazines that you just can't get from a blog. Then after the ladies behind Suzy sent me the first edition to check out I got hooked. I can't tell you what a nice experience it is to hold a magazine in your hands and flip through the pages - bonus points when its pages upon pages of sewing goodness.

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This interview is a story about starting something new, following your dreams, and doing something for the love of it. Not only is this interview incredibly interesting because it shares the behind the scenes process of taking a magazine from concept to print, but it's incredibly interesting because the passion these two ladies have for Suzy is contagious.

Today's shownotes can be found at www. So how many times in the two years have you heard that email marketing is the place to be? Or that a newsletter is safer than social media? Or that your growth and engagement is going to skyrocket as soon as you start sending emails? If you're a blogger or small business owner, I'm sure the answer is a ba-jillion million. And for good reason! But just because it's talked about constantly doesn't mean that it's easy to get started sending them.

First, you have to get yourself set up with some kind of third-party email client. Next, you need to implement sign-up forms on your website, which depending on your CMS might be really confusing.

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  7. If you're anything like me, you got about halfway through this list, got overwhelmed, and have a newsletter that's half set up somewhere waiting to be used. It can feel hard getting started! As podcast listeners, you probably know her from her show Modern Sewciety, but today we're leaving the podcast chats behind we actually did that over on her show to talk all about newsletters and how Steph's been using hers lately. This episode is the perfect kick in the butt to get you started on making your newsletter what you want it to be TODAY.

    Stephanie is full of inspiration and fabulous tips to help you get your newsletter going - you'll thank yourself later for listening, trust me, Steph's pep talk got me to re-introduce my newsletter for Maker Style Find today's shownotes at www. So as I'm sure you heard, just this past week Amy from Cloth Habit just released the Harriet pattern and it's taken the bra sewing world by storm. If you're not familiar with Amy, she's the genius behind the Watson Bra - you know, that famous bra making pattern with over pictures of it shared on Instagram. She's also the teacher-extraordinaire behind the Cloth Habit blog, which is easily the best resource around for learning how to sew bras.

    Today she's come on the show to talk shop - sharing her love of teaching, a little bit about her latest pattern Harriet, and some phenomenal tips for beginner bra sewists you won't want to miss. You're going to absolutely love this episode, my friend. In other great news, Amy is offering a discount off the Harriet pattern for Maker Style listeners. Not to mention, all of the profits from Harriet are being donated to help support the housing and job needs of Syrian refugees. Great bra, great cause. View today's show notes at MakerStyle. Ever wonder what you would learn from sewing one bra a week for a whole year?

    A while ago, Erin otherwise known as Emerald Erin , dedicated to try it and find out.

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    Today on the show we're going to talk about what she's learnt from the process so you don't have to go out and make a bra every week - unless you want to, in which case, go for it girl! I wanted to feature Erin in some way or another because it was her blog that really got me into bra making.

    I followed her bra-a-week challenge religiously while it was happening and stalk her online store on Etsy all the time. Sunday afternoon tea and reading Emerald Erin's weekly blog post is pretty much a routine for me now. Some may say this is a weird addiction, but others will just say I'm a fan - Let's go with the latter, ok?

    Erin and I live close to each other well, relatively speaking in the grand scheme of the world and are around the same age, so naturally chatting with her just felt like kicking back with an old friend and talking bra stuff - it was so much fun! I know you're going to really enjoy hanging out with us today. I'm hoping this summer to make the trip up to see her in her shop and to do another collab while we're together. Let me know if you have any ideas for what we should do!

    Shownotes for today's episode can be found at MakerStyle. Heather Lou makes patterns that intimidate me - jeans, coats, bathing suits. Today on the show Heather is going to tell me, quite frankly, why they shouldn't. Heather is the designer behind Closet Case Files, an indie pattern company that specializes mostly in offering "more involved" sewing projects that will grow your sewing practice, but also a few lovely basics that are great to have in your collection. She's the genius behind the Ginger Jeans - the pattern that, in my humble opinion, completely introduced jean making onto the indie sewing radar.

    For obvious reasons, she seemed like the perfect guest to have on the show to talk about another type of more involved sewing project I'm sure you listeners would love to learn more about: Coat making. Get ready for an awesome, informative episode all about making something wonderful to bundle up in this winter! I know you're going to leave this episode feeling inspired and empowered to take on a sewing project you've never considered before - I sure did! Show Notes for today's episode can be found at: www. Finding bra-making supplies, in my humble opinion, is the hardest part of the bra-making process - especially if you're wanting to look around and find supplies locally.

    Imagine for a second, though, if it's this hard for us as shoppers to buy supplies Today we're going to be talking about all that and lots more business with Karu from Studio Costura. Karu started Studio Costura just last summer , so she gives a really interesting perspective on what it's like growing a business within the first year. While I don't want to spoil the episode for you guys, I just want to highlight that Karu is going to be talking about her super-interesting supply chain - this is hands down my favourite part of this episode! I also wanted to take a moment to quickly celebrate how fearless Karu is.

    After appearing as a podcast guest on Modern Sewciety last week I have a new-found appreciation for how difficult it is to be a guest on a podcast - it's really nerve racking! While French is my second language, and I'm pretty fluent at speaking it, I would never consider doing a podcast interview in that language because I just wouldn't be comfortable. So needless to say, I think Karu agreeing to do a podcast interview with me in a language other than her first is insanely courageous.

    Way to go, girl, you totally killed the interview! Want to start bra making but don't know where to start? Here's where you start! Today on the show I have Hannah from Evie la Luve on to answer her most frequently asked questions about making bras and undies. Hannah is a lingerie pattern designer and supply shop owner, so you can bet she gets a lot of questions about bra making every day. What I love so much about this episode is that it really covers all the bra-making basics.

    This is the perfect bra-making intro crash course that you can listen before starting your first project to feel more confident. For the more advance bra-makers out there, don't worry, we talk about other stuff too. In fact, I told Hannah I've never successfully made a pair of undies even though I can crack out an underwire bra no problem true story. We chatted a little about where I was getting tripped up, and some of her patterns that might be a good starting point for me to try again.

    So cross your fingers for me, guys, because I'm going to try and make some undies. Today we're kicking off the Maker Style Bra-Making Month with an awesome interview with Sara from Ohhh Lulu talking all about her lingerie style and where she finds inspiration for her patterns and handmade pieces in her shop. If you're working on planning some new pieces for your handmade underwear wardrobe, looking for some inspiration before purchasing a bra-making kit, or just looking to explore some of the cool styles you can experiment with in lingerie sewing you're going to love our chat today.

    One of the best parts about sewing bras and underwear is that since they're almost always hidden, you can really go crazy with prints and patterns, daring to try new styles on a smaller scale. Maybe you can't get away with wearing a hamburger print shirt to the office, but a bra? Why not! It's so much fun to experiment with bra and underwear sewing, and I know this episode will give you some inspiration for your latest project.

    New year, new me? If the change in year has you in the mood for reflection and honest self-chats you're going to really love today's episode with Aussie sewing blogger Sophie from Ada Spragg. When I contacted Sophie for this interview I had a pretty clear idea of what our chat was going to look like in my mind - I loved Sophie's style, admired everything she's made in the past, and was looking forward to some light chats about our favourite prints, patterns and colours.

    But our chat took a different turn. Sophie and I talked about how her style has evolved since starting Ada Spragg many years ago, and how the garments that we thinking of in the sewing community as being iconically Sophie no longer have a place in her wardrobe. We chatted about the difficulties of navigating these changes - especially as a blogger - and what her wardrobe is looking like now.

    Although we recorded this chat months ago, I've been holding onto it for this week because I knew there would be no better time for honest reflections on ourselves and our style other than the first week of I really appreciated the real talks I had with Sophie, and I know you will too. I hope while listening you can take a moment to connect a little deeper with your style, and ask some questions about if the garments you are making really fit with your overall wardrobe.

    I know our chat certainly caused me to reflect for a moment. I also hope that each and every one of you has a wonderful - I'm sending you all of my love and encouragement, sewing friends. Find today's shownotes at: www. Hey everyone! Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at your fabric small fabric stores? What the day to day process looks like as a sewing entrepreneur building a curated and chic fabric collection for shoppers like you and I? Sunday, July 20, Rachel's 7th Birthday. This morning I walked out of my bedroom to find Rachel at the breakfast table. Rachel had a happy morning getting ready for church.

    Birthdays are quite exciting because you get to do everything for the first time as a seven-year-old or whatever the case may be. So, she got to brush her hair for the first time as a seven-year-old and get dressed for the first time as a seven-year-old and do all other such menial tasks for the first time as a seven-year-old and that served to make even the dullest task at least slightly more exciting.

    We milk motivation for all its worth at this house. Today was a long day at church again. We were supposed to be there early for choir and then, of course, we stay late for choir, too. I packed a lunch, got my things ready for class, helped get the kids ready, and got ready myself. We left the house in time to pick up a friend needing a ride but I noticed on the way that I'd forgotten to put my wedding ring back on yesterday after I finished with Rachel's cake.

    No matter, one can survive without a wedding ring for the day. I mentioned it to Andrew but insisted we didn't need to go back home While one can live without a wedding ring for a day, it's a little more difficult to live without deodorant for the day while remaining friends with everyone. So we went back home after picking up our friend. We missed before-church choir practice but were still plenty early for church. Sacrament meeting was fine—the kids were much better behaved on their own turf than they were last week while we were visiting in Palmyra—and so was primary.

    It was almost relaxing to be in charge of just one class! Rachel got sung to, of course, and she was so embarrassed to have to stand up in front of everyone that she stared at me, wide-eyed, the whole time. So I made faces at her because what else is a mother supposed to do?

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