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Sewing your own clothing can change your perspective in surprising ways. Seamwork Radio brings you personal stories about all the ways designing, making, and wearing your own clothing can alter your life. We talk to artists, designers, and everyday creators about how the act of sewing has helped them slow down, get to know their bodies, discover their own identity, and take part in the growing movement to revive the art of sewing.It is a thrill to be on Seamwork Radio and it was wonderful to finally have a chance to chat with Sarai. When Matt and I travelled to Portland in April 2014 I agonized over whether I should pop by the Colette studio or not - I was so star struck by Sarai and her amazing company that I ended up chickening out and regretting my lack of courage after we left the city! I don't know what I was so scared of though. Sarai is incredibly gracious and welcoming. She was also very understanding of my nerves while being recorded for the radio episode~ I tend to lose my vocabulary when I am nervous and have a very high, squeaky voice - not the best situation for radio! Anyways, if you would like to check out the episode I am featured in, you can find it here. Thanks, Sarai, and the Seamwork Radio team for including me on your wonderful podcast! While I'm on a roll here talking about Thread Theory in the 'public eye', SewMamaSew featured my silk tie-making tutorial in their Luxe Gift compilation earlier this week. The list features all sorts of luxurious gift ideas - some that feature sewing skills and others that do not. I really love the leather tote bag and beautiful wool cape included within this list! Thanks for the feature Sara (from Now Try This) and SewMamaSew!
Okay, moving on to the new goodies in our shop! Let me announce the newest kit that I have put together for the holiday season:It's The Strathcona Henley & Tee Sewing Supplies Kit! This kit features my favorite t-shirt making supplies and is prettily packaged and ready for gift giving! As I assembled these kits I enjoyed imagining sewists giving them as Christmas presents to their non-sewist friends with the promise of an intro-to sewing t-shirt making session! Wouldn't that be a nice way to spread the joy and creativity of making this holiday season? While this kit is designed to suit our Strathcona Henley pattern, it would be perfect to create all sorts of t-shirts - there is enough material included to sew any manner of men's or women's top. You can check out all of the kit details on our website. We also added a fresh shipment of Merchant & Mills books and tools in the shop this week! While the Workbook isn't menswear related at all, I've received quite a few emails from Canadians hoping that we might stock this gorgeous pattern book so that they can avoid the cost of shipping from England! For male sewists I've added another Merchant & Mills book to the shop: This is a great volume for men interested in learning how to sew because it is refreshingly unisex! The Sewing Book introduces you to all of the basic sewing concepts and then walks you through a series of projects so that you can employ your new skills in a hands on manner. By the time you have completed the series of projects you will be ready to tackle any project and pattern you might be interested in! In addition to the new books, we've added these tiny glass vials of minuscule hand sewing needles. Tailors swear by them for evenly stitched invisible hems and quilters swear by them for quick and even hand quilting stitches. And here is what is back in stock! Beautiful, sharp buttonhole scissors and big, strong glass headed toilet pins! Both of these tools sold out almost instantly last time we added them to our shop so I ordered LOTS this time so that you can be sure to get your hands on them when you need them :). Head on over to our shop to check out the new books and tools in detail. Please send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or comment on the blog to let me know if there is a specific tool that you would like us to stock (Merchant & Mills or otherwise). I'd love to know! Have a great weekend!