Episode 48

Ep. 48: Sustainable Pattern Cutting, with Sarah Rozelaar, Founder of The Sewing Retreat

Sarah is a fellow teacher of pattern cutting and a long time advocate of sustainability within the fashion and sewing industries. She founded her business with sustainability at its centre and while it’s grown and evolved over time, this remains one of her core values.
In this episode she shares her world with is and gives us her top tips for making your pattern cutting and sewing more sustainable.

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A huge thank you to Sarah for joining us!


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Episode 47

Where to Learn Pattern Cutting

So you want to learn to make your own patterns but you’re not sure how to find the right teacher, course or resource? 
We’ve got you covered in this episode! Kathryn chats to Charlotta Ayers about pattern cutting courses for hobby sewists, would be professionals and anyone wanting to further their training. Grab a glass and start planning your next pattern cutting adventure…we’ve already got a few of these on our own wish lists too!

A few links from the show:

Courses and Classes for Hobby Sewers

Courses for Professional Training

Short Courses at Universities

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Episode 46

Our Special VIP Guest…Say Hello to Kathryn’s Mum, Jill!

We often get asked about how we got into sewing and pattern cutting.
For Kathryn the answer always includes her mum, Jill!
So we asked the wonderful lady herself to join Kathryn and share her sewing journey with you all. It ranges from sewing at school, to opening her own businesses, sewing for fun and teaching her daughter to sew.
Sewing means a great deal to both Kathryn and Jill so we hope you enjoy this insight into their lives together.
A huge thank you to Jill for joining us! (Thanks mum!)

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Episode 45

Understanding Necklines & How to Change Them

Necklines aren’t as easy to change as you might think, there’s a whole host of things to consider and tweak for different types of styles so sit back and relax as we explain what they are, how we do it and what you need to keep in mind when doing it.

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Episode 44

How to Label Your Pattern and Why It’s Important

Join us, Caroline and Kathryn, as we dive into the important world of pattern labelling. We’re giving you the low down on what exactly we write on our patterns, why we do it, what the abbreviations are, what they mean and why they’re so essential!

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Episode 43

How to Speed Up Your Pattern Cutting

Pattern cutting can feel like a long process, especially when you’re also sewing your own garment or toile so we have a few tips and tricks that we use in the industry to speed things up a bit.

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Episode 42

Deadstock Fabric, with The New Craft House Founders Hannah and Rosie

We are joined by Hannah and Rosie, the founders of The New Craft House to chat about the link that they’ve created between the fashion and sewing worlds through selling deadstock fabrics. 
Anyone in the sewing world will be familiar with these ladies and their business, whether it’s through their wonderful workshops or their fabrics, and be just as excited as we are about where they’re heading in the future.

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Episode 41

Explaining Pockets

Who doesn’t love it when you buy and dress and IT HAS POCKETS?!
Our beloved pockets are an integral part of garment construction and they come in many different shapes and sizes. Join us to talk through some of our favourite pocket details, construction and tips.

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Episode 40

The Importance of Inner Garment Construction

The inside of your garments are just as important as the outside, sometimes even more so! 
So we’re talking fusing, corsets, boning, shoulder pads, sleeve rolls, bustles, cups and all those hidden components of your garments that provide support and structure.

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Episode 39

Life as a Bridal Designer, with Charlotte Wilden

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Charlotte Wilden runs her own bespoke bridal service and does everything from the initial design, pattern cutting, sewing and even the final embroidery and hand finishing. She has a beautiful design aesthetic which is evident in her work and we can’t wait to share her world and little more about our bridal experience with you all.

After Charlotte completed her studies doing Costume Interpretation at Wimbledon where she was introduced to pattern cutting she took every opportunity to do multiple work experience placement and further courses. It was while she was on a summer beading workshop at LCF she got asked to work for a private atelier who worked with some really elaborate fabrics. It was here she learned a lot about how to use lace creatively, and hand finishing’s on her bridal which she still uses today.

With her skills on board she then worked for brands such as Jenny Packham in London and Marchesa in NYC but it was whilst studying as a post graduate in pattern cutting at LCF, that she found her love for Bridal. Via word of mouth, and a small Tumblr Blog she got more private bridal commissions and it took off from there. She now has a small workshop in Epsom creating bespoke made to measure bridal gowns under the brand Wilden London.

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