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Hello! Welcome to Check Your Thread, a podcast about sewing more sustainably. Each episode we enjoy nerding out about sewing, whilst picking up ideas and useful tips for how to reduce our impact on the environment. My aim is always to approach topics with a sense of curiosity and fun, and hope to leave our listeners feeling inspired by the end of each episode.

Examples of topics that we cover include sourcing second hand textiles, zero waste sewing patterns, mending, upcycling, scrap-busting and alternative and surprising sources for fabric. If there are any topics you’d like CYT to cover, anyone you’d like me to get on the podcast to chat to or you’d just like to say hi, please email me at zoe@checkyourthread.com or message me via Instagram @checkyourthread.

Check Your Thread Zoe Edwards

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Hello! Welcome to Check Your Thread, a podcast about sewing more sustainably. Each episode we enjoy nerding out about sewing, whilst picking up ideas and useful tips for how to reduce our impact on the environment. My aim is always to approach topics with a sense of curiosity and fun, and hope to leave our listeners feeling inspired by the end of each episode.

Examples of topics that we cover include sourcing second hand textiles, zero waste sewing patterns, mending, upcycling, scrap-busting and alternative and surprising sources for fabric. If there are any topics you’d like CYT to cover, anyone you’d like me to get on the podcast to chat to or you’d just like to say hi, please email me at zoe@checkyourthread.com or message me via Instagram @checkyourthread.

    Go Recreate with Linnea Larsson

    Go Recreate with Linnea Larsson

    Linnea Larsson is a multidisciplinary creative from Sweden with a passion for reusing existing materials. An architect by day, Linnea spent the nap times during her maternity leave sewing her own unwanted garments into baby clothes. She also decided to make a book to encourage and guide others to do the same! ‘Restyle & Restitch for little ones’ comes out in English this week, and I got to talk to Linnea all about the process and motivation for writing it. 



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    Find Linnea Larsson and her inspiring upcycled creations on Instagram @go_recreate.



    Originally titled ‘Go Recreate’, the English translation of her book is ‘Restyle & Restitch for little ones, 30 simple projects from preloved clothes’ is published by Search Press and out now.





    The shirt and romper image below is a great example of Linnea's visual style.





    The Thelma Boilersuit pattern by Merchant & Mills is currently on Linnea’s sewing table. 



    You can check out my version of The Thelma on my blog. 
    Ditte @thread.gathering on Instagram made an incredible version of the pattern using an old tent for the fabric!

    Recognition and Responsibility with Alexis Bailey 

    Recognition and Responsibility with Alexis Bailey 

    My conversation with Alexis Bailey of Fibr & Cloth Studio continues. We chat about the celebration of Black pattern designers during Black History Month. Alexis also shares her approach and commitment to creating zero waste sewing patterns, and her thoughts on the responsibility sewers and designers have towards waste. 



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    Alexis Bailey’s slow sewing space is Fibr & Cloth Studio. F&C can also be found on Instagram @fibrandclothstudio and her personal Instagram account is @helloalexisbailey. 



    Explore the hashtag #bhmpatterndesigners to discover Black pattern designers and sewing business owners. 



    The hashtag, list and challenge are created and updated by Nateida from Sew Natural Dane and @sewnaturaldane.



    Previous-podcast guest Birgitta Helmersson was an early inspiration to Alexis as she set out on her own ZW pattern journey. 



    Alexis’ first zero/minimal waste pattern is the Iris blouse and dress pattern:





    ZW designer Liz Haywood’s version of the Iris blouse.



    Goldfinch Textile Studio produced the zero/minimal waste Jones Trousers pattern. 



    Justice of Thread and Sprout is a fibre artist who makes incredible garments and other items by combining fabric. 



    Fibr & Cloth Studio has a Youtube channel!



    Louisa Owen Sonstroem is a hand stitching expert. Listen to my conversation with Louisa: Ep.15: Hand Stitching Clothes with Louisa Owen Sonstroem. 



    Sarah Woodyard of Sewn Company offers classes and workshops on hand sewing. 

    #73: The Seeds of Slow Sewing with Alexis Bailey

    #73: The Seeds of Slow Sewing with Alexis Bailey

    This episode is the first of two featuring hand-sewing expert and pattern designer Alexis Bailey. We hear how her multifaceted slow-sewing business, Fibr & Cloth Studio, grew from a frustration she felt whilst travelling, and how the pandemic presented her with the perfect conditions to launch. Alexis also shares how becoming a pattern designer was foisted upon her! 



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    Check out Ep. 52 of A Smaller Life podcast where previous-guest-of-CYT Saskia de Feijter has a wonderful conversation with more-recent-previous-CYT-guest Kim Witten!





    Alexis Bailey’s slow sewing space is Fibr & Cloth Studio. F&C can also be found on Instagram @fibrandclothstudio and her personal Instagram account is @helloalexisbailey. 



    Bernadette Banner explores hand sewing and historical garments on their Youtube channel.



    Alexis’ first foray into hand sewing garments used the Strata top pattern by Sew Liberated:





    Image source: Sew Liberated



    The Freerange Slacks pattern by Sew house Seven was another that Alexis made hand-sewing kits for when she started out. 



    Alexis then moved on to using the simpler Pants No.1 pattern by Sonya Phillips.



    Making Magazine gave Alexis the push to start drafting sewing patterns. 



    Her first step was to complete the Pattern Making Workshop by Lauren Dahl.



    The Umbra Lounge Set pattern was her first resultant pattern.



    The Mahogany Turban pattern is a great scrap buster:





    Image source: Fibr & Cloth Studio

    Sewing for Body Changes

    Sewing for Body Changes

    As sustainably-minded garment makers, our goal is to make items that will have a long life and see lots of use. But what about when our bodies change? Everyone experiences fluctuations in shape and size, so in this solo episode I explore how we can future proof our garment projects to accommodate that fact. 



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    Outerwear patterns



    Coats and jackets:




    The Richmond Coat by Tessuti (up to 48” bust)



    Flow Jacket and Coat by Atelier Scammit (up to 56” bust)



    Traveller Coat by Bella Loves Patterns (up to 44” bust, available in 2 heights)



    Nova Coat and Jacket by Papercut Patterns (up to 46.5” bust)



    Nova Curve Coat and Jacket by Papercut Patterns (up to 60.6” bust)




    Cardigan patterns:



    My current favourite:




    Jamie Cardigan by Ready to Sew (up to 42” bust)




    Patterns for cardigans worn open:




    Blackwood Cardigan by Helen’s Closet (up to 62” bust)



    Kinder Cardigan by MIY Workshop/Wendy Ward (up to 48” bust) 



    Fjord Cardi by Papercut Patterns (up to 46.5” bust)






    Image source: Papercut Patterns



    Shawl pins and closures:




    Metal shawl pins and closures from Textile Garden



    Other shawl pins from Textile Garden






    Image source: Textile Garden



    Wrap style cardigan patterns:




    Coppelia Cardi by Papercut Patterns (up to 46.5” bust) 



    Pearl Cardigan by Tilly and the Buttons (up to 60” bust) 




    Top, dress and jumpsuit patterns



    Boxy Woven tops/dresses:




    Block Tee by Paper Theory Patterns (up to 56” bust) 



    Georgia Tee and Dress by Elizabeth Suzann Studio (up to 58” bust) 






    Image source: Elizabeth Suzann Studio



    Oversized style patterns:




    Olya Shirt and Dress by Paper Theory Patterns (up to 56” bust) 



    Ellsworth Shirt by Merchant and Mills (up to 55” bust) 



    Mara Oversized Sweater by kdornbier designs (up to 46” bust) 




    Trapeze shaped patterns:




    The Trapeze Dress by Merchant and Mills (up to 42” bust) 



    Minttu Swing Top by Named Clothing (up to 46” bust) 



    Rumi Tank by Christine Haynes (up to 56” bust) 




    Top and dress patterns with gathering or pleating at the neckline or into a yoke or panel:




    Roscoe Blouse and Dress by True Bias (up to 44.5” bust) 



    Roscoe Blouse and Dress by True Bias (up to 57.5” bust) 



    Petite Choses Blouse and Dress by Atelier Scammit (up to 45” bust) 



    Vali Dress and Top by Pattern Fantastique (up to 51.5” bust) 



    The Florence Top and Dress by Merchant and Mills (up to 55” bust) 



    Lisa Dress by Tessuti (up to 42” bust) 



    Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated (up to 58.5” bust) 






    Image source: Sew Liberated



    Wrap dress and jumpsuit patterns:




    The Zadie Jumpsuit by Paper Theory Patterns (up to 56” bust)



    Hali Wrap Dress and Jumpsuit by Named Clothing (up to 53” bust)



    Kielo Wrap Dress and Jumpsuit by Named Clothing (up to 53” bust)



    The Etta Dress by Merchant and Mills (up to 55” bust) 



    Wildwood Wrap Dress by Sew House Seven (up to 49” bust)



    Wildwood Wrap Dress Curvy by Sew House Seven (up to 58” bust)



    St Germain Wrap Dress by Liesl + Co. (up to 46” bust)




    ‘Faux-fit and flare' dress patterns:




    ZW Gather Dress by Birgitta Helmersson (up to 61” bust)



    Lyra Dress by Tilly and the Buttons (up to 61” bust)




    Elasticated waist dress and jumpsuit patterns:




    Lotta Dress by Tilly and the Buttons (up to 51” bust)



    Asha Dress by Style Arc (up to 68” bust)



    Nova Jumpsuit by True Bias (up to 44.5” bust) 



    Nova Jumpsuit by True Bias (up to 57.5” bust) 



    Trillium Dress and Tunic by Made by Rae (up to 59” bust) 



    Lennox Boilersuit by Homer + Howells (up to 49” bust) 



    Sofia Dress and Top by Victory Patterns (up to 44” bust) 



    Sofia Dress and Top by Victory Patterns (up to 58” bust) 






    Image source: True Bias



    Skirt, trouser, pinafore and dungarees patterns



    Elasticated waist skirt patterns:




    Mave Skirt by True Bia

    Making Personal Manifestos with Kim Witten

    Making Personal Manifestos with Kim Witten

    Happy New Year! I propose we kick things off by creating personal manifestos that will see us through 2023 and beyond! By defining our own personal vision, mission, strategy and tactics, never again will we need to ask ourselves, ‘What should I be doing right now?’ or ‘Is this course of action right for me?’. 



    I’ve invited my friend and former coach, Kim Witten, whose work focuses on strategic expert thinking, to guide us through this incredibly beneficial process. Kim is also an experienced crafter and we discuss different mental approaches to picking up new skills, and how she applies self coaching through her journey as a beginner sewer.



    Support the podcast over on Patreon!





    Find more about Kim Witten and her coaching on her website. 



    Sign up to her weekly ‘Hold That Thought’ newsletter to help you turn your overthinking into expert thinking. 



    Start developing your vision with Kim’s free Vision Statement Worksheet. 



    And here’s more from Kim on the differences between vision, mission, strategy and roadmap.



    Outline of a manifesto (AKA plan or anything else you wish to call it!):




    Vision - what is the world you wish to live in?



    Mission - what it takes to create your vision, the ‘work’ to be done. 



    Strategy - the best approach toward making good progress, how you’ll go about it.



    Tactics/tasks/roadmap - laying out the specific tasks and activities you need to do. All of your tactics, when prioritised and placed on a timeline, will create a roadmap. 




    Check Your Thread / My Manifesto:



    Vision: 



    A world where the impact on the environment is factored into every decision.







    Mission:




    Help people make more sustainable choices by giving them information, ideas, inspiration and agency.



    By starting to sew more sustainably, it’s then possible to do lots of other things more sustainably. That these ideas and approaches can spread out into many areas of life.



    Spread the idea that living more sustainably can be fun and fulfilling, not about hand-wringing, eco-snobbery or depriving yourself.



    Check Your Thread reflects the values of a wider community of people having ideas and interesting conversations, and making things happen. Our Check Your Thread sub-community feels positive, supportive and fun.








    Strategy:




    Balance between seriousness and joy, inspiration and fun



    Specific ideas and concepts are applicable to broader ways of being



    Continually making more resources that allow people to engage with ideas with content in new ways, levels



    Organic growth through genuine interactions, explorations of common goals








    Tactics:




    Check Your Thread Podcast



    Instagram / Social Media



    Me Made May 



    Speaking opportunities / teaching / going on other podcasts



    Making resources








    In addition to my manifesto, I outlined my values and principles:




    Limiting my contribution to climate change where possible



    The Personal is Political



    Helping to redress income inequality



    Helping to redress racial inequality



    Helping to redress homophobia



    Promoting feminist thinking



    Creating joy



    Finding a balance between living as sustainably as possible, and having a happy, fulfilling life.  




    Kim’s best investment in 2022 was signing up for sewing classes at Ministry of Craft in Manchester, UK. There she learned to make this wiggle dress (image by Alison Leese at Ministry of Craft):





    Next up on Kim’s sewing table is a project from Gertie Sews Vintage Casual book:





    The Pietra Pants pattern by Closet Core Patterns was a game-changer for Kim, allowing her for the first time to make custom-fitting trousers that suit her stature. Her first version, made at Ministry of Craft:





    For more information about Me-Made-May and how you can take part in 2023, check out this page. 

    The Fold Line with Kate Underdown

    The Fold Line with Kate Underdown

    If there is anyone related to the sewing community who has a strong handle on sewing trends, in all senses, it’s Kate Underdown. As co-founder of The Fold Line, Kate created a business that has pivoted a number of times, but has always been a hub for learning about new pattern releases and a digest for the best and most exciting sewing-related content. In this conversation we hear about the journey The Fold Line has been on, the organisation that goes into their annual Sewing Weekender event, and how much sewing Kate is actually doing these days! Plus, Kate offers her insight on the changing role that sustainability is playing within our community. 



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    Kate founded The Fold Line with her business partner Rachel in 2015. 





    Kate creates heaps of wonderful videos for The Fold Line Youtube channel, including the ‘Sew The Trends’ series. 



    Learn more about The Sewing Weekender , an annual event that The Fold Line organises with Charlotte from Charlotte Emma Patterns. 

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

MakerstyleFan ,

Love it!

Perfect for refreshing the mind whilst cutting out patterns 👍🏽

***phia ,

Check out, check your thread

I’ve picked up so many great tips for both sewing and sustainability.
Zoe interviews are interesting, inspiring and intersect design, sewing, sustainability, eco economics art and family friendly ideas.

ClaireBear1271 ,

Joyful

I love Zoe’s approach to sustainable sewing tips and will also pop on this podcast if I need cheering up:)

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