Andrea Tsang Jackson, of 3rd Story Workshop, is my guest today on the Modern Sewciety Podcast. I first noticed Andrea’s work on instagram and instantly fell in love with her unique style and patterns. She recently released patterns for her unique gemstone patterns that she has been selling for some time now at crafts shows. We chat about her background and how she started her business, 3rd Story Workshop, and what she is looking forward to in the future. We also talk about the ups and downs of releasing your own patterns, selling your own sewn items, and trying to figure out how to price goods for sale. Andrea is such an amazing creative and I know you are going to enjoy this chat as much as I did. click on the link to listen.
I have had this idea on my heart for a long time… Show more of my side as I chat with my dear friends about every day life topics. I have three childhood friends who I still text, call, and hang out with on a regular basis. We are all different in many ways but we really value and cherish those differences. We are also so similar too which is the thread that brings us together as well. I will have each of the ladies on to discuss one topic and once they have all talked about it with me then we will move onto another topic. I love how you will hear each of their thoughts, stories, and commonalities. We will laugh, cry, agree, and probably disagree but my hope is to celebrate our friendship. I want to share the legacies of these amazing women with you dear listeners. Click on the link to meet my dear friend January and listen to our chat. Our topic is:: What it feels like to be almost 40 and finally trusting your heart and intuition.
Stephanie Kendron chats with Michelle Bartholomew about all things sewing. I met Michelle in real life at Quiltcon in Savannah, Ga this year. A group of us met up at an oyster bar one night and Michelle tried oysters for the first time. I am not lying when I say there were so many laughs that night mixed with a lot of quilt talk. I invited Michelle on to talk about her adventure into pattern design for her own brand and collaborating with friends in the industry for Quilt Theory. I also ask a ton of questions about her tiny house that she used to call home, her fabric stash, and newsletters. You won’t want to miss this episode. Click on the link to listen and see the show notes.
I met Leah Day at Fall Market last year I believe. We quickly started chatting about business and Leah couldn’t stop smiling. I love to chat business and Leah is always so open about what works for her and what doesn’t. She is honest about the ups and the downs in her business. I love that in a person. I love when someone shares their story, sure, but when someone shares their business secrets I get giddy. You see so many people don’t want to share what is working for their business because you might take some of their business. That could happen but I don’t think Leah is threatened by that idea. She is confident in who she is and what she is doing. She loves to share her passion for sewing and her passion for having a business that makes money. She is a pro at videos and patterns and she runs a thriving online shop as well. She even has a new sewing podcast called Hello My Quilting Friends. We chat about all of her many talents in this episode of the podcast. I think you are going to love it. Click on the link for this blog post to listen.
This is a list of the top 5 podcasts I listen to while I create. I like to have diversity in my listening because I don’t always feel the same while being creative. It is great to have a good variety so no matter your mood you have something to listen to while you work.
I am excited to have Taylor from Blueprints for Sewing on the show today to chat about her journey into designing clothing patterns. She has such a sense of style and really puts a lot of thought into her patterns and fabric choices. I have her Geodesic top, the longer version, and A-Frame skirt, version 1, printed out to make as soon as I can get market sewing finished. Taylor teaches classes in her hometown of Boston and if you are near you should totally look into taking one. I wish I were near because I love the thought and time Taylor puts into each project she works on. You will hear the love she has for teaching others to make garments they will love to wear. I love a designer that really thinks about what the maker would feel great wearing on a daily basis. I think it is so cool that so many of her patterns combine garments with patchwork elements. I just can’t wait to experiment with the pockets on the A-frame Skirt maybe adding a peak of my favorite fabric I have been hoarding. And the Geodesic I think will be perfect for using up some coveted fat quarters. I can’t wait to experiment.
Cheryl Arkison is someone I could chat with all day long about sewing, quilting, fabric, family, and how I love warm weather and she loves cold weather. She just inspires me to look at my process and think about it in a new way. We chat about her new fabric line with Connecting Threads called Tag. She also shares why she thinks her time in the morning being creative helps her to stay creative even when she may want to take a break. I need to adopt her process in some way because I think it would help me to stay in the creative zone. I tend to stray sometimes and getting back on track can be difficult. I wanted to know all about her process of sorting scraps. We really just had a great chat and I can’t wait for you to listen. Cheryl always has some great tips and advice. Click on the link to listen.
Following your heart can be risky sometimes but Melissa Mendez did just that when she decided to leave the corporate world to go out on her own. I so enjoyed chatting with Melissa about all things business and patterns. I have always wanted to know more about designing clothing patterns because it looks so difficult to me. I enjoyed hearing Melissa’s process and also how she could helps any listeners who want to have their own pattern line. I am not the best at writing patterns and working on the technical part of things but that is where someone like Melissa could help. She also has a great podcast I think you will enjoy as well. Click on the link to listen to this episode.
I love talking to creatives that find what they really love doing with their skills. Kristy and Nissa are the team that wants to help you have the best patterns, books, and photography in your business. They know what will sell in this industry and they will help you get an online visual identity like no other. I loved chatting with them on how Page + Pixel started, what they learned along the way, and what they want to help you do in the future. They are such a powerhouse of talent and I seriously can’t wait to see their work evolve for years to come. Their Page + Pixel toolbox will be so so cool to use in your own business and there is so much more to come. These ladies want to help you look your best online and I can’t wait for you to hear this chat. Sewing has never looked so good. Click on the link to listen.
Katy from Greens and Blues Co is here to chat about getting your creativity. Whether you need to fine it for the first time or help getting it back Katy is your one stop resource for all things creative. She has developed online classes, as well as an email course, to help you ignite your creativity and keep it. Lauren McAfee is chatting with me about her family’s company, Hobby Lobby. I am a huge fan of Hobby Lobby because of their excellent service to their customers. They have a store full of everything you need in your creative life. Click on the link to listen to the episode.