15 August 2014

Latest Obsession... Modern Sewciety Podcast!


You guys, I'm obsessed. Obsessed with something you should really know about if you're into sewing of any kind - the Modern Sewciety Podcast. Have you listened to it yet? Are you hooked on it too?

I first found out about the Modern Sewciety Podcast a few weeks ago when Jen and Kelli were featured and mentioned it on their blogs. I began listening to the episodes while packing orders and cutting fabric, and very soon I was addicted! The show features inspiring people working in sewing - from fabric brands to pattern designers to bloggers and others. It's hosted by a lovely lady called Stephanie who is just SO adorable - not only because of her lovely accent, but what really comes across is her generosity of spirit and the fact that she is so genuinely excited to talk to people who are in the wonderful world of sewing. It's kinda like listening to two friends having a chat, but you also get to hear about the really interesting work that goes on behind the scenes at various companies. This is something that I love to hear because running a (very) small business can be lonely sometimes so it's great to hear how others handle the highs, lows and everything in between. But even if sewing is simply a for-fun activity for you, it's a really nice listen.

Since I knew you guys would be interested in the podcast, so I turned the tables on interviewer Stephanie and asked her to answer a few questions herself...


Hi Stephanie! How would you describe Modern Sewciety to people who haven't listened to it before? Can you sum it up in a tweet?

"ModernSewciety, a weekly podcast, with host Stephanie chatting about all things fabric, sewing, inspiration with creatives in the industry. —— that was so hard!!! lol"

Tell us how you got started with the podcasts…

"My husband started listening to podcasts long before me and kept suggesting I try to find one about sewing. I searched and found some great ones. I really found I enjoyed the podcasts that were chatty and allowed you to get to know the guests in a relaxed way. I knew I would love to “meet” some of the creatives in the sewing industry and hear their stories about how they got started sewing, what inspires them, and pretend like we were BFFs! I am not really shy when it comes to talking to others so I thought why not give it a try and so Modern Sewciety was born. I blindly emailed a lot of creatives in the industry that I had followed for a long time to ask them to come on the show and, well, so many said yes. I still can’t believe the awesome people I have had the opportunity to chat with."

How did your own love of sewing begin?

"My grandmother and mother sewed when I was little. They never really sat down and taught me but I always loved watching them. When I was in college I tried to make a baby blanket for a friend who had just had a little girl. Let’s just say it wasn’t an awesome gift but I really loved trying to make it. Many years later I had my first child and my husband gave me some 'fun' money to spend (he had gotten a bonus) and I bought myself a sewing machine. I didn’t know much but read a lot of blogs and tutorials, and the rest is history. I now can’t live without sewing something all of the time."

You've interviewed so many inspiring people for the podcast. Was there one interview or interviewee that stood out in particular for you? Or as you would say, can you choose a favourite child?!

"Ha a favorite child… this is hard! I will say that some of the first guests I had on were my favorite. They gave me a chance and came on the podcast when I didn’t know what I was doing. Heck I still don’t! They were all so nice to me and would chat after recording about the podcast, make suggestions, help me with contacts, and that really helped open doors for me. Without them I don’t think the podcast would be what it is today."



If you could interview anyone, who would it be and why?

"Well I have to say I love interviewing everyone. I know. I know it is corny but everyone has a story! I really enjoy having others on to share their story. I think it is inspiring to hear someone chat about who they are, their passions, and most importantly how much they love sewing. I really connect with others by hearing their voice and laugh and I have found that once I start chatting with someone they forget we are recording and then it is just a chat between friends. It is real life and well I love the realness of it."

Apart from Modern Sewciety, which is obviously the best sewing podcast in the world, do you have any recommendations for other podcasts that we might like - related to the world of sewing, craft and/or crafty businesses?

"I really have a lot of non-sewing podcasts I listen to like This American Life, The Moth, After the Jump (which is Design Sponge’s Grace Bonney), How they Blog the podcast, 99% invisible, Smart Passive Income! lol okay that will get you started! And for sewing-related, I listen to Katie’s Quilting Corner, APQ radio, and I am sure their are more I am forgetting."

What would be your top tips for anyone thinking about making a podcast themselves?

"I say research. I researched podcasting for a long time before I started mine. I really think Pat Flynn does an amazing job with his podcasting tutorials. Hey Pat!"

Do you have anything exciting up your sleeve for Modern Sewciety that you can tell us about?

"I really would like to go to Quilt Market in the Fall and maybe Quiltcon. I am a stay at home mom so I rely on sponsors and listener pledges (find more about that on the support page of Modern Sewicety) to make all of those things possible. I hope to continue to make the podcast more professional and also do more on location shows."


Thanks so much for making these podcasts, Stephanie - I love them!

Readers, if you fancy dipping into the Modern Sewciety podcasts, take a look at the episodes on offer. And if you like it, you might also like my A Day in the Life interviews too!

22 comments:

  1. How awesome! I love those idea and I am allowed to listen to music and whatnot at work, so this will make raising purchase orders all day long more exciting!

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  2. So glad to find out about this podcast--thanks for sharing. I can't wait to listen!

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  3. Thank you for pointing us in the direction of the podcasts from Modern Sewciety, and your own A Day in the Life interviews. Is there a way to find your interviews back from the home page of your website or can they only be found through the link in this post?

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    1. That's a great question, Sandra - creating a link to A Day in the Life is one of the things on my (stupidly long) to do list! In the meantime, you can find all the interviews here :)

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  4. I just discovered Modern Sewciety a couple of weeks ago. There's also Christine's Thread Cult podcasts, some are good fun and include Susan Khalje & Kenneth King interviews. http://threadcult.com/

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  5. what a fun idea to interview Stephanie. Isn't she the greatest? She is just so sweet. And I love having a podcast about sewing to listen to.

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  6. Stephanie is such a good interviewer, seriously I hate HATE having to talk about what I do (because I'm terrible at talking about it) and I had such a wonderful time chatting with her! I've been listening to back episodes while I pack orders and now that I've just gotten internet at the studio I'm looking forward to getting back at it. Also looking forward to checking out some of her other recs!

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    1. @jen I loved having you on the show! You were so much fun to chat with and get to know a little better:)

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  7. Good interview! This podcast looks really fun, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Thanks Tilly, sounds brilliant. I'm always on the look out for new things to listen while sewing. My current faves are This American Life which is sooo good and the Craig Charles funk and soul show. But sewing related sounds even better!

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    1. Craig Charles funk and soul show is one of my favourite things (things, not even just shows) EVER! I must check out This American Life, I keep hearing about it...

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    2. Craig Charles is just pure happy making! Def check out This American Life, its bloody brilliant, so interesting and varied. You'll find out things you never knew you were even interested in! And they have a huge archive so you don't even have to wait a week for a new episode. Here's the link to spur you on! http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

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  9. Sounds great! Will have to give this a go :)

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  10. Thanks so much for sharing this; I had no idea this podcast existed, but it sounds totally awesome! ♡

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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  11. Thank you so much!! I've just been thinking that I should start listening to some podcasts while sewing - you must have read my mind!

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  12. Hooray - what a brilliant idea!

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  13. Ooh! This is so cool, am definitely going to check out the podcast. I have always enjoyed listening to the radio when I sew, now I can consider tuning in to podcast. There are plenty of videos on cooking, but I just realised there aren't that many on sewing!

    By the way, I really enjoy your day in the life! So keep it coming :)

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  14. I had so much fun doing this interview. I can't wait to have Tilly on the podcast to turn the tables and ask her the questions:) he he

    Thanks Tilly for allowing me to say hi to your readers. :)

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  15. Stephanie is the best! I love her show, too :-) Can't wait to hear your interview now!

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  16. Ah! I have just discovered podcasts and was so stoked on After the Jump - but this modern sewciety is PERFECT! Can't wait to tune in during tomorrows sew session.

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  17. Stephanie is cool - I love her way of talking openly about life - sewing doesn't happen in a bubble after all. I've been wondering if there's a U.K based one on sewing? If not, I fancy giving it a shot, as I too just love everyone's personal stories and what they give to us, not only in sewing but with linked issues like fear of creativity/lack of confidence etc. It would give U.K retailers and makers another avenue for promotion and sharing their passion.

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