Episode 1:Meet Jenny and Beverly

In this episode, Jenny and Beverly introduce themselves and the podcast. The podcast will be a community sewing pod, with weekly episodes supporting a monthly theme. Our aim is to be as inclusive as possible.


We will announce a hashtag that participants can use to identify an entry into the contest. You can have multiple entries! There will be one random prize selected and one prize for the item that Jenny and Beverly think best represents the theme.

Here are some links to other podcasts, youtubers, and patterns mentioned in the show:

Beverly favorite podcasts:

Love to sew (Helen of Helen’s Closet and Caroline from Blackbird Fabrics) – the most popular sewing podcast – loaded with well researched information about sewing, teaching pod

Sewing for the Weekend – mother/daughter team podcast that focuses on home garment sewing, teaching

Stitch Please – “The official podcast of Black Women Stitch, the sewing group where Black lives matter.” Community, sewing practice

Sew and Tell – Brought by the editors of Sew Daily.  Represent expertise in fashion, indie and theater.  Talk about trends in sewing and topics that affect home sewists.

YouTube channels:

Specky Seamstress sewing makes, bias tape maker

Crystal Sews and Stuff (Baltimore!) pattern reviews, challenges, makes and plans

Frugalisama makes, tutorials, FREEBie Friday!, inclusivity based on price and ability

Jenny’s favorite YouTube Channels:

SewNaturalDane: – plus size sewing, pattern reviews, sew-a-longs, and fabric/pattern hauls

KittyCatsCuteCatsAreTheBest:  My 6-yo granddaughters channel, which I watch just to pass the time.

Favorite patterns: 

Most made: Helen’s closet Gilbert Top 


Fringe Dress from Chalk and notch 

Different necklines, including one like the Trillium, nice curved hem

B58W49H59, finished garment hip 71 is a great source for linen as well as many free patterns.  They have patterns for purchase too, but many free ones as well. 

Peppermint Magazine – Australia-based quarterly publication.  Partner with indie designers to provide free patterns.  Patterns are free but they ask for a $2 donation if possible. Not all of the patterns have a good size range.  A few that I have made:

Pocket Skirt H57.7, FG 70

Designed by Paper Theory

Wide Strap Maxi Dress (one of my most beautiful makes) – elbe textiles B52W46H55, FG B60/H71

Ruffle Top – in the folds B52W46H55, FG B58/H64 Cropped boxy with ruffled sleeves, lovely finishing

Wide Leg pants – designed by in the fold W46H55

Jenny’s favorite patterns:

Made most:  Trillium Dress by Made by Rae:

Current fav: Upton Dress by Cashmerette:

  • I modeled for the current release
  • I’m making it in as many different fabrics as I can – follow #uptonfabricroulette on Instagram to see more

Even when I make a top, it’s usually a dress: Sagebrush by Friday Pattern Company (  and Ruby by Made by Rae (

Favorite dress that I didn’t think I’d like: Envelope Dress by Cris Wood