Bonus Episode!

Jenny and Beverly discuss their favorite patterns that were released in the first quarter of 2021.

Tutorial on how to draft side pockets

How to Draft Sleeves


Episode 8: Size Bias in Sewing Patterns

Please go to Jenny’s Blog Post to read more about this important subject.

100 Acts of Sewing A-line Dress

FREE Toronto Tee

Peppermint Pleated summer dress

#pfWTF: Michelle @sewverymuch

Two piece combo with lovely bright printed fabric – ashton top with peppermint pocket skirt. So cute!


Helen’s Closet

Style Arc

Friday Pattern Company

Muna and Broad


Episode 7: Introducing #pfDrafty

In this week’s episode, Jenny and Beverly discuss April’s theme: #pfDrafty! The connection to the clue was very weak (we know it!) – “Blowin’ in the wind” –> Drafty –> Draft your own garment or part of a garment.

The importance of ease

Side by side photo of Jenny wearing a skirt with the full ease intended by the designer on the left and with less ease on the right.
Photos to demonstrate the difference in how a garment looks using a different ease than the pattern is designed for. Both are lovely skirts, but the point is – they are not the same skirt.

Jenny’s poncho pattern

#punkfrockerWTF (who to follow): Sierra Ferguson (Sew_very_sierra)

You can find Jenny at: @johassler on Insta & 

You can find Beverly at @weedstowildflowers on Instagram and at

And you can find the podcast at @punkfrockers and at


Episode 6: #pfWhoAreYou Reveal!

Here’s your clue for next month! We will be SUPER IMPRESSED if anyone guesses it from this clue!

Allison Tent Dress

Vogue 1611

Image of woman in homesewn pajamas.
Photo of woman in very colorful running tights
Jenny asked what running tights are – here are a pair I made for myself.

Arcadia joggers

Hemlock Tee

Browse #pfWhoAreYou makes here

Hinterland dress


Episode 5: Definitely Not Guaranteed Sewing Tips

Jenny and Beverly discuss their favorite sewing tips. While they hope these tips are helpful, they are not guaranteed. See links below for more reliable sewing advice.


Episode 4: Make it your own


Episode 3: Our #pfWhoAreYou choices

In this episode, Jenny and Beverly discuss their ideas for what to make to introduce themselves in a handmade garment.

Style Arc Selina woven top

Style Arc – Maddison tee

Several could be used for the #frugalfrock challenge hosted by @frugalisama and @yorkshiresewgirl  

Rebecca Page Portia Party dress up to a 58” hip

Agnes swing top from Halla Patterns, up to 59” hip – free if you join her facebook group, $5 if not.  

Rebecca Page Patsy Party dress up to 57” hips (but hips not likely to be limiting)

From the Fabrics_store linen: up to Hip 58” Cora Half-sleeve linen dress

Noor wrap dress – up to 58” hip, but FG 82” hip

Pier Ave Pencil Skirt – up to 67.5” hip, free with newsletter subscription:

What have I decided for my #pfwhoareyou outfit???

The Sew Liberated HInterland Dress!

Jenny: working on UptonFabricRoulette

Pattern Testing – Plus Size pattern testing FB group

Upton:up to 62” hip & bust

Trillium: up to 59” bust & hip

Tarlee T-shirt: up to 64” bust, 71.5” hip


Episode 2: Who Are You?

This month’s theme is WHO ARE YOU? Introduce yourself to the Punk Frockers community with a garment. It could be a favorite pattern, fabric, style, finishing – whatever you think would give us some insight to who you are. Use the #pfWhoAreYou and tag @punkfrockers to be eligible for a prize!


Plans: BHMpatterndesigners Goddess Gown

Style Arc Jules Woven Tunic

Helen’s Closet Gilbert top Agustina top

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

Waikerie Shirt Sewing Pattern

Hand dyed fabric, experimental embroidery

Painted embroidered sunset

Upton by Cashmerette

Anna by By Hand London

Vogue 1390

PVC in Gold

Photo of vinyl fabric

Envelope Dress by Cris Wood





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


Episode 0:See you next Tuesday

Enjoy a little sneak peak promo to our podcast, which will be coming out in full on February 23, 2021.

Our podcasts are scheduled to be released EVERY Tuesday at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).