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Entries from March 2016

Episode #69: Janine Vangool of UPPERCASE

March 21st, 2016 · Comments

 talOn this episode of the podcast we're talking about print magazines with my guest, Janine Vangool. Janine is the publisher, editor and designer of UPPERCASE, a quarterly print magazine for the creative and curious. UPPERCASE publishes content inspired by design, typography, illustration and craft. Her magazine and books celebrate the process of making, the commitment to craft and the art of living creatively. Janine tells us that anyone can be featured in UPPERCASE - learn how.

Visit UPPERCASE at http://www.uppercasemagazine.com and get the show notes from this episode at http://www.whileshenaps.com where you can also sign up for my weekly email newsletter to get the best in sewing, blogging, and small business delivered right to your inbox.


Today's episode is sponsored by The Precut Store. The Precut Store carries fat quarters, jelly rolls, charm packs, and layer cakes from your favorite fabric manufacturers like Moda, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman and more. They also carry a wide selection of Aurifil thread. Amazon Prime members receive free shipping and many items can be shipped worldwide. Visit them at http://www.theprecutstore.com.

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Episode #68: Heather Lou

March 7th, 2016 · Comments

On today's episode we're talking about sewing your own clothes with my guest, Heather Lou of Closet Case Files. Heather is a Montreal-based sewing pattern designer and blogger. Once a shopaholic Vogue-reading fashion obsessive, Heather made a deal with herself that the only "new" things that could come into her closet would be things she made. Sewing quickly took over her life.

We talk about Heather's background and transition from full-time employment as a commercial graphic designer to becoming self-employed. Heather explains how she named her blog and talks about her own name online (which is different from her real name). We discuss how she funded her print patterns without a Kickstarter campaign and we talk about the success of two of Heather's patterns: the Bombshell swimsuit and the Ginger jeans. We also think out loud about the future of the Big 4 pattern companies. I ask Heather to recommend great stuff she's enjoying right now.

Get the show notes for this episode at http://www.whileshenaps.com.


Today's episode is sponsored by Amy Barickman, founder of Indygo Junction sewing patterns and books. Visit AmyBarickman.com to find vintage imagery, sewing and craft books, and her new Vintage Notions Monthly magazine. Issues 1 and 2 are now available for purchase individually and soon there will be a monthly subscription option. Check it out at AmyBarickman.com.

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