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Podcast Episode #199: Meg and Patrick McElwee of Sew Liberated

August 16th, 2021

On today's Craft Industry Alliance podcast episode, we’re talking about building a values-based business with my guests Meg and Patrick McElwee.

Meg started sewing after finishing an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate degree in education. While living and teaching in rural Mexico for three years, she studied pattern drafting and made her own clothes - first out of necessity, then because of the sense of empowerment and joy it brought to her life. The meditative act of stitching continues to bring her a deep sense of well-being.

Her passion for slow fashion has expanded over the years to include the Sew Liberated sewing pattern line, two books, a sewing course with Craftsy, and her own online course, The Mindful Wardrobe Project. She enjoys supporting the slow stitching community through blog, her popular Instagram account, as well as live classes from time to time.

Patrick has been Meg's best friend and partner since they met in French class at age 19. A historian, computer programmer, and breakdancer, Patrick manages the technical and business side of Sew Liberated and is often the one behind the camera.

Meg and Patrick have three kids, three cats, a dog, and the incredible luck to be able to work creatively together every day.


This episode is sponsored by Paper and Spark. Paper & Spark is the go-to financial resource center for makers & artists. Download their popular bookkeeping templates that import in your sales from Etsy, Amazon, Shopify, and other e-commerce platforms. All designed for makers by a CPA and handmade seller. Use code CIAPOD10 to save 10% off your purchase.


To get the full show notes for this episode visit Craft Industry Alliance where you can learn more about becoming a member of our supportive trade association. Strengthen your creative business, stay up to date on industry news, and build connections with forward-thinking craft professionals. Join today.

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