I have followed Dana since I started sewing in 2007. She always had the best tutorials on her website with the cutest pictures. I have learned so much from her and I was so happy when she added YouTube tutorials to her site. As a visual learner I think watching someone make something always helps me understand patterns better. Dana and I chat about the beginnings of the blog, tutorials, designing fabric, making tutorials for her Youtube channel, and every thing I have been wanting to ask her for years. She was so sweet and shared so much insight into her business. I can’t recommend enough the tutorials and videos on her site. She really is an awesome teacher and creative.
I receive emails all of the time from listeners and readers wanting to know how to turn their passion of sewing into a business. I was so excited when Jen emailed me about her new Digital Pattern Academy, from concept to launch: bring your PDF sewing patterns to market in 4 weeks. I have taken the entire course and recommend it to anyone looking to monetize with pdf sewing patterns. She takes you step by step through the process of writing your own patterns with in depth videos, worksheets, and a Facebook group. She even covers topics like pricing, software, and how to load your patterns onto platforms like etsy and craftsy to get you started. I really loved that she only used free software that is easily downloaded and accessible to anyone. This is just a dynamic course and she is giving listeners a 25% off with code, modernsewciety25, to get you started!
I just love chatting with creatives. It seriously never gets old or boring. Today’s episode is just magical because I am chatting with the very inspiring Kim Niedzwiecki or as most of us know her, GoGoKim. I have followed Kim for a really long time and I always wonder how she stays so inspired. She is seriously always making something new and fresh so I ask all of the questions about social media, staying inspired, standing and sewing, and pretty much everything in between. So tune in for some awesome quilty goodness.
I have been a huge fan of Melanie from Southern Charm Quilts for a long time. She has such a great quilty instagram feed and website. She is also a fan of prints which you will see in her amazing photography. She is so real and honest about her quilty journey and process. I invited her on the podcast for a chat because I wanted to know all about her photography tips and tricks, her studio that she shows in her photos, newsletters, and so much more. We even chat about the reality of having a small business selling handmade goods online. This is a must listen chat for sure.
I am so happy to have Sara back on the podcast for a chat. She was one of my first guests on the podcast. She has really been busy lately with her new minikins which are quick finished with a smaller amount of fabric, as well as, a lot of new video content. She always has high quality patterns and her video are just as awesome. Sara talks about why she is doing more videos and how her husband has been a huge part of the project. It was great to catch up. And just a note on this episode. I edited this one myself. I usually don’t do that, because I have the amazing Kevin from The Podcast Editors, but I wanted to give you something a little old school. I hope you enjoy.
To kick off 2018 I thought it would be awesome to have Michelle from Sew Sorted come on for a chat. Michelle is a virtual assistant for the creative industry. Her super powers include organization, copy editing, email organizing (yea this is in my future for sure), and so much more. I am learning how to utilize Michelle in my own business to help me do some things I don’t enjoy doing. I think this is a hard struggle when you have your own business because you are the only one to get things done. I hope this chat with Michelle will help you think about the benefits of having a virtual assistant for your creative business. Michelle is the best resource a business owner could ask for with her amazing skills at finding copy and pattern math mistakes, as well as, helping you see how your customers see and use your products. She is seriously such a value to your creative business.