Weekend Reading: Custom jeans, vintage sewing films, and weekend listening



We’ve quickly slipped from a lovely mid-Autumn into the depths of winter this week. I’m looking forward to curling up under a blanket all weekend before our trip next week to somewhere even colder – Denver!

I’m adding a new section to my weekend reading posts for things I’ve listened to and recommend. Given that sewing is something many of us do with headphones on, I thought perhaps some of you podcastophiles out there might enjoy some of these selections.

Weekend Reading:

Weekend Listening:

For more links every week, you can follow me on Twitter, where I’m always posting interesting tidbits I find.

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Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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I’m so excited you two are coming to FTC and can’t wait to meet you! Colette Patterns got me into sewing apparel again after years of hiatus. It’s very cold here now, but should warm to a balmy 40-50 degrees by next week!



I won’t be able to make it to Fancy Tiger this time, but we in Denver sure welcome you!


What a great post about maintaining a blog for a long time. I never thought of blogging as “my practice,” but the way she argues it proves it.


Denver?! YAY! This is very exciting.
It’s been real cold lately, but the temperature was up a little today.


Uh oh, you got me on the criminal podcast. I’ve been listening to “serial” and think Iwould love the ones you recommend as well.


I’m into Serial as well!

Jennifer in KS

Women’s jeans in 400 sizes …”A stupid tag in the back of your jeans should never again make you hate your body.”
That’s right. It shouldn’t. So let’s get to the point where we don’t even have to have a discussion with that line in it and instead discuss why we look so damn good!

sj kurtz

Per QCut: Lands End once did a bang up job with custom jeans, until other business matters made them cut the program. The end of that is how I came to make my own jeans. The survey they did was an excellent catalog in fitting issues and personal taste that I wish I had saved. But every marketer likes to think they invented the wheel. I sure do.

I watch movies and videos while I sew. There is a lot of really boring stuff in sewing (right now I have twentythree more hems to drop) and a lot of movies that don’t need all my attention. And now that I can get YouTube and Netflix in the sewing attic, whoa babee! More endless kung-fu-action-grip stuff!


Are you going to be attending any social events that a fan could come visit?

Im so proud of my state of CO, and I hope you enjoy the city. I hear its getting better and better every year.

We live up in Fort Collins and rarely get down to Denver….except to the fabric store…..naturally!


Thanks for the 1948 Simplicity reel! It brought back those basics, except I never did that much handbasting! I’ll have to check out the podcasts. I’m always looking for something to listen to while hours on the computer. thx again!

Sarah Ford

I seem to be having a problem signing up for the Seamwork preview. I register my details, get an email asking me to click on a link and confirm, and when I do, it sends me another email asking me to click on a link to confirm – I seem to be going in circles. I obviously havent confirmed properly as I havent been receiving the preview mails sent on Fridays. Are you able to help? Am feeling left out! :-)


I’m not sure what problem you’re having, so I just added you manually. :)

Sarah Ford

Many thanks for that!

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