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Podcast: A Radical Change in Confidence with Jenny Rushmore


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The very first episode of Seamwork Radio is live and available for your listening pleasure!

In this first episode, I talked to Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette and The Curvy Sewing Collective. Jenny has an inspiring story that goes from a childhood full of bullying and isolation to a renewed sense of confidence that she now spreads to other women. I think you’ll enjoy her story.

Seamwork Radio will have new episodes every other week. Future episodes include interviews with a wide range of characters, from men who sew to other pattern designers to folks who have used sewing to help them through some troubling times.

With each new episode, I’ll post the audio here on the blog, along with a link to the show notes. But you can also subscribe (see the bottom of this post for links).

If you like this episode, I really hope you’ll consider giving it a review and rating on iTunes. This is a complete wild experiment on my part, so I need to know that people are listening and enjoying it! A rating on iTunes will also help others to find it.

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Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

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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Well done! Sarai, you have this amazing podcast voice and talent for capturing the story. So inspiring.


love this!


Very nice show, I feel so inspired and happy – and greatful to be able to sew my own clothes. Sometimes I forget how independent this makes me and what a treasure it is to have these skills. Thanks!

Mia Sherwood Landau

Wow, so exciting to hear your podcast from the very beginning! Very lovely “radio voice,” Sarai, and very professional interviewing and editing/commentary. Can’t WAIT to hear more! FYI, I’ve been sewing and knitting since the 60s. It’s heart-warming to hear the enthusiastic voices of other generations of fiber artists, the skill that never fails.


I loved your show, so well done and wow talk about hitting home now more then ever. I went up and down in weight with depression that went untreated, through all my childhood, most of my insults came from my family, and in school they called me bertha boobs because I started developing at 9 years, and here I am now having to try and find clothes to fit, because I am on high does of steroids and I cant breath so now, I weigh an incredible amount now, and am dying and I cant stand myself, I am so glad you have accomplished, I have some fabric waiting for hubby to get my table cute down, so when I fill well enough I can try and sew my some clothes that hide me and are descent to go to church when I can make it. God bless you, this will be great for the young girls out there, I am 52, and please don’t worry about negative people, I find when you think you know it all, is when you are the stupidest of all, you keep growing and never stop. God bless you.


This is absolutely fantastic & very listenable, Sarai. You’ve got a great voice! I’ve really enjoyed this podcast & can’t wait to hear more. I follow several sewing blogs, but I hadn’t heard of Cashmerette before. Consider me a fan now!


Jenny, you are incredible! You are one of my sewing inspirations – plus, you sound so kick-ass! Rock on. :)


Love this podcast! Amazing production quality. Looking forward to more…


It breaks my heart that I have to wait two weeks for the next installment, but seriously, great work. I really love how you’re covering the more personal side of sewing. Cant wait for more!


What a great compliment, thanks. :)


That was amazing! All my life I’ve struggled with weight issues, always thinking I was fat. I wasn’t, but now I am and at the age of 56 I’m starting to think – You know, I make my own clothes and I like the way they look, my husband loves me, my grandkids think I’m awesome – WHY am I still fussing about my weight?

I think it’s time to move on and enjoy every blessing I’ve been given. Thank you Sarai and Jenny!


I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. You have a very “NPR” way of delivering the information. I will definitely be listening again! Thank you. And Jenny from Cashmerette seems as lovely on the podcast as I had imagined.


Haha, that’s because I listen to way too much public radio. But seriously, thanks guys. I did not realize how hard it would be to speak slowly and clearly, mind my verbal tics, and still sound like a human.

Leah Price

Sat down to listen to your first podcast while I sewed and was so mesmerized I got NOTHING done! Good job! That was fascinating. I want to know this woman. I want to know both these women! I can see I need to carve out time for reading: sewing blogs! I haven’t yet begun to explore the on-line world of like-minded sewing people. Thanks for the nudge!

“Sewing people are the best people.” Absolutely true. By October I will be ready for a new project. How about a challenge for the three of us – and anyone else who wants to join us? Nothing big, just a little project that we can do together, apart, and document if we want? Something that encompasses the intersection of our interests. For me, that would be using what already exists in the world. Could be fun. (Insert wiggling eyebrows) Thoughts?


Awwww… Leah! I am editing my interview with you right now and have been listening to your lovely voice all afternoon. :)


Just listened the Podcast! I LOVE LOVE it, so much energy. Can’t wait for the next one.


very enjoyable to listen to.


LOVE this!


When my mother was dying, and yes, she knew it, unfortunately, she said to me, “Doesn’t matter how much you weigh, everyone is beautiful.” This is something I truly beleive. I have not yet listened to the Podcast cuz, well, I am at work, LOL, but cannot wait to hear it. So thank you in advance!


LOVE THIS. I have been waiting for a podcast exactly like this. More please. :-)


Loved the podcast and hope you make many more. I listen to podcasts when sewing and loved the music you used too. Can’t wait for the next one.


In your sewing book, you have a wonderful chapter on accepting your body as it is. I’ve always felt that it should be required reading for every woman who has been made to feel badly about her body. I would add this podcast to “required listening” for all the women who don’t recognize their beautiful qualities. Good job! I loved it.


Thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. I have subscribed to it via my Podcast Addict app. I follow the Curvy Sewing Collective (along with your blog) so I felt this podcast was the best of both worlds.


I’ve never heard of the Podcast Addict app, it sounds made for me. ;)


My daughter found it for me on Google Play.


What a moving and inspiring story from Jenny. Problems with fit in rtw plague women of all shapes and sizes and keep us on a roundabout of dissatisfaction and consumption. Well done for showing the way out of it.


I’m not only a public radio station but work for one on the East Coast. I think it’s a great podcast. You are right Sarai it’s not easy speaking in a certain way while maintaining a conversational tone. I come away from with being inspired and a profound sense of how sewing can enrich your life. Lastly, I love your tone.


Aww, thanks Sheri! I’m sure it will come more easily with time and a whole lot of practice (just like sewing). Just gotta keep making stuff!

Gretchen Potts



Really enjoyed this well presented and honest story. Congratulations!


Great podcast! I loved hearing Jenny’s story. Looking forward to the next one!!


A great podcast. Looking forward to hearing more.


Sarai, thank you for interviewing Jenny Rushmore for the first podcast. There are so many excellent sewing resources online, and time to tap into them so limited that it’s great to be able to go to Collette and tap into those trending, like Curvy Collective, without having to spend loads of time looking around.Coletterie is my first go-to site!


Loved this ! You can hear Jenny’s personality throughout, can tell she’s a lovely person. I would object to more of these :)


I’m British and I first heard about Jenny in an article in the Guardian. I was inspired then, and I’m now even more inspired now after actually hearing her! Thank you for making this podcast (and lovely patterns!) – I look forward to more!

Brooks Ann Camper

I literally had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes when the podcast ended. It is everything I love blended into a beautiful package. Storytelling and sewing are my two passions and I cannot wait to share my own sewing stories on future episodes! This podcast is a dream come true.


What a great way to kick off your podcast!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this interview and immediately shared with friends! You’ve set the bar high! I can’t wait for next months episode!


Love this! Immediately thought of the sewist Kelly Hogaboom. So prolific,, smart, and thoughtful. Find her at
I sound like a commercial! But I am a subscriber and fan of Seamwork and sincerely think my friend is a good match!


This is a wonderful story – inspiring and so well done! Special and heart felt thanks to both of you for putting this together. I will share this happily everywhere I can!


Well done! I really enjoyed the podcast and found Jenny to be an inspiring speaker. Congrats and I’m looking forward to the next one.

Anne Lyth

I enjoyed the podcast so much and can’t wait to listen to the next one. Well done.


Well done indeed! The sound quality is excellent and I loved the story telling and narrative style used. Great introduction. All in all, really fantastic.


I loved this! I loved listening to Jenny and her story, I can relate to so many things she talked about. I can’t wait until the next one. Very well done!!


Thank you for all your hard work! I really enjoyed the podcast….it’s actually the first one I ever listened to! Please keep them coming.

nothy lane

Excellent podcast! Really fun and interesting…what a great start! Jenny is such an interesting person, thanks for bringing her to life via her own words and stories!


Great first podcast! I loved listening to Jenny tell her story. She is such an inspiration to our sewing community and to body beautiful!


This is an engaging and delightful podcast — though you discuss bullying, I loved the positivity that emanated throughout. When you discussed the “I eat cake” campaign at the close, I thought of the shane koyczan poem “trolls,” and admire how the sewing community came together.


Thank you so much for introducing me to Jenny! What a delightful and engaging storyteller. This was the first podcast I’ve ever listened to – can’t wait for your next episode!


I absolutely adored Jenny & this first podcast was so excellent. Sarai, your voice is do rich!

This Sewing Life. Eat your heart out Ira ?


*so rich.



I felt really inspired when Jenny talked about reconciling perfectionism with the need to learn by doing when you’re sewing new things. I think it will help me be less worried to jump in and sew – some wonky seams are inevitable!


Such a great podcast! I am big fan of your blog and newsletter. At first I was skeptical about a sewing podcast, as I never listened to one before. Would it be like “dancing about architecture?” How could you capture sewing in a podcast? I get it now. This was a beautiful, inspiring episode and I look forward to hear more. I think both you and Jenny are very awesome ladies!


P.S. I will go leave a 5-star review!

julia rushing

terrific. absolutely terrific.


Thank you for a wonderful podcast, Sarai–I look forward to the next one. Jenny’s story was so inspiring, heartbreaking, interesting, and even funny at times. Thank you for interviewing her.


I REALLY enjoyed listening to this. Sarai – your voice is beautiful. Very much looking forward to the next one. Thank you!


Thank you for introducing me to sewing podcasts….. How have I survived without these injections of inspiration in my life?!


Great work team! A lovely first podcast with a very fine ambassador for home sewing! Looking forward to the next one!


thank you so much for this first podcast! I thought I would listen to it while doing other stuff, but I couldn’t! I had to stop and listen!
thanks Jenny for sharing your story, I loved hearing about you, your story and how people saw you in different places of the world!
truly inspiring story! I can’t wait for the next episode!


Wow, I was blown away by the content and quality of this podcast, considering it’s the very first episode! Jenny’s personality really shines through. I felt like I was sitting on the couch with her the entire time. Can’t way for more in the way of quality sewing podcast episodes from Seamwork Radio :-D


I loved the first episode of seamwrok radio, it made my afternoon work a really lovely time. Thank you


That was a great interview! I’m glad to know a bit more about Jennie who is indeed changing my life as well as others.
Bravo to the interviewer as well, it was great.

Jaime Hock

Fabulous!! Thank you.


loved this! love the message and the delivery! it sparked a good conversation with my daughter who i didn’t know was listening- she was indignant about the troll- and she’s 13- good stuff! thanks so much for all the work that went into this! :) i’d love to hear more.


Wonderful! I loved this podcast! I appreciated the whole body image talk!


This was excellent! It reminded me of a sewing This American Life. I cannot wait for the next one.


Wow, just finished listening to the first episode and had to tell you how impressed I am with the podcast. The quality reminded me of This American Life and Serial. Seriously excellent work, I’m really looking forward to new episodes!

Joost De Cock

I can only echo the sentiment voiced unanimously by all the others, this is great stuff.
You Sarai, are a natural born podcast host, Jenny is a fantastic and inspiring guest, and I am still floored by the production quality which is second to none.
I can’t wait to hear more!

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