CraftSanity Podcast Episode 107: A Conversation with Cal Patch

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  1. Debra says:

    What an inspiration! I’ve always been timid about launching into the realm of self-drafted designs, but this book looks like the perfect guideline for a newbie like me. Ready-made clothing is often so boring & predictable (not to mention poorly made & ill-fitting), so I’m looking forward to taking control of my wardrobe destiny. Tally-ho!

  2. Stephanie says:

    I loved this episode – and enjoyed getting to know Cal. Thanks for the interview!

  3. Laurel says:

    Thank you for doing this interview. I’ve wanted for years to have a really simple pattern I could use with various fabrics to get different types of clothes — but all the same basic pattern. I’m small and “mixed” pattern sizes as you described. I always thought I “should” be able to make my own patterns but wasn’t quite knowledgeable enough. This book sounds like just the thing.

  4. donna says:

    I need to make a whole new wardrobe! Nothing in my wardrobe fits and the clothes in the shops don’t inspire; I don’t want to look like everyone else. The interview has made me want to put the knitting down for a little while and dust off the sewing machine!

  5. Angela says:

    I would love to win this book. I’ve only made clothes for my daughter because I’m intimidated by the idea of making clothes for me. This would be a great help.

  6. Amy says:

    Great Show, Jennifer! My forays into sewing have been randomly successful. Mainly curtains, pillows, and baby quilts. I have yet to sew a successful garment for myself but I have knit many sweaters, socks, shawls and hats that are beautiful and one-of-a-kind. I am very interested in trying again to make beautiful sewn garments to go with all of my knitted and crocheted ones. This seems like a great book to start with.

  7. raebethriv says:

    Loved the interview! Reclaiming my craftlife as my girls are getting older. Got a new Janome last year & would like to keep it running nonstop! The book is definitely on my Wish List!!!

  8. Marcia says:

    This sounds like the book I’ve been waiting for all my life! I am short and plump so almost nothing in the stores fit me! I need to make almost everything from top to bottom. My first priority will be to make a nice top that would actually fit. Thanks!

  9. Joyce Speer says:

    I want this book – if I don’t buy it, I’ll buy it, but I love the idea of making my own clothes. I like the style of Wiksten, Steven Alan, etc. but a bit out of my range. If I could make my own just as well – I’d be happy.

  10. Joyce Speer says:

    I want this book .

  11. Aileen says:

    I’m inspired. Sign me up. Thanks for another great interview. I really enjoy the sewing interviews.

  12. I loved this interview and will definitely acquire this book. I’d sure love to win it, but I’ll be buying it if not.

    Thanks for an inspiring ‘cast!

  13. kiandra says:

    this book is #1 on my christmas list…thanks so much for providing wonderful interviews like this one for us crafters to listen to while burning the midnight oil! i always walk away inspired and happy to be able to sit down and do my craft!

    thanks for inspiring!!

  14. dorothy says:

    I would love to be able to make 50’s style dresses. fitted bodice, full skirt, the whole nine yards. I don’t know if it was women themselves back then, or their underwear, but a lot of the authentic vintage dresses’ measurements just don’t seem to fit my body type.
    that kathy dress looks perfect too. so sign me up for the draw! I can’t wait to get my hands on this book…

  15. Upstatelisa says:

    Love your podcasts! Great interview!!!! This book is now on my wishlist!!!!!

  16. Lisa Livoti Struble says:

    I love your show. My daughter has just started sewing and I want to get this book for her for Christmas. She is very creative and is always changing patterns and things for what she wants. They don’t always work but maybe this will give her some direction on how to change things and have them work.

  17. Jeannie Zeller says:

    I just discovered your awesome blog today. Potholder looms in wood? They’re on my Christmas list. And now, this book info. Can’t wait to drag out the old Elna and start sewing again.

  18. Diane Roeder says:

    This definitely sounds like a book to own! I used to sew, stopped for years, and have been tempted back into sewing because of the need to finish handwoven items and for surface design. It would be nice to be able to create some patterns that fit well for using my handwoven yardage.


  19. Amy says:

    Oh how I want this book! Thanks so much for interviewing Cal Patch- I love sewing and designing but the mechanics of pattern drafting have always escaped me!

  20. Lee says:

    My ipod died a few weeks ago and I finally got my new ipod loaded with your latest podcast. I would love to have this book. Just what I need. If I don’t win, thanks anyway for a charming podcast that I love. Keep up the good work!

  21. Fiona says:

    Just finished listening to this podcast and I loved it. I agreed with so much that Cal said – about making your own clothes and not really needing many, about people getting back to basics, etc. I make all of my kids clothes and any new clothes that I need, and would love this book to help with some pattern designing.

  22. Jacett says:

    I’m starting to learn how to sew and would love to win a book.

  23. Debra says:

    I used to make a lot of my own clothes in college, dresses mostly as that was the dress code. I decided that it was easier to make them than it was to take store-bought dresses apart at the waistline to shorten them enough to fit me properly. I stopped making clothes at some point because my shape changed and I was tired of trying to alter the store-bought patterns to fit me. I would love to get back to making my own clothes with a copy of Cal’s book.

  24. beky says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I just emailed the link to my 3 craftin sisters!!!! This is what we’ve all been waiting for-finally a way to make patterns for our short limbed bodies!

  25. Melissa Maebe says:

    I’d love to make a dress! Love it even more if I’d win this book :D


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