CraftSanity Podcast Episode 107: A Conversation with Cal Patch

by jennifer

Grab your latest project and settle in for a long chat with clothing designer and author, Cal Patch, the creative force behind the Hodge Podge clothing label.

Immediately after opening Cal’s new book, I knew that it was going to be one of those books that would change my creative life. I want to sew more of my own clothes and often get disappointed when my projects don’t pan out. Enter Cal and her fabulous book, “Design-It-Yourself Clothes Patternmaking Simplified.” Cal has been teaching sewing and pattern making in New York for years, so this book is especially great for those of us who live too far away to take one of her classes in person.

kathydressWhat I love about this book is that in it Cal walks the reader through all the steps necessary to sew a successful garment. She starts readers out with preparing to make patterns and taking measurements and then through a series of cute garments including skirts, pants, dresses and blouses, increasing the degree of difficultly as you go.

I admit it, I tried to skip ahead to the fun “Kathy Dress” on p. 131, but quickly went back to the beginning because the book is set up in a way that each pattern builds off techniques introduced earlier. So essentially this book is like an independent study in fashion design and Cal is our teacher.

Tune in to this episode of CraftSanity to hear the story of Cal’s creative journey that has led her from the face paced life of a fashion designer living in the city to her current creative life in the country as  a designer and budding crafty farmer. Speaking from her experience as a designer, seamstress, author, teacher and crocheter, Cal’s great storytelling is sure to inspire you.

Enter to Win: Leave a comment below about this episode and tell use what you want to sew for yourself and you’ll be in the running to win a copy of “Design-It-Yourself Clothes Patternmaking Simplied” courtesy of Potter Craft.

Thanks to my sponsor Etsy Dallas
If you are around the Dallas, Texas area later this month, check out the Jingle Bash being held by Etsy Dallas.

The event features quality handmade goods from over 50 local artists and designers – just in time for all your holiday shopping. In addition, the Jingle Bash will include music, a full bar, free raffle, AND the first 50 shoppers will receive a silk screened reusable grocery tote full of handmade goodies. Admission is free.

Jingle Bash is from 1-7 p.m. Saturday at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm Street.

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