Fall Sewing Plans

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Patterns Mentioned: Vogue 1940, Simplicity 8982, Mimi G for Simplicity 9687 KnowMe 2046, The Rushcutter Dress by In the Folds, The Naomi Shirt by Coffee and Thread

Lisa Woolfork

Lisa Woolfork is an associate professor of English specializing in African American literature and culture. Her teaching and research explore Black women writers, Black identity, trauma theory, and American slavery. She is the founder of Black Women Stitch, the sewing group where Black lives matter. She is also the host/producer of Stitch Please, a weekly audio podcast that centers on Black women, girls, and femmes in sewing. In the summer of 2017, she actively resisted the white supremacist marches in her community, Charlottesville, Virginia. The city became a symbol of lethal resurging white supremacist violence. She remains active in a variety of university and community initiatives, including the Community Engaged Scholars program. She believes in the power of creative liberation.

Get Your Stitch Together tips from the episode:

  • Lisa’s fall sewing plans to accommodate her medical boot
  • Her plans to make a failed Simplicity knit pattern again
  • How wide leg pants could fit over her boot
  • Ideas for hacking a Vogue dress into a tunic
  • Tips for extending a shirtdress into a tunic
  • Tricks for adjusting patterns for curvy figures
  • Lisa’s thoughts on dress pockets and stretchy zippers
  • How Mimi G’s wide pants could work with the boot
  • Fabrics Lisa enjoys for fall sewing


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