Podcast Episodes

Episode 41: Lyndi Barrett of Style Calling

After months of failures, the Hags finally succeeded in getting our guest Lyndi Barrett of StyleCalling.com into the basement for a hot chat. Turns out all it took was for our schedules to work out! And don’t get too bothered, it was only hot temperature-wise: Lyndi is very cool. And she knows all the best fashion words. Let’s get into it, mmk?

 

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Before you do anything, check out her gorgeous blog, Style Calling if for nothing other than dreamy pics of her adorable dog Madison. He’s so fancy he lives in a mountain chalet in Whistler. What a gooooood booooooooyyy!!

One of the great words Lyndi knows is Ruana, a drapey scarf-style cover up like this one that Katie found at the East Side Flea. Please ignore the fact that this photo was not taken by a professional or even in a room resembling anything remotely close to professional. If there is one thing the Hags are not, it’s professional.

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Lyndi is also a teacher at Blanche MacDonald here in Vancouver. It’s a great school that primarily focusses on esthetics and make-up design but they also have a Fashion Design program that is worth checking out if you are curious about Fashion Schools.

Obsessions!

Abby and Katie jointly were obsessed with The Keepers on Netflix. It’s a tough watch but so good. Get ready to get angry enough to pace the floor a few times.

Lyndi is also obsessed with the documentaries on Netflix and with so many to choose from, how can you pick just one?

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Katie is obsessed with a new pair of shoes she got from Maiwa on Granville Island here in Vancouver. These handmade leather Jutis simply could not be left in the store because I mean, please.

Evan paid a trip to Hey Jude and fell in love with the¬†Boy Smells candles they have available there. His first choice is “Kush” but there are lots of smelly boys to choose from.

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For some reason we’ll never understand (yeah right) Abby is obsessed with a new app called Patternator:

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I mean, come on. How could you not?

Thanks so much for listening! You can find Lyndi at StyleCalling.com as well at on facebook and @stylecalling on instagram and twitter. So do that, yes?

As for the Hags, find us in all the usual places.

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

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Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

Kthanksbye.

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Episode 40: Sewing Wins and Woes

First of all, THANK-YOU TO EVERYONE WHO ORDERED A SHIRT YOU GUYS ARE DOPE AS SHIT AND WE LOVE YOU DEARLY. We could not be more excited about it and we have the best fans in the universe.

Don’t forget there is only one¬†way to wear it: HOWEVER THE HELL YOU WANT.

 

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This episode is all about sewing and the love/hate relationship we have with it (and we suspect all sewers have as well). But before we get into it, Abby as really been keen on Margot’s personal style choices lately and we must agree (partly because those boots are directly from our youth):

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Evan has been dancing with a local Metis dance company and invited some pals out to participate in a fundraiser. It basically turned into a Metis kitchen party complete with a fiddle player and old songs from way back when.

Katie got a brand new hair cut for the summer but, more importantly, has been making more combs and they are turning out pretty great.

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She’s also been swooning over a gorgeous First Nation¬†cedar woven hats like this one by Haida artist and weaver Donna Cranmer (available at I-Hos Gallery):

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On to the meat of the matter: sewing is the backbone of the fashion industry and gets little attention in the grand scheme of things, especially considering how much there is to know and learn about it. It is a skill that used to be much more prevalent in the common population but has become less and less necessary to learn in the days of fast fashion.

In fashion school, all the Hags had to make a bunch of garments to learn specific skills and patterns, including this hideous vest, not for human consumption:

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A basic diagram of knits versus wovens (very basic Рthere are tonnes of variations of both):

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A sewing ham (or tailors ham) and sleeve ham (or banana ham as Katie calls it):

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A fashion student’s best friend: seam ripper

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Any great tips or sewing woes? Please feel free to comment below!

Obsessions!

Evan is obsessed with three things this week¬†but we’ll allow it. He’s getting to know his indigenous background more thoroughly and has been listening to a trifecta of podcasts:
Ryan McMan’s Red Man Laughing,¬†Media Indigena, and Skoden Chronicles.
If you are interested in indigenous cultures and Canadian indigenous history, give these a listen!

Abby has been obsessed with The Dressmaker:

 

Katie is obsessed with finding the perfect Spring jacket. It’s hard to pin down, it doesn’t have a specific shape or style or colour, but it is out there and it will be found. It isn’t any of these google images, that’s for sure.

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Thanks for listening!
As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

Ok bye.

 

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Episode 34: Stitch & Bitch 2 Featuring Claire Gabereau

Inspired by a handful of great emails we’ve received in the last little while, we decided to go back to one of our most fun episodes to record – a good old fashioned stitch and bitch. We invited our former classmate and local costumer/performer/Technical Developer/super rad lady Claire Gabereau to join in the sesh and boy, does it get giggly.

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Buckle up, Hags!
We are much excite.

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Evan has been regaling us with stories of a new puppy – yes please always – and Abby, despite being a full time Mom of two babes, has outdone the rest of us with perfect nails, just like in school. Infuriating.

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The Ducharme Family’s new puppy, Libby.

Katie and Abby went to a sports – a hockey, to be exact – and it was very out of character but super fun. One of the teams won the sports and a good time was had by all.

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Claire has been rehearsing for an upcoming dance performance as part of an art show called Ciliate 9. Check out the facebook event and go support local artists/musicians, performers!

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Claire works for a local based global company essentially as a garment nerd. It is so great that she/we have been able to find work that is rewarding as it is not always easy to find work in fashion at all, let alone something you actually enjoy.
It is also worth mentioning that you finishing school does not mean you actually know anything. The amount there is left to learn is  much much much vaster than what you see in school. So exciting!

Internships are often a part of the fashion education but not always. The expectation that you work for free is almost always part of an internship.

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Commercial fabric cutting (with chain mail glove included) is fucking terrifying:

 

Obsessions!

Katie is obsessed with a cute foxy fabric and the making of a cute summer skirt (with pockets!)

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Evan has been obsessed with the spooky scary podcast Lore and has blasted through most of the episodes this week:

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Abby has been playing Lindsay Lohan’s¬†Rumors on repeat for some reason and now you can too:


Claire is obsessed with a new wig and frankly we are all shocked that it took this long.

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Thank-you all so much for listening and reaching out! We love that shit so much and it makes us feel so warm and fuzzy and fabulous.

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from you.

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com for some probably outdated posts.
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com.

 

 

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Episode 22: Fashion School Stitch n’ Bitch

Hi Gang! So sorry for the delay in getting this episode out! Life happened and we had to respond accordingly.

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Catching up, Evan celebrated a birthday but more importantly, QUIT HIS JOB!
It went something like this, at least in our minds:

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Congrats, Evan! No more retail, ever again.

Abby, still pregnant, is stuck in compression socks and trying to catch them on. Vim and Vigr is a company that is trying to do the same, although not as cool as we want them to be.¬†¬†Come on, where’s the pizza print?

More importantly, she got a kid-free getaway to LA, staying at the supremely cool Standard Hotel.

Katie dealt with a plethora of events, including a run-in with a grizzly bear, as illustrated by husband @lebigfun:

Also watched an important documentary on Netflix called¬†The Mask You Live In¬†about masculinity and the dangers of the phrase “Be a man.” A¬†must-watch:


On to the topic at hand: Fashion School: Stitch and Bitch. Hold on tight for some personal reminiscence from all the Hags as we trip down memory lane.

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There are not a lot of fashion schools in Canada and each of us did quite a bit of research before arriving at the school we chose. There are many ways to enter the Fashion industry and going to school is only one way of doing it.
For example, a degree program (Bachelor) is a 4 year program that gives you a more generally-rounded education that usually requires a portfolio for acceptance. There is only one in Vancouver (Kwantlen Polytechnic University). A diploma program (which the Hags all chose) is a shorter program that is more hands-on and more fast-tracked. It gets you a diploma instead of a degree but depending on where you want to go, can easily be enough to open the right doors.
PS – a job is never guaranteed at the end of it, regardless of the education you acquire.

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PPS – Katie’s blog (redbirdsuite.com) was started as a chronicle for the fashion school experience so if you are interested in how it looks, give it a read. It is from a few years ago but if you start here¬†on Day 1, you can follow along. Shameless plug.

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Being in fashion school can be both tremendously frustrating but also a source of great pride. Abby found great frustration in digital pattern drafting, using programs that look like this:

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as well as just the sheer fact of sharing a workspace with other students (which can be a fucking NIGHTMARE).

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But her final collection, Spotty Recollections, was a source of major pride, because it is fucking awesome and she and everyone else knows it:

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Evan’s collection featured colour and it was fucking gorgeous too:

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Katie’s final collection was likewise a source of pride but not as much as the portfolio itself:

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Photos courtesy of Searching For Style, photographed by Matthew Burditt, styled by Deanna Palkowski

(The story about the snaps is here.)

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What a trip down memory lane! If you have any proud moments of fashion school (or fucking nightmares that are totally worth sharing) please feel free to drop us a line or comment below and we’ll mention them on the show (if you want). We love that shit.

We will also talk again about fashion school in a bit more detail in future episodes so let us know what you want to hear about.

Obessions!

Katie has been searching feverishly for the right pair of shoes for the wedding party. These are not them:

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Neither are these monstrosities (egad):

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The struggle is real.

Evan is obsessed with the podcast You Must Remember This. 

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Check it on iTunes or the website above. It features such good storytelling and throwback glamour and is currently lighting Evan’s fire. (PS – Katie just listened to the Charles Manson series and could NOT STOP. Much excite. Very good.)

Abby’s obsession is the sister brand to H&M called COS. It is Abby’s dream wardrobe factory and there is a new location opening in Vancouver (shit yeaahh). She stopped by a location in LA and nearly died.

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Thanks again for listening and apologies again for missing the last episode – we hope you are still tuning in!

As always, you can follow us on:

Instagram@fashionhagspodcast
Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.

LISTEN, RATE, SUBSCRIBE on iTUNES! Don’t forget to tell your friends how great we are.

Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog, redbirdsuite.wordpress.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

 

 

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