Podcast Episodes

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 – there 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 LaughingMedia 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:

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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.

Ok bye.

 

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Episode 39: Retail Nightmares with Alicia Tobin

Guess what?! We are so excited to finally have friend of the podcast and fellow podcaster Alicia Tobin to chit chat about the retail experience among many other things. If you aren’t listening to Alicia’s podcast Retail Nightmares, please stop what you are doing and change your life to accommodate for it.

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So what is up with the Hags?
Katie found a weird and lovely dress at a local vintage store and foolishly didn’t buy it. Now she lives her life in regret and sorrow (after stalking everyone in the store to make sure they didn’t have it). What a dumb dummy.
PS – if it was you who bought this dress and you don’t want it anymore, let me know because I want it! boo hoo 😦

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Aside from being a sick exo-skeleton, Evan went to Kamloops for a preview of the play Only Drunks and Children Tell The Truth about a young aboriginal family and it was stunning.

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Abby participated in a panel for Morgan Brayton’s Morgan Brayton and Other People on OutTV talking about being a Mom and mom stuff! Very exciting.
As if that wasn’t enough, she and Dave were guests on the podcast Can I Pet Your Dog as if it was no big deal at all. Check out the podcast and their amazing facebook group if you are so inclined. Also this:

Alicia has a new job that, speaking of dogs, is dog friendly and terrific. More importantly, she found her bathing suit just in time for summer and we should all be so lucky to have the right one at the right time.

So, what is the worst part of working in retail? It’s a toss-up between all-night inventory, customer service requests, returns, and cutting people out of broken dresses. Turns out retail is not for the faint of heart. For actual horror stories, please listen to Alicia’s podcast!

For the record, here’s what those laundry symbols are for those of you who don’t just throw everything in on hot.

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By the way, you can’t return a bathing suit or underwear ever at all so don’t try. It’s gross and even if it’s not gross it’s safe to assume it’s gross.

An example of a Planogram for those who are curious. It’s very technical, obviously.

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Obsessions!

Katie has been spending a bunch of time playing Settlers of Catan and tarnishing friendships in the process. This shit gets hella real.
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Evan is obsessed with a new Amazon Prime show called The Collection (and it looks amaze):


Abby is obsessed, once again, with the book created for the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the MET. It is a stunning book and worth every penny.

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Alicia is obsessed and always will be on the hunt for the perfect blue and white striped shirt. It is a lifelong battle that we all know well.

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Thank-you all so much for listening! Make sure to check out Retail Nightmares and thanks again to Alicia Tobin for such a great chat!

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.

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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 24: Fashion Lookbooks

What’s a lookbook? Why does it matter? Who even cares?
Well the Hags do, so let’s get into it.

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First off, Abby has been exercising some self-care during the science-fiction nightmare we call pregnancy with a weird orange drink, a relaxing massage, and a manicure. Ooh la la.

Then she yelled at a dumb lady talking through a comedy show and ate a donut like the fucking champion we know her to be.

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Katie celebrated a birthday we agreed was probably somewhere in the early 30’s with ribs and bourbon and a cozy new blanket scarf. But more important is the new turn-crank popcorn pot of her dreams. Fall 2016 is now called Popcorn Time.4153Z0G472L.jpg

 

Evan went to the Hermès exhibition in Vancouver that was highlighting their handwork and techniques of the iconic French luxury brand. Do yourself a favour and look at some videos of how their goods are made because it will make that price tag make sense.

Evan grabbed a couple lookbooks from the exhibition so let’s get into what the whole deal is, shall we?

 

Basically a lookbook is a fancy way of showcasing a product or a collection or a collaboration for marketing and promotional purposes. It’s basically a mini magazine used as a selling tool. But fancy. And specific. And usually not for the public (sorry, suckers) although more and more are available digitally on brand websites.

Shopbop has a collection of lookbooks that are fun to peruse, like this tiny selection from DVF. Notice how it says ‘shop this look’ at the bottom? Don’t be fooled by the pretty pictures, this shit is all for you to BUY:

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Evan has been working on his lookbook for his latest collection, Origins, and chats about the process, the work involved, and the story associated with the imagery created. Here is a sneak peek at some of the images that will be in the final digital lookbook, launching soon!

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Brands use lookbooks to create an image and tell a specific story in order to sell it. Sometimes it is beautiful and sometimes it is garbage but either way it is designed as a selling tool. You might check out a lookbook and love the imagery they create or you might feel skeezy and gross because it sexist or misogynist or just kinda icky (American Apparel we are looking at you a little bit…):

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Next time you are shopping online, take a look to see if there is a lookbook to browse. A lot of time and money and energy likely went into making it and it may affect your purchasing habits. If you like what you see, you’ll be more inclined to buy. If you don’t, you may want to pass on that set of stockings or skeezy cotton underwear.

A sideways tangent takes the Hags down a bitch-fest about the Kardashian Klan dominating the September issues this season. Boo hoo.

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Line sheets are different from lookbooks but often go hand in hand. They are a tool created for buyers to select different pieces from a collection for their particular store. They don’t get shown to consumers because they are not public information. They can also be beautiful or garbage as well, but these at least have a way more limited audience – boutique owners, buyers, PR people, etc, but not regular Joe Civilians.

Once again, go see The Eye Has To Travel.

Pinterest is a pretty great place to get an idea of what kind of images a brand would use in their lookbook and there are tonnes of places to see more, including brand webpages themselves. Trendland, Coolhunting, and of course brand Instagram’s and Tumblr’s are also good places to see what kind of stories these companies are creating. Check ’em out or whatever.

Obsessions!

After some technical difficulties (not pressing the only button needing pressing) it’s time for our obsessions.
Katie is still on the true crime train with a podcast called My Favorite Murder. It is worth a listen but if you are not into true crime, you probably won’t like it – it is about murder, after all. But if you are as sick and twisted and interested in crazy stories about crazy people, it is definitely a good listen.

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Evan is obsessed with Julie Houts‘ instagram @jooleeloren, for obvious reasons:

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Abby is obessed with a new album by local indie group, Tuns. It features three rad Canadian musicians from three rad other bands coming together for a rad new project. It has been heavily on repeat at the Shumka house.

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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 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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