Episode Nineteen – Blogging Vs. Vlogging with Emily Tan and Jen Walker

This week’s guests are Emily of Self Assembly Required and Jen of Gingerthread Girl!

A lot of people tell us that Stitcher’s Brew Podcast is like having friends in their sewing room (and we LOVE hearing that – thankyou!) – we think this one might just be our most ‘hanging out with friends’ one yet – in fact I think all of us forgot we were recording and just did what we did best – natter on about all things sewing!!

Fans of indie patterns, online fabric sellers and any kind of sewing or craft are going to love this one as we talk about everything from their sewing stories to their favourite sewlebrities!

We do also cover the reason we got them on the podcast sofa – blogging VS. vlogging – as they both excel at both of these things and give us all tips and tricks to help us all become pros!

Hope you have the kettle on – cos 4 giggly friends are about to come over and talk for Britain!! 😉


This episode is sponsored by Pfaff who make amazing sewing machines for all styles. There are overlockers, coverstitch machines and embroidery machines for beginners to keen sewers. We both love Pfaff machines and couldn’t recommend them enough – they sew through any fabric like it’s quilting cotton, that’ll be down to the IDT, the integrated walking-foot.

Go visit their amazing range at www.pfaff.com





Emily is the superstar blogger and recent vlogger behind Self Assembly Required.


Jen is the lovely lady of Gingerthread girl with a popular blog and vlog.


Emily is a dentist!!

Jen – Job is like Devil wears Prada:

Emily – mum did pattern cutting course at LCF

Jen – Nina Lee’s Kew Dress in
Atelier Brunette Double gauze fabric:

Walthamstow market:

Jen – Tilly & The Buttons Bettine Dress:

First make – Mortmain by Gather:

Fitting masterclass with Charlotte Newland (winner of GBSB) at Village Haberdashery

Sway back dictionary definition:

an abnormally hollowed back, especially in a horse; lordosis.

IN SEWING TERMS – A hollow back, especially in a lot of sewers!

Megan is wearing this… Eve Dress by Sew Over It:

Emily – Bridesmaids outfits:

Travel blog – Emily’s Little World

Burda dress:

Jen – Old blog is a wedding blog called ‘Little Red Briding Hood’ (sadly it’s no more!)

T.A.T.B Mila dungarees

We all stalk Emily on insta!!

Gabby also has this fabric and it’s available on Minerva Crafts

Bloggers we love:

What Katie Sews

Did You Make That
Million Dresses
House Of Pinheiro

T.A.T.B Stretch Book – Pics of Emily!

Both have amazing vlog backgrounds 🙂

THAT knitted throw!

Jen’s Vlog with spring updates – going back to work:

Xanthe Berkley – stop motion videos
imovie tutorials

Stop Motion app – FREE!
£13 Amazon tripod
£3 mobile phone holder

Emily films on Iphone 8

Jen films on Canon 200d 

Emily takes photos on Fuji film X100T

Link to get border apps

Jen – Kalle shirt dress in Spoonflower fabric:


Emily’s favourite pattern company –


Closet Case

DP Studio

(Shauni Magnifique)

Jolie Bobbins

I am Patterns

By Hand London – Flora Dress

OrangeuseLondres Trench coat

VICTORY PATTERNS – new Trench coat:

Madeline skirt

Emily made me ruffle my Freya!! SO HAPPY!

Em Makes and Bakes

Jen’s favourite fabric online shops – Guthrie & Ghani
Sew Me Sunshine
Like Sew Amazing

Wear Lemonade

How much do we want Emily to launch the UK equivalent – RTW and patterns??!! 🙂

Tilly on Blogtacular podcast

I was going to edit out the bit about launching Gabberdashery Patterns but as it’s all out in the open now I kept that in!! 🙂

Cashmerette on Love To Sew Podcast

Our Vlogging inspirations – The Fold Line
Sew Happy Alex (the bombshell!!)

Later app

We’ll leave you with…


Ru Paul!!

+++ Theme song created by Stephen Ellis +++

+++ Podcast edited by Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis +++

Gabby Young



Megan Valero

Pigeon Wishes


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