Melissa Fehr is one amazing lady! Not only has she run 7 marathons, battled through a grisly bone marrow transplant and been on the GB Transpant Olympics Team she has also bought out many active wear sewing patterns, a craftsy course oh and a BOOK. To say this women is inspiring would be a massive understatement!
We have such a great chat with Melissa – who, as she said, could talk for Britain too – just talking about one of her incredible endeavours would be enough to fill a whole episode but we managed to delve into as much as possible from her sewing story, past her unbelievable health and fitness journey to the universe giving her back opportunities to not only get her stuck into something but give the sewing community so much amazing content.
You can’t talk about sewing active wear without mentioning Fehr Trade – she is the queen of making for movement and it was amazing to hear her unbelievable story – we think everyone will get joy and inspiration from this episode – she is truly remarkable and we loved having her in the podcast nook!
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
Melissa is the one woman show behind Fehr Trade Sewing Patterns who also teaches sewing with Activewear in people, online and through her book.
ALL THE THINGS MENTIONED
Melissa’a Blog: http://blog.fehrtrade.com/gallery/420/our-diy-wedding-refashioning-my-grandmothers-gown/
“Sew Your Own Activewear” book links:
Loads of blog posts and tutorials: http://blog.fehrtrade.com/book
Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2k9eNJp
Amazon USA: http://a.co/aB2FfKV
(Also available in Canada, France, Australia, Germany, and digitally on Kindle & Nook)
Photoshoot in Hampstead Heath:
Running in book outfits!
Bone Marrow Transplant
Bone Marrow Donation links:
Age 16-30 – https://www.anthonynolan.org
Age 18-55 – https://www.dkms.org.uk
Regular blood donator – https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk
Age 18-44 – https://bethematch.org
Age 18-55 – https://www.dkms.org
Age 18-45 – https://www.abmdr.org.au
Regular blood donator – https://www.donateblood.com.au
And loads more registries around the world! Usually each country has at least one.
Anthony Nolan’s support-
Burda Style Magazine twist top – 2005 : https://sewing.patternreview.com/patterns/8822
Teaching – New Craft House:
30th September – https://shop.thenewcrafthouse.com/collections/workshops/products/learn-to-sew-activewear?variant=8397248135219
“Serging Activewear” Craftsy class: http://shrsl.com/101es
NEW PATTERN COMING! 🙂
Great British Sewing Bee :
+++ Theme song created by Stephen Ellis +++
+++ Podcast edited by Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis +++