The SMS20 leadership is comprised of a diverse group of intermediate to advanced sewists with unique influence in the online sewing world. Give them a follow!

Paulette, SMS20 Coordinator

Hi, I’m Paulette Erato. I drink and I sew things. Want to know more? You’re actually on my blog right now, so you can go to my About Me page. You really want to know more about the fabulous people leading the challenge with me this year, so scroll on down to learn more about them!

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Blogger WinMichele standing in a tank and jeans looking off camera


Hi, I’m Michele from the desert landscapes of Arizona. I’m a mother and a wife. I have a passion for sewing and want to explore all thing creative. What makes me happy about sewing is not just the needle and thread but the math behind it. So much that I enrolled as a pattern-making student at my local college. I document my journey through this creative world while stitching my dreams to life. 

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Blogger Minna posing with her arm around a dressmaker mannequin


Nice to meet you! My name is Minna, and I’m the person running The Shapes of Fabric. I started this blog about two years ago to have a place where I could share my knowledge of pattern making.

In real life, I’m a freelance patternmaker with a background in the jewelry branch. I’m originally from Finland but been living in Italy for over 10 years already.

Pattern making is definitely my thing. I’m grateful to have a chance to help and inspire other people to learn this craft, too. Whether it’s drafting patterns from scratch or just modifying existing patterns. I’m excited to be a part of #SMS2020 team!

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Blogger Carol in a white turtleneck with hands in her pockets


Although some of you know me over on Instagram as @Chatterstitch, in real life and Facebook I’m Carol! Carol without an e as my dad forgot when he went to register me as a baby! Although I love to travel, I’ve lived in the glorious county of Yorkshire, England my whole life. Where I love all things crafty (particularly dressmaking) but also Gin, Coffee, and Chocolate!

I’ve been sewing since before I can remember, originally taught by my mum and school but recently much more inspired by the fabulous community on Instagram and Facebook! There’s nothing I love more than to sew, share my makes (and yours!). So don’t be shy, please tell me all about your makes!

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Blogger Julian in a bright turquoise and orange shirt


My name is Julian Collins a 30-something black queer male sewist from Cincinnati Ohio. In my day job, I work in community outreach for a regional philanthropy organization but outside of work I’m the person behind Julian Creates and the group Sew “Manly” on Facebook. I have always been fascinated by sewing but took a serious leap into the craft almost 4 years ago.  My focus is mainly menswear but have sewn a variety of items.  I just love the concept of turning a flat fabric into wearable art.

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Blogger Leanne in a green floral dress


My name’s Leanne and I’m based out of Phoenix, AZ. I’m a 30 year old sewist who has the sweetest husband and the 2 cutest cats you’d ever meet. I’ve been sewing for about 3 years and I look to my machine when I’m in need of self care. I’m a big advocate for inclusion in pattern companies, particularly when it comes to their sizing.  Sewing has given me more confidence and self love than I’ve ever had before and I’m forever grateful for how it’s changed my life.

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Blogger Aaronica in a sleeveless floral dress and black hat


Aaronica Cole is an ex-Gordon Gartrell designer gone mainstream who’s been sewing most of her life. After falling out of love with sewing at the ripe old age of 13, she fell back in love at 30 and hasn’t stopped since. You can find her building her wardrobe with everyday basics with a dope spin on them and avoiding directions from patterns when she’s not hacking them to be something unique. Follow her threads at

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Blogger Ari with bright aqua hair and a striped black and white shirt


Hello! I’m Ari and I’m on a slow evolving quest to be the most colourful person I know. I’m from Australia (near Brisbane!) and I’m the mum of three amazing kids who constantly inspire me and age me at the same time. I’m inspired by 90s pop culture, sailor moon, kpop, street fashion and my current dream is to learn men’s tailoring! I’m always tired but always thinking of things I want to create!

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