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Linda MacPhee’s tv show

MarshaK | Posted in General Sewing Info on

One of the local TV channels from Edmonton announced on the news a week or so ago that Linda MacPhee has completed filming 26 new episodes of her TV show and they will begin airing in September on Access here and 50 PBS channels throughout the US.  Isn’t that great! This is an interesting show with a lot of info. Is this where I am supposed to say that I am not affiliated with Linda and her company? I just think she is a fun person who has a lot of ideas for sewing interesting and unique garments. I have spoken to her several times at the sewing show. Marsha.


  1. Minnie63 | | #1

    Can I plan on watching it in the U.S. or will this only be in Canada?
    Sounds great.

    1. MarshaK | | #2

      Linda's show will be on The Learning Channel and Access here in Canada and 50 PBS Channels throughout the US. Hopefully you have an PBS station in your area and will be able to watch the show. Marsha.

  2. Gloriasews | | #3

    We haven't heard from you for ages - welcome back!  Thanks so much for the info - I'll definitely be watching for it!


    1. MarshaK | | #4

      I have been right here, reading what everyone else has to say! I wish I could have run off to some place cooler. From the little bit CTV showed of Linda's new season of show it looks to be a good one, there was a gal being wrapped up in paper tape as is done for the Duct Tape Dummy. Marsha. 

      1. Gloriasews | | #5

        Thanks so much, Marsha, for the info - looks good - especially to see someone actually doing the tape dummy.  I'll start looking at the TV guide in Sept. 

        Have you ordered any of Linda's T-shirt patterns? (I have been intrigued by the one that has the diagonal strip across the front & can't imagine how it would fit).  I have several of her jacket & coat patterns that I bought years ago when she had a shop close to my home, but haven't ordered any lately - she has a lot more now than she did then.


        1. MarshaK | | #6

          Hi Gloria, I don't have the t-shirt pattern you mentioned, it's one of her newer ones isn't it? If I recall correctly she was showing it at the Creative Stitches Show this Spring, in her fashion show, but either sold out of the pattern or didn't bring any. My friend was wanting to buy one right after the fashion show ended but there weren't any. Now that the retail stores are closed everything is online. I'm glad I hung on to the last catalog they printed, it's the one from their 25th year in business, I think. At least I can see some of the patterns and garments made up. I have quite a few of her jacket and coat patterns, I made a winter jacket from the bomber jacket pattern, added a snap-on hood from the parka pattern, after more than 12 years it's still my favorite. I used needlepunch holfil and kasha satin lining and it's warm enough for our Canadian winter. I guess it may be time to sew up a new one, or wear the other four or five jackets and parkas I've made in the past two years. Marsha.

          1. Gloriasews | | #7

            How did that diagonal-pieced T-shirt look on the model?  How did it fit?  (The pattern doesn't indicate if the diagonal piece is cut on the bias or not). What kind of knit did they use - did they use a contrast colour, print, or what?  (As you can tell, I wasn't able to attend the Creative Stitches this year).  I am wondering if the style would suit an older, heavier person (me, unfortunately).

            Your use of the kasha satin for a coat lining sounds good.  A wool coat I had as a child had that lining, with a layer of chamois in the shoulders  from the bottom of the armscye in back to the bottom of the armscye in front, but I still had to wear sweaters under it to keep warm in the winter, as the sleeves were cold.  A few years ago, after freezing every winter waiting for the bus to go to work, I made a winter coat out of a Velux blanket (bad choice, as I didn't know the blanket had a foam core, which began to show after a couple of years at all the edges), with Thinsulate under cotton broadcloth lining. The coat was very warm outside in the winter, but unbearably hot when worn shopping.  It was the warmest winter coat I ever owned & washed beautifully.  I have also found that a hood makes all the difference in the winter to keep warm, especially if you're out in the wind for any length of time.   When I make my next one, I think I'll use fleece, which should wear better & will be lighter in weight.  I will also still line it with the Thinsulate, so it'll still be washable & warm.

          2. MarshaK | | #8

            I'm afraid I can't give you very much help with the t-shirt and how it looked on the model. Wasn't paying that close attention. I'm sure if you contacted Linda either by phone or e-mail she'd be able to tell you how it's put together. I've used fleece as the lining on a couple of jackets I made with corduroy on the outside. Fleece was patterned in a southwest design and I matched the color of the corduroy to the dominate color, one is green and the other jacket is rust brown. The weight of the two fabrics together is just right for the not so freezing cold of some winter days, I wear the brown one throughout the fall and even in spring. All my winter jackets have hoods, and most of the hoods have fur around the edge, I walk uptown in the winter and that fur is great to keep the wind off my face. Let's stop talking about winter and get out and enjoy the summer, while we still have it! Marsha.

          3. Gloriasews | | #9

            You're right, Marsha, about enjoying the summer (but it's too hot for me).  Someone on the radio said the other day that it's only 100 days & counting down until winter arrives.

            You're right about the fleece, too - I've worn mine to -5C comfortably (if I'm not outside too long) - it's just comfortable to wear in the stores in winter.  Below -5C, I have to switch to my winter coat, which I only wore in January when it was -26C for a few weeks.

            I'll send Linda an e-mail, as you suggested.  Thanks.


  3. Elaray | | #10

    I certainly hope my local PBS channel carries the show. It seems there are very few sewing TV shows in production. I'm only aware of "Sewing With Nancy"

    1. MarshaK | | #11

      I don't know what part of the country you are in, the show will be on 50 PBS channels throughout the US. If you've never seen Linda's show before you'll enjoy it. Especially if you like to sew things quickly using simple patterns, it's the embellishments and fabric treatments that make the garment. Marsha.

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