An Interview with Claire!

Someone wrote a comment recently on my post about making Claire a bro/binder– they thought it would be a fun idea for me to interview Claire and post it to the blog. Claire and I had joked a bit about doing that very same thing, not thinking that we would actually do it, but after I read the commenter’s suggestion, I thought, WHY NOT? Initially I was just going to ask Claire some questions and then type out her answers, but it seemed like making a video would be quicker and more fun. Also, I can’t ignore the importance of queer visibility across any all platforms- these days, whether you’re taking a knee during the national anthem, correcting people on their use of your preferred pronouns, or calling your senators to demand that they provide smart and affordable healthcare options to ALL their constituents, making yourself seen and heard on your own terms feels revolutionary. So here we are! Talking about binders, bros, intimate apparel and the gender binary! Cause my sewing is just as intersectional as my feminism is!

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. Caroline
    Caroline says:

    How lovely to see Claire in person. You two look so sweet together. Also, awesome that you’ve managed to design something for her that fits her needs perfectly and that she can actually wear everyday.

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    • Jasika Nicole
      Jasika Nicole says:

      She’s great, right? We had such a good time making this and we are trying to figure out how we can collaborate on more stuff together. I have a great idea for another video to make, we just have to find the time to do it!

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  2. christiane
    christiane says:

    Lovely interview and thanks for making me familiar with Bros..I longed for one as a 11 or 12 yo, felt kind of exposed, and knowing nothing about ‘female intimate apparel’ made that worse. nowadays I’m looking like I’m wearing a bro without actually wearing one. Except for the nippleage.. ha! was that the term.

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  3. Renee
    Renee says:

    You DO have an amazing sense of humor. I love how you and Claire play off of each other. Your interactions are so sweet. I also really appreciate that you put information out there like this for people like me who are oblivious and worried about saying the wrong thing or looking stupid and asking a question. Back in high school there was a girl who only wore sports bras and I couldn’t figure out why. Now, I have a better understanding of what she must have been going through.

    Well, sounds like you have a lot of work to do Ms Jasika Claire seems like a good GM for the project

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  4. Celeste Morris
    Celeste Morris says:

    I found your blog through one sewist link/comment or another and on this crazy ass election day in Alabama I feel compelled to reach out. I’ve enjoyed your blog so much for your sewing, your humor and your humanity! That alone is more than enough, but knowing you grew up in Birmingham, AL is particularly poignant for me as my childhood was spent in a super small town (Brewton) in south Alabama. I attended the local Junior College (Jefferson Davis Junior College, no less!!!!) for my first degree! Hey, I had a free ride for academics and it was my only ticket out! After moving to the grand metropolis of Chattanooga, I even returned to Birmingham for my Master’s degree at UAB. Despite my horror at some of the things going on in the world today and the abhorrent Alabama candidates making national news – your life and my sisters who remain in Prattville (one works for the Anti-defamation League as a researcher of hate crimes and another is an amazing teacher/humanitarian) give me hope for Alabama and us all. Thanks.

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    • Jasika Nicole
      Jasika Nicole says:

      Thanks so much for your note, Celeste, and thank you for reading- I so appreciate that you have added me to your sewing/making roster of blogs to follow 🙂 I haven’t lived in Alabama in about 20 years so I am not sure how much hope I can offer for helping establish a more progressive and inclusive state down there, but I share the same wishes in hoping that it gets better, too. I also wish you continued healing and a bright, healthy future! I read some of your posts after reading the title of your blog because my wife was diagnosed with melanoma for the first time last year. The spot has since been removed with clear margins, but she has had suspicious/pre-cancerous moles removed throughout our 11 years together, and she feels so worried that they will keep popping up. I told her that you suggest that anyone diagnosed with melanoma get a specialist, and she felt super encouraged by the idea, so we are going to ask her GP for referrals on her next visit. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us, and for being so brave and transparent about your journey!

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  5. Linda (ACraftyScrivener)
    Linda (ACraftyScrivener) says:

    That was so cool, in so many different ways – the look that you gave the camera when Claire started in on the modifications for next time – totally nailed it, I just spent my *precious* sewing time making a customized pocket for my husband’s phone on his camelback for biking, and he comes back with ‘suggestions’ – , lol! But we want to make them happy! I love the idea of the bro but find my breasts ache after wearing tighter sports bras after a couple of hours – but, admittedly, I am a lot older!

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  6. lsaspacey
    lsaspacey says:

    Loved this, you guys should definitely make more videos together! I loved the captions and the musical breaks. Btw, what was the “nipplage or whatever” music?

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    • Jasika Nicole
      Jasika Nicole says:

      Thank you! We are talking about doing another funny video that is moderately sewing related, but we have also been talking about making a podcast for the LONGEST- we have some great ideas, whether or not we actually implement them is another story, lol! The music is from a song called Balicky Bon by a band called Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, which is an all-instrumental ensemble that Claire and I ran into in the subway station in NYC yeeeeears ago when we used to live there. I bought their CD right then and there, and I had NEVER bought a cd of a subway musician before (nor have I since, lol). They are incredible and the whole album is A++++ (you might have heard of them? They have been featured on tons of hip hop and r&b artists over the past several years).

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