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the Sewing Bee watch part II (it might be over, but we're still sewing)

(259 Posts)

I thought I'd better start a new thread so that we don't lose it!

Original part here...

Background - flubba got excited by The Great British Sewing Bee and we all piled in too grin

DeWe Sat 21-Dec-13 19:54:22

I've just made dd2 (age 10yo) a Christmas dress. She told me it was "quite old fashioned".

It's a glorious blue, with little reindeer and santa all over, and I used a Daisy Kingdom pattern, enlarged and changed in some areas, with trim that looked like snowballs, and star button fastenings. She wore it to school for Christmas dress up day.

neddle Thu 19-Dec-13 23:05:36

My mum wants to buy me some sewing stuff for christmas, but I'm not sure what to get.
I was thinking about some different needles and presser feet, but which ones would I get most use out of?
I've been sewing small things so far andstarting on clothing. I've seen sets of 10 or 15 on ebay but not sure if they're any good?

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 17:59:37

My local WIs all seem to be filled with older ladies.

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 17:32:40

Oops meant to type start yr own <gives phone the evil eye>

Maybe we should start Mumsnet crafty bees....

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 17:29:46

Sorry CanYou, I am on the Essex Coast but we are a brand new WI. You could always at your own, we already have a wait list as we have 120 members!

And Soupie, if it was my fantasy we would be making hats <scribbles furiously in her book>

CanYouKeepASecret2 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:46:57

Is there any chance you are near me LatteLady, as I'd love to join a WI with that much craft focus? (Cambridgeshire)

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 16:19:20

Are you, perhaps, living out your crafty fantasies through the WI? smile

LatteLady Tue 17-Dec-13 15:51:48

I have to organise the WI Craft group for 2014... I am in the planning stages. It seems like they want to do everything (well they will be missing out on cross stitch!) We are starting with a t-shirt customisation in January, fabric paints, fancy stitching, freehand embroidery, applique and something rather exciting with a pair of scissors is the way I am going!

We will be knitting, dressing a child around the world, making etui boxes, patchwork, crochet, creating a decoupage box, wet felting, to say nothing of my plans for next Christmas, embroidery... perhaps a spot of smocking even. You should see my planning book, I am lining up a few good speakers too, I wonder if May is free....

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Tue 17-Dec-13 11:30:31

I want to be able to sit around a table with Patrick like minded friends and craft and chat. [sigh]

CanIMakeItToChristmas Sun 15-Dec-13 21:06:44

Yes, I just want to stroke all the materials. [can we have a saddo emoticon?]

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 21:00:41

Time, skill and that wonderful sewing room smile

CanIMakeItToChristmas Sun 15-Dec-13 20:26:56

Love it! I watch it and pretend I have the time and skill to emulate them all. The Christmas house ... fenvy

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 18:04:39

Hang on - it's today! I didn't realise.

May still watch it with no children about to spoil it though smile

DoesntLeftoverTurkeySoupDragOn Sun 15-Dec-13 18:02:59

Oooooh! I shall have to watch it on iPlayer when I'm home from my parents' house with no children smile

BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 18:00:35

<does a little dance> I'm surprisingly thrilled by this. Thanks AnAdventure

BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 17:59:46

Oh no, panic over. It dove-tails nicely with Strictly. Not surprising really as I'm pretty sure the Sewing Bee audience is a subset of the Strictly audience. <sets recorder>

BaaHumbug Sun 15-Dec-13 17:55:54

Is that going to clash with Strictly?

AnAdventureInCakeAndWine Sun 15-Dec-13 17:52:19

I've started up a sewing business now, to fill in the gap when I close the shop.

I'm selling cloth nappies, and making stuff too.

I set up a facebook page and a website, and sent off some homemade clothes to some testers (all costing me money- just to get honest feedback)
they were all really positive about them, so it looks good so far.

And I bought a Loop Turner! grin
It just arrived.
I mainly want it to thread elastic into waistbands of toddler trousers - though it'd be more efficient than hunting for safety pins and forcing them through...

Shesparkles Wed 31-Jul-13 13:18:18

An update from me too!

I'm still teaching grin I have 6 regulars and once the summer holidays are past I'm looking to expand by organising workshops. I've bought another 2 machines for this and can't wait to get started!

eeky Tue 23-Jul-13 06:42:08

It is amazing, Helles. Lots of rummaging through fabric needed in the offcuts but very worth it. I have driven past the shop for years not bothering to go in as looks v nondescript from outside, but huge once you get in. They also sell patterns, yarn, craft stuff, and any bit of haberdashery you could possibly want. Free demonstrations, and classes in other branches too.
Very old-fashioned in a lovely way, and staff who all know what they are talking about. Patient with questions such as: can you tell me where the lightweight fusible interlining is, please, and what I do with it?! blush

HellesBelles396 Tue 23-Jul-13 06:13:13

Abakhan sounds amazing!!

Looking forward to seeing how we each get on with our projects.

eeky Mon 22-Jul-13 20:39:16

Just worked up courage to start sewing again at 42y - used to sew quite a bit as a teenager, incl dressmaking. Never really learnt how to do things properly, though!

I visited Abakhan in Stoke-on-trent today and have had a great time. They sell fabrics by the metre as usual, but have huge amounts of large offcuts at brilliant prices. I bought a pattern for an extremely simple long sleeveless summer dress with a swishy skirt (no zips!), three lots of 3 metres of pure linen in French blue, choc brown and terracotta. Matching thread, interfacing - total £40!

Will report back when I have started...

HellesBelles396 Sat 20-Jul-13 20:43:40

No-one (including me) has posted on here for a while but...

...after much fabric and pattern buying, I have finally started work on my first item of clothing - a tunic top.

Hope everyone is still sewing.

HalleLouja Fri 28-Jun-13 21:20:11

I like the Made by Dana website. I made a skirt for DD (which she didn't like) and am going to make some shorts from there.

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