Anyone else going to join me on the Sewing Bee watch?

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flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:06:36

A bit excited about it



blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:11:51

Me too grin

Forgot it was tonight, am at a relative's house and can't work their telly/sky box thing blush

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:13:07

Oh noes, you will have to iPlayer it.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:14:15

Oh Rhinestone grin sad - don't worry, we'll keep you up to date while you jab away at their silly controls smile

So far, they've been given a pattern for an A-line skirt to follow. They have nearly every demographic covered in their 'contestants' or whatever they're called.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:14:56

If you've got t'internet, you should be able to watch it live on BBC?

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:15:05

Ooo history bit. It is very much following the GBBO formula.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:16:43

Am soooo jealous they've got that massive fabric stash at their disposal!

Good point, will try telly on netbook and MN from phone...

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:17:57

I am loving the young blonde ones fabric combination

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:18:23

Doh. Didn't know that's why we make bias binding on the bias - thought it was for strength, not 'give' blush

Educational, this is! grin

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:18:41

Yes, me too blue

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:19:18

I am really new to sewing, just learning the basics at the moment so this is way out of my depth. blush


ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:20:17

Hello all - can't decide yet if I am jealous, thinking I could do it better or because they are better than me. Loving the big sewing room and fabric choice.

Winkleman's commentary is a bit annoying

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:20:25

Not sure as to that blue gingham, red ribbon combo. Bit too Dorothy for me.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:21:22

Eughhh those roses!! Bless Anne! grin

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:21:31

Winkelman is always annoying angry

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:21:38

Yes, chocolate I'm the same! smile

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:22:21

What channel are you on?

Blue with flowery ribbon v nice.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:22:53

although I don't think I could make these skirts for toffee. Not sure I could follow a pattern

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:23:10

Sandra, that fabric shock

Bbc 2

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:23:21

Beeb 2 chipping

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:24:00


flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:24:09

Which one is Sandra?

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:24:21

Oops - they just showed her!

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:24:56

The one who just won the first round, very busy floral fabric. Looked chiffon-y at first but couldn't tell properly.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:26:00

Right, channel sorted.

I (clearly) hadn't heard about it. Mind you, that's not really surprising, I have TIVO set up to record the things I like and don't channel surf or watch the Ads -there's probably a zillion things I miss that I'd love!

Looks interesting... (I'll have to watch the start on play again)

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:26:17

Oh, I'm going to start wearing my measuring tape round my neck to look all knowledgeable and that grin

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:27:12

flubba haha brilliant! Make lots of hmm noises and nod accordingly.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:27:14


Just to copy what I wrote on the dead thread...

I think it needs someone with a lighter touch than Claudia. The GBBO works because Mel and Sue are funny and don't take it too seriously. I'm also a little hmm by the slightly patronisjng way they're explainging the ultra-basics.

I mean, would the kind of person who's chosen to watch this really not going to know what an A-line skirt is?

However I'm still going to keep watching it, because sometimes you can learn something and it's always inspiring to one's own efforts smile

Place marking because I'm useless at telly watching and mnetting at the same time. Sorry.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:29:00

yes, shall practise that blue hmm, yes >nods sagely< being careful not to dislodge the newly adorned measuring tape

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:29:41

Agree needs a lighter touch, am trying to think who would work...

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:30:23

MakesCakes I just text my friend and her 8 year old is going to watch it, so just assume all the 'patronising' bits are aimed at her grin

Yes, Claudia seems like an odd choice.

Jo Brand? (no. Not really)

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:31:16

Alan Carr grin

Enjoying though! And I am not gifted at sewing!

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:31:46

Blue - Sandra's fabric looks like a liberty tana lawn cotton fabric to me

Sorry had to pause for DS needing settling so am 10 mins behind

Chipping - I'd made an A-line skirt by the time I was 8 <huffs>

Mind you, my mum went to domestic science college, so I had a head start through her

I want Angela as a Granny.

Just saying.

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:32:33

Why does it all have to be a competition? They're not actually showing how to do things. Very irritating.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:33:05

DP just pipes up out of nowhere and says this would be better with Mel and Sue. We are wayy ahead haha

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:33:11

I can make an A line skirt, but not sure I'd like the pressure of a rims challenge to be honest!

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:34:43

Fnaaar to be pressured into a rim challenge

I apologise. As you were. grin

Ooh Sandra. Not good!

Rims? Did I miss something?

The judges are a little dour...

I dunno, I really want to enjoy this programme, but it's like a badly sewn in label on the neck of a new top - you can't help but be irritated by it.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:36:36

MakesCakes - I'd made clothes for my teddy, does that count?

I would like Ann to win today's challenge. Usually, older people seem to give way to the young in these type of shows. I would love to see experience win over youth smile

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:37:16

grin what the heck was I trying to say there!

Sorry shouldn't type and watch at the same time

Oh wow - Claudia just made me laugh for the first time ever.

Oops. Ann, not Angela. Doh.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:38:28

chipping grin

I'd made a denim jacket and skirt for a sindy doll. Does that count?

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:38:52

Yes, go Ann!

Lottapianos Tue 02-Apr-13 20:38:57

Don't give a fig about the sewing but that bearded Patrick bloke is seriously hot. I am a fool for a bearded man, especially if he's tall and dark too <drools>

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:39:19

Not keen on Tilly's early "I must be an overachiever" thing.

Had an email last yr about taking part (have craft blog).

Love sewing but the competitive element really doesn't appeal.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:40:33

But Rhine we would have had an insider...

Ann must win, surely?

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:41:16

Lotta - you are welcome to him, not my type At All grin

Flubba - I think we were both clearly talented grin but obviously not as talented as Makes wink

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:41:42

OMG that cutter Michelle has is amazing.

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:41:45

Tilly has a sewing blog too....

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:42:18

Nobody contacted me sad sniff

Haha, yes to the boobs comment - made me laugh!

I missed Tilly's comment - silly Tilly.

I like the bearded one too (but is he not called Mark?)

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:42:25

Ooh yes Lotta he is quite dishy

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 20:43:37

Tilly is a bit if a PTA - Ann to win for me too
Or Sandra if she reins in the flowery stuff

Chipping - it's useful for patchwork. It's on my wishlist...

and nah, not talented, I never finished hemming the damn thing.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:43:42

Bias binding maker???

That was a shit 'step by step' guide.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:43:59

Who was Jane??

What's the young Scottish lass called? I quite like her for second place after Ann.

And Tilly is too smug

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:44:40

Cars mini skirt

Oh dear, Lauren...

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:45:05

Chipping I thought that. If you needed the guide it wasn't at all helpful, yet not needed for someone with experience.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:45:25

Aww, love him! Getting all choked up at his work

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:45:38

Oh vintage car woman (as you can tell I am not good with names)

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:46:24

The problem with this programme is that it's too simplistic for a moderately-expert sewer, and too complicated for a beginner. They haven't really explained bias binding but suddenly they throw in an airy reference to a bias-binding maker. It's neither one thing nor another.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:46:33

MORE florals from Sandra

(they may have edited that to make Lauren's fit look worse than it actually was, though)

Well... my mate's mum is friends with the female judge. Will that do?

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:47:34

Sorry blueraincoat, x-posted!

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:47:49

Do they all have the same machines to work with?

I had mark down as a LARP-er. Was a bit surprised when he was Steam punk.

He'd make an ace viking type.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:48:38

Blueraincoat - exactly. I didn't need it and E wouldn't be able to make it even if she watched it several times. Waste of time.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:49:14

makescakes grin

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:49:23

Rhine - I don't blame you for saying 'No thanks' - too much pressure and too much 'creative' editing.

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 20:49:47

Is that Tilly with the rose in her hair?

Also - I hate this time constraint. It doesn't add anything to the whole thing. Surely the whole point of a hand-sewn garment is that it took time and care, not that it was knocked up in half an hour. This is making me very grouchy now. I'd say that a sewing deadline was more likely to be measured in weeks and days, not hours and minutes like with cooking. I'm getting progressively more grumpy.

But the nice thing is that I am now inspired to join a beginners sewing class. I can cook well, so understand what you mean about not really catering to either beginner or expert but still feel excited. I would be happy to be able to make decent soft furnishings for my home smile

Yup. Tilly is flower girl

Just seems to be a thing now, has to be a competition.

Although they are giving them a fair bit of free rein -- and a comment that they keep making about Ann is that she is selecting projects that she can complete to a high standard in the time available (as opposed to some others who are biting off more than they can chew).

cat - have you tried looking online for blog tutorials? I've made cushions and curtains by following those - they're super.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:52:53

The not steam-punk man's dress made the model look pregnant. She wasn't right?

Sandra's dress reminds me of Victoria Wood in Dinnerladies.

I do like Tilly's dress though - despite the scallops. Badly fitted though.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:53:48

Stuart's dress looks like a maternity one (and that fabric is giving me a headache)

Time constraint is silly, but I suppose they have to give some time limit so that it gives a level playing field for the competition.

I'd definitely be out on this challenge! grin

bran Tue 02-Apr-13 20:54:07

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:54:46

blue snap! smile

See, now I think they all look shoddy for having a machine sewn hem. Poorly done. That should be invisibly sewn with a slip stitch surely?

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:55:12

iplayer it bran

Thanks makes cakes, will have a look!!

bran - it's the Beeb. You have iPlayer

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:55:45

This is such a shame, this could have been so good. It is the whole not mainstream/not niche enough, they should have picked one and run with it.

Saturday, 17.05, bran.

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 20:56:51

One of the first things I was taught, never machine stitch a hem.

bran Tue 02-Apr-13 20:57:30

Message withdrawn at poster's request.


Keep it simple stupid!

Ambridge Tue 02-Apr-13 20:58:44

Hooray for Ann grin

blue - exactly!

I'd love to see more tutorials on adapting existing clothes

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 20:59:28

blue we could have been tut tutting or admiring you right now!

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 21:00:28

Hahahahaha, I'd proudly present my cushion cover as the others display their wedding dress creations.

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 21:00:38

Cat - look at the Denman College (WI) as there were still spaces last week on some of the beginners sewing courses with May Martin as your tutor. They are ££ but residential and incl meals.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 21:00:49

Well thank you for the company ladies (and I've learned that you should never machine stitch a hem smile )

See you next week?

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 21:00:57

Ooops I always used to machine stitch my hems, I don't anymore but that's because I'm too fat & can't be arsed making clothes for myself anymore

ChippingInIsEggceptional Tue 02-Apr-13 21:02:06

Hopefully smile I'll set a reminder on my phone!

Denman college is very very near me, but too £££

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 02-Apr-13 21:02:55

See you all next week flowers

cocolepew Tue 02-Apr-13 21:06:08

First time on an arts and crafts thread !
I loved it, and I speak as a woman who glued on her DDs Brownie badges <gets threw off arts and crafts thread>

See you all next week (away from home at the mo but itching to get stitching when I get back)

pollypanic Tue 02-Apr-13 21:07:26

Michelle should not have gone. I think they just wanted to keep the bloke in.

Also loving Patrick Grant!

Lessthanaballpark Tue 02-Apr-13 21:12:21

Oooh I'm just starting to watch it on iPlayer - but now I know who left! confused

fossil971 Tue 02-Apr-13 21:12:56

I liked it, some bits were terrible though! The step by step bag would have been better with some of the natty little graphics rather than "cut out four rectangles". Did they shove that in at the last minute? These things are always more about the personalities and the "oh no, only 5 minutes to go" than the actual craft taking place but I thought it was quite inspiring.

TBH it's so rare to see a craft programme on mainstream TV apart from the ubiquitous Kirstie I hope it does well and leads on to more interesting ones.

EffieTheDuck Tue 02-Apr-13 21:14:10

<joins in late>

I love Ann. Elegance personified.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 02-Apr-13 21:15:01

I loved it but, perhaps unfairly, was shocked at what some of the contestants didn't know - not matching patterns, not stay-stitching something cut on the diagonal so that it didn't stretch, etc.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 21:18:29

Gah just realised I'll be at the ILs next week - so no watching and no internet. Will do a a Likely Lads and hide the thread until I've caught up.

flubba Tue 02-Apr-13 21:19:29

ooh garden I don't understand any of what you just said blush

I agree with whoever said it was too easy for experts but too complicated for a beginner. It would have been nice to be shown how to do the binding without the machine.

Loved it though and will be watching next week. It shows that even experienced sewers get it wrong and that it's ok.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 02-Apr-13 21:29:47

Sorry, flubba.

I taught myself to sew from Very Easy Very Vogue patterns, having always bunked off sewing at school. But what I do remember is that, when cutting out, you should make sure that big motifs - huge flowers or whatever - are centrally placed and that they meet neatly at seams. So, for example and as the judge said, the chap who made the boldly-patterned dress should have cut out the back so that the seam ran through the centre of the leaf-shape and when the two pieces were joined together it looked like one leaf.

And if you cut something - it's usually a neckline , a shoulder line or the front edge of a dress bodice - so that the cut goes diagonally across the grain of the fabric [the grain is the length of the fabric], you should then sew along that edge, just inside the seam line and with very small stitches, so that the edge is stabilised and doesn't stretch. Generally, the stretch that you get on the diagonal is a good thing - that's why we saw one of the competitors making bias binding to finish off a hem, as the bias makes it flexible - but you don't want it when it means that part of the garment could be stretched out of shape.

newgirl Tue 02-Apr-13 21:35:55

Loved it - I'm definitely a beginner and found it inspiring - just enough info to find out more - 10 yr old loved it too and didn't know what an a line skirt is (jeans wearing mum...)

bluebump Tue 02-Apr-13 21:39:25

Ann is lovely!

blueraincoat Tue 02-Apr-13 21:41:27

I will be back next week but so far it isn't blowing me away sadly

Love love love the show so far. As a beginner machine sewer (but experienced hand sewer and embroiderer) I'm finding it a very inspiring watch.

I am starting to make home furnishings (did my first roman blind yesterday on my new/old 1970s Jones that I got for a song on ebay), and today knocked up a little pinny as a gift for a 4th birthday party DD was going to. Both have been a success but I would never have thought about attempting clothing until watching the show today. Now I think I might have a go.

Love Ann. What a lovely lady. V talented too.

stealthsquiggle Tue 02-Apr-13 21:54:37

Whilst I couldn't begin to compete (don't really make clothes, apart from the odd dress for DD and lots of costumes), my DC took one look and said "they're in Mummy heaven" - and they were not wrong grin. Do you think they gave them time to drool and get it over with before they started the clock?

ibbydibby Tue 02-Apr-13 21:54:56

Loved it. Sat and watched whole thing, whilst knitting, don't watch much TV and was, for me, pure indulgence. I see it as an "inspirational" programme rather than "teaching" may just push me that little bit more to take up one of the projects I have seen in a quiliting book I borrowed from the library. (Am knitter rather than sew-er)

V envious of the sewing room!

Soupa Tue 02-Apr-13 21:58:54

Anyone else want a bias binding machine thingy, never knew you could.

Loved Ann, was surprised at what some of them didn't know too but maybe the timing distorts it. Am always sewing bits wrong under pressure.

Delighted to have a programme I can discuss with my mum for once, shame it's so derivative. I don't think it needed the bake off format.

I make children's clothes, but they are mostly straight up and down. Sewing for me will involve doing a FBA or a sway back adjustment and while in theory I know how to do both of those, in practice they scare me.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 02-Apr-13 22:14:31

I have a bias binding thingy. In the days when I used to make my own clothes, I used to finish the raw edge of hems with bias binding as it makes for a neater finish than folding the edge twice, but I never got the knack of using the thingy. Mind you, I wasn't such a dab hand with the steam iron as tonight's contestant.

fossil971 Tue 02-Apr-13 22:18:14

<trivia> I did a bias binding hem on my wedding dress all around the train so that when I picked the train up both sides were neat, and the lining and the dress didn't part company. Very grateful to the experienced lady who gave me that tip.

Now we have all seen how to make an embellished A line skirt we can put White Stuff out of business grin

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Tue 02-Apr-13 22:27:51

Joking aside, tonight's show has made me think that I ought to make my summer skirts. Mind you, my zip insertion technique has always been a bit iffy.

MrsPennyapple Tue 02-Apr-13 22:32:46

I enjoyed it, as a pp said I found it more inspiring than informative. I dabble in lots of crafts but have always been a bit of a scaredy when it comes to making clothes. I allow things to get in the way and then say I don't have time. Would really love to do a dress-making course at college or something.

I have a bias binding maker! Haven't used it yet though...

Soupa Tue 02-Apr-13 22:45:33

Well am going to get one, am watching again with dp. He wants o learn to sew...currently he thinks it's a dark art but I don't think my mystique will last for long.

Lessthanaballpark Tue 02-Apr-13 22:51:59

Just finished. Loved it - I think that by the time the series is done I'm going to want to adopt Ann as my granny! She's so classy. That broderie anglaise top was gorgeous.

We enjoyed it here, I would love to have access to all that material etc. and the space to work, but agree that the laundry bag tutorial was too rushed, but then I discovered the instructions in The Radio Times (free copy).
We all want Ann as our Granny to make us lovely clothes - DDs were a bit shocked when it looked as though she is being criticised next week!

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 08:08:07

I was planning on watching this on iPlayer this evening. Is it worth it?

I zig zag stitch the raw edge of my hem then turn it up once. I would love an over locker...

I zig zag stitch the raw edge of my hem then turn it up once. I would love an over locker...

MrsPennyapple Wed 03-Apr-13 10:44:39

I liked Ann from the start, it was immediately obvious that she knows her stuff.

I'd say it's worth a watch, Soup

ChocolateCremeEggBag Wed 03-Apr-13 10:54:41

Hi Soup - definitely worth watching:
- Lovely big sewing work room to gaze at
- Dishy beardy male judge
- Lots of nice fabric
- different ideas for the same pattern (skirt/top/dress)
- Some useful tips
- History of dressmaking sections

Cons (or bits that could annoy you)
- Claudia Winkleman's patronizing commentary
- overconfident Tilly (but she does get comeuppance slightly grin)
- focus on time pressure and people rather than the making of the clothes (but then they have to make it a "show")
- random bag tutorial which went from basic to "use a bias binding machine" as if we all have one hmm

I will keep watching - I want Ann to win! And it's getting me inspired to get my half made skirt and summer dress finished.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 11:01:46

Oooh - I"ll have to get my bias binding machine out of the cupboard in my huge sewing room *

Fabulous smile

*This is a figment of my imagination

EffieTheDuck Wed 03-Apr-13 11:13:07

I had never heard of a bias binding machine but I googled and you can get all different sizes. shock I want one now.
Do you cut a great long strip of material, sew another piece on for length then feed it through the machine?
<thick question alert> Do you cut it on the bias and how do you know which is the bias?

armagh Wed 03-Apr-13 11:25:16

I player doesn't work in ireland sadly

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 11:29:19

Someone once recommended Tunnelbear to me for pretending you are in another country on your PC etc. IIRC it allows you to watch things like iPlayer.

outtolunchagain Wed 03-Apr-13 11:35:09

I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would , it doesn't have the bounce of the bake off but I think that is inevitable because anyone can bake a cake if you have an oven, the ingredients and a recipe book. Sewing is a bit more serious I think and demands more sewing specific skills

It brought back lots of memories for me as one of my grandmothers was a fantastic dressmaker and I had wardrobes full of dresses as a child and barely wore bought clothes until about age 9 except the obligatory kilt sent fromAberdeen with an Arran jumper knitted by the other grandmother ( demon knitter).

I like Ann( she is on ravelry by the way as Is Lauren) but I also liked the lady from Birmingham because she was a real home sewer , altering her daughters' clothes and making things for them and the pic of her daughters reminded me of me and my cousins in matching dressessmile

Odd the way one person suddenly left half way through, seemed to get them out of a hole though .

I think she was ill. She's going to come back later if she's ok.

I missed the beginning. Can I ask a question about the format pls. Is it elimination or is it like 'killer' where they keep bringing new people in and it's a sort of winner stays on thing?

outtolunchagain Wed 03-Apr-13 11:46:52

I think two are meant to go each week but because one was ill only one went this week , not sure if that means three will go next week . Similar format to the bake off.

It's elimination, like the Bake-Off (although this is only over 4 weeks).

Thanks. I couldn't get my head round it.

I didn't watch Bake Off. shock

outtolunchagain Wed 03-Apr-13 11:51:51

Good Lord you didn't watch the bake off , get thee to iplayer or wherever , it's unmissable telly here !Ds1 even says loads of people watch it at Unigrin

LetUsPrey Wed 03-Apr-13 12:04:36

Loved the Bake Off even though I'm a rubbish cook! However, I cook better than I sew blush

Having said that, I enjoyed the Sewing Bee very much. I like Ann and the young Scottish girl. I'd like to see Mark do well too.

I also very much liked Judge Patrick grin

I'm not that keen on baking. Double shock. grin

purples Wed 03-Apr-13 12:45:23

I only caught the second half of it , and loved it. Planning to watch the whole show tonight on i player.

The sewing room looks fantastic, imagine having all that room, access to all that beautiful material, massive choice of buttons, good lighting, everything you could possible need on hand; it's just wonderful an Aladdins cave of delights for a sewer.
I used to do a little sewing and hated having to keep tidying everything up so I could use the dining table for it's proper purpose! It's giving me inspiration to drag my old sewing machine out.

I was really sorry to see Michelle leave, I know the dress didn't quite turn out as planned and silk can be a bit of a difficult fabric to sew. But she was lovely, I'd definitely rather someone else had to go.

Ann is what everyones granny should be like: elegant, knowledgeable, calm, talented, graceful, resourceful.... anyone know if she is up for adoption???????

purples Wed 03-Apr-13 13:24:18

Just been on amazon and seen the book which goes with the series "The Great British sewing bee". Any tried the book yet? I was thinking of getting a copy but was wondering if it is it worth investing in.

PipkinsPal Wed 03-Apr-13 16:02:13

The gadget used to make the pull cords for the laundry bag really got me excited. I hope the programme inspires me to have another go at making clothes. My first attempt, a summer top for my niece came out quite well if I say so myself. Unfortunately by the time I had finished it she had grown and it didn't fit her!

PipkinsPal Wed 03-Apr-13 16:03:11

purples - I thought Ann was lovely too. A real lady with nimble fingers.

MrsPennyapple Wed 03-Apr-13 16:41:57


Do you cut a great long strip of material, sew another piece on for length then feed it through the machine?

Yep. Or feed through machine and then sew, the seam might be too bulky to go through. You'd have to try it, depends on your fabric.

<thick question alert> Do you cut it on the bias and how do you know which is the bias?

Not a thick question at all! "Bias" means diagonally across the grain of the fabric. So look at how the threads that make up the fabric run horizontally and vertically, and cut your strips diagonally.

Does anyone else think this thread is going to be more useful to beginners than the program itself. grin

ChocolateCremeEggBag Wed 03-Apr-13 17:20:28

Hi Purples - I'm going to wait and see if I can flick through it in a bookshop. It will depend on how many projects it has that are what I want to make - sometimes this type of book hits the sweet spot with lots of things you want to actually make, other times it's just a read once and discard.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 17:56:42

I thought Camp Man (Stuart?) was going out. Rather surprised at Michelle.

newgirl Wed 03-Apr-13 17:56:58

really like claudia - perfectly happy with her on the show - like her on radio 2 at the mo too.

much better than paul hollywood boringggg

Doyouthinktheysaurus Wed 03-Apr-13 19:00:51

I loved this programme. Really made me want to make something. I can crochet and I'm making cushions and blankets at the moment but I'd lime to sew something. Years ago I had a sewing machine and made very dodgy dresses but I haven't done any sewing for years.

I've been wanting a new sewing machine for some time and now I really, really want one.....

I also would like to look like Anne when I grow up and I want to find the tall, bearded man in my Christmas stockinggrin

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 19:31:16

Crochet and sewing... I plan on making this for DD.

purples Wed 03-Apr-13 19:59:39

Good idea ChocolateCremeEggBag I think I might be visiting a book shop soon, just so I can have a little peek at the book. wink

Reading one review on amazon someone said that the dress challenge "summer dress" made by Stuart is included. I'm wondering what other patterns from future episodes will be in the book....
There seems to be over 25 projectsin the book, including a tea dress, summer dress, prom dress, waistcoat, a couple of jackets, a couple of blouses including Button-back Blouse, tunic, circular skirt, pencil skirt, pyjama bottoms well as homeware patterns. And also a section on basic sewing skills.
BUT bear in mind that the patterns are only for size 8 to 16!!!
ALSO another downside seems to be that several of the patterns must be scanned in and enlarged, or downloaded and printed. That sounds quite a fiddly job in itself to do even before you get to the fabric!

purples Wed 03-Apr-13 20:02:23

SoupDragon that is a seriously lovely pattern,smile, makes me want to take up crochet.

coffeeinbed Wed 03-Apr-13 20:08:34

SoupDragon, I had one of these.
I made it out of cheesecloth, crochet and some beads.

I'd forgotten all about it, until now.
I must have been 18.

flubba Wed 03-Apr-13 21:04:15

I'm wondering if I can wing it and make an A-Line skirt without a pattern or am I talking crazy? I'd been planning on doing one with some lovely fabric I have but didn't know where to begin and now feel like I could give it a go. The darts insertion bit and making the zip invisible were quite useful to see.

coffeeinbed Wed 03-Apr-13 21:21:57

You need one of those invisible zipper feet to put in an invisible zipper.
I bought one after ripping the life out of a simple skirt.
Haven't used it yet! blush

MrsPennyapple Wed 03-Apr-13 21:23:15

I thought the camp guy was history too, surprised they kept him in. I liked Michelle's neckline change, where she put the beaded lace panel in. Not something I'd wear, but I thought it was a good idea, just badly executed. (Far beyond my own skills though, I have to admit.)

I'm not a fan of Claudia, I don't detest her or anything, I just wonder why she tries to hide her eyes under her fringe all the time.

I loved the cream and navy spotty dress the other guy made, I would definitely make something like that. (I rarely wear dresses but I'd like to think I would wear that if I made it.)

flubba Wed 03-Apr-13 21:39:38

Oh, that's good to know coffee ~ I think I'd have just tried to get some more fabric onto the side of it with my normal zipper foot blush
Maybe I'll just be happy to see the zip grin

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 21:45:32

I'm sure Posted some links to a line skirt patterns in Arts and Crafts not so long ago.

SoupDragon Wed 03-Apr-13 21:48:04

here is the thread I posted on.

Putting in a zIp or doing proper sewing requires a large amount of tacking - having fancy feet for the machines is like having a good oven when you can't break eggs ...

Loving the work room and all that gorgeous fabric.

At the beginning, the material they use to make that dress looks remarkably like the London range of patchwork fabric ...

coffeeinbed Wed 03-Apr-13 21:51:17

I can break eggs though.
and I can iron.

Oops ... smile

coffeeinbed Wed 03-Apr-13 22:00:27

the green fabric?
It was all wrong. What was he thinking.
Can't use patchwork fabric for clothing, it has no drape at all.

flubba Wed 03-Apr-13 22:04:53

I don't think I can get extra feet for my machine, unless I plump for ones that say they're universal, but I've heard they're quite unreliable and it's £££ for something that may not work.

Thanks Soup ~ I'll take a look at those once I've got my craft fairs out of the way. Pray for sunshine, warmth and dry skies on Sunday - it's outdoors confused sad grin shock

I have a fairly cheap non-branded invisible zipper foot for my machine and it works fine. What machine do you have, flubba?

flubba Wed 03-Apr-13 22:27:34

A Brother x-5 - what's yours?

Ambridge Wed 03-Apr-13 22:36:52

flubba - this is a very good, no-nonsense and rather inspiring book that walks you through all the steps for making a simple skirt without a pattern. Better than buying a pattern really, because you draw it up according to your specific shape.

DeafLeopard Wed 03-Apr-13 22:39:12

9yo DD and I watched this on iplayer and loved it.

I found this useful for making bias binding

I've got a Husquvarna Emerald. Do you have a buttonhole foot for your X5? I'm sure I read a piece online about using a buttonhole foot as an invisible zipper foot; will see if I can find it.

See here -- if you have a buttonhole foot with a groove in the underside then you can use it instead of an invisible zipper foot.

flubba Wed 03-Apr-13 22:57:10

Yes, I have a buttonhole foot. That'd be great if you can find the link tolliver smile

ChippingInIsEggceptional Wed 03-Apr-13 23:01:47

Flubba - that sounds painful, I hope you can get some meds for it soon x

ChippingInIsEggceptional Wed 03-Apr-13 23:18:59

Soup - that's a lovely wee dress. How old is your DD now? (MN kids seem to grow up at at least twice the rate of 'real' ones grin). Is the blogger an MNer do you know? She has a georgous wee girl - who has a very good presence in front of a camera.

Flubba - there are bunches of tutes on Pinterest for aline skirts, here's one link:

I loved the show, and actually I don't think the time pressure was that far off sometimes - my mum was a dressmaker, and often got calls on a Saturday morning to make a dress for some do or other by Saturday evening shock - at least from her regulars so she'd already got their measurements written down. She's a speedy speedy sewer, much quicker than me.

I watched it last night and didn't realise there was a thread on here so will be back next week grin

purples Wed 03-Apr-13 23:28:14

Oh, I'm starting to get itchy fingers. I want to pull out my old sewing machine and rummage around in the cupboard to find my stash of fabric. It's been a while since I've done any proper sewing!
SoupDragon thanks for the links to the skirt patterns.
I'm off for a nice cup of tea.

Just marking my place ... I've just cheered myself up after some weirdo gave me the fright of my life (note to self: don't open the door at midnight in a new house and expect nice normal people). It was perfect cosy viewing for that though I see why others didn't like the presenter.

I always thought I was rubbish at sewing - I was always really cack-handed at school lessons and my granny and mum never managed to teach me. But last year I taught myself to quilt and I love it, so I would really like to learn to sew clothes.

I found it was pitched at a good level for me. blush I knew what the terms meant but didn't know what they looked like, if that makes sense, so it was nice to see them on actual fabric.

Will be back again next week for the next installment. smile

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 07:44:13

She's 7, Chipping and huuuuge! Shoulder height on DS2 and he's 12 (albeit a short 12!) Not my weeny little BabyDragon any more. [sigh]

I found the dress via a convoluted route - I don't think the blogger is a MNer. I hope it proves to be simple to make as it should be easy to make it funky without being too grown up, which is a problem I find when getting DD clothes as she's so tall. I have some fab old pillow cases from a charity warehouse which will work for the fabric part.

I think the timed aspect was fine - if you can produce a quality garment under pressure you deserve to win. Lots of people could make a quality garment given plenty of time to do it in.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 07:44:38

HOpe you're OK LRD!

I really want to have a go at making clothes now. Just have a quilt to finish off first...

flubba Thu 04-Apr-13 09:09:52

Haha chipping

Thanks RueDe - will check them out too.

Yes, Rhinestone this has simply added to my To Do list! Sigh (contented sigh though smile )

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 09:21:23

How are you* LRD*?? hope you managed to get some sleep.

In the past (and I mean in the distant past of teenage years!!!) I made a couple of things like skirts, blouse, jacket etc, but always used a pattern. Never really thought of making my own pattern or just free sewing clothes. Thought it was too just too complex, I'd just make a mess and waste the material. I just needed the confidence of using a pattern. But that was in the days before computers and ideas from all you lovely people. Love the RueDeWakening link, shows some skirts that make it look so easy and so quick.
And SoupDragon I just love the idea of upcycling a pillow case for the bottom of the dress.

Oh, I am fine thanks. smile

I just needed some nice soothing viewing and it was perfect I thought.

I do rather like flower-pattern lady. And I think the girl with the 50s style and the roses in her hair is very beautiful (not relevant!) - she has gorgeous dress-sense.

I agree with soup I think the time aspect is good, because it's motivating me to think that a sewing project needn't sit over me for months.

purples - so what would you start with, from a pattern, for a beginner?

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:28:25

I think that Ann is fabulous but I think she may fall down by not pushing herself.
Tilly has the vision but lacks the skill level.

Put the two as a pair and I think you'd have a fabulous team with great garments.

Oh, you would!

Can someone tell me ... the lass who had to go, was it just me being ignorant, but I didn't see what was so bad about her dress? I'd have worn it! It was gorgeous colours and I could see it gaped a bit but to be honest, loads of shop-bought wrap dresses do that too. It seemed much less of a glaring error than the bloke who made the crooked dress out of patchwork fabric.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:38:39

I think it hadn't been properly executed and also didn't fit properly.

There were other mistakes in her other garments but I don't think she was worse than any of the other elimination candidates though.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:39:15

The silk had stretched badly and it had ended up too low cut.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:40:38

I think Camp Bloke with the wonky green dress should have been the one to go too.

I was delighted that the Steampunk guy got through - I think he was disadvantaged by the type of garments he had to make.

Yes, I thought that. And I did think it was a bit tough that all the clothes were for women, even the white top. They really could have gone and bought a couple of men's T-shirts for that bit.

I want Steampunk guy to come good, he seems nice.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 10:44:01

Next week has trousers I believe.

Yes, I saw the trailer. grin

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 04-Apr-13 11:09:41

Ambridge would the book you linked to be good for me? I'm a funny shape, tummy-wise, because of a mahoosive fibroid? Would it show me how to fit a skirt over the lump?

I used to sew a lot but then stopped when you couldn't get decent fabric for sensible prices. I've just dusted off my Mum's Pfaff!

Counting down to the hysterectomy in October!

LetUsPrey Thu 04-Apr-13 12:29:53

The last time I did proper sewing was in needlework class at school. I remember making a skirt. I also used to make clothes for my dolls using patterns from my mum's/grandma's pattern box.

I've just remembered our local market used to sell fabric with an already elasticated waist IYSWIM. All you had to do was sew a seam up the back and hem it. I recall doing a few of those in the early 80s!

I'm more of a knitter though.

I thought Stuart was going to go rather than Michelle too.

From what I could see from the trailer for next week, it looks like hot Judge Patrick makes Ann cry.

If you want a book about drafting patterns and altering them to suit, try this book: Metric pattern cutting that's the ladies version but there are menswear and children's versions too.

Ambridge Thu 04-Apr-13 13:20:24

LetsFace, sorry, just logged back in (work does get in the way of these essential conversations grin) - yes, I'm sure that book would be useful. The thing is, they show you how to take your own measurements and then draft your own pattern on paper - in really simple steps. It's basically a matter of marking and then connecting dots in the right proportions to draw out the shape, which, because it's based on your figure, should be tailored to you.

I'm a funny shape it seems, since conventional patterns never seem to quite fit, so it was great for that.

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 13:58:26

LRD you asked me what pattern for a beginner. I'm probably a very bad person to ask. At school I was forced to sew an "easy" gypsy style blouse; but it was not a style that suited me, the paper pattern was too big, I was just told to cut out the smallest size, I had no idea how to alter it and I was given horrible fabric. It was an embarrassing disaster!!! blush The first thing I actually choose to sew was a 1940s style fitted blouse with peterpan collar. I fell in love with the picture and the pattern was free with a magazine. It was probably a bit ambitious, looking back I was very naive about my lack of skills but the instructions were very clear and and I followed them to the letter, it took a while but it actually turned out very well. grin Fortunately, by accident, I choose a nice easy to sew fabric. I wore it for years. The most important thing is to sew something you love the look of, in an easy to sew fabric that you love!

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 14:05:11

Just read the post that it's trousers next week, That's one thing I've never had the confidence to try so I will be watching with interest.
And as to that Patrick making Ann cry, I'll be really sorry to see her upset!sad

I have been waiting impatiently for this programme ever since I saw the first trailer, and I wasn't disappointed - although I am not a huge fan of Claudia Winkelmann, and would have preferred Mel and Sue, or someone else of their ilk presenting it - which would have been way too GBBO-does-sewing, I know.

I am completely envy about the sewing room - especially them having the big tables to do their cutting out on, and that huge stash of fabrics and ribbons etc - what wouldn't I give for some time alone in that room with a few big carrier bags!!

In my dream home, the one I will build when I win the lottery, I have a big craft/sewing room/library - with a big table for cutting out, and for other art projects like painting or decoupatch, lots of storage for yarn and fabric and all my other craft stuff, acres of shelving for all my books, a corner with a pc in it so I can access patterns and online tutorials and mumsnet, and another corner with comfy chairs and a tv (and maybe a woodburning stove) so I have somewhere I can watch tv whilst knitting or doing hand sewing. The room has a kitchenette and small bathroom adjoining, so basically I would only need to leave it in order to interact with my family or go to bed!!

I have the fabric to make three skirts and some cushion covers, and I have a red velvet dress I made when I was pregnant with ds1, that I'd like to make into a skirt - and I really hope that this programme will give me the kick up the (nicely tailored) pants inspiration that I need!

LetUsPrey Thu 04-Apr-13 14:53:21

And I shall bring you tea SDTG!

Even as a non-sewer, the shelves of fabrics and ribbons made me a bit drooly grin

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 04-Apr-13 14:56:23

Ambridge thanks for the reply. I'll invest in one - especially as I've just bought a pattern (for DH) for the first time in years - HOW much?!!

I sounded like my own mother.grin

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 04-Apr-13 14:57:34

Ooops - a shirt pattern for DH.

Though I think there is actually a gap in the market for a 'sew your own DH pattern' wink

nipersvest Thu 04-Apr-13 14:58:26

i enjoyed it, patrick is rather easy on the eye wink, tilly is a bit annoying, liked lauren, claudia needs to lay off on so much eye liner.

a shame the laundry bag tute was so rushed, i have a degree in textile design and couldn't follow it!

LetUsPrey Thu 04-Apr-13 15:15:46

The laundry bag pattern, and I'm assuming future weeks' how to patterns, is in the corresponding issue of the Radio Times.

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Thu 04-Apr-13 15:20:19

And the material they used is in Calico on City Road, Cardiff. Though I don't expect that's where they got it from.

I was fingering it earlier - they had lots of other prints to mix in with it and I was pondering dining room curtains, table runner, napkins etc but I got confused and had to leave. confused

cate16 Thu 04-Apr-13 15:37:45

RueDeWakening - I have that book.. the 1975 first edtion grin

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 15:46:14

I think this is the pattern they used for the A-line skirt:

I caught a glimpse of a pattern piece and it said McCalls. As this is the only A-line skirt pattern in the range it must be it.

I might have a go.
I very rarely make grown-up clothes, just corsets and costumes and wedding stuff.
I can't do zips for toffee.

MrsPennyapple Thu 04-Apr-13 15:58:47

Simplicity sewing patterns are half price at the moment, only until 10th April I think.

I've just bought three patterns for £6 at my local craft shop, but DD was getting grumpy so I had to stop there. I'm about to look at their website HERE and note down any more pattern numbers I like, so that I can go and buy those too grin

My job for tonight is tidy up my craft room! I was given some Clothkits dresses for DD a while ago, I might crack on with one of those if I have the energy after she's in bed.

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 16:52:58

Rubygate what do you mean JUST corsets etc...that's a skill I'd like to pick up...but I can't imagine them doing corsets on the show!!

By the way the laundry bag tutorial is available on line:

Happy sewing smile

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 17:16:33

Purples, I mean i've never really done domestic, useful sewing. Zips are my nemesis (and buttonholes). My Nan was a tailor and I've been sewing since I could hold a giant needle (about 3), but I've gravitated towards stuff that is more like construction than needlework.

I did get asked to apply for TGBSB through my re-enactment society, but I knew that zips, and basting and interfacing and stay-stitching would be the kind of skills they were looking for. I'd have been out before I got in grin

I think that Mark is suffering from the same sort of problems. Ancient needlework skills are not what they are looking for.

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 17:27:58

I like Mark and hope he gets through a little further, but I can't see him winning the overall comp.
I imagine, as he is into steam punk, that if they have to do something like a prom dress, he'd make a fantastic creation! I'd love to see it.

SoupDragon Thu 04-Apr-13 17:42:56

I agree - he's clearly made some fantastic items.

Thanks purples. smile

I take your point about not bothering with something you don't like.

I just remembered I made a mini skirt (heavily supervised by my mum) when i was little but didn't wear it because the fabric she'd chosen - which was easy, I grant that - was a lovely dark blue-purple, that shade that was everywhere a couple of years ago, and at that age I hated it. sad

My memory is mum did all the work anyway.

ruby - ooh, but corset-sewing skills must be very useful! When the price of them is so high for a good one. And it must be lovely to get exactly the right measurements.

My DH does LARP and a lovely friend of ours is going to make him a costume just as soon as she's got his measurements ... what period re-enactment do you do?

All of them have great clothes.

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 18:33:21

LRD, most of my stuff is Tudor/Elizabethan, but as I hang out with goths I can get asked to make practically anything. Victorian is very popular.

Here's a corset that I was asked to make. As I couldn't get satin embroidered with ladybirds, I had to do the embroidery first. (Or rather my embroidery machine did).

At the last count I had 8 sewing machines and one cost more than the car I had when I bought it. I am a sad case.

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 18:58:44

Ruby, that's a beautiful and unique piece! envy

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 19:04:54

Thank you smile
But I still can't sew in a zip.
I'd be scuppered in a skirt-making competition.

I think I made everything in this photo except the shoes...
But none of it would have helped with the basics that they were looking for. But I would have paid good money to have a rummage in their studio envy

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 19:26:37

Ruby, How did you learn such wonderful skills? Are you self taught and just picked it up as you went along or did you do a course?

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 19:44:06

My Nan taught me. She was a tailor/ seamstress and made big puffy ball-gowns for things like "Come Dancing", all covered in sequins and stuff. Wonderful.

Wow Ruby. They're amazing. I am in awe.

Surely someone with your talent could pick up the basics quite quickly should you put your mind to it. If not, there's no hope for me at all.

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 20:45:44

I think it's too late for me smile
But I'm going to have a go at the skirt just to see if I can conquer my fear of zips.

ChocolateCremeEggBag Thu 04-Apr-13 20:52:06

Hello - this thread is zooming along!

I find eBay is a good place to look for cheap patterns - lots of people sell on the Prima free patterns that you get if you subscribe and they are always pretty easy to do.

I just wish we could get nice dressmaking fabric in the uk that wasn't eye popping! I once went to Mood fabrics in New York ( the one they go to in Project Runway) and got so overwhelmed by the choice. The US sewing blogs I follow always seem to have easy access to great fabric shops too envy

Ambridge Thu 04-Apr-13 21:06:59

I've read a few newspaper reviews of the prog and I have to say I'm fairly hmm at the comments - 'no-one under 50 is interested in sewing', 'if you put cameras in a haberdashery department you'd see more action in a cemetery', etc etc.

I had my issues with the programme but for goodness' sake. People are interested in sewing <stomps off muttering>

fossil971 Thu 04-Apr-13 21:40:09

I'm actually feeling a bit defensive of women of a certain age who are maybe not that photogenic but are brilliantly skilled at crafts. HELLO! there are probably more of us in that demographic than the under 5's, or people who watch crap like Snog Marry Avoid, AND we have more spending power. It tells you more about how out of touch the reviewers are, they've obviously never seen the scrum at the Knitting and Stitching Show or Hobbycraft on a Saturday. Or the entire crafts and needlework blogosphere.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Thu 04-Apr-13 21:43:20

I agree completely, fossil.

And I am now determined to start sewing again.

TunipTheVegedude Thu 04-Apr-13 21:43:53

Ruby, do you have the right sewing machine foot for sewing in a zip? It makes it much easier. I love my invisible zipper foot.
(and as someone else who learnt to sew Tudor before I sewed modern, I came late to the joys of different sewing machine feet).

RubyGates Thu 04-Apr-13 21:50:19

Possibly not Tunip......
I shall have a look in the accessory tin of doom smile

purples Thu 04-Apr-13 22:00:01

I love the title "accessory tin of doom", that makes my humble button tin pale into insignificance!

Wow, ruby, that corset is amazing. I love it.

The Tudor costumes are beautiful too.

FWIW I'm sure knitting and sewing are on the up and up - I'm 28 and plenty of my students who're younger are into crafts. I know lots of knitters. I think it is all coming back into fashion. So people who think it is out of date are out of touch!

This is a lovely thread. smile

<waves to LRD>

We met didn't we? At TSC's 40th.

We did indeed. smile


TunipTheVegedude Fri 05-Apr-13 09:47:19

No no Ruby! It is an Accessory Tin of Miracles!

TunipTheVegedude Fri 05-Apr-13 09:51:34

and those Tudor costumes are just gorgeous, btw - the line of the woman's gown is just so totally perfect for the date.

SoupDragon Fri 05-Apr-13 11:56:39

I have two old paper patterns if anyone is interested, a dress and a petticoat. The dress was probably cut to a size 10 and the petticoat Med

picture here

flubba Fri 05-Apr-13 12:47:21

I wish a size 10 pattern would be some use to me grin

So who's started on their A-line skirts then?

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 05-Apr-13 13:40:32

I have an unused Burda pattern for little girls' dresses, if anyone would like it. In fact I may also have one for a dress, hat and coat.

purples Fri 05-Apr-13 14:13:44

The Great British Sewing Bee team must be getting something right....
They have just inspired my 2 daughters, they want to sew some dolls clothes!!!
I think this afternoon its going to be a fun sewing session. smile

RubyGates Fri 05-Apr-13 15:20:16

I'm itching to sew, but DS2 won't sleep! It was 10 O'clock before he was finally asleep last night.

Curse you British Summertime.

But it's just not feasible to sew with him around. He loves to be "helpful".

Thanks Tunip... I must be getting the Tudor stuff right by now, I've been doing it for over 20 years... zips however....

Wow Ruby you have made some beautiful things!

Thinking of attempting an a-line skirt. May go and rummage in the huge fabric department at Trago over the weekend and find some fabric to have a go with. I've sat out in the sun on our deck looking out to sea all day and feeling distinctly overdressed in jeans. It's time for skirts. It's time to make skirts grin

Hope you're having a fun afternoon purples. My 4 year old DD has just asked for a sewing kit too. Am really looking forward to teaching her.

nevergoogle Fri 05-Apr-13 16:17:12

i'm another dressmaking mumsnetter.
i had no idea this programme was going to be on until I sat down after a precious afternoon dressmaking.
i've discovered the burdastyle Anda dress pattern is a piece of piss and exactly the sort of dress i wear regularly.
I'm making another in a different fabric this weekend.
I put a wide elastic waistband in though.

Boo to baking programmes. Never interested me at all.

I used to like Project Catwalk/Runway on Sky. It had the competition but there was clearly more time to work on their items. I also loved it when they were let loose to find materials in a pet store or sweet shop. Genius. That was the programme that got me interested a few years ago.

I've just bought myself the accompanying book, from WHSmiths, for a tenner gringringrin it has patterns in and everything smile

I don't have a machine atm. sad

I'm in the process of choosing a new one. I think I'm going for a Janome. Any opinions gratefully received.

I wish I'd had it before world book day because I hand stitched a Heidi outfit for dd and it took hours! It was a blouse, skirt, apron, shawl and cummerbund. A sewing machine would have made life much easier then.

MrsPennyapple Fri 05-Apr-13 18:35:52

I used to love Project Catwalk too, but haven't seen it (or Project Runway) in years! Maybe I'll hunt them out on Youtube.

Ruby DD's bedtime is all over the place too, she's been settling around 9.30 the last couple of nights. She hasn't had a nap today though so should hopefully be in bed a bit earlier.

No point making any clothing for myself just now (22 weeks pg) but am determined to make something for DD!

nevergoogle Fri 05-Apr-13 18:43:59

i have a janome, it's lovely.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Fri 05-Apr-13 18:50:20

I have an ancient Toyota which I think the people in the sewing shop told me had now been taken over by Janome. It's been great, but I am thinking vaguely of trading up, although I can't make up my mind what for.

TunipTheVegedude Fri 05-Apr-13 19:37:17

I have a Juki. I also have a 100 year old Singer with a broken handle that I want to get fixed.
I learned on a Jones from the 1880s that belonged to my great-grandmother.

goldenticket Fri 05-Apr-13 20:10:12

Loved this programme smile. Complete beginner but really want to have a go at making something - will try the A-line skirt maybe. Visited Liberty this week <swoon> which really inspired me too - gorgeous fabrics. Have learnt so much from this thread too, thank you!

LetUsPrey Fri 05-Apr-13 20:34:28

I think this (if you scroll down) is my mum's Singer machine, or very similar to it. It's what I used when I was at school and making dolls' clothes. She's still got it and, as far as I know, it still works.

Don't think I'll be starting any sewing. I'll be content with being impressed by the skills of those on the programme and on this thread grin

Thanks everyone. MIL said she'd buy it me for b'day/Christmas present. Lucky me. smile

Go for it goldenticket. If you don't try you'll never know if you can do it.

coffeeinbed Fri 05-Apr-13 20:39:10

I have a Janome.
It's basic - no computer fancy anything, it's 15 years old and it's fine.
I can do lots of things on it though.
So very happy with it.

Ambridge Fri 05-Apr-13 21:04:27

I have two Toyotas blush and a vintage Bernina which a lovely lady gave to me via Freegle. No fancy tricks but they cover anything I'd want to do, really. I just feel guilty that I don't use them more!

If I was buying a new machine I'd buy a Janome. But I decided to go for an older machine because I am making a lot of home furnishings and working with heavy fabrics. I bought a Jones 461 from eBay a few weeks ago and have used it for a number of projects recently including Roman blinds and it's absolutely bloody fantastic.

The machine is made of metal, not plastic, really heavy so it doesn't move across the table, lots of functionality and stitch choice, basic mechanical interior with separate motor so dead easy to fix if it needs it. Can't say enough good things about my Jones.

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 08:26:28

I bought a Janome last year to replace a basic Singer. Middle range so does lots but not too much of the fancy stuff I'd never use. I plan on it lasting me forever. It is lovely smile

LIZS Sat 06-Apr-13 08:30:20

repeat at 5.05pm today on BBC 2

Thanks for your thoughts. I'm not planning on getting one with a fancy computer. It's mid range and I can buy extra feet/accessories as I go along. You've all helped make up my mind.

Just need to get it now. smile

I might watch the repeat with fresh eyes today.

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 08:47:10

I've put some pictures on my profile of last night's project.

I don't know why the photos are sideways. confused

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 08:51:20

That's lovely NeverGoogle. And gorgeous fabric!

Does anyone else copy existing garments instead of buying patterns? I've only done it with simple things like skirts, but I've had some of my best results that way - much easier to start with a garment you know fits perfectly and reproduce it, rather than try and work out the fit with a pattern, I find.

Brilliant nevergoogle. I love the fabric too but I can't decide if it's birds or planes.

Where did you get your dummy from? Do you think it's worth having one? I usually use dd. blush

LIZS Sat 06-Apr-13 09:01:15

Do we yet know if they are only focussing on clothing or including other sewn items too?

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 09:03:03

it's planes. the lady in the shop said it was spitfires. DH insists it's hurricanes. I could care less!

It's not a dummy really, it's just a thing for hanging clothes on that I bought to sell some old clothes on ebay. it's sort of half a torso so no use at all for fitting clothes. I'd love a real dressmakers dummy though.

Love that your dh can argue over abstract planes on material! grin

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 09:23:16

Nevergoogle I love the dress. It's certainly shows that sewing is worth the effort, it's just so special to wear something you have made yourself. What's your next project?

Did a fun sewing session yesterday with my daughters, sewing dolls/ teddy clothes. I had thought they had outgrown their barbie dolls as my youngest is in last year of primary school (and nearly my height!), but now I see the barbies becoming fashion models for their latest creations.

I plan to watch the repeat tonight, just to ogle at all that lovely material!

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 09:29:02

i might pop along to the fabric shop today and see if i can find some inspiration. I live 200yards from [[ stone fabrics]]. I'm tempted to try an A-line skirt now.

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 09:30:57

zips worry me though. i've only ever done them with supervision in a class.

LetUsPrey Sat 06-Apr-13 09:41:38

Lovely dress and fab fabric!

I feel I am carrying out my role of "non-sewing person who is impressed by sewing skills of other posters" very well. TBH though, it's not at all difficult grin

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 09:45:42

you're doing an excellent job smile, keep up the good work.

You're doing brilliantly LetUsPrey. grin

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 09:49:28

What is it about zips that worries people?

LetUsPrey Sat 06-Apr-13 09:56:34

I can probably stretch to making my own pom-poms.

<starts shredding tissues>

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 10:05:27

Ooooh nice dress Google!

I love the material too.

Aaaaaaaargh Zips. [scared of scarey zips emoticon] Tunip.
I don't know, I think it's because a badly done zip just makes all the rest of your beautiful hard-work look totally pants. Several hours work ruined in about three hours twenty minutes--

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 10:09:12

But then you can take it out and do it again, can't you? The only things you can't redo are things that involve cutting fabric, and zips are generally along seams so they don't come into that category.

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 10:21:24

yes it's the fear that a badly done zip can ruin the whole thing. i hate unpicking too.
i will conquer my fear though.

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 10:21:29

<rocks and weeps quietly in corner>

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 10:23:21

But I'm oof to buy McCall's M3341 to see if I can slay the zippy dragon!

I can't afford material, so It'll be made of something highly inappropriate.

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 10:36:08

<imagines Ruby using damask. Or broadcloth.>

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 10:37:02

This thread has inspired me too, but I'm not going to make anything - I'm going to tackle my mending pile.
There is a pair of dh's trousers he's been asking me to do for, ooh, about 18 months blush

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 10:52:19

do you think that pattern would look good in a corduroy?

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 10:54:29

I think it would look wonderful in corduroy.

But not in any of the thing that are in my stash.
Tunip is spot-on.

cate16 Sat 06-Apr-13 13:31:49

But there's lot of different ways to do zips - not just invisible ones.

You can even make it a feature using a chunky jeans zip. smile

go on- face your know you can do it really! smile smile

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 13:57:16

Just had a look at your "stone" website, Nevergoogle, envy some of their printed cotton designs are absolutely gorgeous, I could spend a fortune there! Must be fantastic living so close to a beautiful shop like that, but also very expensive if you make a lot of impulse purchases!
Noticed they do a swatch service, so I may get a sample or two of my favourites, I don't have a really decent shop near me.

SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 15:02:03

I have just bought a set of 3 bias tape makers smile

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 15:14:41
SoupDragon Sat 06-Apr-13 15:52:13

Lol... I didn't dare look at that one grin I think that, for the amount of tape I need, the manual version is ample!

RubyGates Sat 06-Apr-13 15:53:03

And where, oh where is my big bag of patterns?

I know where MY patterns are, the ones I bought myself, but I've lost the BBOP which is full of patterns that I've inherited from various friends and relatives over the years. I obviously have never bought anything as sensible as an A-line skirt pattern, but I'm willing to bet there are a couple in the BBOP.

I couldn't get through the door of my local material shop this morning, it was packed! So I spent half-an-hour in the loft looking for the BBOP to no avail.

Answers on a postcard please confused

This is an excellent easy-make dress. I've seen it done with all-sorts of fun fabrics and it looks fab:

I've made it with a plain black front and black gingham back. It's great with a big poofy 50's petticoat and wide belt. PLUS, it has no zip grin

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Sat 06-Apr-13 16:21:22

Lauren Guthrie from the show, is opening a habadashery shop in Moseley, Birmingham on the 27th April.
It will be running workshops and has a coffe cafe at the back.
There will be freebies on the day, anyone fancy a meetup?
I,m stupidly excited i was barred from sewing at school.

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 16:40:50

Sorry, a bit far for me to travel, but you should have a fun day out!
I just looked on her wed site:

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 16:42:47

Sorry meant to post:

Just watched this and enjoyed it

I have done some simple sewing but have booked myself onto a dressmaking course starting this month because I want to learn proper techniques rather than just winging it as I usually do. The programme definitely geared me up for the course

LRD I'm a similar age to you and I knit tons - I agree it's becoming more popular among younger people, I know teenagers and have small cousins who knit and crochet too

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 16:46:42

Ruby, love the vintage wrap dress, looks very easy to sew.
It's a bit of a coincidence as I've just picked up a different vintage wrap dress pattern at local charity shop for 99p, a bargain! grin

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Sat 06-Apr-13 16:49:05

I,m so looking forward to it purples!

It,s literally on my doorstep grin, I will hound the poor woman hopefully be able to sew yet!.

Ruby you are very talented.

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 16:49:56

WillieWaggledagger, I hope you right that sewing is becoming more popular, maybe then I might get a good fabric shop opening locally!

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 16:52:08

yes the shop is a bit dangerous but I work full time and am usually very lazy on saturdays so that keep my impulse buying at bay.
they have baskets of end of roll fabrics, if i could shrink to a size 4 then i might be able to get by on tiny dresses hmm

...or a daughter, that could be the solution!

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 16:55:08

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac, you'll have to tell we're all talking about the program on Mumsnet.

Just a thought, but I'm enjoying this thread so much, can we carry it on even when the program finishes, after all we can continue to discuss our current sewing projects???

The pencil skirt made from a man's shirt on one of soupdragon's links looks brilliant

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 16:56:57

we need a mumsnet sewing bee topic!

TunipTheVegedude Sat 06-Apr-13 17:04:48

This afternoon I've sewn a patch on a torn seat back in our car - that's the beginning of me tackling my mending pile!

I also have the fabric and patterns ready for 3 dresses that I haven't got round to making since my last fit of sewing enthusiasm blush
I blame the spinning wheel I unexpectedly bought at auction last spring, which was a massive distraction as then I had all this wool and had to take up knitting again.
Then there are all the unfinished quilts....

This is one of the dresses. I have the repro fabric (blue rather than grey) and everything.

This is the one I'm most looking forward to.

EffieTheDuck Sat 06-Apr-13 17:10:36

Are there any websites with 'different' style of patterns? I looked at Butterick, Vogue, McCall etc but they seem sort of samey in design.

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 17:28:49

make this look
i like this website which matches the dresses you might find in the shops to a pattern and fabric so that you can make your own.

That is a fantastic site nevergoogle

flubba Sat 06-Apr-13 17:52:33

I don't dare click on any of these links - they're far too tempting!! grin

I've been planning (in my head) to open my own crafting workshop/shop for yonks now - all I need is a few ££££ and a hell of a lot more skill hmm and Bob's your uncle, although I imagine these kind of things will be springing up all over the shop (gettit?) now.

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 18:04:33

that website is genius isn't it.

effie, i think alot of the patterns can look a bit dowdy, especially in the catalogues. but i think using modern fabrics you can create something much more current. i guess pattern shapes don't change that much?

nevergoogle Sat 06-Apr-13 18:05:39

corduroy now washed, dried and ironed ready for my a-line skirt. eek.

cate16 Sat 06-Apr-13 18:45:30

RubyGates Have you tried looking for the BBOP in the bottom of the freezer? Only asking as when we first got married we inherited a big chest freezer- which we couldn't afford to fill......... so I used to store all my patterns [carefully boxed up] in the bottom of it and just used the top baskets for frozen food. smile

Worked a treat and the patterns were fine being stored frozen!

fossil971 Sat 06-Apr-13 19:10:29

Has anybody mentioned sewing pattern review yet?

Brilliant for seeing what a pattern looks like made up and worn by real people, and what the tricky bits are.

I need to go back over this thread when I'm on the real 'puter so I can bookmark the links.

coffeeinbed Sat 06-Apr-13 19:37:42

I bought a pattern last year that's just like my favourite dress ever.
Except I've had that dress for 10 years and it's getting a bit shabby.
I'll try and link if I find it.
I live in hope I can replicate it.

purples Sat 06-Apr-13 19:54:27

Hi Effie, I know what you mean about a lot of patterns looking similar. I sometimes find that when you look at the colour drawing/ photo on the front, its very difficult to see the actual structure. What I find useful is looking at the back of the envelope, often there is a line drawing, so you can really see the exact structure of the design, see exactly where the seams are, where the waist line sits, are the darts, pleats etc, and then I can more easily see if the style will suit me.
When you make up a garment so much of the final look will depend on fabric pattern and the "body" of the fabric will determine how it drapes and sits. Previously, I've made up the same pattern with very different fabrics, and achieved very different looks.

coffeeinbed Sat 06-Apr-13 19:57:59

Effie, there's some independent pattern makers.
look up Colette and Sewaholic.

storynanny Sat 06-Apr-13 19:59:23

i agree with the poster who said that the machined hem was shoddy out of interest how do you all do your hems on home made clothes?

coffeeinbed Sat 06-Apr-13 20:03:18

Last skirt I made was a complicated affair with bias binding.
Bugger knows what I was thinking.

ComeIntoTheGardenMaud Sat 06-Apr-13 20:03:30

On lightweight fabrics, where I actually want to add some weight to the hem to prevent unfortunate gust-of-wind incidents, I would fold the fabric twice and invisibly sew. On heavier fabrics where a double hem might be too bulky, I would trim the raw edge with bias binding and then turn up the hem.

I normally overlock the raw edge, then turn and sew.

I hate hand sewing though, and have been known to machine it eg if it's a summer dress for DD or something. Sometimes I hide the stitching with top stitched ribbon or similar grin

bran Sat 06-Apr-13 23:14:45

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bran Sat 06-Apr-13 23:16:28

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fossil971 Sat 06-Apr-13 23:22:17

I don't think a machined hem is always shoddy but quite a lot of the ones on the programme looked awful. If you are making a feature out of a topstitched hem that's different.

I did once attempt a machine stitched narrow hem on a silk dress, that would have been shredded by the SB judges too. Just because you have a "rolled hem" attachment for your sewing machine, does not mean it will work or that it is a good idea!

Ambridge Sun 07-Apr-13 00:06:29

I've got very into sewing blogs in the past year or two. this is a great one, and I also like this (check out the mentions of Tilly from the programme, as she also has a blog).

These are great places for finding out about non-mainstream patterns. Agree with the previous poster who mentioned Colette and Sewaholic. I have a Colette skirt cut out and waiting to sew, and need to boot myself into action to try a Sewaholic T-shirt, which is allegedly a doddle to make.

Aargh, too much to sew and too little time!

EffieTheDuck Sun 07-Apr-13 08:23:34

Brilliant link, nevergoogle! Not only does it show you how to pull an outfit together, I found my dream dress!

We had sewing classes at school and were taught to hand stitch hems using a little piece of cardboard with notches cut into it as a guide- you slid the notch along and it gave you the exact measurement of the turn up.

nevergoogle Sun 07-Apr-13 12:14:11

my home economics teacher did sewing with us. an apron and a pair of shorts.

she used to make me unstitch mine when i went ahead and did the next stage ahead of her instructions. even though it was correct and beautiful. angry

saying that, she also disapproved of my cheese on crackers technique as I didn't follow her instructions and decided to make it more interesting by making patterns with different colours of grated cheese. way to squish a girl's enthusiasm and creativity Mrs Read!

Mrs Read the home ec teacher from lockerbie academy, for example, was a shit of the highest order.

Phew, that was therapeutic. grin

nevergoogle Sun 07-Apr-13 13:14:53

good one effie, which dress was it?

purples Sun 07-Apr-13 13:23:16

Just a guess, but I take it nevergoogle, you didn't enjoy home economics??? Its amazing how a teacher can either enthuse or quash talent. At least she didn't put you off sewing for ever.
I must say, this thread does enthuse, motivate and interest me, much more than my domestic science teacher ever did!

EffieTheDuck Sun 07-Apr-13 13:27:32

It was Mccall 6555 but a little bit longer. Have ordered

Yes, our home economics teacher was a complete dragon too. She went to Australia for a year and the day she came back to school, she berated me and made me cry.
Miss Thompson, you were horrible and the gym pants we had to make were hideous.

I moved school not long afterwards and we had the loveliest h/e teacher. She let us put ric-rac on our aprons!

cate16 Sun 07-Apr-13 13:55:10

My first h/e teacher liked me - but was such a dragon to every one else, therefore I didn't like her! She would expect us to walk a mile home and back if we'd forgotten our 'one' issued needle- so you can guess what we did most weeks smile
She retired and was replaced by an inspirational teacher - we were allowed to make ANYTHING and she would aways help with any difficulties.

TunipTheVegedude Sun 07-Apr-13 13:58:00

I was scared stiff of our cookery teacher, and needlework was ok as long as we were actually making things, but then they turned it into textile technology and we had to do stupid projects where we tested different kinds of fabric to see if they melted, ffs.

My mum was my textiles teacher at secondary school grin it might have given me a bit of an advantage as she would do loads of stuff at home with me too if I asked.

SoupDragon Sun 07-Apr-13 15:03:25

Dragonists sad


nevergoogle Sun 07-Apr-13 15:13:36

i actually enjoyed the subject just not the teaching, so it put me right off.

i liked quietly (or maybe not so quietly if i'm honest) getting on with it. her constant need to teach me not to say 'what?' and to say pardon instead kind of detracted from the point of the lesson. i never did say pardon out of principle.

i bet alexander mcqueen didn't say pardon.

nevergoogle Sun 07-Apr-13 16:10:54

just noticed the mccalls 6555 is supposed to be the pattern for two different dresses on the make this look website. can't be right.
are you making the halterneck dress or the one shown with the belt effie?

MrsPennyapple Sun 07-Apr-13 21:20:33

I had a teacher who used to make me say pardon instead of what too! Not home ec though.

My home ec teacher was awful too, pretty much universally hated. My older brother had her for some lessons too, and I have to admit I liked her a bit more after she punished one of the jokers in his class - she made him stand holding a piece of chalk between his nose and the blackboard smile

yes tunip we had bloody textile technology instead of actually making useful stuff. i had to make some stupid fabric sculpture instead of something i could actually wear

flubba Mon 08-Apr-13 07:18:13

We never did any sewing when I was at school - we did metal work, woodwork and graphic design, but no sewing. Sad, really, though I loved them all.

My craft fairs are now out of the way for this month so I'm going to have a go at the a-line skirt this week. I'm sure my chicken poxed two year old will help grin

EffieTheDuck Mon 08-Apr-13 09:45:16

It is the one with the belt, nevergoogle.

Dunelm mill have started selling lovely cotton fabric and I bought a rose colour with tiny polka dots on. I will try it out in calico first to see how it looks. smile

xyoungmummyx Mon 08-Apr-13 09:59:57

any1 here crafty?

xyoungmummyx Mon 08-Apr-13 10:04:42

if so what do you make? x

nipersvest Mon 08-Apr-13 10:24:55

i am a craft sewer rather than a dressmaker. i kind of specialise in soft sculpture, and sell what i make while also designing projects for craft magazines and books (my book!).

did enjoy the sewing bee prog, while kirsty allsopps attempts started out well, it very soon disappeared up it's own backside with crafts that were just too left field to appeal to the masses, bbc have got it right keeping it to sewing that is also useful as opposed to just decorative.

xyoungmummyx Mon 08-Apr-13 10:59:45

thats lovely I make keepsakes of all kinds smile do you sell your products?

EffieTheDuck Mon 08-Apr-13 14:33:04

nipersvest, Wow! I love your animals and the fox is gorgeous! I am going to order your book for dcs.

I like making and working with felt but rarely get the time just to sit and create, most of my sewing is mending clothes or taking up hems.

RubyGates Mon 08-Apr-13 15:06:10

Those are beautiful.. I wish I could find the time for non-necessary crafting.

And thankyou whoever posted the lovely link to the V&A pattern! Sorry this thread has sped onwards and I can't keep up!

[useless at threads emoticon]

Bad news! Hobby craft have a sale on fabrics at the mo, I just bought 11m of cotton, all at £3/m gringringrin

DD has some of it ear marked for summer dresses, some is for shorts for DS, haven't decided about the rest yet smile

RubyGates Mon 08-Apr-13 15:49:10

<can't hear you Rue>


outtolunchagain Mon 08-Apr-13 18:40:23

I had a vile home ecc teacher who bellowed loudly all the time at the people she didn't like which needless to say included mesadI lost count of the number of times she reduced me to tears

Did do a cushion and curtains course a few years ago with some success but just find knitting is easier to pick up and put down. Feeling a bit inspired now thoughgrin

fossil971 Mon 08-Apr-13 18:49:32

Nipers I just want to say I have your book out of the library at the moment and am going to get my own copy this week smile. Charity shops have been raided, jumpers shrunk...

I did hardly any needlework at school in the 1980s as our school was all about getting the girls to do tech drawing and woodwork in a PC way. I then gave up all craft classes at 13 to do an extra language instead. It was a mixed blessing becuase although I was already good at needlework by then I didn't miss much, but my cooking suffered badly as the only thing I learnt to make properly was chocolate crispy cakes grin

purples Mon 08-Apr-13 18:52:37

Just been teaching my 2 daughters to knit today, they actually asked to learn!!! smile They have really caught the sewing/ knitting/ craft bug.
By the way, oldest has just started secondary school and says she loves her technology teachers.
We're looking forward to Tuesday, the 3 of us plan to huddle together on the sofa to watch the great british sewing bee, should be fun. grin

Effie, we have a dunelm mill near(ish) to us, so I'll have to check it out.

outtolunchagain Mon 08-Apr-13 19:11:34

Feeling really envious of all the people with Hobbycraft shops , decent fabric shops with affordable fabric and equipment are difficult around here .

Lots of lovely yarn shops but craft much more difficult

LetUsPrey Mon 08-Apr-13 21:46:01

Downloaded the programme to watch again yesterday. DS1 had seen par of it on Tuesday and, whilst looking for something to watch, asked if he could out it on. He was totally engrossed in it and is looking forward to the next episode. He's had a go at knitting and did a scarf with help when he got bored for DS2's birthday last year but I'm wondering if he'd be better suited IYSWIM to sewing. He has a very mathematical, science-y brain.

Does anyone think that's an advantage or am I talking rubbish? grin

LetUsPrey Mon 08-Apr-13 21:48:10

<note to self: proof read before posting>

watched part of it
asked if he could put it on

I think it's the shock of just sewing name tapes into some new school uniform for DS2.

nevergoogle Mon 08-Apr-13 21:54:26

DS2 is 5 and very interested in my sewing. On Sunday he sat with me and asked lots of questions. He's another mathematical kid.
I gave him a needle and thread and some spare material and he practised stitching in a straight line and shapes.
It was so lovely.

I'd love to nurture that interest but fear I'll get too enthusiastic and frighten him off. So we'll see.

nevergoogle Mon 08-Apr-13 21:57:48

oh, forgot to say, today i wore one of my own creations.
one of my team came into my office and said, 'oh i like your dress, where did you buy it?'

<Smug squeal!>

on the downside my a line skirt got accidentally narrowed by me being pernickity and insisting on matching the pattern on the fabric perfectly. I now have a front and back but i just know if i sew them together they won't fit. I'm now planning to put a panel on each side of a different fabric and will call it a design feature.

Haha google my mum's mantra is always "if it's a mistake, make it a feature" grin

nevergoogle Mon 08-Apr-13 22:10:24

exactly! who's going to know? grin

nipersvest Mon 08-Apr-13 22:26:09

thank you for the nice comments about the book, fossil if i can get more people sewing then that's always a good thing.

before i went freelance i worked for coats crafts uk for 12 years designing all kinds of craft kits, so for me it's always been about getting more people into some type of hobby. i think it's good for the mind and soul to have an interest whatever it may be.

RubyGates Mon 08-Apr-13 22:42:06

I found this!

I am ridiculously excited about trying it out.

RubyGates Mon 08-Apr-13 22:57:25

Oooooh, and I found a free pattern for a 50's halter "swing dress" downloadable from here:

It might ask you to register and log in before it lets you download.

ChocolateCremeEggBag Mon 08-Apr-13 22:58:55

Ooh this thread is moving along soo quickly. I wore my new shirt dress at work today - had to contain squeal when I was asked where it was from
(sorry but smug grin)

nevergoogle Mon 08-Apr-13 23:05:49

don't worry, you're in smug company here.

flubba Tue 09-Apr-13 07:14:03

Chocolate that must be a lovely feeling! smile Have you got pics so I can have a good old nosey please ?

Am on my own at home with my chicken pox 2 yr old and the rain today - somehow I don't think I'll get any sewing done. But I can plan! smile

SoupDragon Tue 09-Apr-13 07:52:56

The only sewing I've done is a lining for a bag I crocheted and then felted. smile

I think sewing is more instantly satisfying than crochet/knitting.

agreed soupdragon - on the sewing bee programme they are putting things together within a few (6 or 7??) hours (though of course they are working on it solidly without interruptions/distractions/irritating obligations like going to work!)

quickest i've managed with knitting (in terms of clothing rather than accessories) is a jumper in three weeks, with bulky weight wool, which was probably about 12 hours' work. but of course i can take knitting on the train and it takes up less space in terms of equipment once i've put my swift and ballwinder away

though as someone said above it is a little odd having the time restrictions, as we would never work like that in real life, unless we're talking about the run-up to christmas when i'm trying to churn out 6 pairs of socks!

i love hearing your compliments received - hopefully that will be me in a few weeks' time once my dressmaking course gets going!

EffieTheDuck Tue 09-Apr-13 10:21:00

Tonight at 8pm! <excited>

I think they are sewing a fitted silk blouse in this episode.

JulesJules Tue 09-Apr-13 14:03:35

Watched this with DD aged 10 and we loved it. I'm a knitter not a stitcher at all, but DD has her own sewing machine and is really keen.

I like Claudia in this, and the male judge, but the woman judge I found a bit dull, it's missing the Mary Berry factor I think.

Having the time limit is too limiting grin - maybe they should do it over a few days.

Hope the make it yourself segment improves - laundry bag - wtf??

LetUsPrey Tue 09-Apr-13 19:17:01

No idea what the "make your own" pattern is tonight. Looked through my mum's copy of the Radio Times yesterday and there's no pattern in this week's edition.

Apparently when DH collected the DC after school, DS1 told him he was quite excited about tonight's telly as Sewing Bee is on! grin

ChocolateCremeEggBag Tue 09-Apr-13 19:23:32

Flubba - it's Simplicity Lisette 2246 - the traveller dress.

Pinterest link here

Will take a photo of mine and post it up

I think the Lisette patterns are really good btw - easy to follow and good designs.

Acan't wait for tonights ep - but will be watching later as need to exercise

blueraincoat Tue 09-Apr-13 19:58:09

Hello all!

Settling down to watch.

Trousers! Hardcore...

blueraincoat Tue 09-Apr-13 20:05:58

I wouldn't even know where to start!

TunipTheVegedude Tue 09-Apr-13 20:07:09

Did you hear Saville Row guy saying you would expect to unpick and redo a bit several times?

I like the idea of choosing a heavy fabric precisely so you can do that.

blueraincoat Tue 09-Apr-13 20:08:53

I wonder what they will do next week if this week is blouses and trousers, seem to have got very difficult very quickly.

nipersvest Tue 09-Apr-13 20:16:55

ok, sewers who sew clothes, i have a question, claudia's voice over explanation of men's zip flies did not make any sense to me, did anyone else understand? it just seems a shame they have to skim over these bits of the programme so rushed.