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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



nipersvest Thu 25-Apr-13 17:10:42

i'm quite enjoying having it on iplayer in the background while i'm at home working! any ideas how i can keep hold of it?, have downloaded from iplayer but it's only available for another 5 days or so sad

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 25-Apr-13 19:11:27

How do you know BunnyValentine.

TheOneWithTheHair Thu 25-Apr-13 19:12:03

? - There's the missing question mark. Again!

dawntigga Thu 25-Apr-13 20:35:48

Application for the next one

Was anyone else asking why Sandra needed a zip in her dress?

Oh, only just watched it have been busy and am catching up on the thread now!

Ann was most definitely the best sewer, she wasn't the most innovative, but then creativity isn't what the show is about.

Shesparkles go for it

UniqueAndAmazing if you qualify for it go for it, you can find somebody to look after the shop for this!

RueDeWakening ::chants:: Apply! Apply! Apply! Apply! Apply! Apply!

Lauren over thought everything - I empathise with her!

Patrick isn't a tailor, he bought a shop on Saville Row btw.

Handy hint, if you're making a toile, when you fit it do it with the seams outwards as it's easier to make adjustments.

I have a comedy bias binder maker that's about 10 cms when done. I WILL find something to use it on, for now it sits in the tool drawer and I laugh at it when I look at it wink

It just so happens Tilly has a tutorial on how to make hams here I want a button hole spacer and a wooden pressing aide thingy that I can never remember the name of.

LoveABitOfSewingPornMeTiggaxx wink

nipersvest Thu 25-Apr-13 23:02:39

if anyone is interested, i have found a way to keep the episodes on my desktop after they go from iplayer. with a bit of research, it was quite easy using firefox and you tube.

ChocolateCremeEggBag Thu 25-Apr-13 23:39:08

Don't bother with any of the contestants - have a look at the Denman College (WI) and go on a May Martin course instead grin why have cotton when you can have silk.....

I would apply but keeping fingers crossed this bean is a sticky one and my due date will be in December. Think I'll have to put my sewing machine out to pasture for a while then...

Love love love that Ann won!

TolliverGroat Thu 25-Apr-13 23:50:05

I think I'd need to sell one or more of the children to finance a Denman course...

BunnyValentine Fri 26-Apr-13 00:02:11

TheOneWithTheHair I know errything <taps nose>

<reads the papers>

Soupa Fri 26-Apr-13 07:20:18

Oooooh would love a workshop like the Denman ones, how very civilised it would be. Might treat myself when baby is bigger. Mind you, did anyone else think that one of ms martin's dresses didn't look so well stitched?! Not that I know why I am being picky when my stitching is crapola...

Ann moderates on artisan square and there is a whole thread in chat on the sewing bee...interesting reading if you need a bee fixsmile

I loved the final three, I think the time was too tight for Lauren. Think Sandra who I don't think ever studied couture techniques like Ann fitted the definition of a home(ly) sewer very well. I thought her final dress as so ambitious, more so than annes. But Ann is phenomenal, loved her and so hard to remember she is 81. Wow!

SoupDragon Fri 26-Apr-13 07:31:59

I've just spent a happy time browsing the craft courses on the Denman site. All the ones I fancied are mid week sad

TolliverGroat Fri 26-Apr-13 08:38:55

SDTG/Unique, Ann commented on ArtisanSquare that "After the confusion in the previous episode about the prepared garment we insisted, and got, written confirmation that 'You will be asked to make an evening dress. It should be suitable to wear to a ball, a cocktail party or a black tie event.'"

Ahhh - thanks for that, Tolliver. smile

TolliverGroat Fri 26-Apr-13 13:52:04

Oooh, and you can read insider snippets and tips from the show's sewing consultant here.

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 26-Apr-13 16:11:39

ah, that's okay then.

Cremey - you're forgiven - I didn't get a chance to sew again until my bean was about 14 months old (ie about 2 months ago) and i've gone absolutely bonkers! grin

totally agree with tigga about the seams on the outside - but if you do that, please remember to allow about 1mm each seam for thickness of fabric! (thinks this is probably only relevant to the anal pattern cutters)

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 26-Apr-13 16:12:28

yy, please use Denman college - it's not as well used by WI as it should be, but it is open to the public for most courses.

you can't get better than a WI tutor! grin

Shesparkles Fri 26-Apr-13 17:38:38

Just a little update on my thoughts about setting myself up as a sewing/dressmaking tutor.....My first 3 lessons are this week coming!!
[how does one do a shitting oneself smiley] grin

I'd love to do a course at Denman - actually, if I am honest, there are lots of courses I'd like to do there.

HellesBelles396 Fri 26-Apr-13 18:07:09

I just got the book! some good projects and info on all he basics - good news for me since I've only made basic bags, cushions and aprons.

clickityclackity Fri 26-Apr-13 21:31:10

Anne definately deserved to win.

I think a similar program for quilting would be great!

UniqueAndAmazing Fri 26-Apr-13 23:27:08

I can sell the book.
I've got a craft page on my website.
this post is to remind me to put it on in the morning. grin

ChocolateCremeEggBag Sun 28-Apr-13 20:37:47

I am going on the Beginners Crochet weekend at Denman College in July. Silly excited about it. Possibly because I will have to drive past Bicester village to get there so may just have to do some outlet shopping on the way there
I did look at the sewing ones, but they were a bit too beginner for a semi-pro such as myself*

*not really grin

nevergoogle Sun 28-Apr-13 23:29:12

My A-line skirt is coming along. Just need to decide on the length and do the hem and I'm done.

PigeonPie Mon 29-Apr-13 06:50:30

My trouser toile has confirmed that I am an extremely odd shape! I've had to change it so much I'm going to make another toile from my amended pattern to make sure.

The only problem now is that I've run out of calico. Next task to source some more!

BlueSkySunnyDay Mon 29-Apr-13 18:19:09

So if I was going to buy one of those funky bias tape gadgets to edge stuff like Lauren did - what size would you recommend?

PigeonPie Mon 29-Apr-13 19:13:30

I've just looked and I've got a 12mm one, which needs almost 2.5cm (or 1") wide bias strips and a 24mm one, which takes 5cm (or 2") wide bias strips.

I've found both of mine useful for different jobs - the narrow one I've used lots for binding seams and the wider one for other edging and decorative stuff.

It sounds silly, but it depends what you'd use it for. What was the last commercial bias binding you bought?

I only tend to buy gadgets when I can see a need for them. It does mean that I've collected a large number of things over the years, but all the things I have bought have been used lots - the rouleau loop maker was a godsend making my SIL's wedding dress and my sister's bridesmaid's dresses for instance, just because of the sheer number I had to do; before that I'd always done the trick of feeding the thread through the centre of the loop. And again, the bias binding makers were great when I had to finish all the edges of two velveteen bridesmaid dresses.

Sorry I've waffled rather!

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