GBSB Final and Prizes for me too

Good Evening.   This post is fuelled by insomnia and caffeine.   I could not sleep last night and giggled to my husband at about 2.30am that it must be because I’m excited that tonight is the final of the Great British Sewing Bee.   The sad thing is, I think that was probably partially correct.   So, who is remaining in the Bee?



Heather: She’s shown throughout the series that she is able to complete garments to a high standard, although she often opts for the safe choice.   For the life of me I can’t understand how she was kept in last week when her very basic shift dress was completely ill-fitting.   We’ll have to see if Heather can pull it out of the bag tonight.





Tamara: There’s no denying Tamara has some incredibly creative ideas but, for the judges, this creativity has swung between ‘Amazing’ and ‘I just don’t get it’.   The yoga outfit she made last week was incredibly complex and well put together but, I’m sorry Tamara, I just didn’t like it.   I thought the choice of fabrics was odd.   I was convinced Tamara wouldn’t make it to the final, but how wrong I was.





Chinelo: There’s no secret that Chinelo is a lot of people’s favourites to win tonight.   She’s a master of freehand cutting and, outside of the time shift of pre-recorded TV, just this weekend she has run a very successful free-hand cutting class with a few of my favourite bloggers attending.   Depending on the tasks tonight, and I’m sure they’ll be tough ones, I think Chinelo stands a very good chance of winning.

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.   I’m sooooooo excited.


In me news, if you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that I won a prize from the lovely people at Sew Magazine who were celebrating reaching 14,000 followers @SewHQ.   They were giving away this little bundle to one lucky person who retweeted their giveaway.


I won this little lot, aren’t I the lucky one.   I seem to have already accidentally pulled the zip pulls off those cute zips. Whoops!   I’m sure I’ll be able to fix it- hope so anyway as my daughter has already decided that she wants one on a dress for her.   The thing I’m most in love with is the book.   There is so much incredible information in there that actually makes you feel that couture standards are within the reach of the home sewer.   If I didn’t believe it before I certainly did after I saw this amazing Charles James Tree Dress reproduction.   Amazing!   Hopefully this book will help me reach those standards one day.   There are some amazing garments pictured in the book like these:



Makes me desperately want to go to the V&A museum to see this exhibition of the glamour of Italian Fashion from 1945-2014.   I know official ‘haute-couture’ is from France but adore the glamorous dresses.

Also in my prize bundle was a Fat Quarter pack… what can I make with fat quarters- I only really do dressmaking, I’m not a quilter.   But there were some gorgeous prints in there.   This is my favourite.


It reminds me of a dress I spotted on ModCloth a little while ago and pinned here.   I need to think of a way to incorporate this fabric into a dress.


Anyway, I’m off to pour a glass of wine and settle down for the final of the Great British Sewing Bee.  All electronic devices will be turned off for the next hour and I will not be disturbed unless for extreme emergencies.   I will try to keep my Pinterest GBSB sewing techniques board updated during the show though.    Enjoy.


Sewing Bee techniques round up


I’m feeling guilty- I have lots of ideas for exciting and interesting posts for the future but, even a week into my blog, I’m finding it hard to fit in the sewing I want to do plus work on the blog around full-time work and two young children.

I had planned a Sewing Bee techniques round up each week after the episode to point you in the direction of links to learn how to do the skills they’ve shown on the show. Yes, I’m already three weeks behind!!

So, what I’ve decided to do is just point you in the direction of my Pinterest board where I’m pinning relevant tutorials and articles on the skills the contestants show each week. There’s even a link there for a tutorial from Chinelo Bally for a tulip skirt based on the amazing velvet jersey dress she created on this week’s episode.

I’ll be back again to share my sewing projects and the things I’m up to, other than work!!!! If you follow me on Instagram (see link above) you will know that my current project involves tackling bound buttonholes for the first time!

P.s do you like ‘my slightly pissed in the pub’ selfie??

P.P.S I’m now on Twitter too @SewcialWarrior. Bare with me though as I’ve been a die hard Facebook fan until now so I’m slowly finding my tweeting feet!