The Great British Sewing Bee Live was fabulous and just what the doctor ordered! I’ve been AWOL for the past few weeks, I won’t go into detail but I’m doing ok and hopefully there will be some action on the blog and in the sewing room very soon, and I’ll be back firing on all cylinders.
I don’t know about you but the best thing to get my creative juices flowing is having a special occasion to attend. As the date of #GBSBLive loomed and the days ticked away I was at loss as to what to make, and decided to have a flick through the GBSB books and patterns which accompanied the show.
I’d left it to the last minute so I needed to make something quick and easy. The Japanese Pattern Top from the latest book looked a fairly simple despite the odd shaped pattern pieces.
I’d seen on Hila’s Vlog about this top that the pattern pieces were huge, and she wasn’t wrong!
Lucky I had some Burda tissue paper which easily accommodated the oddly shaped and massive pattern pieces. The fabric I chose was from my stash, it’s a dark blue lace with a slight stretch on the cross grain, so I cut it on the cross grain too.
I omitted the cuffs and after making it decided to shorten the length by 3 inches.
It really was a quick make – the tracing of the pattern and the cutting out took longer than the actual sewing.
The top turned out even better than I thought it would, and teamed with my dark blue jeans and my comfiest boots (and flight socks – I always wear flight socks if I’m going to be in for a long day, unless I’m wearing a frock!!) I headed off the Excel….
I was really pleased with the cowl and the neckline. No bra straps on show, and not to low a drape at the front.
It’s hard to see the asymmetrical style of the top worn with these blue jeans but the rear view shows is better.
I was really lucky to have such a fab backdrop for my photos and was so glad the sun was shining!
I’d arranged last minute to meet up with Vasi from Delightfully Peculiar. I’m not sure how long we’ve been ‘friends’ for in the blogasphere but I felt like I’d known her years when we met up. She was just as lovely in real life as she comes across in her blog.
We spent the day together, except for when i did a workshop in the afternoon, and one of the first things we did was watch the fashion show. I loved seeing patterns that I’d coveted and were on my to do list. One that has skipped nearer the top of the list because of the show is Vogue 1329 which I bought ages ago as part of a Craftsy Class. The Walkaway Dress also looked much more dramatic and wearable in real life.
Also on show were the students’ work from different colleges. How cool are these 2 garments which are embellished with cable ties!!
And look at this astounding work of A level students from Kings Ely Sixth Form:
Throughout the day we bumped into quite a few familiar faces, there was lots of hugs and hellos, and of course selfies!
Geo from Made In My Living was a new friend I made on the day, and was wearing my favourite garment of the day…. how cool is this shirt. There’s details of it are on her blog if you want to read about it in more detail.
And here’s Becca being fitted for a Thimble by Jamie a previous contestant of the Sewing Bee…..
I didn’t buy any fabric on the day (shock! horror!) but I did visit Fehr Trade’s stand and pre-order Melissa’s active wear book which is due out in January. She was busy demonstrating sewing with stretch fabric, whilst her hubby modelled his snazzy mirrored cycling top:
In the afternoon I attended a Boning class, and so did Ann a fellow Yorkshire Spoolette from Newcastle! In just an hour we learnt 3 different ways of adding boning to garments and was able to have a catch up too!
The day came to an end all too soon and I headed to King Cross to catch my 7:30 train. I had time to have a meal at the station before heading for my train.
The train departed on time but unfortunately we broke down just after Peterborough just before 8:30. Luckily on the train I was surrounded by some lovely passengers and we made the most of our unexpected 6 hour delay! Doing the YMCA with a lady in her 80’s and a 12 year old girl wasn’t something I thought i’d be doing at 1 o’clock in the morning!
We bagged the first class carriage when our new train arrived to take us on our way to Leeds and I still managed to muster up a smile as we pulled into Leeds at almost 4am!