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Started by DebbTwo on Feb 27, 2013 5:21:53 PM
The Great British Sewing Bee
FGBFGB - 27 Feb 2013 19:05:32 (#1 of 2108)


Where will this nonsense end?

DebbTwo - 27 Feb 2013 19:12:06 (#2 of 2108)

Crocheted cake? Broderie-anglais buns?

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diomu_II - 27 Feb 2013 20:18:27 (#4 of 2108)

Dan Snow: Lace-making in pre-dynastic Egypt.

Hundredsand - 27 Feb 2013 20:21:24 (#5 of 2108)

(((sewing machines)))

JerkinMcGherkin - 28 Feb 2013 17:25:49 (#6 of 2108)

It's good to see bees diversifying. The honey business may not be as secure as it was.

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 16:59:01 (#7 of 2108)

Here we go, starting tonight.

KittyKarateRedux - 02 Apr 2013 17:17:59 (#8 of 2108)

I know it's not directly related to the program, but it seems a good place to ask.

Does anyone know of a good book on the basics of altering/tailoring clothes to help them fit better?

Such as taking in waistbands in trousers, shortening sleeves etc. I'm a funny shape and shop bought clothes don't often fit well, and I'd like to look a bit less like a crazy bag lady.

pmcblonde - 02 Apr 2013 17:21:20 (#9 of 2108)

Readers Digest Guide to Sewing is fairly comprehensive. I picked my copy up second hand - you can find them in charity shops quite often

sticklebrick - 02 Apr 2013 17:30:42 (#10 of 2108)

I agree - good recommendation, pcmblonde.

I have an ancient copy myself. It came with handy paper patterns for bell bottomed trousers and smocked tops with tie belts.

I used to sew a lot, when you could actually save money by doing so. I did the kids' costumes when they were in school plays and pageants. But I don't do much garment sewing now. Unlike knitting, which I do a lot of, you can't sew and watch tv/dvd at the same time, either.

My gran was a time-served tailor and she could do anything, on a domestic sewing machine, too, though she did use attachments. Her stuff was better than you could buy, because she did beautiful lining, facing, and so on. She could do men's suits and coats.

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 17:33:24 (#11 of 2108)

I'm toying with the idea of doing a dress-making evening class.

helbel - 02 Apr 2013 19:38:16 (#12 of 2108)

I did an intro class to sewing last year it was great.

Anyway I'm all subscribed now and waiting for the prog. If it's half as good as GBBO I'll be quite happy.

pmcblonde - 02 Apr 2013 19:40:43 (#13 of 2108)

Despite the retro patterns the RD Guide hasn't dated and really does cover the works

kokolores - 02 Apr 2013 19:46:04 (#14 of 2108)

Is sewing the new baking?

Frockin' hell!

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 20:01:27 (#15 of 2108)

I'm watching live.

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 20:02:04 (#16 of 2108)

Who's this lass? She looks familiar.

foxybrown - 02 Apr 2013 20:05:57 (#17 of 2108)

How is this different from Project Runway?

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 20:07:12 (#18 of 2108)

What channel was that on Foxy?

Initial impressions is that you'd feel like a kid in a sweet shop with all of those materials on hand. My second thought is that I'm disappointed it's just clothes.

foxybrown - 02 Apr 2013 20:19:06 (#19 of 2108)

Project Runway (Catwalk as it was in the UK) was on Sky 1, I guess most of the people were fledgling designers as opposed to home sewers but there was one on the UK version and I think she won. It's still on in the US but sadly not shown here anymore, I really liked it.

They made their own patterns and had budgets

I'd love to do an evening class but they are very hard to get onto round here

P.s they place they are sewing in is in Balls Pond Road, Hackney

DebbTwo - 02 Apr 2013 20:23:19 (#20 of 2108)

Skirts looking good so far, especially those who haven't made many or any before.

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