Sunday, 7 April 2013

Google Reader Round-up #22 and a brief thougt on The Great British Sewing Bee

It's been a funny week, that's not really felt like a week at all.  With the holiday weekend last weekend and then this being the last week of classes at uni I've been feeling pretty relaxed and stress-free!  All I have left to do is submit my CAD coursework and an exam on the 29th April and that's me for 3rd year!  Such a scary thought.

After my hand-in this week, I decided I would take a few nights off and do some sewing rather than sitting at a computer all night and it's been rather lovely.  On Tuesday night whilst watching the Great British Sewing Bee (I'll get to that in a mo) I cut out all the fabrics I had lying on my floor's to do pile.  Then managed to sew up two dresses on Thursday night and a top and leggings last night.  I AM ON A ROLL PEEPS!  After I hit publish on this post I'm heading back to my machine to make another Elisalex and Roxanne.  This week my plan is to study and do CAD during the day and get some sewing done at night cause I need to catch up with the Archer sew-along and I'd like to make some stuff for mum.

Now on to the most talked about item of the week:  The Great British Sewing Bee.  I have read loads of posts this week about the show and my feelings are mostly the same.  The only thing I would add is that I loved the judges and how critical they were.  However I understand that for the non-sewers watching this may have been a little off-putting.  I was also surprised at the contestants issues with time management.  I was chatting with the girls in work about this, we can all made well-fitting garments we're exceptionally pleased with in one night (so only a few hours).  I appreciate that some techniques do take longer (my Chanel Jackets for example) but an a-line skirt in a few hours is totally manageable as is making and fitting a dress in a day for a competent sewer and we all agreed in the shop.  I'm looking forward to the forth-coming challenges and the rest of the (too-short!!) series and I think it will have a great impact on the home-sewing hobby.  Oh and another thing to add, we had a few customers in the shop yesterday who were returning to sewing after many years not doing any.  Assuming it was because of the show and my general nosiness, I asked if this was their reason.  Each time I asked, the answer was no, which really surprised me!  And a few people bought our special price Liberty cotton which happened to be the one Sandra used for her skirt and again I asked if it was because they had seen it on the show only to be told no, just cause they liked it.  For a show that is so niche, I'm surprised current home-sewers weren't aware of this, with most of them saying that they'd maybe catch up with it on iPlayer.  Anyone else a little surprised by this?

So now that I've bored you with that, here are the only two instagram pics I took this week:
 1. soo happy there is a new tinderbox in town  2. sneak peak of my makes last night

And finally, I only have two links...
1. Excited to try Sunni's Zipper class on Craftsy (p.s. you should be too, it's free!)
2. A great post on drafting pockets for side seams

Well that it's for this week, I've got some posts planned for this week featuring my Colette Laurel dress, Anita Leggings and another Simone.  What have you been up to?

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