How good was I feeling last night! Apart from having a bad back and not a brilliant nights sleep, I felt amazing. Why was that you ask. THE GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE is back. I sat in great anticipation waiting for it to come on and I was not disappointed. It certainly lived up to my expectations.
Sometimes it is hard to accept change and I was wondering what we would all think of the new presenter Esme but no need to worry, I thought she was lovely and fit like a glove so to speak. And then there's Patrick, I certainly hope he doesn't leave, eh ladies, need I say more!! Last but not least there's the lovely Claudia. I just love her presenting style and along with the other two make the show the success that it is.
And now to the contestants, quite a bunch don't you think (I do mean a nice bunch). The only thing I don't like is that one person has to go at the end of the first week. I know this is the rule in these elimination contests but oh it does seem so cruel. I felt so sorry for Duncan.
The first up was Charlotte whose top looked really good, the only thing that seemed to let it down was the stripes just being a little out down the front.
Jamie (one of our wonderful blogger's here on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network
) definitely chose a hard fabric as Esme said. For me the most difficult part would be the cutting out. I think he coped brilliantly and deserved to win that first round.
It was a shame Rumana cut her top upside down. I think the cutting out proved the hardest part for most of the contestants. But regardless of what Patrick said about it being upside down, I do remember reading an article once ( one of these where they point out how to wear stripes - to draw or not to draw attention to certain parts of our bodies) and it stated how to wear chevron stripes. I wish I could just think of it, perhaps you know and could pass it on. So maybe Rumana wasn't wrong afterall!
Duncan unfortunately did let himself down with some of the sewing but his stripe matching was superb as Patrick said.
Jade then Josh came next, both looked pretty good.
I felt sorry for Josh with his mixed up chevron's.
I think he seemed nervous when cutting out because it kept going wrong but hey he should have said - "I meant for it to be like this, it's a new slant on chevron's".
I thought Joyce (oh my goodness she does not look 71) chose a great fabric
because at first glance it looked perfectly matched. Only on closer inspection did Patrick notice some slight irregularities. So here is a good point to make when choosing fabric for chevron's, the more straight the pattern 'stripes' are, the more time must be spent ensuring perfectly matching stripes.
As was mentioned, Tracey unusually chose a chevron fabric to then make a chevron striped top. Certainly different and I think if those chevrons had been matched up more, this garment could have won that round. As Patrick said "It's Natty" (Yes where did he get that word from?) Sounds good though doesn't it.
As Esme said Ghislaine got off to a rocky start. She so picked the wrong fabric for this top;
Incidentally this gorgeous fabric
is still available from us here at Minerva Fabrics but in limited supplies. The irregular 'stripes' look fantastic if sewn horizontally or vertically.
She then went on to make a top in a different fabric and did really well in getting as much done as she did.
I couldn't help but wonder if Angeline chose her striped fabric for the chevron top knowing it would be easier to 'match' the stripes. It came across that she didn't know (or was that a secret 'knowing' smile she gave) but I bet she was glad she had chose that particular one! I do think it looked good. As Esme pointed out the roses disguised the stripes.
The expressions on the faces of the contestants when presented with the maternity dress (round 2) was a look of fear haha (it certainly would have been fear on my face). This is most certainly NOT my forte. I love dressmaking, have sewn all my life but I love to sew a garment from scratch. To alter garments to that extent doesn't appeal to me at all. So I admire the contestants imagination in this round and love to see the outcome be it good or bad.
Jade's skirt, with the grey side panels, I think reflected her age, just 18. Skirt's in this style are very 'in' at the moment and I'm pretty sure the grey panels were Ponte Roma or a similar stretch jersey and this made it so that quite a fitted stretchy look was achieved. I know she had to rush a little at the end, hence the waistband could have been better sewn but I thought a good idea, well done Jade. I would have placed this garment higher than 9th. I did agree that there were too many skirts made but hey lets give them a chance, it's only the first week. Considering there were quite a few 'gathered skirts' I was surprised to see Tracey's top with the lace frills at the bottom.
I did think she showed more imagination than some of the other contestants.
Rumana's dress with the orange trims was equally imaginative as Tracey's but came 3rd. Don't get me wrong I think she
deserved 3rd place, I loved the orange bias binding which she used on the
outside of the garment to encase the elastic and then created a lattice effect back with more of the bias folded in half. Her use of the two colours was brill.
Joyce also used her imagination well
in creating a dress with godet's (I must admit I have been pronouncing the
word 'godet' wrong all these years!!) and deserved 2nd place.
1st place was well deserved by Jamie
(Yes our wonderfull blogger, take a look at his fantastic 'Shacket' over on our blogger network). This dress reminded me of something you would see on a catwalk in that I wouldn't actually wear it, but its really cool. So well done Jamie on using the most imagination and creativeness.
And now to part 3 of this fab program.
All the contestants were asked to make a skirt of their own choice and their own choice of fabric.
Joyce's skirt hung really well. I think this was made up in a viscose. Viscose Fabric is well known for floaty dresses or skirts. My only problem was, as Esme said, you couldn't distinguish between the panels therefore not seeing the lovely shaped pieces and how they formed the skirt. An alternative would be to include some plain black panels.
I was very intrigued with the pleating tool that Tracey made herself. (I must look into this in more depth). Her pockets looked quite stunning.
I love Jade's skirt made out of taffeta, tulle and net. It was designed by Jade herself and I think she's made a terrific job. I love the binding on the hem edge of the net.
As Patrick said Josh's skirt wasn't the most complicated of the day but it hung beautifully and although I didn't agree at first about him turning a double hem up on this garment, I must say it was the right thing to do because it makes the skirt hang fantastically well and makes it stick out to a degree. Well done Josh. And he used our floral stretch denim fabric too!!
Angeline's fitted pencil skirt with peplum looked fantastic. It seemed to be made in a stretch cotton fabric with a contrasting bias binding. Stretch cottons with a Floral design are very popular this year. The elastane content in these fabrics helps enormously in getting a lovely fit as Angeline has done here.
Although I had a couple of favourites throughout the program I think Angelina's skirt deservedly won Garment of the Week. Well done Angelina!
So roll on next week when we can watch episode 2 of this compelling show.
Many thanks for reading my fellow sewists.