British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

British Sewing Bee Inspires Me

I have recently started watching the British Sewing Bee with a friend of mine. It’s so charming and creative! I am loving the use of words such as unpicking (using a seam ripper) and haberdashery (a place that holds sewing notions, fabric and trims). The show consists of three sewing challenges, pattern, alteration and one they had time to practice. It is kind of like the Great British Bake Off. During the pattern challenge the participants get handed a pattern they have never seen before. They then have 2-4 hours to create things like shirts, skirts, dungarees (overalls) or jackets. The second challenge is taking something off the rack and altering it. Could be a plain wool skirt, an oversized t-shirt, a suit or even a wedding dress. The participants usually only have 90 minutes for this one. It is always amazing to see what they do in such a short amount of time. The third challenge is something they had time to practice. It’s usually a full garment and complicated use of fabrics and patterns. The ones I have seen so far have made all kinds of amazing garments. Needless to say watching the show has put me in the mood to sew and luckily for me, I know how to! For our August craft day, we spent time making a small wall hanging. Here is our basic layout:   A few years back I picked up a book with 6″X6″ quilt block patterns. Each lady, who came to craft day, choose a block or two to make for the center of their quilt and then we started...