Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Sewing for Dummies

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In this household, we're big fans of TV shows featuring baking competitions.  We've watched every series of the Great British Bake Off, The Great Australian Bake Off and now that the first series of The American Baking Competition has hit our TV screens, we've been avidly watching it for weeks.  Although, I've been inspired to bake the occasional loaf of bread after watching, I can tell you that my enthusiasm has never gotten to the stage where I've wanted to have a go at making a Macaron Tower!

Recently, while we were watching the last series of the Great British Bake Off, the most wonderful thing happened.  A little advert popped up for "The Great British Sewing Bee".  Now I don't know why everything has to have "Great" in the title, but we were greatly very excited at the prospect of a sewing competition gracing our TV screens...and it didn't disappoint.  From the very first episode I was inspired to get out my sewing machine and make something.  I didn't have anything particular in mind, but I just felt the urge to sew and for the whole of the series that feeling didn't leave me.  Naturally enough, Miss 13, who was watching along with me had the same feeling and so the next time we were in Spotlight our sewing beginner went through the pattern books to find a simple pattern to get started.  What could be easier than a pattern titled "Sewing for Dummies"?

It was decided that the first project would be the top, which features an elasticated neckline and sleeves.  It took a long, long, long time to choose the fabric, which was a delightful orange and white floral cotton.  You may notice that the fabric pictured is not orange and white, but a cotton featuring small pink and blue flowers.  The change occurred because after all of that time choosing fabric, we got home and someone decided the orange fabric would actually make a fantastic skirt,so we ended raiding my fabric stash instead.  The fabric we ended choosing was actually free and came in a big pile of material that was being given away when someone was having a clear out - it doesn't get any better than that!

Our teen had a lovely afternoon sewing.  The pattern was very easy to follow and between all of the cutting, sewing and ironing I could see Miss 13 getting excited as she could see her new top coming together.  There was the occasional lament of "Am I going to get this finished today?", but thanks to The Great British Sewing Bee I was able to say that even for their sewing projects they were given a good few hours.

One of the wonderful things our teen learnt with this project was that you can adjust the pattern as you see fit to create something more to your liking and so it was that during the pinning and cutting stage, an additional 5cm was added to the length and Miss 13 was very pleased with the change.

I'm hoping the teen's next project will definitely be an orange and white floral cotton skirt!  I'm determined that all of that time spent searching for the perfect fabric shall not go to waste.

Happy sewing 


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  1. Cute! Good for her. I think that sewing is such a useful skill for everyone to have. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

    1. Thanks Cynthia and thank you for hosting In and Out of the Kitchen - we love browsing to see what tasty and crafty creations everyone has come up with week after week!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

    1. Thanks Debi - and thanks for hosting yet another fabulous link party