Friday, 19 April 2013

Great British Sewing Bee has us buzzing!

Thank you for helping with the tray ident - it will turn up eventually.


Limited photographs - this my reflection in a mirror and that mirror has a ship chiseled into it so a bit blurry!



 Anyway I have been wanting to make one of these for a while and the other day I thought that I would.  So this is a simple wrap dress and I very much wanted one section to be embroidered.  Fabric selection was based purely on what I had a lot of - I recently went to the Isle of Wight and bought EIGHTEEN FEET of this fabric (in dire need.....)  for £4.99 from a charity shop (I did not go to the IoW JUST to buy this fabric!!!).  The fabric therefore determined the type of embroidery that I could use...this was a damaged tablecloth (fear not dears).



Note here that the embroidery appears to have swapped sides... not really.... just no longer reflected in the mirror

But Jenny why are you only showing us this top bit......?


It is because when I tried this top bit on for 'fitting purposes' Bronte said: 'Oh dear'.....and that put me right off...


I made my own bias binding so that the embroidered side tied in with the other bit.

 I was pleased however with the top stitching (I am partial to a nice bit of top stitching) here - this was the only bit that I was pleased with.

 So here we have a load of photos of the same thing!  This is in the DoS at the moment - I am going to start another one and begin again...again.

This evening I will be shirring....I used to do a lot of shirring....I am looking forward to shirring again

What have you been sewing and have you had many/any disasters?

Best wishes
Jenny

PS: Hello Constance and wish your mum happy birthday from me!


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  1. What a wonderful idea - but where is your bottom? Jane x

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    1. Thank you Jane - contemplating bottom....!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  2. I think it looks absolutely gorgeous, take no notice of Bronte and finish it asap please! Lucey x

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    1. I might give a whirl Lucey
      Many thanks
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  3. Ditto what lemonade kitty says!!!

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    1. Aww - thank you Gill
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  4. Sewing Denim Divas, Mummy cats and kitten brooches. Soon to be hosting A Make Do and Mend class in my local village hall. Love your blog, finish your wrap it looks great. x Joan

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    1. Good for you - sounds good fun
      thank you
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  5. So pretty!! :) Love the fabrics! Happy weekend! xo Holly

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    1. You too - many thanks Holly
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  6. Amazing. I am sure it would please the Sewing Bee judges, especially your top stitching and home made bias binding.
    I'm very impressed by your nose for vintage fabric. 18 feet is quite a find.

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    1. That was indeed a lot of fabric for the money - so felt it would not be soooo bad if I cocked the dress up!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  7. That is impeccable topstitching and bias binding! Definitely of GBSB standard.

    My sewing disasters are too many to enumerate - but among the worst was buying the corduroy in diagonal stripes of grey. Looked really chic "on the bolt" and reduced to 25p a metre [this was back in 1988] It HAD to be a bargain, I felt, and splashed out on 4 metres.
    I cut out my skirt pattern [used often, infallible, I thought] then discovered there was NO WAY to make the stripes/pile on the cord and the stripes on the fabric come together into any sort of wearable garment. I was so disheartened that I put the whole thing [pins, tacking and all] in a carrier bag and hid it in the dustbin!



    No photographic evidence exists of this one.

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    1. Angela you do make me laugh - that is just the sort of thing that I have also done - stripes...NO! Far too hard to get my head around that one!

      Keep going!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  8. That top stitching is the bestest I have seen in along time....I'm impressed with your talent and sew would Mrs Stephenson....?
    D x

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    1. I bow my head at the very thought of Mrs Stephenson - maybe something got through in those lesson after all!
      Many thanks and best wishes
      Jenny

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  9. Your dress is lovely, lovely, lovely....excellent top stitch there Jenny.....I'm not sewing anything at the mo, Clarices is Out Of Action! :) x

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    1. Thank you kindly Ada - my sewing machine needs to go to the menders truth be known...
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  10. I love it…finish it, it will look grand!

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    1. I will give it a go once - Bronte may have been 'oh dearing' at the body in the dress rather than the dress itself....
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  11. From what I can see your dress will look fab... sorry 18 feet for £4.99!!... a match made oh yes indeedy... I have it mind to make some bias binding, do you use a gadget Jenny? I saw some in a virtual patchwork shop but wanted to ask someone first before I bought one. Most impressed with the closeness of that stitch-work. Cx

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    1. It was indeed a good purchase and cheaper than buying new. The fact that the top stitching worked out ok was more accident than design I think!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  12. Need to see the rest, top looks divine!

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    1. I shall gird my loins....
      Many thanks
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  13. I'm sure you and Miss Daisy would get to the finals on GBSB...now wouldn't that be entertaining! How about a blouse if you're disappointed with your bottom?
    EE xx

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    1. That would indeed be a laugh and a half....I would have to buy a pair of shoes though!!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  14. It is one beautiful top half Jenny, brilliant combing the fabric with the old embroidered table cloth. Your top stitching is amazingly neat and I cannot wait to see it finished. Iam itching to get stitching after enjoying the past 3 weeks of the Sewing Bee. I need to get my overlocker serviced first xxx Penny

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    1. Envious of your overlocker (is that ok to say that!!!). The Sewing Bee seemed to be over in a flash whereas Masterchef goes on for months and months!
      Thank you for kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  15. Oh dear I meant combining not combing!

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    1. You are forgiven dear!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  16. I'd like to see your bottom too! Please finish it xx

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    1. My bottom will be displayed if/when finished! Oh dear!
      Many thanks
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  17. What a lovely top, love to see the bottom.
    Your top stitching is wonderful and the fabric is ab fab :)
    x

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    1. Thank you kindly Barabra - just for once I didn't wobble!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  18. It's lovely ... please finish it ... Bee xx

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    1. I will gird my loins!!
      Best wishes and thank you
      Jenny

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  19. What Bee said.

    I haven't been sewing anything, I have been dyeing silk embroidery thread with eucalyptus dye. Fun :D

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    1. Now that does sound interesting - what colour does it come out?
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  20. I can only agree with everyone else. it really is great. I am half way through making a dress for my daughter but can't get it to fit properly around the waist.
    Gillx

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    1. Thank you kindly - yes, there is that odd thing that happens where the size on the pattern does not seem to link with your own size.....cough, cough!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  21. I havent sewn an item of clothing from scratch for donkeys years. I regularly made gathered skirts in the 1970's that were trimmed with broderie anglais so it looked as if your petticoat was showing but that was about it. I hope you enjoy your shirring.Lots of baby dresses had that effect years ago didnt they? It would be nice for it to make a comeback!! Cant wait to see what you do Jenny, I'm sure you will share!!

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    1. The 70s was a time of lots of creating don't you think Anne - I made shirts, blouses, skirts and all sorts at that time. Also made lots of baby clothes for my eldest sister's first baby - shirred dresses too!
      It is all coming back in fashion
      Many thanks
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  22. Am rather liking that a lot - well worth travelling to the IoW for the fabric ;)

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    1. I bought some other bits too - IoW is only a hop across the water (though pricey on the hover) but I had other things to do so this was a chance charity shop find
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  23. Perfect bias binding, so neat! Love the fabric and the embroidery. I too have been inspired by the GBSB and am half way through making a dress. Just need to bodge the zip into place and do the hem and then it will be done! Hoping it will look a lot better on the outside than on the inside! xx

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    1. Ah yes - the inside of things that I make do not look so great! I found the GBSB more exciting than anything else that I have watched in a long time...!
      All the best with your dress
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  24. OOh lovely fabric, can't wait to see the finished article, i have been sewing lots of bags lately, don't know why. Have been inspired by the bee too. Catx

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    1. Indeed - it makes you want to get your machine out!! Many thanks
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  25. It is beautiful! Maybe you can sell it or gift it to someone once you have the one for yourself that fits better finished ;) I need to learn to sew!

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    1. Thank you Pam - I chose a simple pattern which helps and I will try and finish it off
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  26. Jenny, have you been reading my mind??? Just last weekend I purchased a WAY too expensive blouse at the Botanical Gardens gift shop simply because I plan to copy off the pattern and use it to feauture pieces of rescued vintage embroidery! And here you have stolen my thunder before I even got started! How very clairvoyant you are, My Dear! But I must confess that you have inspired me to start making tote bags from my stash of forlorn stained linens, and I did post my just finished one on my blog. It is SO cute!

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    1. Hello and welcome
      Bags are the simplest of things to make....I have one or two.....
      Thank you for calling in
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  27. ~ What am I up too.......Sewing little pictures with the kindest sentiments for gifts......In my day job though! Always a pleasure to do and get paid for! Hello Jenny! I love your pretty dress....Pleaseee finish it and let us see it ! ~ YOU could quite easily be on the next Sewing Bee! Imagine the fun and entertainment! hehe..with kindest thoughts...Maria x

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    1. That sounds lovely Maria - particularly welcome to be paid for doing something that you love too.
      I fear that if I was on GBSB I would be there only to provide the comedic effect....ha ha. My friend and I were once filmed for a BBC series about district nurses and they did say that we would make a good comedy team...not quite the effect that we were hoping for!
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  28. It is my dream to be able to sew like this. Why oh why did I not pay more attention in Home Economics?

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    1. I fear that I have 'bigged' my sewing up! The inside is not so great!
      Have a lovely weekend

      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  29. Dear Jenny WHY are you not on the sewing bee?? Please carry on and sew the rest of the dress it is BRILLIANT and that top stitching WOW!ttfn Pam.

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    1. Thank you as always dear Pam - just for once I didn't wobble with my stitching - if I cough I am done for and the line is all over the place!
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  30. P.S what make of sewing machine do you have Jenny?

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    1. Dear Pam - I will tell you the type of sewing machine that I have only so that you do not buy one - IT IS RUBBISH!!! I have longed hoped that a sewing machine company would offer me a new one to test run. I splashed out on a Singer Confidence - it started making a funny noise after a week but I was too mean to pay the £20 return postage at the time and thought 'it would get better'. It never did and bits dropped of it - I have tapes stuck in all sorts of places to keep it together - IT IS RUBBISH. I have a very old machine operated by you knee and I will dig that one out to use I think!
      I hope that has not put you off!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  31. Your wrap is lovely so far... don't listen to daughters, they just love to make us squirm.

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    1. I think that you are right there - I am one big embarrassment!
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  32. I think your sewing looks fabulous! Love the pattern, and the contrasting embroidered section, and your binding is flawless. I love to hand sew but whenever the sewing machine comes out i sit hunched over it, a ball of fear and tension. We are not buddies, my sewing machine and I, which is a shame as I would love to do some more quilting and have a go at making my own clothes. Oh well. x

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    1. I can spend a whole day shouting at my sewing machine....!
      Have you had a go at quilting by hand? I used to make one hand quilted quilt a year so takes a bit of time but satisfying to do.
      Have a lovely weekend and thank you for kind words
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  33. Well I think the top bit looks fabulous and well done for making your own bias binding that is tricky. I love your fabric choice and cant wait to see it all finished, happy sewing, dee x

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    1. Thank you Dee - I will make some more binding I think as I have few other ideas as to how to use it
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  34. This looks great Jenny, are you going to persevere with it? Look forward to seeing what comes next (as always!)
    Hen xxx

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    1. Hello Hen
      I will give it another go and thank you for kind words
      Have a lovely weekend
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  35. Lovely dress and the binding - exquisite. Next series of the GB Sewing Bee here you come?! Liz xx

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    1. mmmmmm- not quite up to Ann's standards I think - or Patrick's come to think of it!
      Thank you for kind words though
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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  36. oh my I love it!!!!!! I hope you finish it, it's totally fabulous

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    1. Awww - thank you - I will give it a try eventually!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    1. Thank you kindly - you should my bottom though!
      Best wishes
      Jenny

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    2. That should have read - you should see my bottom - having written that it sounds even worse!

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