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Sewing Bee-itis

Books, Dressmaking, Fashion, Sewing, TextilesKate Marsden

It happens every year... I loose my dressmaking mojo completely shortly after Christmas. It's been a whirlwind of enthusiasm and stitching for months (even though autumn is my busiest time work wise - when I want to stitch, there's no stopping me). As predicted though, it's back...

The Great British Sewing Bee returned to our screens a week ago (so that means it's on tonight at 9pm on BBC 2 - squeeee!) and my need to sew has returned. In a way it's worse this year - the new, later time slot hasn't been popular with everyone but it actually works much better for me - so no more watching it on catch up, and I can follow along with everyone on twitter. I obviously now want to get cracking on, so I decided to have a sort through the things I already have.

So here's the to do pile. I've included my old pattern cutting book from college here as I'm thinking that I'd like to alter some of the patterns, and it'll hopefully remind me how to.

First up will have to be The Buchanan from Gather - as I bought this months ago as a kit - so I already have the fabric. I've even washed the fabric (so really I should just go and cut it out now). I'm also after a light weight dressing gown now it's warmer, so I need it...

It's going to be a combination of Liberty print and a solid green fabric.

Next up I think I need to make myself a new Tilly & The Buttons' Coco - the first one I made was really a toille as the fabric I used was so light weight it was silly. I need a heavier weight version but again a dress, and I think sleeveless for the summer. I also want to make the Megan dress from Tilly's book.

Next we have the Walkaway dress (as featured on the Bee). The only thing that's put me off this one so far is the quantity of fabric I'll need - so maybe I should to hold out for a sale...

And finally, Merchant and Mills' Trapeze dress - bear with me on this one. Mr M thinks this looks like a mumu... I'm thinking of making a sleeveless version in a heavy-ish plain fabric to wear as a pinafore (so possible neckline alteration and armhole shaping). They do a little girls' pattern similar to this which looks divine and I'd really like that, just in a grown up's size!

I say finally, but there are lots of other patterns I have my eye on - I fancy making one of the Dotty Angel frocks, and I want to try some Colette and Sew Over It patterns which I'm yet to do. So here's to the Bee inspiring me for the whole series (and the next few months!) so I can crack through this little lot...