The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Friday, September 29, 2017

Last Friday I went to The Great British Sewing Bee Live at ExCel London in the big smoke to see what it was all about, I was excited and had high hopes for the day so I thought I'd share my experience with you.

Catching a coach from Bristol to London meant an early start and quite a few hours of travel before we even got to the event but it was a lovely sunny day and so I quite enjoyed seeing the city waking up along the way.

I saw many gorgeous outfits all through the day and it made me so happy to be surrounded by sewing loving people like myself. I think I may have only looked at two stands before I made my first purchase but as my company kindly pointed out, if I didn't get the fabric I might regret it and I couldn't possibly have regret in the back of my mind all day.
This gorgeous Liberty Fabric cord was available in 3 colour-ways at the stand but there was something about this deep blue and bright bold orange that made my heart sing. I got 1 metre of it, just enough for an A-line skirt.

With liberty prints on the brain we headed over to a gorgeous gallery of Liberty dresses set up by the Fashion & Textile Museum and I fell in love with all of them.
Look at all of the beautiful details on the neckline of the dress above.
I loved these 1930s dresses and the bright mini 60s ones the most.

I didn't manage to get my hands on a ticket to the super theatre where the sewing bee judges and contestants from past series had talks and live challenges etc. but I had a great time listening in to some free workshops and enjoying the fashion show with dresses made up from sewing patterns that were available to buy at the show.
The pink dress is the lovely Kitty dress from Maven patterns in action, I've added it to my wish list.
Another pattern on my wish list is the Carnaby Dress and the Bloomsbury Blouse from Nina Lee.

I may have fangirled just a little bit meeting Katie from the Inside number 23 podcast at the Tilly and the buttons stand, she's just as lovely in person! I got the Rosa shirtdress pattern and it's now next on my list of things to make.
My final thoughts for the show is that I wish I had planned a bigger budget, it might have been a good thing that I couldn't spend like crazy (I don't really need anymore fabric) but I do wish I could have supported some more independent pattern makers there and then. There was a great variety of stalls that I liked; GirlCharlee, Suzie London, Fabrics galore, Guthrie & Ghani etc.
I really hope that they will be back again next year, even though I didn't book on to any workshops or had tickets to the super theatre I think it was worth going to and I had a great day out.

Hope you have a lovely weekend, happy sewing!

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