1950s Sewing The Scene Jacket


You may recall that I'd decided to have a go at sewing a 1950s Swing Jacket in the style of one worn by the character Bel in BBC's The Hour. Here's a reminder of how it looks.

1950s swing jacket

The Great British Sewing Bee Live.


I thought I’d give a quick snapshot review of our day at The Great British Sewing Bee Live which was held at the Excel centre last week. When the event was first advertised, I was a little unsure on how well it would do, coming the weekend after The Handmade Fair and only a couple of weeks ahead of The Knitting & Stitching Show. Would it be successful sandwiched in between two well established events?  

Patrick Grant and Esme Young are interview by Jenny Eclair

Plans for Sewing The Scene Challenge - 1950s Swing Jacket

I like to watch DVDs while I sew, usually programmes that I’ve seen before which don’t require too much concentration to keep up with the plot. I tend to watch lots of 1940s/50s dramas (Call The Midwife, The Bletchley Circle, Murder On The Homefront, Partners In Crime etc). So when Jo at The Unfinished Seamstress  posted about the ‘Sew The Scene’ challenge I knew it was one for me!
1950s TV drama

Sewing The Scene challenge

Allied Inspired Buchanan Dressing Gown


Have you seen the film Allied? If you’re a fan of 1940s fashion then you really ought to check it out. Set in 1942, it stars Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt as a Resistance fighter and Intelligence officer and is full of intrigue and tension. The plot really has you guessing until the end but it’s the clothes, worn by Marion, which stole the show for me. The costume designer, Joanna Johnston, modelled the designs on original vintage pieces.

Allied Film costumes


Ray Stitch Pattern Cutting Weekend Review



As I've become a more experienced seamstress, I'm a lot more critical of fitting issues. To resolve any problems, I’d totally bodge things – add width at the side seams or shave excess fabric off the shoulders. In the end, I decided to wanted to create a custom dress block (or slider) that I could alter to create different styles of dresses. So, last year I booked myself onto the weekend Beginner Pattern Cutting course at Ray Stitch http://raystitch.co.uk/sewing-classes-london This weekend course has been designed so that you not only create a dress block but you also understand how patterns work, how to pivot darts, create design lines and make alterations. 

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