Doesn’t it seem like ages since the finale of the Great British Sewing Bee hit our TV’s? We think so and that’s why over the next few weeks. we’ll be getting you inspired all over again with the winners of our Highly Commended award which was part of The Great British Sewing Bee Sew Along.
Tina took our breath away in seventies week when she posted this amazing make and it also got the lovely Elisalex very excited too as this was her pick of choice for the highly commended prizes. Tina is the lucky winner of an Adjustoform Mannequin from Sew Essential.
Tell us a bit about your sewing journey?
Tell us about your winning make and what inspired you?
My makes for the Great British sewing bee are all made out of old bedsheets, duvet covers, curtains, tablecloths and fabric that I have bought in local second hand shops or found in my parents attic. That has been my inspiration along with your themes of course. This particular dress was partly inspired by my mother who found my son’s old duvet cover and insisted I’d use it. I love vintage style clothes so I first dismissed it thinking it was too modern. But after looking at it for a couple of days I pictured this 1970’s style dress with the puffed sleeves, and a gathered skirt, like that first dress I ever made. I love that both my mother and my son is now part of that dress.
What was your highlight from The Great British Sewing Bee?
Naturally I was delighted when I found out that sustainability and refashioning was a big part of the sewing bee 2019. So that was one of my highlights. As a lover of vintage style I also really enjoyed the wiggle dress in the first episode. Also the vintage bikini made me think that maybe it’s time to take on a new type of project and try something new.
What’s next in your sewing pile?
Next in my sewing pile is more tablecloths, curtains and duvet covers that are waiting to be brought back to a new life as stunning summer dresses. Hopefully I will also find the time to make a few blog post on my blog about the making of my dresses too.
Did you enjoy reading this? Keep an eye out on the blog for our other two amazing sewists and their stories over the next few weeks.