Monday, 31 July 2017

Tutorial Tuesday: Bow Back Dress, plus GBSB Ticket Giveaway!

A unique and fun summer dress is always a great find, and this Bow Back Dress Tutorial by Melissa of Melly Sews is perfect! With the right accessories, this versatile sundress is ready for almost any occasion including weddings, beach trips, summer BBQs, nights out. I love this tutorial because Melissa takes you every step of the way with her thorough instructions and links to helpful resources. Happy Sewing!
The bow on this dress isn't just cute, it's practical! If you attach the bow in just the right spot, it provides the much needed coverage of your bra strap. Also, to keep everything secure, the middle of the bow snaps around your bra, holding everything in place and giving the bow it's fun shape.

Our Cotton Lycra or Cotton Jersey knit fabrics make the perfect lightweight summer dress. A few of my picks from the store:

We are giving away 16 pairs of tickets for the Great British Sewing Bee Live at ExCeL London!

We have 8 pairs of tickets for Thursday 21st September & 8 pairs for Friday 22nd September (so you can go with a friend!).  

To enter - Simply add a comment below with your email address and the email address of your friend (your friends can also enter separately to increase your chance of winning!) Alternatively you can email you entry (see Terms & Conditions below).  

You must also state which day you would prefer (Thursday, Friday or Either Day).  

Winners will be drawn at random on 18th August. 

Terms & Conditions - 

  • Multiple entries will not be counted (but friends can enter separately).
  • Valid entries must contain 2 email addresses and the preferred date to be eligible.
  • Entrants and friends will be signed up for our email newsletter.
  • We will accept entries via email - email with subject 'GBSB Giveaway',  and in body of email state both your email address, your friend's email address and the preferred day.
Good luck!
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Happy Sewing!
~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team


  1. Oh my! I would love to go to the show with my daughter!

    Friday please x

  2. Yes please to tickets!

    Either day please is fine!

  3. I'd love to go with my friend Jane. We're just about to start making my daughter's wedding dress and may need help!!!

  4. Friday 22nd September please.

    How awesome is this!!
    PlusSizePosing x

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  6. Friday 22nd September
    You are right would be the perfect day out with my bestie and sewing.

  7. Either day for my friend and I!

    1 would take my mum who doesn't have an email.

  9. I would love to take my cousin! We could go either day.
    Emails are and

  10. Either day for me and my friend Deborah

  11. I would like to take one of my best friends who started me on my sewing journey and

  12. I would like to go with my fellow sewing bee Kate Hughes.
    My email is
    Saturday or Sunday would be lovely please. Thanks

  13. Either day :)

  14. Would love that, and

  15. Sounds like a great day - I've missed the sewing bee so much. Plus we have a sewing retreat starting on the Friday so perfect opportunity to buy more fabric :-)
    Thursday please

  16. Friday 22 September is my birthday and what better way to celebrate than with my favourite hobby.

  17. We would love to go to GBSB Live as we're just about to start a small sewing business. I've missed the programme this year it's so inspiring. - Carolyn - Janet
    Thanks for the chance and competition.

    1. Thursday or the Friday would be great!

    Thursday would be preferred!


    Any day would be fine!

  20. I'd love to go either day!

  21. I would love to go please ❤❤❤
    Saturday is probably best 😊
    My email is:
    My buddies is:
    Thank you 🌼🌼🌼

  22. I would love to go and my brother has said he would accompany me on the train from Bath on the Friday to see if I can beat my record of over 33000 steps on my pedometer. I simply cannot have too much fabric and thread to create with as I'm always thinking about what else I can make. Thank you in anticipation kind regards Sue
    My Email is
    My friend is

  23. Would love to attend on the Friday with my daughter, thank you!

  24. That would be so much fun. Either day would suit too. and

  25. I am crossing my fingers.

    Either day.

  26. OMG! London and Sewing!!!! Perfect match!!!

    Any day!!! :)

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  28. Thurs/Fri best but any

  29. Thurs/Fri best but any

  30. Ooh yes please for me and my partner! and Friday would be awesome but either day is fine.

  31. I would be happy to go either day with my daughter, real treat!

  32. Hi, I would love to go to GBSB live on Thurs 21st please, with my new sewing friend Sarah, her email is and mine is
    Thank you - fingers crossed!

  33. Hi, Ooh I'd so love to go on a girly day out to The Sewing Bee Live with my friend Gill. Sewing heaven! Thursday would be great if we are lucky enough to win. Our email addresses are and

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