Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 5


We are in the home straight, 10 amazing sewers have now become 5!  Last night's Sewing Bee was Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle week.

Although we're a fabric company, we heartily approve of 
recycling, repurposing & scrap busting.  We recycle all our paper and cardboard and have less than 1% fabric waste (we bundle 1/4 metre cuts as Mystery Mixes, sell our Slightly Flawed Fabrics at a reduced rate and either use or recycle our fabric scraps to reduce landfill. 

Patrick said in the episode that home sewers waste about 30% of all the fabric they buy and there are many options for reducing your fabric waste.

We have lots of tutorials for small cuts and scrap busting - Headbands, Wristbands, Wreaths, Tassles & Fabric Art, Necklaces, Sunglasses Pouches, Shirt Scarfs, Dog Toys & Candle Holders, Booties, Balloon Animals, Floor Poufs, Rag Rugs, Cushions and of course underwear!  You can also recycle fabric rather than throwing it in the bin, ReusefulUK have a handy locator for your nearest scrap fabric recycling facility HERE.

The challenges this week were a pussy bow blouse (recycling existing garments), a scrap busting garment made from offcuts from previous challenges, and a dress using repurposed fabrics.

Our highlight garments of the episode were Janet's pretty pussy bow blouse, Riccardo's patchwork party dress and Juliet's stunning net curtain dress.
We love Mercedes, she cut her own path in the show and produced some amazing garments.  We were sad to see her go, a very talented sewer but not the best at following instructions!  

Our quotes of the episode - 

"There is a whole catalogue of new and exciting errors that they've brought to this challenge."  
"Well you're a horrible pair of tricksters and I want no further part in it!"
"They're not happy gatherings."
"Time to think about Panickings, I don't know about Mannequins!"
"Bring your pussy bows forward, let's see if any of them need to go to the vet."

Our image of the episode is Joe's fabric angel!
Next week is British and Irish fabrics week, we can't wait!
If you are left wanting more after the show has ended, Angeline Murphy, former contestant on Season 4, is hosting 'The Backstitch' on Instagram Live each week straight after each episode. She catches up with other former contestants to get their views on the latest episode.
To join in on the Instagram Live series all you need to do is follow Angeline (@angelinemurphydesign) on Instagram and watch the live chat at 10pm.
Don’t worry if you cannot tune in every week, Angeline will be sharing it on her facebook page, Youtube and Instagram TV Channel.
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~ Mark & The Girl Charlee Team

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