Katie Betty Sewing Bee Sewathon

It’s here! IT’S HERE! The Great British Sewing Bee is upon us and wow-wee what an episode! Now I’ll be honest, I went into this season with a favourite, Debbie. She’s from my neck of the woods and she’s also a friend of a few people I know (small world or what!). Saying that, however, there are some stars in the making aren’t there?!

I’m taking this opportunity to really dive in head first and really grasp being a blogger with both hands and  thought I’d start with a BIG event- the Katie Betty Sewing Bee Sewathon! I’m going to do a project a week to tie in with the theme of each episode of the Sewing Bee. Six weeks, Six projects. Am I mad? Most definitely, but it’s going to be true challenge as a sewer and a blogger.

So this week saw the gang working with cotton. Being from Lancashire, particularly Darwen, that stuff practically flows through my veins! One of our major landmarks is an old cotton mill! Cotton is always a great fabric for first time sewists as it doesn’t slip and slide, it presses easily (often too easily hehe) and it’s a lovely natural fabric so it breathes and takes dye very well, too. There are many different types of cotton; drill, klona, lawn, all sorts! I opted for a poplin for my project this week as it’s not too thick to make it difficult to stitch but it has enough about it to handle easily. I decided to make an A-line skirt, which is a good starting point as it is all straight lines to sew and doesn’t use up a silly amount of fabric. I mixed it up a bit and added an invisible zip, which I’d never done before, and I even picked a tip up from GBSB tonight!

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I used a lovely bright red cotton poplin to match a blouse I bought which typically was in the wash when I finished the skirt and needed it for photos! Luckily, I seem to have a plethora of red shirts to choose from.

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As you can (kind of) see from the back is I have two small panels for the back, this is because I somehow make the thing two sizes too big! There is supposed to be one large panel down the back, but to ensure I took it in evenly I basically created a new seam up the back. It looks alright I think!

I took to Craftsy for a tutorial on how to do a concealed zip, but the main tip I got was from tonight’s Sewing Bee in that to get the stitch as neat as you can to the zip itself you need to roll it right out so it will then fold right back in all lovely and neat. Simply darling! It’s actually easier to insert a concealed zip than a standard zip, I think! Unlike the Sewing Bee I didn’t have a dedicated machine foot to insert a concealed zip, but I did have a normal zipper foot which worked well enough. I’d definitely recommend investing in a zipper foot. It creates a truly brilliant finish which makes your hand made garments stand out as something special.

I decided to omit the waistband from my pattern and create a simple hemmed top which is more the look I’m going for.

I used a pattern I already had in my stash but for a cheeky thrifty tip, Love Sewing magazine have THREE free skirt patterns included along with their other tutorials and a free GBSB fat quarter! A great way to start working with cotton 🙂 if you want another cotton based project, pop over to my latest post on the Minerva Blogger Network for my Stash Busting Fat Quarter Infinity Scarf.

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So here I am all cottoned up with my poplin skirt and fat quarter scarf!

Next week it’s children’s clothing! I’ve never made children’s clothing before so this should be very fun. Also, keep your eye out for a customization tutorial!

See you next Thursday crafters!

Craft or Glory!

Katie B xo

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