…is now up on YouTube for we colonists (and other places outside the British Realm!)
As usual – if you haven’t seen the show, watch it – it’s really great for any sewists or maker out there.
For me, this was the show that made the most sense, although I think it would have made a lot more sense had the judges had time to talk about their decisions, because they really were on target.
They had three competitions and although I thought the children’s outfits were a little simple-minded, the judges did ask for some techniques that should be in a sewist’s arsenal. The French seam, shirring (in this case gathering on elastic) finishing details and the straps (bias straps, however they call rouleaux straps – as always the British version is way classier! Rouleaux is French [duh!] for roll).
Sandra’s dress was like an ole pro who’s done this about a gazillion times before and totally practical, but alas, no points on practicality…there are specifications on this, and I’m sure they were there as part of a whole cadre of skills that the makers are being tested on. The point that all the stripes are in line is great – this is a nightmare waiting to happen if you haven’t done it before and know what you’re doing. I loved Sandra’s technique of slipping the elastic on the bobbin, although it’s not “by the book” it worked beautifully and it was time-saving (the sign of an ole pro!)
If you don’t have this set – get it. It’s well worth the $$$. It may appear a little pricy but you use it year after year, and it’s just well worth the money – it works. Here‘s a little cheaper price without the handy box, but personally I like the box, cause it helps keep them all where I can find them. I need all the organizational help I can get!!!
OK next is the dress –
|…it’s really not. This whole idea and garment is well thought-out. On the left is the photo of the whole garment, while on the right is the detail. That’s right….the whole animal print is all done in bugle beading….the whole dress.Now you get the idea of couture.
Granted, on the GBSB they don’t have time to do anything like this. But there is the challenge as well. If you watch someone like Issac Mizrahi do something like this, he would come up with something totally creative, but well within the time allotted to complete the challenge.
Part of that skill comes from doing it over and over, but also part of it comes from the creativity side – more on that later. But I give Stuart A+ for creativity and F for execution. Unfortunately they both go together like a cart and horse!
Ann had the right idea, but Sandra did it the right way. To be honest, I’m not much on pleats or tucks like this, partly because doing all that left over fullness at the top or bottom of the tuck, doesn’t add that much to the dress. (Also Ann’s waist is placed a little low for the styles right now), but Sandra’s shape and waist placement and dark execution is right on – classic done great. The trim is meh, but it doesn’t take anything away and she did a great job executing it. Personally I think Ann & Stuart need a co-transfusion…Ann needs some of Stuart’s creativity and Stuart needs some of Ann’s execution skills.
And to the main event….the jacket:
So we have Sandra, Ann and Lauren left, and of Lauren and Ann – who do you think will win?
Recap: Stuart gets A for creativity, Ann gets A for execution, Sandra gets A for pattern choice and Lauren gets A for holding back on just how well she sews!!!!! Isn’t this fun!!!
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