I'm hooked on series three of The Great British Sewing Bee and particularly loved the vintage inspired theme in the third episode. My favorite bit of every show is the re-fashion challenge and I think Lorna did a super job in creating the skirt above from an old pair of curtains.
Inspired by the GBSB, I was really chuffed to find this lovely vintage cotton bedspread in a charity shop for five quid. My head is spinning with possibilities for the fabric. It's been handmade and the fabric has a gorgeous fluidity and weight to it that would work for a skirt, dress or blouse.
I'm regularly hacking up old curtains to use the fabric for some other project, mostly aprons and bags so far. What I love is that you can get a decent amount of fabric from a pair of old curtains and the fabric is usually of a good weight cotton and pretty cheap. It's not all florals either; I've found some great blue and white striped cotton curtains that I've used to make reversible aprons. The poppy curtains above have enough fabric for a lovely little skirt or dress for a little girl I think.
I was such a lucky gal last week, because I won the newly released Sewing Bee, Fashion with Fabric book. Woohoo! The competition was run by Fiona from The Sewing Directory. If you haven't already discovered this great resource then you should head on over to The Sewing Directory and have a look. There are weekly competitions to win super sewing gubbins so don't forget to go and like the Facebook page as well.
Anyway, I love this book! Some of the sewing projects are for garments that the contestants have already tackled in the Sewing Bee such as The Walkaway Dress above(this is one of my favourites), The Capri Trousers and The Elephant Ballerina costume. It comes with a separate pack of full size sewing patterns for the 30 projects in the book, which is not bad for £16 (current Amazon price). I also have the previous GBSB book, Sew Your Own Wardrobe, and I've found the projects really easy to follow.
The book is aimed at people who have had limited sewing experience and explains all the basics but it also has a lot of projects for more experienced sewers too. It tackles sewing with stretch fabrics, leather, lace and wool and each pattern has a 'pattern hack' for adapting the pattern which is a great feature of the book. I'm keen to have a go at the Drapey Knit Dress, The Tweed and Faux Leather Jacket, The Kimono Jacket, The Capri Pants and....hang on, I actually want to make everything!
There are only a couple of projects for men and three for kids but if you want to start making clothes for yourself (and your a gal), then I would recommend this book. I think my first make is going to be the simple top above; perfect for some floaty cotton lawn and swanning about in the warm spring sunshine when it eventually arrives. An easy project to jumpstart my sewing mojo.
So, back to this lovely vintage cotton and dreams of a swingy skirt or pretty tea dress. Anyone else out there making clothes with old curtain fabric? And who are you backing to win the Great British Sewing Bee?! I think that army engineer Neil has my vote.
That's all from me; Sewing Me, Sewing You, Aha! Galx