Fueled by May and Patrick's critique from last week along with the initial shock of being filmed for two days solid. I was rather giddy for episode 2- Pattern week, and thirsty for more!
Challenge one, the blind pattern challenge to make a Box Pleat Skirt with a Lapped Side Zip. First thoughts:
Skirt - Check
Box Pleat - No !
Lapped Zip - No !
Pattern matching - Not really !
I love crazy patterned fabric but had never really thought about matching it up to perfection before because of working mainly with scraps of fabric, like Kirk's shirts, you don't get the choice really. However, I didnt have much time to worry about it. 'So to the fabric or 'Cloth' I go, as Simon would say.
A big improvement to how I felt on the night gown challenge in episode 1.
After spending so much time pattern matching to please Patrick and May , I was now running out of time. In the rush, I matched my waist band to the back of the skirt rather than the front. A mistake that Tamara also made but noticed to correct in time. Had I let myself down again? Scoring seventh position was a blow. Just when I thought I was getting back on track and mentally placing myself at sixth, I was knocked down by David's skirt that didn't fit the mannequin however he owned the title of 'pattern matching perfection' with those perfect squares of blue and white.
It was great to see a bit of the back stories this week, hearing my husband Kirk's view on my sewing skills. You also got to see Kirk, the boys and I performing in our band, Snooty Bob's. Please feel free to check out our facebook page or listen to our tracks on itunes or spotify.
It was great to see the families of my fellow contestants in their environments rather than just in a studio, I wanted to see more but it was on to challenge two - Alterations using two shirts.
Cutting up shirts was something that I am acustomed to! 'Nothing is safe' as Kirk appealed on the back story! I have cut up at least eight of Kirk's shirt over the short time that I had been sewing before the Bee. Sorry Kirk, but at least im 'upcycling' them and they look so much better now! :)
Therefore, I knew i needed to get my skates on 'Run'! I needed good lines to deliever my vision. Harlequin is my brief and I dont know whats on the rail yet! 'Vile' is exactly what i was faced with! but I managed to get two shirts that I was happy with, to the cutting table I go. Cerina was right when she said 'Guerilla' sewing. It was manic. With one hour remaining I was reserved to just getting a skirt and hopefully for a hem. With the time ticking down, the fire in my belly couldn't be contained any more. PUSH FOR A POCKET! Fight or Flight? I'm punching for a pocket. I manage to get my skirt on the mannequin and finish buttoning my last button when Claudia called TIME! 'OH MY LIFE you were pushing it then Taylor!
Ranking fifth position, I was mid table and not very safe but I was proud that I didn't settle for safe but pushed myself to the limit. I was ready for a pint and my bed.
There was only one person who came to mind. My Dad!
If I was going to make a pair of Pyjama's for my Dad, Roy. What would they look like? A huge fan of Monty Python, I knew that a classic stripe wouldn't define it! Dad even got on board sending me comedy sketches to help.
I decided on Moustache's and Top Hat's for my fabric. Dad used to wear a top hat in his late teen's with his long wild hair, so combined with a 'snooty' moustache these pyjama's were a reflection of me and my family.
I hoped this was the secret weapon to my sewing box, especially when I found out that both David and Lynda were using the same pattern as me!
One hour left and I hadn't started my trousers. It was only when watching it on Tuesday that I couldn't beleive I was even capable of doing that!
At the end of what seemed a blink of an eye, rather than six hours. Its was time for judging and I was first up!
Gasping for breath I awaited May and Patrick's critique. Crossing my fingers that their comments were nothing like last week's Silk Challenge, and more along the lines of, you are good enough to stay in this competition.
May delievered a short but sweet 'Beautiful piping'. 'A little on the large side' from Patrick, but overall a 'very good pair of pyjama's.' Relief! Beautiful and Very Good - i'll take that! Now I just needed to wait to see how my competitor's got on. One by one the eight other pyjama's catwalked in front of me. Being at the front, I had a un-interupted view of the other contestants hard work. and was able to see exactly what May and Patrick are picking apart or rewarding. It was scary.
After a long break while the judge's come to their decision, the competition became very real. I felt like I was really getting to know these guys. I didn't want to leave, I have so much more to learn from each and everyone of them. At the same time, if I get to stay I didn't want to see any of them go either. It was strange, the atmosphere had changed between us.
It was a slow walk back.
Standing in the line, Simon's name was called. He seemed to know that this was his time, which made me very sad. He is a brilliant sewer! So glad we keep in touch through twitter and I get to see what he is up to!
With Simon out, I'm still in the competition and with my family behind me - I can do anything!
So for this episode I want to dedicate it to my dad and my husband. Thanks for keeping me 'Snooty'! Love you loads.
Now your turn - What inspires you to sew or pick out fabric?