Singer Sewing Machines and Vintage Vibes - My dream episode.
First thing first, I knew I wanted to mark my achievement and experience forever. ‘I’m getting a Tattoo!’ As soon as I got off the train, I headed to my local Tattoo Parlour, Eerie Ink in Walsall for some new ink!
A needle and thread was the design I wanted to be added to my existing tattoo which is placed on my left wrist. My song bird and cage was a tattoo that I designed myself and had done about three years before. It holds a lot of meaning for me as it marks a particular time in my life. Therefore to add my recent adventure seemed fitting. My Mom and Mother-in-law joke that it's going to turn into a totem pole. However they, along with all my family and friends know how much this experience meant to me, and they couldn’t be more proud.
It now has pride of place in our home along with pictures of family and artwork that kirk and I have made over the years. It’s going to be quite something when I’m old and grey and I get to talk to my grandchildren about when I was on the television, sewing in front of three million people on BBC Two!
Kirk recently purchased a hand operated Singer sewing machine as a Christmas gift, which I'm really looking forward to spending some time on.
I must admit that would have been a shock if I had walked into a room full of old machines. The Bee really are pulling out all the stops this season! On the pattern challenge I think I would have been ok as I have used vintage patterns before. My night gown in episode one, if the pattern had turned up was the Morse code pattern as Tamara referred to them. However, I say I would have been ok but it's quite a different matter when your under time constraints. I thought they all did fantastic. The suit challenge looked immense! I'm not sure where I would have gone with that one. Chinelo's alteration was just stunning! Lynda's however stole my heart! DUNGA'S! Well pinafore but either way I’m a sucker for 'em!
I used a very dark green wool with golden mustard lining. Silver buttons with black braiding to embellish. I had never made a coat before but I had made Kirk a suit jacket out of what can only be described as a Mary Poppin's style Multi-coloured striped cotton.
Pretty Far out but a lot of Fun!
I just love the fact that nobody has this coat, especially a coat that has a moustache in it anyway!
I really missed the buzz of the Bee when making this jacket at home. I even missed the interuptions of the Judges and Claudia as your about to enter a tricky part of the make. Kirk had noticed how quick I had become at making and finishing a garment. He has always been part of my sewing education and was genuinely amazing at the level of improvement in my skills from being on the show! It really has been a crash course in sewing for me. Something that I never will forget!
My workshops are also going well. I’m currently running them at two venue’s. One in Walsall at DC Nutts Sewing Machines and Guthrie & Ghani Haberdashery in Moseley.
I’m currently in talks with other venue’s in and outside the area so keep your eyes peeled here on the Tailor Taylor Events Page! I may be heading to a venue near you soon!
I currently have spaces on my upcycle sewing clinic which is being held at Lauren's haberdashery (last year’s finalist) - Guthrie & Ghani on the 5th of April! This is a great opportunity to get back into sewing or as it's also a beginners class, I can help guide you if you have never looked at a sewing machine before. Don’t worry they are not going to be vintage machines you saw on the bee!
Whether you are out of practice or new to this, I’m going to help you upcycle / recycle those old clothes into something new and wonderful! What we make together you decide. So let’s get creative and start this #sewingrevolution rolling!
Check it out here!