21 April 2013

It's Lauren!


Say hello to Lauren! Lauren has been sewing nearly all her life, making bags and clothing which clearly reflect her pretty, feminine style. But don't let the florals give you the impression she ain't tough - she's a marathon-running, hammer-wielding hardcore woman, turning her dreams into reality! Let's find out more...

Hi Lauren! Tell us - what are your favourite things to make for yourself?
"I love making little tops and blouses, they are relatively quick to stitch up (compared to a jacket or a men's fly that is!) and don't use a huge amount of fabric. I like spending time adding lots of little details to them, I think it's a great way to show off your style and personality and I'll rarely follow a pattern exactly. I like changing the neck line, altering the sleeves or adding darts."

What are your top sewing tips? 
"I'm not a very technically accurate sewer! I tend to just think things through and figure it out as I go along, thinking about what order I need to stitch things in first. Sometimes I'll have to pin or hold seams together and turn things out the right way to check it's all going to work out. So I guess my top sewing tip is to just take things a step at a time and think it though before you sew."

What would you say to anyone who has seen the show and is thinking of learning to sew? 
"Don't be put off by how perfect we were all trying to be to impress the judges. In real life, no one will be that particular, so just go for it. The rewards are huge!"

Lauren's Miette skirt

How did you find taking part in the show? 
"It was really challenging but I feel so lucky to have been able to take part. I've met such an amazing group of people and the challenges that I managed to get through have hugely increased my confidence in being able to make more different types of clothes."

What was your best moment on the show? 
"Apart from meeting amazing new friends, in terms of the challenges, the best moment was when I got the number one slot on the child's dress. I felt like I had been close so many times so I was really chuffed they picked me."

Your worst moment? 
"The worst moments were having to say goodbye to my new friends each week as they were sent home. I wished we could have all stayed to the end and they just decided the winner that way. The long filming days were really hard too. After one long-almost 18 hour day, I can remember bursting into tears because I couldn't find one of my bags. It didn't take much to push me over the edge at that point, it was pretty exhausting."

Your funniest moment? 
"There are so many! The whole thing seems like one funny moment when I look back on it. Between Stuart's one-liners and Claudia's silly comments and dances, there was always giggling going on."


Your fondest memory of taking part? 
"Meeting the most amazing bunch of people ever. I've never had close friends that are as passionate about sewing as I am and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to meet these people and stay friends with them afterwards."

What are you doing now or what plans do you have for the future? 
"I have a bit of a fabric addiction and have always dreamed of just being surrounded by fabrics, ribbons, buttons and trims. Over the past year, my husband and I have been working really hard on renovating a 19th Century Mock Tudor building in Moseley, Birmingham, and on Saturday 27th April I'll finally get to live the dream and open my own haberdashery, fabric and yarn store, Guthrie and Ghani. It feels so surreal that its actually happening. I'm so excited to share my passion with people and inspire them to be creative and see what they make. We also have a gorgeous studio above the shop where I'll be able to share my sewing skills by teaching workshops. I can't wait to spread the sewing bug. I'm addicted, and it feels good and I want other people to feel the same!"

So excited for Lauren that the doors to her dream haberdashery will open next weekend. I'll be there on Saturday morning - come and say hello!

33 comments:

  1. I love the trimmed Miette. And huge congratulations to you, Lauren, for making your dream a reality. I am opening my second store on about the same day, on the opposite side of the world, so I will be thinking of you and Tilly dealing with the crowds! :)

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  2. Congratulations on opening your own shop - my dream x

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  3. YAY Lauren!!! So excited for your shop opening!!

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  4. I LOVE your details, Lauren. And really good luck with your shop! (Thank you for the interviews, Tilly!).

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  5. I am sure your future will be bright Lauren! All the best wishes for your Grand Opening!

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  6. Great interviews Tilly - and good luck with your new enterprise Lauren. What fun.

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  7. I'm so excited for Lauren to open her shop!! I hope you both have a blast next weekend and I can't wait to visit in a few months :)

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  8. Best of luck with the shop Lauren!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  9. Love reading tales of dreams come true. Congratulations on the shop opening!

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  10. Thanks for sharing all these stories. Good luck to Lauren on the shop opening.

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  11. I would love to see a guest post from Ann!

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  12. Thanks Tilly for asking Lauren to do a post too. We're all desperate to see what has to be done to win and who wins but it sounds like they all won, as they got friendships to last whilst filming the shows.
    Keep the friendships burning bright and keep on enjoying sewing :-)

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  13. I love your guest posts and I'm addicted to the GBSB. Good luck Lauren on the opening of your store. I live nearby, so I can't wait to see you both on Saturday ;)

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    1. I live very nearby too M&M, hopefully I'll bump into you on Saturday as well as Tilly and of course Lauren!

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  14. Good luck with the store - sounds like a dream come true :)

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  15. Adore your guest posts! Can't believe it's the final show this week already! Thanks for sharing! :)

    lemon-freckles.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Just happy for her !
    The store have amazing fabrics.

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  17. Tilly how lovely to 'meet' Lauren,
    ... but you are still my favourite!!
    Who is next i wonder....If its Anne we all want to know about her 'crochet scarf' it is causing quite a stir in blogland...

    bestest

    Daisy x

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  18. Laure, I'm so glad to 'meet' you though Tilly. Congratulations and good luck with this new venture!

    If I am ever in Birmingham again(I live in Toronto now but used to work near Leicester for a short while) ill be sure to drop by your store.

    You are a lovely person. I wish you all the luck!

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  19. Owning your own shop - sooooooo exciting - hope all goes well.

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  20. Good luck with the new venture to Lauren! Loving the show, its fab to have sewing out there in the mainstream at last instead of a secret world inhabited by the lucky few :-)

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  21. Tilly, thanks for having Lauren as a guest on your blog! I'm in the U.S. and just discovered the show this week. You both are great contestants. I watched the first three episodes on YouTube and will be sad when it is over. Good luck Lauren on your new business. How wonderful it will be for you to be surrounded by fellow sewers every day at work!

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  22. Hi Tilly, thank you so much for sharing your sewing. I love these posts about the others on the Bee! Thank you for letting us "meet" everyone a bit more. Friends and I have been watching the show on YouTube. It's nice how the participants all seem to be in it together rather than against each other like so many of the other competitive programs. Lauren, I hope your new business is a smashing success!

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  23. Tilly - thank you so much for these interviews. It's great to know a little more about each participant! Lauren - I'm wowed by what a great job you are doing on the show being under so much pressure and with the time constraints! Best of luck to you with the opening your new shop!

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  24. Good luck Lauren! Also do the contestants have their own blogs? If so where can we find the links? Thank u Tilly for posting these posts!

    Reyna

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  25. Loving these interview posts, Tilly! Watching the Sewing Bee has really inspired me to sew more clothes and in the last week I've made two things! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Lauren wins :)

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  26. I' hoping Lauren wins too. She's such a lovely lass!
    Suzy Turner, YA Author

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  27. Good luck Lauren, on the show and with your shop too! How exciting to be opening your own shop...heaven! I love seeing what you do and loved your version of the Sorbetto you wore on the show.

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  28. All the best Lauren. You've done so well so far and I wish you all the best on the GBSB and for your new sewing venture!!

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  29. OOOOOOOHHHHHHH, how I wish I could be there for the grand opening. That's really wonderful, Lauren. I hope to visit your shop one day!

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  30. Tilly, you're a great sport: you've invited your "competitors" and you've given them a spot in a large audience of sewing-enthusiasts -- That's the spirit! (I look forward to the rest of the team...)

    craftseverywhere.blogspot.com

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  31. loved the programme, the setting, the judges, Claudia but most of all the competitors! I was rubbish at sewing but now so tempted and inspired to try. Good luck to all of you!!

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  32. When will you be doing your workshops with Lauren and Stuart, will you keep us updated? :)

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