14 April 2013

It's Mark!


Here he is, the man himself! HGV mechanic by day, sewing enthusiast by night, Whitby Goth Weekend fanatic all day long... yes, it's Mark! He may have only sewn four zips in his life (two during the shoot), but Mark's sewing arsenal is clearly vast. Just look at what he's made!!! Over to Mark...

What are your favourite things to make for yourself?

"18th Century clothing. Apart from the underwear, far too uncomfortable - no elastic!!!"

Do you have a favourite sewing pattern?

"Yes, a 1720s frock coat pattern."

What are your top sewing tips?

"Don't rush things, and if it doesn't go right, go have a cuppa, then come back and start again!"

What would you say to anyone who has seen the show and is thinking of learning to sew?

"Go for it, don't be afraid to have a go, what have you got to lose?"


How did you find taking part in the show?

"Very tiring, I had loads of fun and it was great meeting everyone."

How did you find watching yourself on television?

"Can't believe I was really that grey and managed to get my hands nearly clean!!!!"


What was your best moment on the show?

"It's got to be 'The Dolly Spotty Dress'." [Voted star piece in episode 1]

Your worst moment?

"Bloody zips!!"

Your funniest moment?

"Claudia's secret moments!"

Your fondest memory of taking part?

"Meeting everyone for the first time and having such fun."

What are you doing now and what plans do you have for the future?

"Well I have now made three pairs of 1840s trousers with button flies, fully lined; with matching waistcoats made from patterns drafted from myself, all lined and quilted; two 1840s frock coats - one single breasted, one double breasted - all fully lined and quilted. Plans for the future... who knows where we go from here... Hollywood???"


I'm sure Jerry Bruckheimer will be on the phone soon! Thanks Mark, and special thanks to Donna too, Mark's lovely wife seen in the photos above (tough luck, ladies, he's taken!).

61 comments:

  1. I was sad to see Mark go, he's a honey. Hey, I love the Steam Punk combo! ;-)

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  2. I loved Mark on the show! What a great spirit he has! I would love to know how he does his buttonholes so beautifully, as evidenced in the stunning coats in the photos up above!

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  3. I loved Mark on the show. He just seemed like an all around nice guy and I thought his zips were bloody great! I hate the things, they do my absolute brain in, but he's inspired me not to hide away from the aspects of sewing that I'm not great at.

    And I love his tip of going away and having a cuppa if something goes wrong before having another stab at it. An excellent way to clear your head.

    Well done Mark, you were a pleasure to watch!

    Kim

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  4. Forget Captain Jack ... It's Captain Mark! Fabulous. Certainly been busy since leaving the show. Hope he'll come back in future for a catch up.

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  5. Thanks for that Tilly and thanks to Mark! You seem like such a great guy and it is so wonderful to 'meet' a man who likes dressing up! You were very entertaining to watch, and hope you have lots more fun in your future.

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  6. oh thanks for posting this interview Tilly.
    Loving Mark and Donna's fabulous costumes!!
    Really enjoyed watching you and Mark on the show. Sorry not to be seeing you both on it this week though.

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  7. Oh my goodness those costumes are amazing Mark was great on the show, it was such a shame that the tasks didn't really allow him to showcase his talents.

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  8. I loved watching Mark on the show (and you also, Tilly!) and I agree that the tasks didn't show off his talents enough.

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  9. Fantastic Costumes - some amazing stuff!

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  10. His outfits are absolutely amazing - so talented...go Mark!!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  11. Thanks for a lovely interview with Mark. He seems like a great guy, and those costumes are simply amazing!

    I totally agree with his tip of going away for a cuppa if things aren't working.

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  12. I expect to see him with a mob around him at Whitby in a couple of weeks...thought he looked familiar :D

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  13. Wowzers!!! Mark's outfits are amazing! It's such a pity that he didn't get to do something like this on the show. Mark was great to watch, and I love his "go for it!" attitude. I hope we'll see him again here.

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  14. I'm so loving Sewing Bee but was sad to see you and Mark leave last week. Mark's outfits are absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing more photos - wish I had half his talent! Watching you all on the show has inspired me to get out the sewing machine and make something!

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  15. I love Mark! There's something about him that is so....sexy? I think it's his calm demeanor.

    And omg how good is he at sewing?!? Look at those costumes!

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  16. Thank you Tilly and thank you Mark for sharing this! The show clearly didn't even scratch the surface of Mark's talent and skill...if he can create the stunning period garments above, then who gives a hoot about zips!?! Clearly, the show/format wasn't ideal for showcasing Mark's passion, but I'm glad we got to see a glimpse of it here!

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  17. Wow! Amazing, wonderful, so much talent! Such agreat creations! FABULOUS!

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  18. I think Mark and Donna look utterly amazing. Really really really cool x x x

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  19. What amazing work.. Loved you both on the show.. Thank you for the interview..

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  20. It was so nice to see such a range of contestants. I'm a LARPer and have lots of friends who also go to Whitby Goth - shame that the zippers proved to be Mark's dowfall. But lovely to see him here.

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  21. Wow, some stunning pieces there! I agree with Marie above, the show really didn't showcase Mark's talent. Much love Mark :)

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  22. Mark's star dress looks like it's started a a trend, I saw something REALLY similar in the front window of BHS at Oxford Circus on Friday!

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  23. Enjoyed watching you two on the show so much! I loved seeing the friendliness and support on a reality show... something I don't see on reality shows here in the U.S. (I don't watch them anymore anyhow) The Sewing Bee is wonderful and thanks for sharing with us. Good luck on your amazing sewing projects, Mark.

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  24. wow! as with previous comments the show really didn't show Mark's skill to it's fullest, he really is brilliant and from what I understand historical clothing can be pretty darn hard to replicate fully!
    Now wouldn't mark be great as Tim Burton's personal costume designer/maker for his films?! failing that I think mark should have a blog too!!

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  25. So funny this morning when coffee in hand I opened my blog reader to Mark pointing two guns at me! I will really miss the two of you on the show. Mark and Donna really do AMAZING sewing! I just pick up a pattern and sew - and here they are doing historical research, drafting very elaborate styles - so impressive!

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  26. Wonderful! Can I just say you all have inspired me so much?! (Although I think a lot of that came from just that glimpse of your rail of dresses!). I shall be a lot braver about just getting stuck into sewing from now on. Thank you. Catherine x

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  27. Thanks Tilly - a nice interview from a talented guy! I agree that the show didn't show Mark's skills. I wish him well! I'm another who enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere of the show - I don't watch reality shows either.

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  28. He was such a great person to watch, I am so glad he participated.
    He might not have sewn many zippers, but he clearly masters buttons & button holes!

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  29. Fantastic sewing, does Mark have a blog?

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  30. Mark, your costumes are amazing! Great work there. It was great to see your work on tv and here. Well done for taking part in the challenge. I think they were quite tough.

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  31. Mark was one of my favourites to watch, sad he didn't make it further. Love the costumes (especially Donna's steampunk)
    Sad you have left too Tilly, you are so brave drafting patterns yourself

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  32. Mark is doing amazing stuff !

    Bravo !

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  33. Well done Mark -we were sorry to see you go from the show, but there is more to your talent that that. x

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  34. Love that Mark and Donna have such a unique vision for their sewing, their work looks beautifully made!

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  35. I think Mark's comment about stop and go and have a cuppa is spot on.

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  36. What gorgeous costumes and how wonderful to be able to follow vintage patterns to make them. Lovely!

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  37. Mark really seems like a fantasy come true, sharing a passion for fabric and sewing at night with his wife, each on their own machines, just wow!

    From these pics it is clear Mark is very skilled. His buttonholes have really caught my eye. Your wife is lovely as well, Mark, and I love these portraits in costume.

    Thanks for this interview, Tilly, and all that you have shared about the program. We have really enjoyed the program over here in the US.

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  38. Mark was great, and his outfits are truly incredible! What a talented guy!

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  39. Mark is definitely the 'King of buttonholes'. He and Donna have some fabulous outfits.
    I like his advice on getting a cuppa. Brilliant.

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  40. Who gives a toss about a couple of wonky zips, look at those clothes! Spectacular!!

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  41. I am really enjoying watching the GBSB! Can't wait for the next two epis. Thought Mark was a gem!
    Much love from the US!

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  42. Wow! Mark and his wife look fantastic. I was sad to see him go from the GBSB, but am glad to hear that he's not let those bloody zips defeat him. Sew on, Mark!

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  43. Mark was my favourite, we are on the same sewing wavelength. It was a shame to seem him go but, the stuff you have to sew on GSGB is not his style, so you would never have seen his true talent. Mark and Donna have clearly made some awesome stuff, they need a blog for me to follow :)

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  44. A man of few words but some amazing stitching!

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  45. Wonderful garments sewn by Mark - an incredible talent. I can't agree with him more when he says not to rush your sewing. Leave speed sewing to the commercial sector. You will always have success if you take your time and do it right.

    This is my main criticism of The Great British Sewing Bee - Sewing under pressure. It may work with cooking but not with sewing!

    Well done Tilly for a great interview.

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  46. Great workmanship, all around nice guy, really fun show. Thank you so much, you will both be missed.

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  47. By far my fav. He brought such fun spirit to the show. And it goes to show..sewing can be very good for anyone with creative talents. Wish him a fab future. Surely some theater or movie studio coukd use him?

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  48. By far my fav. He brought such fun spirit to the show. And it goes to show..sewing can be very good for anyone with creative talents. Wish him a fab future. Surely some theater or movie studio coukd use him?

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  49. I've got to say I was gutted you both went... I was looking forward to lots more Tilly original redraftings and seeing lots more of Mark's original take on things :( Although to be honest, I'm not sure who I would have liked to go... no one probably! Everyone has such original styles and skills!

    If they could make the Great British Sewing Bee where no one gets sent home and we just get to see loads of talented people making amazing stuff every week I'd be quite happy! I'm not watching the show for the drama and the "who'll go next" stuff anyway. I just want to see more amazing sewing!

    Does Mark have a flickr or website or anything where we can keep following his creations?

    Sarah x

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  50. Loved Mark on the show - what a great guy. Also love his and Donna's costume creations. Still trying to find time to do my own steampunk outfit but plenty of inspiration from this lovely couple. I agree Mark needs his own blog, it would be great to hear all about his costumes and events.

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  51. It was hard to get it from Istanbul but I were watching the show just for him. He's so talented and sexy.. I hope we gonna find a way to watch his world again..

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  52. Mark is AWESOME....I feel like I would totally be friends with him and his wife in person!! Great post!

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  53. Thanks for posting this Tilly. I was fascinated by Mark's costume sewing and it was a shame we didn't get to see more of it on the show. 4 episodes clearly isn't going to be enough because people are leaving way too fast!

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  54. Just found your lovely blog - I adore the sewing bee x

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  55. Is it possible to petition for mark to start a blog?!

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  56. How lovely to read an interview with Mark! I can't wait for the next episode tonight!

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  57. So pleased to see this interview with Mark on my blog feed! His clothes are stunning! x

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  58. What beautiful clothes! And Mark and Donna look fabulous in them. It's great to see the different directions in which sewing can take you.

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  59. Great clothes. well done Mark! I am loving the show, and hope it enourages lots of people to have a go at sewing.

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  60. Mark's skills at reproducing these costumes - from his own drafted patterns! - is amazing. Hollywood should be knocking on his door!! Thanks for the insight, Tilly. I enjoyed seeing Mark on the show.

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