9 April 2013

Souvenir Blouse


Look, I made myself a souvenir! When I left the show, Claudia tried to stuff an overlocker into my bag, but I assured her some leftover fabric would do just fine. I whipped up a blouse for myself similar to the one I made for my model (yup, whipped - I can speed sew now!). Some of you may have recognised the pattern I was using on the show as similar to the Mathilde Blouse - it was actually an early incarnation of what was to become the pattern I published earlier this year (with a few slight differences in shape, size, sleeves etc). The version I made for my model had red fabric-covered buttons, but for mine I went for yellow for a change. Oh and of course the version I made for my model had only one cuff a choice of sleeve styles hehe!


The fabric has a lovely drapey quality that works really well with the elegant puff of the sleeves. It looks really elegant tucked into a pencil skirt, but can also be worn smart-casual with jeans. Crikey, I think this might be one of my favourite self-made garments ever, y'all! If you want to make your own, you can download the pattern here. Take a look at this tutorial if you want to omit the tucks.

106 comments:

  1. I'm so glad this pattern made in the book too.

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  2. Well done Tilly, it was a real shame to see you go. Xx

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  3. Love it, I have it on my summer must make list x

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  4. Commiserations Tilly, but you did brilliantly getting so far. Really like your blouse. The one on the show really popped with the red piping. Ooh, can't wait to see what guests you've got in store fur us!

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  5. Love it, I have it on my summer must make list x

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  6. Tilly, you were great on the GBSB, sad to see you go but you did yourself proud. I have made 2 Mathilde blouses and have my Miette skirt on the sewing table right now. Go Tilly!!

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  7. Gutted!! But massive congratulations for doing as well as you did Tilly and for working under such incredible pressure. You've really helped put sewing on the map and we love you for it. Hoorah! x

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  8. Ahhh Tilly I was really sad to see you go. I loved the style and flair you brought to the programme which was is inspiring to young people. xx

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  9. Oh, dang. I just started watching the first one on Youtube.....

    :(

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  10. Well I thought you were just marvellous, 'Noooo, not Tilly! I cried at the end of GBSB. I think you're so brave to have taken part, well done :)
    PS - My brother thinks you'd make the perfect sidekick for Dr Who!

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  11. Well done on your blouse! I was worried you might feel dejected after the loss there. You were talking about hoping sewing was "in your blood". Really it's just like most things - you need practice. Delighted to see you didn't give up and you've experienced your skills improve. You've inspired me! Your style and creativity is great.

    I dusted off my sewing machine and made two dolls and clothes for my nieces. This is a great show.

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  12. I watched the show and I was sitting on the edge of sofa as you guys had to sew against the time! It must be really nerve racking! It is brave of you taking part in it!

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  13. I'm loving the GBSB. Sorry you went tonight. I wish they'd extended the series and just had one person leaving each week.

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  14. Sad to see you go! The blouse is lovely!
    Jo :-)

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  15. Well done Tilly! So sorry to see you go - I can't imagine what it would have been like sewing under that time pressure and scrutiny, you were fab. :-)

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  16. Am really enjoying the GBSB - love to sit down on a Tuesday evening with my mum and watch it (even though it looks very stressful!!) So sad that you left! I love your vintage/retro style that is reflected in your pieces. You are very inspirational - I now want to make my own clothes! Helen xx

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  17. Sorry you didn't go through! You had a tough challenge -I wouldn't have been able to move a bust dart and re-draft a pattern in that time scale. The blouse looked great on the model - shame you couldn't finish it in the time limit and that is probably the only thing that let you down. I think Patrick wanted to keep you in. Anyway - your blouse looks lovely and I hope your patterns do really well.

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  18. So sorry to see you leave the Sewing Bee. I'm another one who loved your style!!

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  19. Darnit...been catching up on blogs before watching the show on iPlayer...guessing this is a bit of a spoiler!

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  20. Love this post. So sad you left tonight. :( Your stuff was awesome, and sewing really should not be done under time pressure.

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  21. Shoot. I wish this would have altered us to *SPOILERS*. I'm disappointed to know you left the show so early in the game. You're still marvelous and most definitely a winner.

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  22. So sorry to see you go Tilly, but I have massive admiration for you for putting yourself up for this! I can't imagine creating anything under that sort of pressure.

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  23. That is so pretty, I love that red dress you wear, sad to see you go in tonight's episode, but looking forward to your blog (which I have started following from this evening)

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  24. My favourite version of the Mathilde Blouse yet! The great british sewing bee not on t.v here in Australia but I was able to watch the first episode yesterday morning on you tube.
    I am sorry to hear you left comp, you were lovely on camera and hats off to you not sure I could sew under that kind of pressure!

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  25. Fabulous blouse - sad to see you go, but you've plenty of sewing creativity left to share with us I'm sure :D

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  26. Congratulations on such an amazing experience and then the guts just to do it!


    Bundana x

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  27. Well done Tilly really enjoyed watching you on the Show and you made some lovely clothes. Love the blouse :-)

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  28. You were FABULOUS in the episode tonight and am sure you are proud of being part of such a great program. I'm really enjoying the show. Thank you for all your effort in your sewing, your blog and now on TV.

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  29. Wait, you didn't take the overlocker?!!
    It was sad to see you go, but out of all of those people who applied- you got on! And hey, we all love you :)

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  30. Aw in our house we were very sorry to see you go! You did great, it looked SO difficult, well done for even applying!!

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  31. Haven't watched the 2nd session of the show yet via YouTube, but very sad to hear you have left! What a great experience you had and be a part of ... J

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  32. Sorry to see you leave tonight. It was a great episode, but the challenges are so tough!

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  33. Congrats Tilly on doing as well as you did. I am sure you will continue to move upwards. But something is bothering me...how come all the contestants were wearing identical outfits on each day of the two day challenge?! Or are you not allowed to share that kind of information with us....?!

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  34. Another that's sorry to see you leave, I thought your blouse looked fantastic! It was a shame that you had to redraft the entire thing, you'd definitely have finished otherwise. I loved the red piping, might be borrowing that idea some day!!

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  35. Tilly, you need to give us a spoiler alert for us in the States who haven't watched it yet. Still waiting for it to show up on YouTube. Sorry you didn't go through. I have watched the first week and love the show! I admire all of you who put yourselves out there! ~Teri

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  36. What an experience!! You should be so proud of yourself. From what I can work out you and I started sewing at the same time - what you've achieved in that amount of time blows me away. Just think of all your sewing adventures to come.... Laura x

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  37. Congrats on being part of a great show! Sorry to see you leave tonight but so pleased to see you pushing your limits and providing fab inspiration to sewing newbies :)

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  38. so sad to see you leave the sewing bee, but congratulations for being a contestant on this wonderful show! I think you're wonderfully clever creating your own patterns!

    Lauren x

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  39. I even had my boyfriend watching the show and when I explained who you were he was rooting for you too! He even made me pause it whilst he went to make me a cuppa (well trained huh?). I think you took a chance no one else did by drafting your own stuff-it you did yourself proud. I haven't been sewing for a long time, but the fact you have accomplished so much in such a short time is an inspiration to me! :)

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  40. What an amazing experience GBSB must have been. All of the other contestants seem so fantastic. But I bet you won't miss the sewing deadlines! You did great and I am SO HAPPY the blouse is in the book! I just love how you designed it!! Can't wait to see what guestposts you have in store (Lauren?? Patrick?? Stuart??)

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  41. Well done Tilly for putting yourself out there x

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  42. Sooooo sorry you went tonight, but you did yourself proud my dear! It's so good to see this polka number reincarnated as a Mathilde, it's a beautiful blouse! I wear my version all the time and get loads of compliments on it...must make another soon. I'm also very excited to see what guests you have lined up for us ;o)

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  43. Am so sorry you did'nt make it, fabulous that you tried though and I love both versions of my Mathilde and wear them constantly. You are an inspiration! x

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  44. So sorry you missed out but you must have gained so much from this experience. Tell Mark to start a blog because he'd be great to follow too!

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  45. I watched the first one, and it was a pleasure seeing a familiar face. I'm proud of you too!

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  46. Tilly, you did a great job!!! The blouse is so lovely...but I think the overlocker would have been nice also :D m.

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  47. Never say NO to an overlocker!

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  48. Aww, I love the blouse! The polka dots and fit are so nice :-) I can't believe they're kicking off two people each week - it's going much too quickly, and I'm sad you're no longer on there :-( But I'm looking forward to bits and pieces and knowledge you picked up there and might share, like this blouse!

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  49. Cute blouse and great job on the sewing bee. You did really well, I can't believe they make you finish things in under an hour. That was a tough competition and you were very brave to take it on! Wishing you much future stitching success!

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  50. What a shame you left! But a great blouse!

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  51. Wow another fun show, and well done for sewing in such a time limit. It was really inspiring seeing you make your own patterns and bring your great flair for style. I think I may have to try and sew the Mathilde blouse now - it looked super cute. Sorry to see you leave as I really felt you brought a modern design edge to your creations. On to better things now!

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  52. Love this blouse and your choice of fabric. Am awfully tempted to make this myself...

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

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  53. Sorry to see you leave the show... but in good company! It's a pity they chose the knockout style for this. I love seeing the variety of responses to each challenge and loosing contestants means less variety in each show.... and more of the hype no doubt. It was the sewing I was watching the programme to see....

    Well done for being brave enough to take part. Wonder what will happen next week!

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  54. oh no! I was so sad to see you leave! I loved that you used the Mathilde blouse for the challenge - I was so excited to see something I recognised from your blog.

    I'm also quite jealous that your in a sewing circle! I don't know anyone who sews - the word
    definitely needs to be spread about how fun making clothes is!

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  55. Totally love your sewing style and how you are pattern drafting with great skill already. It has been really inspiring to see you on the Great British Sewing Bee, so much so that I have written a few posts to try and help beginners started on their own sewing bee adventures. Hope your sewing career goes from strength to strength. Much Love www.thestitchsharer.com

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  56. I'm just watching GBSB on iplayer episode 1 & I was soo excited to see you on there! I see from this post that you have left never mind, it must have been totally nerve wracking sewing under those conditions! You inspire heaps of people by this blog & I love seeing your creations! Keep sewing & enjoying!

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  57. Sorry that you left the show - you had great ideas and really pushed the boat out! I love the blouse, and i'm always a sucker for polkadots.

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  58. I am so sorry you had to leave the GBSB. I loved everything that you made. I liked it when you and Mark walked out arm-in-arm. Also it was so funny when you popped a cake into your mouth it made me laugh-out-loud!

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  59. Hey Tilly, I think you are amazing. You did us proud, made a big difference in a short space of time and it's obvious you've used the time since the real thing happened and now to great effect too. Good on you!!

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  60. So sad that this GBSB not broadcast in my country, so I can not comment on it ... yet I declare my admiration for you and all your creativity in sewing!

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  61. You were brilliant, and I love this blouse!

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  62. Oh no! Just watched it after recording it last night, so sorry you left. You did wonderfully and so brave for taking part, what an experience well done. Can't wait for the GBSB gossip. Love the blouse especially the yellow buttons with the navy.

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  63. Just watched last night's episode, you were such a gracious loser, not only is your sewing inspiring but your attitude was fab too! One question? Were you all told to wear the same clothes for each shoot? Did they think the stitchers watching wouldn't notice!!

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  64. Hey Tilly sorry to see you go out, but how fab to have Patrick and May fighting over you! I think Patrick is a fan (mmm Patrick!!)

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  65. Here's my review of the show last night. http://chanelno6.blogspot.ch/
    And one good thing came out of it, a chance to become your regular fan.
    Nice showing and great blouse.
    XX

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  66. Ok, that's hilarious.... I've followed your blog for ages but took a break last year so i missed your post about being a contestant on this show... When I saw "Tilly" on the GBSB I thought oh what a coincidence I didn't realise it was you! What a moron! Love your style, wish we'd got to seen more of you at work on the show, but hey, the show only lasts a few weeks, but you're here forever so that's even better! I'm off to catch up on everything I missed on your blog last year. Still can't believe you're the same Tilly and I'm such a fool!

    Sarah from www.porciniandbutton.com

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  67. Hi Tilly, You should be very proud of what you achieved under the time constraints. Sad to see you go (must be a little weird watching it back seeing as it actually happened in real life months ago now ?), but you honoured your own way of sewing and you were true to yourself. Much luv, Clairex :)

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  68. Sorry to see you go! I really wanted to see what other lovely things you could have created. You have a lovely style! Be proud of what you achieved and look to the future! x

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  69. So sorry you went, you have so so much talent!
    (Oh now I have ruined episode two by reading all the comments...as just about to watch now what I missed last night...)

    bestest to you and yours..
    Daisy j x

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  70. Tilly, I am so sorry that they didn't give you any credit for creating your own pattern and that they gave you a model with such a different figure from yours. I think your blouse is so much more stylish than some of the "winning" entries. The show seems to reward old fashioned styles and penalize innovation. Their idea of the "best seamstress in Britain" seems to focus on particular skills and speed rather than giving you adequate time to sew for yourself as you would at home with time to finish or redo things as necessary. It seems that their idea of the best home sewer is someone who could sew for others as a business--not what most home sewers want to do.

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  71. I was so sorry that you left The Sewing Bee last night, I thought you were fab on it, and I am still flabbergasted that everybody made trousers in only 4 hours. Amazing!! Congratulations on being brave enough to go for it, and I definately think the show will get more people sewing. Two friends in work, who do other crafts, are both now wanting sewing machines, and yesterday at tea break I was giving them a masterclass in reading patterns! I have pointed them in the direction of your Learn To Sew page. I loved the red piping on your final challenge top on the show - must remember that! Your souvenir Mathilde is lovely.

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  72. I don't think you should have gone Tilly. Your sewing skills were excellent. Anyway well done - I bet you had a lot of fun.

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  73. I LOVED the one you did on the show, Tilly. (I also loved Patrick's defense of you). I must say that having watched years of "Project Runway" here I like that the eliminations on TGBSB go quickly -- that way, nobody gets to feel really awful -- or shouldn't -- about leaving. Everyone seems to me to be pretty much at the same level and it's just a matter of random choices and timing. I loved watching you on it, you and your little hair roses!

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  74. Well Tilly, I really do hope you're proud of everything you've achieved. I think it's sad that you weren't given more credit for drafting your own pattern, especially as the blouse is so lovely!

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  75. I love the blouse - so elegant, I want one! So sad to see you go from the GBSB ;( Peg xx

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  76. For the International fans, it's now on YouTube!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5trYhyBMuI

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  77. Love the blouse! Definitely on my summer sewing list. Sad to see you leave the sewing bee but I am sure it was a great experience!

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  78. Hi Tilly, sorry to see you go! But you've had such a great experience being on that programme! Well done!!!!! You can be super proud of yourself!!
    I really like the blouse, very versatile too!

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  79. Oh I'm so so sorry that you left the program. I really love your piping version of the Mathilda blouse! The series is lovely and I hope that there will be a sequel on next seasons. Can't wait to see who is your guest :)Btw, now that you aren't one of the finalist, I have a more clear idea on who the winner was, since the show is registered and since I made some calculations, I think that the winner could has been Lauren. We will see :)) xoxo, Giusy

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  80. Really enjoyed watching you on the show and it's such a shame we won't be seeing you next week. Well done for taking the challenge, it must have been nerve wrecking!

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  81. Here's a link for US viewers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5trYhyBMuI

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  82. Hi Tilly,
    I loved seeing you on the show. I love your style and your fantastic blog, so inspiring for us all. This craft definitely flows through your veins. Well done!
    best regards
    Colette

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  83. Congratulations on making it to the show and doing such a fantastic job. What a wonderful experience :)

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  84. I've really been enjoying the sewing bee and was a bit gutted to see you go!

    What a gorgeous blouse, and well done on all you achieved on the show!

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  85. I shed a tear when u and mark walked out arm in arm. awwww. xx

    Well done though. U were great on the show and u have an awesome personality.

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  86. You are so brave Tilly. It's one thing to make clothes for yourself. To put yourself under the pressure of time and making clothes for someone else is amazing. Your blouse is gorgeous !

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  87. Hi Tilly, have just finished watching the show and was soooo sad to see you leave. I was cheering you on and willing you to get your pretty blouse finished in time, sadly to no avail. Mark was so sweet to offer you his arm on the way out - loved it. Well done you - such a great experience I would imagine. You were so gracious under pressure - I give you 10/10.

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  88. Echoing everyone here, Tilly. You were wonderful on the show and I was sad to see you go. It won't be the same if I can't cheer for you! Congratulations.

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  89. I was so sad to see you leave - but it must have been a wonderful opportunity! At least we can all still see you here whenever we want to :)
    Anna
    thedustyatticblog.blogspot.com

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  90. I enjoyed getting to know you on the GBSB and sorry to see leave. Great blouse!

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  91. It is a great show and you made a great contribution. It seems to me that the time limit element is going to favour those with a lot of experience. This week's show (no 2) seemed to be won and lost on the fly issue basically. Those who had put one in before had a huge time advantage over those who hadn't. Generally speaking, experience is going to cause you pick up speed since you are not encountering things you haven't done before and haven't had time to think through. For example, we saw the typical home sewer's thought process when you were trying to work out how to pipe your pockets for the skirt. But witnessing that process was very valuable for lots of would-be sewers, I think. They won't assume they have to know everything before they start now. If we only saw experienced dressmakers like Ann and Sandra, the whole thing would remain a mystery (though, helpfully, even they admit that there are things they haven't done before, or don't do often). It was great, and you must have learned a lot about your own sewing. You came across as a a very nice person, even under pressure.

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  92. Hi Tilly, I've really enjoyed watching you on the GBSB and have been cheering you on! The blouse you've shown us here is beautiful and I think it's my favourite creation of yours too :)

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  93. Just watch the episode 2, this show is great. I am sad about your leaving, but that the game.

    I can't wait to have your impress about the whole thing, and discover which are the guests.

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  94. I was so disappointed to see you go! I was rooting for you to win! I shouted at the TV when they chose you to leave!

    I'm not sure it's really about who the best sewer is, but about who can deal with the time pressure. Saying that, it's a great show, and it's so nice to watch how great sewers construct such beautiful garments! I loved your blouse, recognised it as similar to the Mathilde! :)

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  95. Tilly I would love to have a go at this blouse but struggling to find fabric. I love the navy polka dot you have here ... Where do you buy dressmaking fabric like this? I usually buy quilting cotton. Am in the UK ....

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  96. Hi Tilly,

    I would love to make a Mathilde blouse like yours, could you please tell me which kind of fabric did you use for this polka dot version?

    Many thanks!

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  97. So sorry to see you go out of the programme Tilly!! I loved the comraderie amongst the contestants. It wasn't bitchy at all, on the contrary, it was about people who enjoy sewing, fabrics, being creative and having some fun in the process.
    Great show, i wish they made more like that. Love your blouse!! Pati xx

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  98. Hi Tilly, sad to see you go, love your style! Would love to know what the pattern drafting fabric is that you use as I draft my patterns on paper or plain muslin and the drafting fabric you used on the show was fantastic! Thank you.

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  99. Hello Tilly,
    I was so sad to see you leave the Bee. IMHO you were one of the best! You seem so sweet and incredibly adorable! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  100. While I'm sorry to see you off the show at the halfway point, I think you should be THRILLED with your performance. You got guts, girlfriend, and lots of us were pulling for you.

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  101. Hello Tilly! Your blouse is just lovely : I love the dots! I'm sorry you left The Sewing Bee but you know, I wouldn't have made better under such time pression! You can though be very proud of your skills and your creativity!

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  102. Tilly, you were a delight to watch on The Sewing Bee and I am very much adding this blouse to my to-sew list! Hx

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  103. Sad to see you go, because I loved your style.

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  104. I loved that blouse and here it is for me to try! My 5 year old watched that episode 3 times. I am sewing too at the moment see my makes here, Evening dress is going well and you would like the style...

    http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/injury-in-action.html

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