3 April 2013

Scalloped Neckline Dress



Arrrgghhh... watching myself on telly last night was weird, y'all! Cringe! It brought back all the trauma of sewing under such stressful conditions. Did you catch the bit when I said, "You forget the complete basics under so much pressure... like which way to stitch" - that's exactly what it was like! Your lovely tweets, comments and emails of support really made it more bearable to watch - I truly appreciate how thoughtful you are :)

The twittersphere last night was rather shocked at how harsh the judges were. IRL they were actually rather complimentary too, but that doesn't make such nail biting telly viewing, does it? I really hope that viewers won't let the tough feedback put them off from giving sewing a go. This is such a great opportunity to spread the sewing bug to the masses, so with potential stitching converts in mind, I just wanted to get on my soapbox and say a little something... [clears throat]

Learning to sew my own clothing has brought so much happiness to my life. Sewing has:
- Allowed me to create my own dream wardrobe, exactly as I imagine it in my head;
- Reconnected me with my creative side, allowed me to flex a different side of my brain from the one I use at work, and indulge in a sense of childlike experimentation and play;
- Helped me feel more empowered as a maker and less reliant on other people, experts, factories or shops to make, sell or fix stuff for me;
- Shifted my relationship to consumption, removing my previous compulsion to shop, to acquire things, and helping me to lead a more ethically and environmentally responsible life;
- Encouraged me to appreciate the aesthetics of everyday things, the beauty of the lines on the coat of someone walking in front of me, the folds of the dress on the person sitting opposite me on the tube;
- Made me feel part of a global community of awesome like-minded people who don't just buy stuff - we make stuff.

And you can make stuff too! Go on. Sign up to a sewing class. Read my free Learn to Sew posts. Buy or borrow a sewing machine. Try a super easy sewing project, such as my Miette skirt. Subscribe to some sewing blogs or start your own. Experiment. Have fun! In real life there isn't a Savile Row tailor standing there waiting to scrutinise your seams, so who cares if it's not perfect? It probably looks much better than something you'd get on the high street. It really isn't that difficult to start making clothing that you will love to wear.


Speech over, back to the show.

With eight contestants making three projects each, there wasn't much time to linger over the projects. I thought you might like to see my dress... well, okay, it's not the actual dress, it's a practice one I whipped up in about five minutes the day before the show -  hence the wonky button tabs! - before deciding to redraft it to the flared version you see on screen (which I didn't have time to practise). The real dress was made in beautiful red silk matka, the bodice lined with a scissor-print cotton. While the dress fits me well, on the show I didn't have time to do a full bust adjustment on my gorgeous and curvalicious model, just frantic redrawing of darts, hence the... err... embarrassing baggy nipples! Urgh, those boobs still bring me out in a cold sweat... Shame Patrick isn't a fan of the scallop (who doesn't like a scallop?) as they were the pièce de résistance!


Finally I just want to give a shout out to my fellow contestants, who I love to bits. Their work was seriously impressive, even if you only caught a fleeting glimpse of most of it. This is what I saw from my sewing table:
- Ann was sitting there calmly making tailors tacks. With a ticking clock. That's yoga for you.
- Sandra stitched about 20 buttonholes!!! Seriously. Her dress was amazing.
- Stuart was criticised for the balance being off - err... try getting that right on a model you've just met in 7 hours while talking to a camera crew at the same time! He did a fantastic job, his dress was just lovely.
- Jane's car print skirt was awesome. I want one. How cool did she look driving in that head scarf?!
- Lauren's gave a shout out to indie designers with her super cute Macaron dress. Gorgeous.
- Michelle is an amazing stitcher who took a risk working with silk. In my view, life's too short not to take risks. Love Michelle. Still shocked she was picked to leave first.
- Mark had only sewn about three zippers in his life as his specialism is C18 clothing. This was his fourth zipper. He did such an incredible job on that dress!

Right, that's enough gushing. Stay tuned for next week's show. Again I have no idea what's in the edit and what's lying on the cutting room floor, but from my memories of filming, it's gonna be a corker! Until then...


"Yes Patrick, but as handsome as you are, please can you go away so I can get on with this?" [Not actual quote]


Tilly pops a cake into her mouth hoping no one is looking. Oh the shame!! (Yes, I took a photo of my telly.)

151 comments:

  1. you were just lovely! Love the show, hope I'll be able to see the next episodes on youtube as well.

    As a novice seamstress, I'm wondering how long it took you to get a good fit. Not being able to fit myself (yet...?) really puts me off :-/

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    1. It really depends on the shape of your body - some are much easier to fit than others. Once you get a sense of the fitting changes you have to make to yourself, it gets easier. It's worth taking the time to fit a basic bodice and a pencil skirt (if you wear them) to yourself and then keep the pattern/toile so you can use it together with other patterns in the future.

      If you have fitting problems, you could take an online class like this one.

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  2. Thanks for posting this. I am really hoping BBC America picks this up. I would love to watch it. I only started sewing a year ago, and I agree totally with this - Encouraged me to appreciate the aesthetics of everyday things, the beauty of the lines on the coat of someone walking in front of me, the folds of the dress on the person sitting opposite me on the tube.

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    1. It's posted on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=19Fq_X_xngU

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  3. You got it... it's the creativity and the learning! I love to sew my own things, write my blog and share it with others... read other peoples blogs... the creative world is an amazing one!

    Take care :D

    Bundana @

    http://www.bundana.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. The show was really good fun... Your dress is just lovely

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  5. Hi Tilly, I have to say I do admire you for taking this on. I think it is very difficult to be creative under this sort of pressure. You came over really well and should be proud - I'm sure you will have gained many, many more fans.

    I shall be rooting for you over the weeks to come.

    Well done,
    Angela Kane
    angelakane.com

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  6. That dress is beautiful!! You did a super job yesterday, I'm rooting for you!!

    On the back of the show I have made a list of 5 things (To wear) and sew!


    chloex
    www.bythelock.com

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  7. I was massively impressed by everyone's ability to work to such tight deadlines. I'm a seriously slow sewer, and I can't comprehend finishing a dress in 7 hours!

    And I loved how everyone's individual creativity came through.

    I'm *hooked* on GBSB and will be downloading each and every episode on iPlayer!

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  8. Great show Tilly! Sewing under such time pressure must be hard and you really tried some difficult techniques. I'm eagerly awaiting the next episode. So much inspiration, I definitely need to get fabric shopping soon.

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  9. You and Lauren were mine and my sister's FAVOURITES! As teenagers, we love the whacky and the pretty, and some of the other sewers have dated a little bit. In love with your dress, (the colour was gorgeous!) and I definitely want to add a collar to something now! I do sew clothes for myself on occasion, and I agree, it is liberating, if only I had more time to do it! I have a Christmas Party skirt that I made when I was eleven, and thankfully still fits me, and love being able to tell people I made it. Your blog is amazing and you are so sweet on the programme!

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  10. Tilly, you were fabulous. Every time you were on-screen I shouted "Go Tilly" - and I described it as "TV heaven" to my husband. Though I giggled when I saw in the paper "Tilly, portrayed as the perky over-ambitious one". I agree with the perky part, but not sure on the over-ambitious part. Was a hit with my non-sewing work colleagues too. Really brave and admirable of you - really well done. Though I was GOB SMACKED when I realised that you had only been sewing for 2 years. Huge admiration. GO TILLY !!!

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  11. Loved the show last night Tilly! I'm currently rediscovering sewing and this show just got me itching to make something! I love your dress in gingham, so cute! Can't wait for next weeks installment :)

    Lauren x

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  12. Tilly I'm so behind you all the way lady lovely! The programme gave a really sense of the pressure and I was almost tense throguhout the whole programme realising what super sewster feats you were all asked to do. You did brilliantly, and I LOVE this programme and meeting all the contestants too, even if they are your competition....good luck in the next episode and keep smuggling nibbles, you need to keep your energy up!! Xxx

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    1. They didn't really feel like competitors, more like friends who you want to do well.

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  13. Tilly, I'm not watching the show, but I love the last pic you posted--you are darling! Way to be a sewing ambassador to the masses. Can't wait to hear how the rest of the show goes. As a fellow seamstress, I'm so proud of you!!

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  14. Well done Tilly! I loved the show last night and felt like I was rooting for someone I know after following your blog for a while!

    I can't believe how amazingly everyone did under the pressure and can't wait for next week.

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  15. I really enjoyed it, it was great to see you actually sewing. I don't know anyone in real life who sews, so it's interesting watching how other people work.
    I'm in awe that you sewed that dress in 7 hours! :)

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  16. I was so happy to find a way to watch this even though I'm not in the UK. What a fun show! I'm sure it must be ridiculously stressful sewing with the cameras on you, and with the judges always around. But it was so awesome to see the different levels and types of experiences, and to watch everyone sew. Also, seeing you after reading you for all this time!

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  17. Lost count of the amount of people at work today who came over to me to talk about sewing!!??

    It's crazy!

    It's a brave thing you're doing - congratulations :)

    Nicole @ Beaufrog

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  18. such a cute little dress. I really enjoyed the sewing bee. So much fun. Everyone did really well under the pressure. Ann was amazing! Can't wait for the next episode :)

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  19. Really enjoyed the show, although Claudia Winklemans fringe was driving me mad - how does she see!
    I thought the judging was pretty fair and seeing Sandra's perfect invisible zip insertion inspired me to download Sunni's Craftsy course!

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  20. Well done Tilly! Absolutely loved watching the show. I think you were so brave - I can't imagine managing to sew anything, except maybe through a finger, under such pressure! Glad to hear the judges were nicer in real life - on the show they seemed brutal! Can't wait for the next episode!

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  21. I thought you were amazing! You are made to be a tv star, you look amazing on camera. I don't know how you managed to sew so quickly and under such pressure.

    Can't wait until next week

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  22. I love the dress! I must say, I am not completely on the scallop bandwagon...I think I have just been seeing them everywhere! But I love this incarnation of scallops, it just adds the right amount of detail to the bodice of the dress.

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  23. Well done to you for putting yourself out there! I'm definitely a closet stitcher who prefers to make her mistakes in private. Frankly, I'd have been so nervous I wouldn't have recognised the sewing machine–let alone make a dress!

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  24. Well done Tilly, hope you can relax a little now! The bit with the cake made us laugh, sneaky BBC! There is a perfect mix of people and hopefully it will inspire many more. Looking forward to next week!

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  25. Firstly, I love that last picture...so cute! And believe me, if I wasn't watching with the boyfriend, I would have photographed the telly too...hehe! Not that I'm a Tilly stalker...much ;o)

    Anyway, I think you all did incredibly well to produce such lovely things under the pressure. And I seriously love the dress, if you were to release it as a pattern (please do!!!) tomorrow, I would buy it straight away.

    Finally, all the points you raise about how sewing has changed your life are very true to my experience too and I'm sure to many other sewers' too. I really hope the programme can inspire more people to give this awesome hobby/skill a go!

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  26. I enjoyed the show so much! Hope we get a U.S. version.

    You were so brave through the judges' criticism, too. I was so impressed with how well everyone took (or appeared to take) criticism.

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  27. My children adored you, and the 8 year old now wants to spend the rest of her Easter holidays sewing dresses. I'd say that's a success!

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  28. oh I wish I could watch - BBC America, hello? I'll try to catch it on youtube.

    All the points you raised about sewing and what it means to you - yes, I agree, whole heartedly.

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  29. Glad you posted on this! Not on twitter but was dying to leave a comment last night! I absolutely loved the programme, how fantastic to have something I actually know something about & am interested in on the TV! I can't wait for the next episode. Also you were very much how I imagine you - even your voice was how I would have expected! Good for you for being so brave and promoting sewing on the TV and through your blog. My 13 year old daughter finally expressed an interested in learning to sew last night. I am so happy!!

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  30. You were fantastic! And my husband thinks you're cute! :)

    I could never in a million years do any of the challenges in the timeframes you were given. I have no idea how any of you did it. I would have spent about a week deciding what to do with that white top you were given!

    I thought your dress was absolutely beautiful. The fabric was stunning, as was the lining and you did so well under the circumstances.

    I love all the other contestants too and genuinely didn't want anyone to go home! Yes, I thought the judges were harsh, but I realise the editing that goes on and the viewer never gets the full picture.

    Well done! I can't wait til next week!

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    1. Yeah it was kinda nuts - you didn't have time to think, you just had to do the first thing that popped into your head. Oh and try not to spend half the time in the haberdashery drooling over the trimmings!

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  31. I really hope we get to see it over here in the US someday! Instead I'll have to be content with your post-show updates. That last photo is priceless!

    I just want to say your graceful way of promoting sewing and cheerleading for your fellow competitors all in one is really inspiring. I am so glad they picked you! I hope the show does inspire people to open the door to sewing. It really took some time for me to get into a groove with sewing (where I actually like it instead of thinking "why am I doing this again"), but I can't imagine my life without it now!

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  32. I really enjoyed the show, it has a nice way of explaining everything for the viewer that doesn't sew. For those who didn't see it yet and like me, don't live in the UK, it's now on Youtube. It felt like an accelerated English sewing vocabulary course, as far as I am concerned. :)

    You were doing your best and trying to impress the judges, well, nothing bad about that ! I would too. Your style is recognizable as ever. It must feel very weird to talk (let alone work) in front of all these cameras. Pretty much a challenge !

    I'm looking forward to next episode !

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  33. Tilly, I totally agree with you about the joys of sewing. How amazing it is to make something (even though there is usually a little niggly something that isn't quite right that just you know about - or is that just me?)

    I sew but have yet to attempt any clothes - this is my aim this year. I was quite surprised about how straight forward the A line skirt from last nights show looked to make. I will follow your sewing adventures to inspire me to give it a go.

    p.s. thought the show, you and your fellow sewers were super cool!

    kathryn
    elevenseswithmrsl.blogspot.co.uk

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  34. I LOVED the show and you took snapshots of two of the moments that made me smile the most! I love you, Tilly! Good on you for encouraging people to not be scared of sewing and to jump in and have fun!!! Your co-contestants are so much fun too!!

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  35. Loved last nights show, I couldn't get over the time frames you had -so short, it took me back to being in college on deadline days!
    Really looking forward to next weeks show!!

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  36. I watched the show with one of my boys. We really enjoyed it (he wants to make the laundry bag!!) I also told anyone who would listen about your blog and encouraged them all to watch. You were so natural in front of the cameras, I'm so impressed. Well done you xx

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  37. I loved the show and was cheering you on! The time allowed must have added to the pressure - at home it doesn't matter if making a small purse takes 5 hours (I took that long recently!) , it's just the pleasure of making something really personal to us. I hope the show will encourage more people to start sewing! Roll on next week....

    Penny

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    1. Definitely. It was so nice to come home and take my time over my next project.

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  38. I watched the show and felt the pressure. You were all so good to be able to do anything with the cameras watching & the time constraints.
    I loved it & will definitely keep watching. I hope it will encourage lots of people to have a go and make something,

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  39. Lol....I saw the cake popping and had a wee giggle to myself.....because I would have done the very same thing, lol. You did incredibly well, I cannot wait for next weeks show. Lee x

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  40. Can totally relate to your reasons for sewing - particularly relate to the appreciation for the aesthetics of everyday things.
    You all did a fantastic job.

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  41. Go Tilly!
    I thought you were fab on this and was really inspired by what everyone was making. I loved your red dress and scallops are super cute!

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  42. Just watched the programme and got over excited to see that you're on it! You came across really well and should be very proud of yourself. It's gonna make watching the show all the more interesting now.

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  43. I have GOT to find a copy of this episode online somewhere! I'm so, so happy for you Tilly. You should be so proud :)

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  44. You are sew brave- I couldn't imagine trying to sew for TV :) I did watch it (yes here in America- I found it online) and it was fun to watch.

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  46. The epitome of the modern sewer. You go girl! Love the wisdom of the older sewers too. :)

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  47. Well done!! Amazed at what you can do after just 2 years of sewing!!!!! I love the programme. I hope it will encourage people to get in touch with their creative style. Can't wait for the next episode!!! Good luck!!!

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  48. Tilly,

    You were fab! I loved the cake popping moment, and your gorgeous dress (please release it as a pattern!!).

    I really loved seeing somebody 'I know' (oh this crazy Internet world) doing something I love on the telly!

    Can't wait for next week.

    Sarah

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  49. OOOO - I am so geared up for making my first ever item of clothing!! Just need to rid me of 2 small children for a weekend so I can put my mind to it and browse the haberdashery in Abingdon fr an hour or so without them hanging at my ankles!

    Loved the show!

    x

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  50. PS I did spend much of the show drooling over the lovely Patrick Grant... how can you sew with him watching over you?! I would be a gibbering wreck!

    x

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  51. Hi Tilly,
    yes that Patrick is a bit of a dish, eh?

    Anyhow, I loved the show, sent my 2 boys out of the room so I could watch it in peace ... You did a great job. And I loved seeing 8 different A-line skirts. After I watched the show, I got out an old sewing project that I'd been putting off ... Good luck for the rest of the show.

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  52. I love, love, loved watching the show, and you came across so well! Way to go! I can't wait for the next episode! (My fa part of watching this one was pausing to explain sewing minutae to my husband - including digging through my closet for examples of bias binding and trying to gesture invisible vs normal zippers with my hands! I'm so proud of you for being on the show!

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  53. I just watched it on you tube, the joys of the internet. I thought it was great and that it isn't tailored to high end fashion a la Project Runway. Good luck, I look forward to watching next weeks episode.

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  54. The show was great, I really enjoyed hearing the history of home sewing too. It seems to gt overlooked a lot, but it's really interesting!

    Much love for the picnic skirt on the telly, do you know how many of the other sewers were wearing self-stitched goodies?

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    1. Believe it or not, I was the only one! Although next week Lauren makes a top she made - it's a version of Sorbetto!

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  55. ohhh could you put up more pics from the show? Or a link for the Aussies if anyone has found it? :(

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  56. Was out last night, but luckily I got it on Sky+ tonight. I can't imagine how difficult it must have been, stitching under such pressure, and you did brilliantly. Loved the dress, and the Peter Pan collar was the way I'd have gone too. (If I was brave/mad enough to put myself under that much stress!)
    Very well done, and I'm looking forward to next week already, Gill

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  57. Well done Tilly - you were brilliant! It's such a fun show - my husband loved it too x

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  58. I want that dress! Will you do a pattern and a tutorial for it. I can already see mine, I love the black and white, but think I will go for a pink of red lining and buttons!

    http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

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  59. I found the episode on YouTube for anyone that is in the U.S. and is looking for it.

    http://m.youtube.com/results?q=the%20great%20british%20sewing%20bee

    Hope that helps!

    Tilly you were wonderful! I cannot imagine what its like to see yourself on TV, considering I hate hearing a recording of my own voice, it just sounds so different!

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    1. Here's a better link.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?hl=en&gl=US&client=mv-google&v=19Fq_X_xngU&nomobile=1

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    2. Yeah it was pretty traumatic!

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  60. Just saw it on YouTube and I'll be doing a lot more tailoring techniques. Doing more to make your garment tailored really showed up on the telly.
    Seeing how you all worked well together made a lot better viewing than Project Runway hysteria.
    I was chuffed with the fabric Ann chose for her A-line skirt. A few of us, including myself, have used it too.

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  61. I found the first article on YouTube! I'm pretty excited that I can watch it here in the US.

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  62. I loved the show - I was cheering you on from my sofa. What pressure, I don't know how you all kept so calm. It was taking part in OWOP last year that encouraged me to sew - thank you. :)

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  63. Tilly, I tried to leave a comment last night but was unsuccessful. I used to sew quite a bit when I was in my early 20s, but have gotten out of the habit in the last twenty years. You've single-handedly inspired me to start sewing my own wardrobe again. Great great work and lovely site! Thank you!

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  64. Well done Tilly!! I loved your face when the host announced time was up at the end of the 7 hours. Sooooo funny !!

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    1. Yeah that was priceless, especially as it was preceded by me confidently declaring I'd planned the whole timings out and had a contingency 40 minutes!!!

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  65. I loved the show! I was surprised by how educational it was, and how careful they were to describe what everyone was doing (and doing wrong, eek) in great detail -- though they should have told us how to do an FBA! As a sewer, I had a lot of fun watching it and picking up little tips. I can't believe that next week you all have to make trousers in 4 hours?! Anyway, great job. I loved seeing a familiar face on reality TV.

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    1. I don't think they knew what an FBA was! Patrick told me to insert another dart, which I did, and May said I should have smooshed more. Aw well, we all forget our heads when you're standing under those lights!

      Trousers = hilarity.

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  66. Tilly, I just saw the show via YouTube and wanted to say how great I thought it was. However, I was a little mad with you for being maybe a little over ambitious. You see, I think you're a fab stitcher and I don't want you to leave!

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  67. Well number one, CONGRATS!!! on getting on the show in the first place!
    I've had several friends who have been on reality TV here in the states and they have told me first hand how nerve wracking it is. And I have been on a reality TV show too (thanks to my son), and I know that all the best laid plans go all to heck. Chin up, and remember - there's no such thing as bad publicity! Enjoy your moment in the sun and know that lots of us are pulling for you.

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  68. Hooray, Tilly! The dress you're modelling is lovely!! The scallops are so pretty! I can't watch your show as I'm in Canada, so your posts are just fabulous :)

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  70. First off, I was afraid I would be missing out on all the creativity and drama of GBSB, seeing how I live in the states. But thanks to youtube, I was able to watch ep. 1 and just hope they keep on posting them for all episodes. Loved hearing your comments and I'm so impressed with everyone's work (yours included - loved that dress). And why didn't they highlight Lauren's Macaroon dress? A little shout out to Colette's patterns would have been great! Ok, enough.. i'm just on a GBSB high after watching it :) Looking forward to next week!

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  71. Eee! Thanks for the link, Jeanne. I'm now watching in Melb, Australia. Tilly, you're an inspiration. Honestly! x

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  72. Hi Tilly,

    I just wanted to say how much I'm enjoying the programme, and that I truly admire the passion, enthusiasm and tenacity that you and your fellow competitors have shown sewing under such stressful conditions; followed all the while by the watchful eyes of the television cameras.

    I'm really looking forward to the remaining 3 episodes, and I do so hope that the BBC renew the programme for further new series in the future too!

    Claire :)

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  73. I loved The Sewing Bee, and thought you were brill!! I second the suggestions for releasing the dress pattern. I'm not a fan of a scalloped hem, but, boy oh boy, I love that scalloped neckline! I agree entirely with your sewing manifest, and would add that sewing is also a great stress-buster.

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  74. I loved watching the show. I've only started getting serious with sewing over the past few months and I absolutely love it as a hobby. I wish I could sew a lot more than I have time to! Will you be adding this dress pattern to your collection to buy? I hope so!

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  75. I loved watching the programme and I was so impressed with the skill shown by all the contestants, wouldn't have known who should have left but my money is on either Ann or Lauren to win. I was a little disappointed by the lets-make-a-washing-bag segment, if the intention is to encourage a resurgence in sewing then this didn't help at all, there were no measurements given, no instruction, ('create a channel' what? how? what size? why for?) and not even a tutorial on the website to show someone how to! Would be great to get Claudia (who I adore!) to sew one. I shall be watching avidly next week to see what happens! P.S. Loved the look on your face when the time had run out, sheer disbelief!

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  76. When I saw how little time you guys have for the challenges I got a bit nervous myself. You did a great job Tilly! There's not only lovely people on the show, but I learnt a great deal about sewing as well.

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  77. Hi Tilly, the show rocked big time. I loved your red scalloped dress and you and all those wonderfully creative people willing to be under a spot light should get a big round of applause! Cant wait to see the next episode.

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  78. Can't wait to watch the show...this weekend, I promise!

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  79. I loved watching the show, you did so well under all that pressure. I don't know how I would have coped with it all!

    Sarah x

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  80. I loved the show and you were brilliant in it. I can't believe the pressure you all must have been under - some of those timings were really tight! I'm looking forward to the rest of the shows - can't believe there are only four of them altogether (we need more!) x

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  81. Have you seen your mention in this months Instyle magazine? Patric Grant recommends your blog!

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  82. oh Tilly you were floored by a big bust - I feel like that every time I sew and my big bust belongs to me. Loved your dress, loved that you got credit for drafting your own pattern.
    you came across as funny and full of character so don't cringe.
    can't wait till next week and I agree with you all the contestants did a good job.
    Patricia

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  83. Soooooooooooo excited.. I found a website that shows this for free for all to see. I am in Australia, so was disappointed thinking I wouldn't be to see it.. voila.

    Just watched it.. You were all fantastic. Gave a squeal when I saw you come on.

    Cheering for you.

    Stephanie

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  84. Just watched the show, I love it! Your skirt had me on your side from the start, and I LOVED the pockets. I have never known something to not be better with pockets. Already looking forward to next week, good luck!

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  85. I thought they were a bit picky about your fit on the dress.
    Sadest thing was I was playing 'name the pattern' and spotted the macaron. lol!
    Loved the a-line skirt challenge. Its inspired me to look again at my basic 'boring' pattern and see how I can embelish and use fabric creativly to make it really have a WOW factor.
    I'm finding watching the show a lot of what the judges pick up on...well those are my issues. Especially the balance thing. Its hard when you don't have a dress form. ;)
    I couldn't sew a dress in 7hours...7 days is closer (4 days is my record) but then I sew by hand and like to let hems hang etc.

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  86. I've been following your blog for a while, but this is my first time commenting. I'm in the US and usually watch Project Runway, but I think the GBSB is much better. I don't like the drama and crying on PR,but put up with it to see the process and outcomes of the challenges. I love that this show is about the process, details, and how the piece is made and not just how it looks from afar. I loved hearing the different accents of the participants. I could listen to Laura talk all day. I think you came across very well.

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  87. I loved the program, and you made me giggle - especially eating the slice of cake, and your face when the time was up. I think I would have reacted the same way though, I can't believe how little time you get! To be able to fit, cut out, sew together and line??? I would not be able to keep up! Also, I think it's a little mean that there seems to be no points for style, only for technical ability under pressure. Can't help thinking that means that they'll find the fastest technical sewist, but not necessarily someone who will make something I want to wear? Your dress won hands down on style points!

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  88. I have been following your blog for a while and I loved to be able to watch the show on Youtube! You definitely made the cutest styles in my opinion and I was surprised to hear you have only been sewing for 2 years! Gives me hope for myself, lol...

    Anyway, I posted about it on our blog Team Teacup: http://teamteacup.blogspot.com

    Hope you will do great on the next episodes! :)

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  89. Just watched it last night - you were wonderful and I was sweating bullets for you the whole time. Or maybe sweating because Patrick is SO GODDAM BEAUTIFUL I CANNOT BREATHE PROPERLY WHEN HE IS ON SCREEN. That hair. The suits. *fans face*

    Ann is unbelievable. I feel like I would just use all the tea breaks to sit at her feet and learn EVERYTHING.

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  90. Hilarious screen shots comments in the end!! Love it. Hope to see more of this for next episodes!

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  91. I was in awe, and to expect you to have to fit, put together and sew in such little time ... it takes me 2 days to complete a fba and I have to do one for every garment I make!!
    Looking forward to the next episode.

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  92. I couldn't believe how little time you had to make everything - 7 hours to ft and make a dress for someone you've never met before? Incredible! I loved the show and the red dress you made was gorgeous - since it's a self-drafted pattern, is it one you might be publishing anytime soon (hint)?

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  93. You are definitely a fan favorite! I loved the focus of the show. It is everything I wanted Project Runway to be. Thank you for all you do for the sewing community and for making this new show a bit more interesting with your "ambition!"

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  94. Finally got to watch the show tonight...it was worth the wait! Bravo to you and all the other contestants for such fabulous work. Love how this makes sewing more accessible. Although I was shouting "press the seams" during the "make a washbag" section!
    I love how this is really creating a conversation in the mainstream about sewing...I was approached to join our local radio talkshow about it this week...prompted by the show.
    And, I have to ask, where did you get that fabulous "scissors" fabric.

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  95. I was on holiday when it aired the other day and it made me laugh when I received a tweet from my sister saying 'omg, Tilly and the Buttons is on telly!'. I've just watched it and you were great, loved that you were wearing your picnic blanket skirt :-)

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  96. I just watch it. That a nice tv show, we do not have this in France.
    You're lovely and everyone had done a great job.

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  97. Great tips! I love sewing, but don't really make much for myself, I really should do something about that. Managed to watch the show from Australia! Loving it!!

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  98. I love Ann so much, she's so sweet and man, she can sew! :)
    I adore this dress, I really hope you're going to release it as a pattern because I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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  99. I loved this new show, and lovely to see you on it. I've just started sewing, just by hand really and can't wait to try out all your lovely patterns when I (hopefully) get a sewing machine for my birthday!

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  100. Watching from Australia and like your blog, I am in love with this show!! Go Tilly! x

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  101. Hi Tilly,

    Really enjoyed the show and can't wait for the next episode. I haven't done any dressmaking for about 15 years as I found patchwork & quilting and switched my focus to that. I may just have to take another look at garment making!

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  102. I was telling my boyfriend "I READ HER BLOG" the entire time we were watching this last night. Granted it was on you tube because I'm not in BBC's online viewing area, but it was great all the same.

    It's also nice to hear that more people are picking up sewing! I know I have a lot of friends that are interested, but I'm really the only 20 something sewer I know that makes clothing.

    I loved your dress, and as someone with a full bust they can be so so tricky! Are you planning on releasing that pattern (I assumed it was your own?) because I'd love to make one up!

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  103. Just managed to watch it because I'm living overseas so took me a while to sort out! Loved it - I thought you all came across really well. And it's also interesting how much it's been reviewed in the papers - someone comments that you are gorgeous on the comments under the Guardian review by the way!

    Always nice to see normal human people (even if they are doing super-human things!) on TV - I usually find nothing to relate to in the contestants on so-called reality TV shows but really warmed to everyone here.

    As a small-busted person I am confident I would be completely floored if I had to create a fitted dress for a large bust in a day - you did really well!

    Prawns

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  104. Tilly, congratulations! I am so excited and happy for you and the BBC for being so smart to make this show. It seems destined for great success and I bet the US will notice it and make a similar show, which is all so wonderful. It was so great to recognize you from knowing your blog, and Ann Rowley from over on Stitchers Guild sewing discussion forum. Makes me feel like the online sewing community is being recognized.
    YAY for you!!

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  105. Hi Tilly, well done on your TV debut. It was great entertainment and had me reaching for my current sewing project as soon as it was over. I can't overstate how much your recent 'Learn To Sew' series has helped me as a beginner - more than my three sewing books put together. You're just the person to inspire new sewing fans through this show. Good luck!

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  106. Just joining in on all the congratulations! You were fab, as I would have expected, and very impressed you and all the other contestants kept it together for all the various challenges. There was so much hard work going on in that studio!
    Did you have any forewarning about the first two challenges or just the dress test?
    The broad range of contestants is something I think they got right as well. There were people getting involved in sewing from all kinds of paths: through it being passed down by a parent, to entering through home-dec, to steam-punk.
    Thanks for putting yourself out there and getting involved in the show!

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  107. It was a great progamme and all of you are so brave to sew under the pressure of the clock and cameras. I can't wait until the next episode....

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  108. Well done Tilly! It was great watching sewing on the telly!! I didn't even know it was on till the day before and was subsequently very excited (I have bought the book, and will be making your Mathilde top.....exciting). As for what you were saying about what sewing has brough to you, I only started sewing a few months ago and have started a blog, become slightly addicted, have an obsession with material shops (it's like heaven) and have to stop myself from staring at people, generally women - sounds a bit weird - staring to see how their skirts are folded/ pleated, their bodice is darted or neckline is shaped! Mental! Never taken so much notice of fashion-now I can't stop looking in magazines to see how things are shaped, and how I can make it myself! Love to sew!

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  109. It was fantastic and I can't wait until next week. My absolute favourite part of the show wasn't the sewing, but the clip of you popping cake(?) into your mouth - classic!! "GO TILLY!" Good luck

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  110. Tilly I watched the show TWICE on YouTube. I was so excited I nearly dropped the laptop! Gosh it was tough! 4 hours to make a skirt is just about right IF you aren't up against it in every way possible. And 7 to make a dress for a stranger? That is pressure. I think you handled it brilliantly. I loved your makes, I thought your red dress was great and SO close to being a great fit.
    I sure hope that the episodes keep turning up on YouTube. It is such a treat to see it, although I do hope it ends up on NZ TV as the Bake off has!

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  111. I was speaking to a lady yesterday who was asking if I'd seen the show (wouldn't have missed it for the world!!). She said she hadn't sewn anything for years and years but now was really wanting to get back into sewing again :-D Success! You were fantastic, and I really loved the dress.

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  112. Hey lady,

    Hugest well done to you on your televisual debut. I think you did aceballs and I'm so glad you're helping take sewing to the masses for if it wasn't for my night of insomnia back in 2011 and a little google that took me to this blog then I may never have started a hobby, which has made me more me than I ever new poss :) So big props to you and all the contestants woot woot xxx

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  113. I immensely enjoyed the programm! Being a sewing addict of course I wished the show was longer and they stopped on details. It would have been perfect if each contestant had time to explain their choices and show the way they work. But that's not telly is it? So it was great and I'm really looking forward to the next episode. Oh and I kept smiling everytime I saw you on the screen, I was saying to myself "hey I know this woman" when I don't really, weird isn't it? :D

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  114. This is so exciting! I have to know -- why is everyone wearing the same clothes for both "days" of the competition? Were all three challenges really filmed the same day?

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  115. Absolutely loved Great British Sewing Bee. Watched it on iplayer today as I sat in the morning sun with a cat on my lap, watching you guys do an amazing (and nerve-wracking) job! Only quite recently started out on my sewing journey (Errrm - got to love late-night, drunken bidding on eBay then waking up to find you've bought a sewing machine...right?!), but am now obsessively following sewing blogs, buying fabric, and trying not to "run before I can walk".
    Best of luck for the rest of the series, and thanks for the fantastic blog.
    Fi

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  116. You were wonderful on the sewing bee. I love that you drafted your own patterns. It is a shame that you didn't have time to draft a perfect fba for your model, but your dress was lovely!

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  117. Your dress is so lovely and such a perfect fit, I am green envy.

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  118. I only just watched first episode on i-player, didn't know you were a contestant, but recognized you immediatelly. Really good show, enjoyed it a lot, you must have had really great time, stressfull, but great. Fingers crossed for you! Can't wait for next episode.

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  119. Just watched the episode--what a fun show! Congratulations on being on of the contestants.

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  120. First time commenter here. Loved you on the show, you are very photogenic and I think you just may have got a little extra camera time? ;-) Trust you Brits to come up with a sewing show that is worth watching. The only thing I don't like about watching it is having to wait until the next episode. Oh yes, and there are only 4 episodes. This clearly is an error on BBC's part, there should be far more shows. Maybe 104. :-)

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  121. My 12 year old daughter and I watched the show together and loved it. For Eleanor you were the highlight! We cannot wait for the next episode!

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  122. I only watched the show last night as I was in Italy last week and I loved it!!! So glad the next episode is today! You all did a great job! I was amazed at the little time you guys had to do all these tasks!! I wish they had publisized it more on the TV and on TV magazines etc and had more chapters!! It would have been great to learn a little bit more about the process of sewing the garments etc by the contestants. Please BBC take note for the next series!!
    Good luck Tilly!! Pati x

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  123. Hey Tilly,

    I have been cheering you on and was gutted to see you leave. Anyway, I thought you did a great job and I am sure the show has inspired you even more and (there will be lots of freebies on its way to you)..

    I have yet to make the Mathilde Blouse and I look forward to more of your patterns.

    June from Malaysia xx

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  124. Hi Tilly! I've been reading your blog for a while but I don't think I've ever commented. As someone who has been sewing for a long time, it makes me so happy to read about the joy sewing has brought to your life. I really liked this post! I also enjoyed watching you on The Great British Sewing Bee. You did a great job and really pushed yourself. You never took the easy way out and I think that's awesome. I've been sitting on my Mathilde Blouse. Hope to make it soon.

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  125. I loved watching the Great British Sewing Bee and was rooting for you all the way. I loved your creations the most, they really spoke to me and I love your scalloped neckline dress. Are you making this pattern available for sale? I would love to purchase it!
    Grace from Washington DC, USA

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  126. I want to make this dress! The gingham is so cute

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  127. was searching for the "great british sewing bee dvd" and came across your site! since you were a contestant....do you happen to know if the show will be released on dvd? the first season is available on youtube but the second season is not which is such a shame :( btw: we will have a spin-off of the show in germany soon and i hope it will be as fun to watch as the british original :)

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