Sewing Bee: Children in Need Special - Episode 2

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

24 October 2014

Once again, I'm spilling all the secrets from the latest episode below - so if you haven't seen it, catch up on iPlayer here!

This episode was brought to you by the lovely Sara Cox and Patrick's not so lovely moustache! It saw Louis Spence (Pineapple Dance Studios), Gaby Roslin (the telly) and Mark Watson (comedian) pitted against (the clearly pretty talented) Pam Ferris (Miss Trunchbull in Matilda!). I must say, it did strike me as slightly odd that three out of four celebs admitted to a total lack of sewing experience to then face one who would "probably be doing this if I wasn't acting"... but, all in the name of charity I suppose!! 

Group (3)

Challenge 1: The Pattern 

The celebs are given a pattern for pyjama trousers and shoot off to the haberdashery. While Pam is careful about her material (kindly sharing all her wisdom with Mark), Gaby's choice is disco-fantastic - and not what May would choose to wear in bed! My heart went out to Mark, while he carefully pinned a snipped, the rest ploughed ahead (i.e. cut corners!) and left him floundering. Unfinished, Westwood inspired pj's aside, Pam shone with her animal print pair (and sneaky handmade drawstring) while Louis’ classic navy pants come a close second - showing his attention to straight lines paid off!

Pjs

Challenge 2: Recycle

Using only one of a rainbow selection of kiddies onesies, the sewers are tasked with creating an animal costume – simple, right Mark?! Frustrated by the un-animal like colours, Mark searches for inspiration until the very last minute, redeeming his zebra fish ‘costume’ with a poem (although how the imaginary child would have worn said costume is anyone’s guess!) In what could only be classed as a strop, Louis attacks the front of his (lovely!) ladybird costume to ‘punk it up a bit’ – landing himself joint third with Mark. Gaby and Pam fight it out over stuffing, but in the end it’s Pam’s regal rooster that comes out on top.

Louis

Cockerel

Challenge 3: Bespoke

For their final, and most intense, challenge the celebs must make a skirt that tells a story personal to them. Louis dances and prances his way to a lycra rah-rah skirt (‘because I never got to wear one!’), although his rolled hems impress even May – it’s his choreography that takes up most of his time! Gaby’s Alice’s Tea Party skirt is bold: there seems to be a theme to Gaby’s creations – with her very glamourous dragon covered in sparkles…who ever said less is more eh? She chastises Patrick for even suggesting embellishing the back as ‘you need to sit down at a teaparty!’ Quite right, Gaby. Pam creates a stunning London sunset skyline for Peter Pan, and wins the day (congratulations – it really was top notch Pam!) but I think a special mention should go to Mark who managed to produce his first completed item of clothing, with darts and embellishment to boot! If only May had been his model…

Mark Pants

That’s all for now folks, but tune in tonight at 8pm, BBC2 for the final episode! Anita Rani hosts, while Gemma Cairney, Helen Lederer, Kathryn Flett and  Timmy Matley put their sewing skills (or lack of) to the test.

Don't forget, every item made is put on eBay, so get bidding - it's all for charity! Click here to buy buy buy!

 

Sewing Bee: Children in Need Special - Episode 1

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

22 October 2014

Warning! I will be giving all the games away below. So why don't you catch up with episode 1 on iPlayer

Since the Bake Off finished, evenings in front of the telly have felt distinctly un-crafty! But thankfully we've been treated to a three part Children in Need Great British Sewing Bee special! 

Jenny Eclair presided over the first episode, which saw Dave Myers (one half of the Hairy Bikers), Edith Bowman, Dr Dawn Harper (Embarrassing Bodies, Ch4) and Wendi Peters (Coronation Street) battle it out (more with their sewing machines than with each other) to be crowned Star Sewer (same principle as GBBO right?!)

Group (2)

Challenge 1: The Pattern

Kicking off with a 'simple' A-line skirt, it's clear that some of these celebs are more proficient with a Singer than others - yes, Dave, we're looking at you. Alexander McQueen may have gotten away with bum-skimming waistbands, but I'm not sure it's worth trying again! (Talking of style faux-pas... seems Patrick's channelling Tom Selleck this season!) 

Patrick

Congratulations to Dawn for her cherry print skirt, we love the pompoms! 

Challenge 2: Recycle

Faced with rows and rows of garish Hawaiian shirts, the celebs groan in unison - other than Dave who heads straight for an eye-watering orange print. Wendi's summer dress was a worthy winner, but I definitely think Edith's Elvis-inspired cape should have come out on top! 

Edith

Challenge 3: Bespoke 

The celebs were asked to create an iconic dress from the era of their choice. Although Jenny mocked Dave's 'simple' 60's shift, I think he had quite a job making it so form fitting - and look super to boot! Dawn created a fab fringed flapper dress and matching bag, but the real contest was between the two 50's tea dresses! At the end of the day, Wendi takes the biscuit with her perfectly executed embellished evening gown - congratulations!!

Wendi

The BBC aren't just content with entertaining us with comediennes and sewing catastrophes - they've put all of the celebs makes on eBay to raise money for Children in Need. You can bid here!

Next time, Sara Cox takes the helm, while Gaby Roslin, Pam Ferris, Mark Watson & Louie Spence take their turns behind the machines. Episode 2 is on tomorrow (Thursday 23rd) at 8pm, BBC2

Guest Blogger: Bristol Makers

Abigail Cox

Abigail Cox

13 October 2014

Bristol has been on my list of places to visit for a few years now and I STILL haven't got around to going. Everyone I talk to about Bristol says that once you live there you never want to leave. With that in mind I did a bit of research on their designers and makers to see just what Brizzle has to offer in the craft stakes. I was not disappointed!

Laura Snockels

Laurensnockels

First up we have Lauren Snockels, an artist, maker and sculptor. I was first drawn to these awesome hand crafted russian dolls. Lauren is commissioned by lots of designers to make their visions and has even worked on film sets making props.

[image source - bristol creatives]

Malobi

Malobi

Next up we have Malobi who makes these awesome cat caves. I love their contemporary design and your cat would be happy as larry tucked up in one of these awesome alternative cat beds.

[image source - etsy]

Cool 4 Cats 

Cool 4 Cats

I absolutely love papercutting and making anything out of card or paper and was over joyed when I stumbled across Cool 4 Cats. They specialise in pop up paper kits and this circus themed lion kit is amazing.

[image source- cool 4 cats]

Amanda Colouring In 

Amanda Colouring In

I am a big fan of birds and anything bird related and Amanda colouring in is taking embroidery and bird prints to the next level with this one. This embroidery bird print is amazing!

[image source - etsy]

ByBrophy 

Byprophy

Last up we have these awesome kids chairs by ByBrophy. The cloud design is super cool and they were recently featured in August 2014'a issue of Vogue! I wonder if they make them for grown ups?!

[image source - etsy]

Claireculley

She's Called Claire

Claire Culley is a blogger and one half of creative hub Super+Super. Her favourite crafts are printing and papercutting. Addicted to crisps. Big animal lover. Her first books, Printmaking and Embroidery, are out in October and will be available from www.thegmcgroup.com.

 

 

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