Great British Sewing Bee 2015 challenge.

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It’s almost here.  The excitement is mounting.  The date is circled on my family planner.  The Great British Sewing Bee 2015 is on BBC2 8pm February 5th.  This might seem an odd tv show to excite and tantalise a household but we aren’t a normal household.  This is TOTZ HQ where sewing is part of life and for mummy anything to read or watch about sewing is must view tv. So I will be there or at any rate my tv scheduler will be to make sure I don’t miss a moment and can re watch it in my me time moments. 
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I’m looking forward to meeting the crew and seeing what challenges they have each week. 

I am also setting myself a challenge.  To make one of each weeks items myself.  So watch this space I will blog each weeks creatine Sewing Bee item with all its trials and tribulations and hopefully I will be able to make everything successfully.  Oh I do love a challenge !!

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So February 5th not far away I am counting the days 🙂


Elsa inspired costume dress

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I have been promising to make an Elsa dress for absolutely ages.  A whole year probably.  Well finally over the Christmas holiday period I took some time out to make some personal projects and this was one of them. 

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I already had the fabrics that I wanted to use.  These had been sitting in my fabric box for months just waiting. 
The sequin fabric looks great but oh was a real pain to work with and my daughter informs me it is itchy so if I make this costume again I might look for an alternative.

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The end result was great though and it looks terrific. 

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Leo the Lion joins the gang.

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Say hello to Leo the Lion.  A new animal to join our gang at TOTZ HQ. 

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I made this Lion which will live here at TOTZ HQ with us from 6 of my son’s old Tshirts.  I only needed one half of the Tshirt so really I suppose it was only 3 Tshirts fully used.  They were age 4 or 5 Tshirts.  Lion took more time to make than a bear and there were couple seams unpicked but the effort was totally worth it. 

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There are almost double the amount of pieces than bear and they are smaller and fiddlier so I am going to put him on my page at slightly higher price. The pattern is from funky friends website which you can use to make and sell so no problems on copyright.  

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He’s been a roaring success though and already been snuggled in bed with my son.  Roarrrrrr the lion sleeps at my house.