Looms, Blooms and Bees.

 Wandering around my local haberdashery, one of the few remaining places on the high-street that stocks yarn,
I noticed an invitation to enter this year’s  ”Great British Sewing Bee”.
I wonder who this year’s winner will be ?
Apparently Ann, who won it last year is something of a marvel to behold. For the final they had to make a luxury evening dress, made to measure, in 8 hours. That’s some skill. The 81 year old grandmother who’d been sewing almost everyday for 75 years said about her winning title,
 ”It’s a relief to think all of these years I’ve been doing something right”
Winner of last year's Great British Sewing Bee, Ann Rowley

Winner of last year’s Great British Sewing Bee, Ann Rowley

I appreciate well tailored clothes, I have dabbled in making my own items, here and there. Could it be some of the success in home sewing comes down to the right needle?

A conversation that started at the counter in C&H fabrics reminds me to read my instruction manual; to check I’m using the correct foot on my machine for jersey or stretch fabrics.
I’ve been cutting shapes in cotton jersey for summer headwraps, the silhouette for this summer is rather 50’s inspired, with a pair of cigarette pants or retro inspired dress, I could achieve a  fresh and flirty style perfect for the season. I’ve been browsing, this is a lovely printed sleeveless dress, in organic jersey cotton, by Orla Kiely, a delight.
Orla Keily Flower Girls Sleeveless Dress, 2014

Orla Keily Flower Girls Sleeveless Dress, 2014

 My latest headwrap design is shaping up well, with added charm in the form of a hand crochet floral gerbera. It’s statement-making and sustainable, (using reclaimed jersey fabric) and would be comfortable to wear along the Brighton promenade, maybe with some artsy loafers.
Summer reclaimed jersey cotton headwrap, with hand crochet gerbera flower in Bamboo yarn. Fiona Szabo 2014

Summer reclaimed jersey cotton headwrap, with hand crochet gerbera flower in Bamboo yarn. Fiona Szabo 2014

More fabulous retro shapes and gorgeous mixed patterns are a highlight for Stella Jean, her 2014 spring fabrics  were sourced prints,  handcrafted from women living in villages in Burkina Faso. She has worked with the International Trade Centre to enagage and  promote the work of many women – making a strong ethical point, not usually seen at Milan Fashion Week
Talented women, weaving at hand looms behind the scenes on the Stella Jean 2014 collection, Burkina Faso

Talented women, weaving at hand looms behind the scenes on the Stella Jean 2014 collection, Burkina Faso

Stella Jean, Milan 2014

Stella Jean, Milan 2014

 On the way back, I picked up a tub of seeds, to make a bee attracting flower garden, the summer daisies will soon be on their way.
Daisies

Daisies

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