Ooh, the semi final was a brilliant episode. Packed with tension and so much creativity.
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The best moments for me were watching the contestants walk in and spot the mini dummies on their stations. How cute were those mini Mannequins!
Challenge 1-Making a child’s summer dress with shirring was a great challenge for this stage of the competition. Whilst shirring is fairly straightforward, you do have to practise a little! The challenge was to follow a pattern and make a dress. Sewing with a short time slot turned the heat up! It was really fun watching those gorgeous dresses come together in under 3 hours. If you fancy making your own dress I found this fab blog on making a child’s shirred dress. She has a great measurement chart for little girls, and I love that the top edge is super snug with a thread elastic channel.
The challenge included using a french seam, which is a great way to enclose raw edges. It also included rouleaux loops, which is a very fiddly task to do under pressure. Rouleaux should look round like these.
Challenge 2 was tough! 90 mins to transform a dress? That would test me, and most of my work is alterations. Stuart’s wacky zips were no match for Lauren’s brave chopping, or Ann’s skilled darts. If you like the idea of radically transforming a high street buy, there are loads of fab videos over on You tube.
Challenge 3- Make a jacket! This is a toughie. I really felt for the contestants having to be judged by a Saville row tailor.
These were my 2 favourites
Ann’s Chanel style Cardigan Jacket, made up with the famous Linton tweed.
Lauren’s classicly shaped hacking jacket. Lauren also went for a classic tweed, but unlike Ann who traditionally lined her jacket, Lauren used her lining as un “Underlining” Check out this great tutorial from Threads on this Technique