SPOILER ALERT- THIS POST CONTAINS IMAGES AND CONTENT ABOUT THE FINALE, DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE YET TO WATCH THE SHOW!
Well, I don’t know about you, but I found the final episode so exciting and very moving! I cried when I watched the it tonight! If you know me in real life then you’ll know I don’t cry often either!
Make a man’s shirt in 4 hours…. Gosh this was a toughie. The shirt has so many elements that are fiddly and time consuming. The collar is in 2 parts, as it’s a classic man’s shirt with a neckband designed for wearing a tie. The sleeve is laid on rather than set in, which is a different technique than most stitchers are used to. There were 9 buttons down the front, which means 9 buttonholes to be stitched under pressure! WOWSER!
Clever Ann went for linen and it’s a perfect fabric to make your first shirt from as it’s maleable and presses well, giving the clean lines you need on a shirt. You can also use a linen blend. Having a little of another fibre in the mix means you won’t end up with that crumpled look that linen is notorious for.
This week we saw the contestants hand sewing being tested! EEK, I thought Sandra was going to explode when she heard the challenge! Hand embroidering a bag….
Wowee! 8 hours to make an evening dress…. Ann, Sandra and Lauren really rocked those dresses!
Ann made a fabulous lace number with Black tocca lace and Royal blue taffeta.
Sandra made a slinky dress in a luscious teal satin, and a chiffon drape… Silk chiffon in the finale! Sandra is mad, and brave. The dress looked perfect on her model, and would be great for a prom or graduation dress.
Lauren’s dress was a knock out. This was such an incredible choice for Lauren, it’s a stunning modern dress that wouldn’t be out of place on a celebrity at a film premiere. She used elegant duchess silk satin, and a gold stretch sequin. STRETCH SEQUIN!! Lauren was feeling super brave!
To Work with her stetch sequin, Lauren used a walking foot which is fab for fabrics that move, and great for curtain making too! They look a little scarey but are really easy to use, and make certain fabrics a breeze. Wondering how to use this strange foot? This fab video shows you how
What Amazing dresses! Are you inspired to run up something for a special occasion now?