The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
(FYI, it's a ruler in my hand in the top snap- they're just so funny)!

I've never been a particularly artful sewer. I've always been incredibly ambitious, with my most memorable sewing experience attempting to create a dress as part of my GCSE textiles project (whilst other people opted, sensibly, for wall hangings and pillows)- resulting in what can only be described as what looked like a gothic wedding cake, or something you'd see on an extremely amateur contemporary catwalk, which hasn't exactly stood me in good stead (with my latest sewing endeavour being sewing up a dog toy- and doing a pretty bodge job...).

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
Anyway- recently, Carrie and I were invited to learn a little more about sewing and garment making (and putting it into action) with the incredible Claire-Louise Hardie- author behind The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, expert seamstress and all round expert behind the 'Bee too (cool, I know)! Now, I pity anyone that has to tolerate my nerves with a sewing machine and pattern (it's been a while ok)- but with the expertise, patience and skill of Claire, I was able to conjure up a jumpsuit from the book- and without too much help too- which is saying something indeed!

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
With the book focussing on modern, wearable designs for all women and men (nothing too twee or vintage inspired, if you're not necessarily that way inclined) and made easy by helpful step-by-steps, images and patterns- I was somewhat amazed that I managed to walk away with not only something I was so proud of, but something I could wear (the gorgeous Ikat cotton from The Cloth House definitely made everything look beautiful)- and it genuinely look like I could have bought it in a favourite high street haunt. Carrie also made an incredible tweed mini skirt (trust me, I think that girl is good at everything she takes on)- which you can check out over on her blog too!

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did


The book is available at Waterstones (as well as lots of other good bookshops), although you can check everything out over at Quadrille too! I seriously recommend a nosey, as I have now learnt there are few things as satisfying as wearing something you've made yourself (now just how to wear a jumpsuit in winter). Claire-Louise also runs The Thrifty Stitcher Studio in Stoke Newington where she teaches dressmaking classes too...


Post in collaboration with Quadrille


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The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
(FYI, it's a ruler in my hand in the top snap- they're just so funny)!

I've never been a particularly artful sewer. I've always been incredibly ambitious, with my most memorable sewing experience attempting to create a dress as part of my GCSE textiles project (whilst other people opted, sensibly, for wall hangings and pillows)- resulting in what can only be described as what looked like a gothic wedding cake, or something you'd see on an extremely amateur contemporary catwalk, which hasn't exactly stood me in good stead (with my latest sewing endeavour being sewing up a dog toy- and doing a pretty bodge job...).

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
Anyway- recently, Carrie and I were invited to learn a little more about sewing and garment making (and putting it into action) with the incredible Claire-Louise Hardie- author behind The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, expert seamstress and all round expert behind the 'Bee too (cool, I know)! Now, I pity anyone that has to tolerate my nerves with a sewing machine and pattern (it's been a while ok)- but with the expertise, patience and skill of Claire, I was able to conjure up a jumpsuit from the book- and without too much help too- which is saying something indeed!

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did
With the book focussing on modern, wearable designs for all women and men (nothing too twee or vintage inspired, if you're not necessarily that way inclined) and made easy by helpful step-by-steps, images and patterns- I was somewhat amazed that I managed to walk away with not only something I was so proud of, but something I could wear (the gorgeous Ikat cotton from The Cloth House definitely made everything look beautiful)- and it genuinely look like I could have bought it in a favourite high street haunt. Carrie also made an incredible tweed mini skirt (trust me, I think that girl is good at everything she takes on)- which you can check out over on her blog too!

The Great British Sewing Bee What Olivia Did


The book is available at Waterstones (as well as lots of other good bookshops), although you can check everything out over at Quadrille too! I seriously recommend a nosey, as I have now learnt there are few things as satisfying as wearing something you've made yourself (now just how to wear a jumpsuit in winter). Claire-Louise also runs The Thrifty Stitcher Studio in Stoke Newington where she teaches dressmaking classes too...


Post in collaboration with Quadrille


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56 comments:

  1. This looks like an amazing experience :) Love the jumpsuit you have made!
    xxx

    Helene from Excuse me I am French

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  2. That jumpsuit looks amazing on you! I think you did a fantastic job! I love the Great British Sewing Bee. How fun to have got the chance to learn more about sewing and make something great yourself. I'm pretty useless at sewing, but I do like making things so I'm trying to learn to do better. The GBSB book looks really useful. xxx

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  3. I love The Great British Sewing Bee so I will definitely have to pick this book up an see if it can make me into a passable sewer.

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  4. Lovely post! I'm jealous of anyone who can sew!
    Amber
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  5. It looks like you gals had an amazing day! x

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  6. cute jumpsuit! im terrible with machines but this is making me want to try to piece together a clothing. hahaha

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  7. I am just obsessed with the great British sewing bee, it would be such an amazing skill to have:)

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  8. Petal, for an 'amateur' as you put it, you did a pretty ace job of that jumpsuit!! Lovely fabric choice too!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  9. Me and my mum love the great british sewing bee. My mum's incredible at sewing but I wasn't fortunate enough to be passed that talent!

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    1. Aha I'm in the same boat my mum has tried endlessly to pass it on but I've enver had the nack for it

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    2. Aha we're in the same boat my mum has tried endlessly to try and teach me but I've never had the nack

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  10. I would love to learn how to sew clothes - its a long way off, but I'm trying to master knitting first. Determined to at least finish a scarf this year! x

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  11. Nice pictures. I really am looking forward to a time where i make some of the stuff i wear.

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  12. I love the Great British Sewing Bee and it would be a dream to be able to make my own clothes!

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  13. Aww, this is such a lovely post! I'd love to try my hand at sewing again - my last attempt was in high school, and it wasn't particularly my forte then unfortunately!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  14. I'm so envious, this looks like an incredible opportunity and your hair looks so lovely in these photos :)
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  15. Such a pretty jumpsuit that wouldn't look out of place in Topshop! I wasn't that good at sewing even during my Textiles GCSE - it's the thought that counts...right?

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. That's so cool and I hope to one day try and create clothes for me in a class I'm planning on attending. It looks great on you and hope you had fun.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  17. that jumpsuit looks amazing what an amazing opportunity

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  18. I don't know a thing about sewing so I am EXTRA impressed with your jumpsuit! It really looks like something you would buy! Great job!

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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  19. that jumpsuit really looks amazing Olivia, definitely looks like a bought jumpsuit..well done :) <3

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  20. Wow this sounds lovely!! I wish I was good at sewing! Beautiful pictures xx
    Summer,

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  21. That sounds such a fun way to learn ! :) xx

    Love from France, Victoria
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  22. Great post, I've been wanting to learn how to sew for awhile!

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  23. Would like to try the book

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  24. Wow Olivia you did a cracking job on that stunning jumpsuit!
    Sophie
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  25. Everything about this post is so beautiful! Love it!

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  26. I should take the book. The jumpsuit looks fab, great job!

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    lb-lc | IT fashion blog

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  27. Really love the photos Olivia :)

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  28. You look so beautiful in these photos Olivia !
    Have a wonderful Sunday

    With love from London,
    Hayley ♥

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  29. this looks like so much fun <3

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  30. The jumpsuit looks gorgeous! Looks like you've discovered a hidden talent for sewing - perhaps there's a future in fashion design for you...? (I can already see the LIV PURVIS label on everyone's attire!)

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  31. Love that jumper! I need one in my life!

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  32. I love the great british sewing bee! You look fabulous and its so great being able to wear something that you made xx

    Alana Says…//www.alana-says.blogspot.co.uk//Fashion and lifestyle blog

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  33. You're So lucky that sounds like a fab event. I love GBSB, think I need to pick up this book
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  34. I love GBSB, it always inspires me to start sewing but I don't think I have the patience! My mum's so good at it though, wish her skills were passed down to me haha. You did an amazing job! x

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  35. You are so beautiful Olivia <3 Kisses from Portugal

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  36. This looks so lovely.
    I have been learning how to sew lately.

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  37. Wow that jumpsuit looks fab - well done I'm not sure I could have made that... Even with expert help!!! x
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  38. We love this, come and meet our adventures in Paris at http://habitatparisien.blogspot.fr

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  39. Aww it sounds like so much fun and the pictures are indeed lovely!

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  40. That jumpsuit's actually very cute!!! Way to go! :D at least You honestly tried!

    -SJay
    The Chronic Dreamer

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  41. Liv this jumsuit you made is amazing! well done! I love the great british sewing bee and cant wait to get this book :) x

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  42. What a lovely idea - I love the pictures too.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  43. Ooh I live in Stokey, I'll definitely look into this!

    Becky :: accooohtrements.wordpress.com

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  44. Amazing experience! Beautiful looks too! =)

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    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  45. I love your jumpsuit. I have the book and my daughter has now asked me to make the jumpsuit for her. Pics on Twitter soon

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  46. amazing!



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  47. I love the sewing bee! This looks like so much fun and the jumpsuit looks fab on you!
    Emma Xx

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  48. How cool!! I want to learn to sew so badly.

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  49. This sounds like so much fun! I used to love sewing at school, wish I carried on doing it. Love your jumpsuit xx
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