Showing posts from October, 2017

Sewing the Dream | Chapter 1: Will it fit?

Hi – my name’s Angie and I am lucky enough to live on the beautiful Isle of Man – a little island right in the middle of the Irish Sea between the UK and Ireland.   This is the first of a series of blogs about my adventures with the fabulous Brother XV – or Dream Machine, as she is known in the States. When I told my embroidery and sewing friends that I would be getting an XV to a man – or rather to a woman – they exclaimed, “Where on earth will you put it”?  “Can you even get it through your front door?”  So early on the day, I prepared for an enormous box to be delivered.  Rest assured – that machine would get inside the house, even if I had to take out a window to do it!  My fears were NOT allayed when I called the courier company to be told that it was out for delivery but was a “two man job”  (My poor husband overheard “two VAN job” ….) But, sure enough, later that day the courier hove into sight and two young men emerged.  Both taking one end of the box they carried it up

Brother Sewing at the Great British Sewing Bee Live 2017

The Great British Sewing Bee LIVE is an event for anyone with a love of dressmaking, textiles, fashion and tailoring. The show hosts hundreds of workshops, demonstrations, fashion galleries, catwalk shows, drop-in clinics and a celebrity super theatre, as well as over 200 loved exhibitors selling specialist dressmaking and textile supplies. Spend a day re-stocking your material stash, learning to sew, master the art of dressmaking, see the judges and contestants from the TV programme plus so much more. In association with 'K+L', there was an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the creations from the 4 series of Great British Sewing Bee. A collection of the most stunning, stand-out and some of the most bizarre designs from the programme! ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS - CREATING THE COSTUME! The University of East London (UEL) 2nd year students had the amazing opportunity to work with costume designers on the set of Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie. Th