Take the best parts of Project Runway and the Great British Sewing Bee, and mix them together with the cooperative, supportive atmosphere of the #sewcialists, and you’ve got the Sewcial Bee!
The first test run in July looked like fun and this month was another test run.
So the challenge was "You can make anything you like; inspired by food or show us food inspired by your garment."
"The rules are simple:
1. This rounds challenge will be provided by GidaStudio and will be posted 12am GMT August 10th on her website and on twitter.
2. We encourage you to pick a project that will take between 4-7 hours to sew. So you can get a little crazy but not insane.
3. You have 48 hours to complete your challenge garment and post it to the Sewical Bee Flickr group. Then we will all aww and ooooo over it.
4. Again there is no judging or prizes…other than that sweet new garment on your back.
5. It’s an open event so tell a friend, tell a neighbour, tell your spouse to take the kids out."
I chose inspired by food and made a skirt to match my test jacket McCalls 6292 I made last year, while it's still officially winter here.
I chose to use a pencil skirt pattern I'd recently tested for Anita Adams of Studio Faro. So while I could have chosen a lime milkshake or green frog lollies as the food inspiration I chose tabbouleh salad.
I was part of a local kitchen challenge and we discussed the finer points of a good tabbouleh salad ie finely chopped parsley is the key.
And for me, lots of lemon juice. But you gotta chop the parsley finely.
And in the remaining time I tested a knit top Kwik Sew 3790. This pattern has its challenges and it's not the gathers on the side or on the neckline. It's the gaping neckline and the dropped shoulder seam. This did top seem to be drafted for broad shouldered women.
My aim for this challenge was to see if I could meet the criteria in a different timezone and I did.
I’m now three-quarters through my study so I took a break this weekend and sewed. It's all about the fabric.