Billed as “the UK’s biggest, most exciting new dressmaking event”, earlier this year Upper Street Events and Love Productions announced the launch of The Great British Sewing Bee Live. The spin off event to the TV series. Will that be back?? What IS going on with that?! If you’re a fan of GBSB then this live event, which takes place from 21st-24th September 2017 at ExCel London, may just give you your fix. And I’ve got 5 pairs of tickets for either the Thursday or Friday events to give away to you guys!
As well as Patrick and Esme being in attendance (when I grow up I want to be Esme), the event will see comedian, writer and TV personality Jenny Eclair take the reigns and host the 1,200-seat Super Theatre. Jenny was the guest host of TV’s first ever Sewing Bee Celebrity Special in 2014 in aid of BBC Children In Need. A keen stitcher, she enjoys tapestry and is involved with Fine Cell Work, the social enterprise that trains prisoners in needlework. Sewing even features in her fiction writing in ‘A Slight Alteration’, a dark tale about a seamstress…..
Contestants from four seasons of GBSB will be there to share their dressmaking and tailoring skills at numerous live workshops. From beginner to professional level, there are over 250 workshops and demonstrations on offer. You can even apply to take part in one or their “Live Challenges” and find out what it really feels to take part in the show and work under all that time pressure that keeps us on the edge of our sofas….seriously…hats off to participants of that show. I think I would crumble, lol!
A collection from the world’s leading pattern companies has been curated to create a catwalk show packed with inspiration. From high-end fashion and couture creations to vintage designs, bespoke tailoring and wedding garments, it will be a feast of dressmaking fashion from both independent and larger pattern companies. With three shows a day, free to attend on a first come first served basis, along with a daily showcase of garments from leading fashion and textile students. Grab a front row seat and bring your pap worthy sunglasses 😉
If you’re a fan of Liberty, then London’s Fashion and Textile Museum has curated a stunning exhibition of archive Liberty pieces especially for the event. Liberty has been a part of the British landscape since its founding by Arthur Lasenby Liberty 140 years ago. Originally a warehouse supplying fashionable goods from the Far East, Liberty soon established a distinct style and approach. Its contribution to British fashion, both that produced by the company and its impact on the work of other designers, is celebrated in the Liberty in Fashion exhibition.
Dennis Nothdruft, Curator of The Fashion and Textile Museum says: “‘Liberty has long held a unique place in British culture. Not only has it sold fashion produced in the store, it has sold Liberty Art Fabrics directly to the home sewer and actively encouraged the making of garments from their distinctive textiles. It even provided a cutting service for homemakers to bring in their patterns to be cut in Liberty fabrics.”
As well as Jenny Éclair , Patrick Grant and Esme Young and over 250+ workshops and demonstrations, and that catwalk show and Liberty exhibition… there will also be a dressmaking drop-in clinic, vintage and garment galleries and shopping with over 150 dressmaking and sewing suppliers under one roof.
***GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED***
So, if you would like to win a pair of tickets, I have 5 sets to giveaway. Deets are as follows:
- Tickets are for EITHER Thursday 21st or Friday 22nd only
- Each winner will receive 2 tickets with a face value of £16.50 each
- Simply leave a comment to be entered into the giveaway (one entry per person. multiple comments will not be counted)
- Giveaway closes at Midnight GMT on Friday 21st July
- Winners will be drawn at random and notified via the email address attached to their profile
And if you would like another opportunity to win a pair of tickets as well as some other fantastic sewing related prizes, then check out the Makers for Grenfell raffle here.
Good luck!! Might just see you there!