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BBC Two to show new sewing programme

The Great British Sewing Bee will join the BBC’s Great British Bake Off

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BBC Two will broadcast a new sewing programme, in a bid to find the nation’s best seamsters and seamstresses.

The Great British Sewing Bee, presented by Claudia Winkleman, will pit a group of eight people against each other, by setting them technical sewing challenges, as told to the Radio Times.

The show, which will take the same form as The Great British Bake Off, hopes to have the same success as its sister programme.

Contestants wil be judged on their skills in making clothing, accessories and quilting, as well as marked on their ability to customise. Judges May Martin of the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant will oversee things.

A BBC source told the Radio Times, “We had such success with The Great British Bake Off that we wanted to see just how creative Britain could be. We feel that sewing could become the new national pastime.”

Host Claudia Winkleman recently competed in The Great British Bake Off’s Comic Relief celebrity special.

 


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Buffalo boutique

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Yesterday, I ventured out to Cardiff’s own Buffalo boutique, a vintage fair held on the last monday of every month, in Buffalo, on Windsor Place.

The fair did not disappoint and, as always, I loved every minute. The organisers did a great job, combining handmade items with the preloved and there were many different stalls selling things ranging from clothes to jewellery and even cards.

The fair was held upstairs in Buffalo, and the bar atmosphere certainly made it seem like a great place to spend some time. And with an exclusive catwalk show, what better way to spend some money than by giving money to some independent designers and clothes sellers?

And with the demise of the Rose Tinted Vintage fairs last year, I was happy to hear that Cardiff once again had an affordable monthly vintage fair, which I am sure will be just as popular as its predecessor.

The next fair will be held on the 25th March and more information can be found on the event’s Facebook page here.

Anyway, onto the purchases. There were plenty of things I could have bought, including a blouse that I also fell in love with, lovingly handmade by the seller’s grandmother, but as I was on a budget, I set myself a limit and, as a result, I only bought one thing, this skirt.

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Bargains can often be found at vintage fairs

The skirt is quite a small fit, but I am already imagining myself styling it up in the summer with some brogues and a simple white tee. And, like with all the clothes I buy, I am so excited to wear it.


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Charity shopping

IMG_1374My local charity shop usually has some great treasures and last week was no exception.

I came away with a lovely, hardly worn, oversized check jacket which will be perfect for styling up with a dress for dinner, or wearing down with a pair of jeans for a walk in the countryside.

I love finding things like this in charity shops, as you can grab yourself a real bargain and come away with an almost new piece of clothing for a fraction of its original price.

Now, it’s already been a week since I last went. I wonder what treasures will be there next time.