In just over a week, London’s Excel centre will be full to the brim with fat quarters, threads and the satisfying whir of sewing machines! (Not to mention some of our favourite faces from our favourite TV Show. We’re busy prepping our workshops for the Great British Sewing Bee Live next week. If you’re planning a trip to the Show we’ll see you there!
With hundreds of fabric shops and brands gathering at the event, it’s promising to offer a heavenly haberdashery to die for. So we’ve gathered together our five favourite stands that you just have to make a ‘bee-line’ for while you’re exploring the Show…
1 Meet fellow sewists on the The Fold Line stand
The Fold Line is a hub for all things sewing where you can get inspiration for your next dressmaking project. Visit Rachel and Kate at the show for the ultimate fabric and pattern swap, get help with your dressmaking project and also take part in some fun sewing games! Their stand (F8 on your maps) will be the meet up point for the sewing community at the show, so pop by to say hello and meet other sewists.
Don’t forget, the first 50 sewists who visit their stand each day will also receive a free gift! www.thefoldline.com
2 Sew your style with The Avid Seamstress
Head on over to stand H43 to meet The Avid Seamstress team. The London-based sewing pattern company specialise in stylish sewing patterns for modern women. They’ll have lots to offer at the Show, including a tempting range of patterns to buy and exciting competitions including the chance to win a complete pattern bundle!
As we need another reason to check out their stand, The Avid Seamstress team will be giving away their new digital pattern ‘The Drop Sleeve Top’ to visitors to their stand for free. www.avidseamstress.co.uk
3 Be the first to sew the new collection from I AM Patterns
We hear on the grapevine that I AM Patterns will be launching their ‘I AM WILD’ range at the Great British Sewing Bee Live. Unleash your wild side and wear your clothes with pride with six new sewing patterns, inspired by nature and the wilderness. They give you strength and character to show the world who you are.
Visit the I AM Patterns stand to be the first to see the new range and enter their prize draw for a chance to win one of three pdf patterns each day. http://iampatterns.fr/en
4 Pressing made easy with Soak
This smoothing spray is our new stash essential. Here’s to the enticing sizzle of steam… to watching your favourite fabrics relax to the rhythm of ironing moves all your own… to mastering the art of the collar and the perfect pleat! Flatter is a starch-free smoothing spray that awakens your inner laundress and takes your me-made garments on a fresh, clean ride to a wrinkle-free universe.
You can check out Soak for yourself on stand F7. http://soakwash.com/flatter
5 Find your perfect fabric with Print Me Pretty
Print your designs onto fabric and you’ll come away from the show with one-of-a-kind patterns that are the envy of your friends! Print Me Pretty offer you the option of printing on to 130gsm and 195gsm plain cotton & tea towel fabric. If you’re a budding designer, you can even make your designs available for others to buy (earning you commission), or if you prefer you can pick from hundreds of ready-made designs in their Market Place. They’ll be demo’ing their printing at stand G1 and selling a range of unique fabrics too!
Save 15% off orders over £10 only at the GBSB Live show when you swing by their stand and quote code MOLLIEGBSB www.printmepretty.co.uk
It’s not too late to book a trip to the Great British Sewing Bee Live! The event runs from 21st to 24th September – to find out more or book tickets visit www.thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com.