Great British Sewing Bee Live!!

Now the Title just says it all!!!

As soon as the Tickets were realised back in April both Becca and I said we must go!! So Becca was eagerly there at 9am ready for the Tickets to be realised along with the Super theatre access and workshops whilst I sorted the accommodation and Train Tickets for us to be ready and raring to go on the Saturday rather than traveling down and back the same day which is uber tiring especially when travelling over 2 hours each way!!

Now look what I had packed to take with me! Handmade wardrobe even down to the PJs! The Fabricology Bag is my contribution to the pattern Swap!

I travelled down on the Friday evening, navigating the underground and the DLR with ease and got off at Prince Regent Station as the Custom House is being revamped. Now I arrived at 8.40pm and it’s pitch black….

I had Google Maps on my phone but it decided to take me the wrong direction of where i needed to go and then my phone died and I took a very scenic route to my Hotel….. but thankfully I came across Jamie aka MaleDevonSewing from Series 4 who was taking a phone call outisde the Hotel he was staying at and took my luggae trolley off me and said to go and sit down and have a drink with him and some other Sewing Bees! I was amongst Celebrities but of course my phone had died at the point!! Dam!

Jamie kindly walked me to the Hotel i was stopping at, as he knew where he was going (i bloody didn’t!!) as he went to that one 1st rather than the Ibis he was actually staying at! LOL so I finally arrived at the Hotel at 10.40pm!!! I had set off from Doncaster Station at 6:03pm and had a full day at work too!!!

We was up at and ready for 8am, so we made our way down for Breakie. It got very busy after we arrived as there were long queues forming but thankfully we managed to get our fill before it got that busy!

It was a tad drizzly, but that didn’t dampening our spirits…(sorry bad pun!Lol!) We made our across to the Excel!!

I finally got to met Elle, Sarah and Rachel  for a quick chat and hug before we headed to the Cloakroom. But we did say we would met later for a natter.

We dropped our luggage off at the Cloakroom at a bargain price of £1 per item!! You can’t go wrong as it was £2 per item at the ICHF Stitching, Sewing and Hobbcrafts Show at Manchester back in February! Then had a chance to grab some snaps of the the cool olympic membrolia.

When we returned back to where the Show was hosted at N5 a massive queue had formed!! Swear it was only 5 minutes we passed it and there wasn’t a queue whatsoever!!

So we waited patiently, near the entrance and joined the end of the queue when they came to the entrance, whats the point of going all the way back there to come back again?! We even got a friendly smile from Patrick when he passed!!! Ekkk!!

We had a quick look around before the Super Theater at 11am. We found Melissa of Fehr Trade in the corner and spoilt myself with her especially made in Yorkshire Pins!! We managed a quick chat but she was uber busy which understandable!

Said Hello to Kate and Rachel of The Fold Line and who had the most amazing seats ever!

Had a quick look through some of the Stalls and even managed to find Lisa of The Avid Seamstress  and Clare too where i received a another badge to my collection! Yay!

Becca and I met with Pecia aka Mini Adventures who was going to the Super Theater too and the Workshop we was attending too! She was making the most of her Birthday Pressie and that her adorable Pie and Pop were joining us later.

The Super Theater was interesting… even though we paid extra for the premium seats we still ended up at the back which wasn’t really fair but hey ho! Sarah aka Likesewamazing was on the Alteration challenge!! She was teamed up with Jenni Bob Taylor from Series 2. They did really well considering they only 45 minutes to complete the challenge!

We then quickly grabbed some lunch in the form of a Chicken Burrito and Dr Pepper before we knew it it was time for the Vintage Technique Workshop hosted by the lovely Delphine unfortunately the workshop was a little rushed as the previous one had over run but i came away with lots of instructions and new knowledge that i didn’t before.

Then we met with Jamie and chatted outside the workshop area for some reason rather than sitting down like normal people would …… and met the lovely Kellie who was going to Jade’s workshop of sewing with beaded fabric, the lucky thing!!

Oh yes… Did i mention Becca and I are now Cover Stars for Love Sewing Magazine?!

Finally, caught up with Mark of GirlCharlee who was doing very well on his stand, it isn’t surprising as they are good quality jerseys! Also said hello to Tracey from Series 4 too who was with her daughter eyeing up the goodies too!! Yeah I am that short… please don’t point it out any further!!

Also a quick chat to Mrs Maven of Maven Patterns!

Then to wind the day down, we then met with Rach, Elle, Sarah, Jen, Jen W and Sarah for a natter before everyone was going home.

Of course I couldn’t not have a silly photo with Jamie, still can’t believe it’s been 2 years since we last saw each other at the Interviews for the GBSB Series 4 but thankfully we had time for a catch up!!

Wow, what an experience the GBSB Live was! It was great to see people in real life rather than just on Instagram! I do hope that there is another next year but i do think I will go in the weekday rather than the weekend where it would be quieter, more lush fabric to oggle through and to talk with the stall owners properly.

If i have missed anyone out, I do apologise as there was a lot of people there and it sometimes hard to recognise faces to their Instagram handle!

Here’s a few random photos from the Show..

I didn’t get a lot from the Show as there wasn’t really calling out to me as I’m trying not be a Fabric Hoarder and buying Fabric just as it’s pretty, I need to have a project in mind before i buy.

So there you go folks my epic few days ‘down South’ lol I ain’t used to such a big City and the amount of people!! I should of taken more pictures!!

Sal x


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