Marking, work, marking, work…blah blah. I’ve genuinely been too busy to stop and watch TV [except for the finale of GoT, OMG I nearly blew up like wildfire!]
And on the subject of Game of Thrones, THIS DRESS! THOSE SHOULDER PIECES! Oooh I’ve got some stuff swirling in my fevered little brain right now, I can tell you.
Anyway. Calm down Fairy. Last night, after doing my marking, I decided that I really needed to watch the last 2 recorded episodes of GBSB. I settled down with a nice plateful of ma-in-law’s delicious chicken and rice, a glass of wine, and some armagnac to follow.
I was very glad that I had the use of the fast-forward facility, as it was all a bit underwhelming really. I couldn’t work up much enthusiasm for any of their efforts, and couldn’t, in the end, choose any one of them as a more deserving winner than the others.
So, in summary of 2 episodes at once: meh.
The semi-final was themed around complicated patterns, or some such. They had a fairly complicated skirt to make, which caused them no end of grief in simply following instructions. I used to love Airfix kits as a kid, and maybe that helped my mindset when it came to following dressmaking instructions. I know some people find them difficult, and the odd diagram can be tricky to decipher, like origami instructions, but blimey I do get annoyed watching them faff and fail to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS. Teacher rant.
There were some nasty curves to stitch, and they made skirts. Meh. I find the judging very dull once the number of contestants dwindles.
Then they made something else. A thing. Oh yes, they turned duvets into dresses, which was actually fun, as they were not allowed to waste ANY scraps of fabric. The winning item there was genuinely creative.
They made some other stuff at the end, dresses which they had to produce by making variations on a basic block. They were OK. I was rooting for Joyce through most of the show, and she’s a very competent seamstress, but her colour and fabric choices were always a bit frumpy, and that affected the judges’ opinions negatively [I think!] WAY too much brown and beige and granny prints.
I was overjoyed and smug to finally see the annoying one get the boot. She really wasn’t up to par and should have gone weeks ago.
In the finale, the surviving trio made three more things. A men’s dress shirt with pintucks [I sat up and gloated because they didn’t have my wonderful pintuck gizmo] They struggled. “Get a Singer!” I smugged. They all took most o the allotted time just getting two rows of six tucks made. Then they finished [more or less] their shirts in a mad rush. Mr Beardy and Edna Mode whipped out tape measures and criticised coldly. I sniggered, because I’m a Mean Old Lady. That’s official, the wife says so.
Then they chopped up tuxedos to make LBDs, which was OK. Then they made evening dresses.
Joyce plumped for this pattern, often used for steampunk ensembles. It’s Butterick 5969, and I really like it. Unimaginatively, she plumped for making it up in fabrics exactly like the image, even down to the lace trim, and the model wearing long black gloves. Time was an issue!
It was criticised for being too costumey. Sigh. The others made more classic evening dresses, but both were flawed in the construction.
Anyway, Charlotte won, there were tears, meh.
It was quite a dull series, no one really stood out [to me] as being super skilled or creative, and none of the garments produced were really amaze-a-balls, as my daughter says.
Maybe I should go on the next series..nah. They would run out of bleeps!