New Videos​ on Champagne Twist YouTube Channel

Hello,

There has been loads happening on the Champagne Twist YouTube Channel. Here are some of the recently posted videos – with many more to come.

Enjoy! 🙂

 

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Wednesday Thinking: Are the Big 4 sewing pattern companies​ off trend? // Champagne Twist

WED THINK

Wednesday Thinking: Are the Big 4 sewing pattern companies off trend?

As many of you know, I love sewing, I adore sewing. I’m not a fan of clothes shopping per se because I find it difficult to find clothes in styles that fit and suit me. Hence, one of the many reasons why I love sewing.

But there is one hurdle when it comes to creating my own fashions. While the indie pattern industry is growing, the big four, long established and market dominating sewing pattern brands are slowly dying a death. It may seem a good thing at first, but in the long run, if these major pattern companies – McCalls, Butterick, Vogue and Simplicity – don’t change soon, it could spell the end of the sewing pattern industry as we know it.

 

When I heard about the possibility of making a cocktail party dress, showcasing my outfit at the Knitting and Stitching Show and following my favourite home seamstresses creating their unique versions, I was so excited, until I saw the patterns.

With a heavy heart I say this – but there simply wasn’t anything I felt passionate enough to make from the selection of patterns available for the challenge.  Some of the styles seemed born out of 1980 – and not in a good way.  Only one pair of trousers, a jacket with a pointed back hem and dresses that my grandmother said she wouldn’t wear, let alone spend time money and effort creating.

I felt all the more guilty because the idea behind the event is to raise money for the Eve Charity (click here for details). But, I couldn’t justify making a dress just for the event, that I knew I wouldn’t enjoy making or wearing, and would never wear again. This hardly encourages new-to-sewing folks to pick up a needle and thread.

Another major issue I had with the collection of patterns, was the non-existence of patterns for men. Last time I checked a) men wear clothes and b) men attend cocktail parties. This was a golden opportunity missed, to encourage the growing number of males who are taking up the hobby. It was as if there was a huge sign saying, “Boys Not Allowed”.

I also got the impression that these patterns were chosen in an attempt to boost sales, rather than to welcome newbies to a new skill set, or encourage more established sewists to stretch their skills. Some of the styles were 20-30 years behind the times and lacked modernity. When I look at the fashion magazines and Pinterest boards, I don’t see my style favourite reflected in patterns offered by the Big 4.

The most popular styles seem to be the classics created during the 1940s through to the 1960s. Thanks to films and television shows such as Down With Love, Ad Men, etc.  Shirt dress patterns, the Walk Away dress, the Mondrian dress are just 3 examples of styles that have sold successfully in recent years.

There is also still a severe lack of patterns for wheelchair users or those with physical disabilities.  All the patterns, in fact, were styled towards slim, average height, able-bodied women.

I normally buy PDF patterns from indie pattern designers because they are usually up to date trend-wise, and are easily adaptable to my height and shape. My last pattern purchase from the big 4 was actually a classic style shirt dress.  Even when there are 50% savings, I find it impossible to buy more than 2 patterns. The dated designs just are not that appealing to me, and to spend upwards of £15 for a single pattern that I would spend more money, time and effort to adjust, just takes away the joy of sewing.

2nd Release Knitting & Stitching Show Ticket Giveaway​!

Hello everyone,

If you missed out on Sunday’s ticket giveaway, good news! I’ve secured a 2nd set of free tickets.

I have 3 more pairs of free tickets for the Knitting and Stitching Show, at Alexandra Palace.

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All you have to do to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets –

  1. Follow me on this website (champagnetwist.com) and
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow my Instagram account.

Then, to let me know you want a chance to win a pair of tickets, leave the following message in the comment box below:

“Dear Champagne Twist – I would like to go to the #knitnstitchshow @ Ally Pally on [INSERT DAY]”

There isn’t long, the show starts tomorrow and ends Sunday.

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Available Dates

  • Wednesday 11th October – 10am – 5pm 
  • Thursday 12th October (evening only) 3pm – 7pm
  • Friday 13th October  – 10am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 14th October  – 10am – 5pm

 

Terms and Conditions

  • The giveaway is open from Tuesday 10th October 2017, 18.00hrs GMT, until Saturday 14th October 2017, 23.59hrs GMT.
  • 3 separate winners will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.
  • I will contact the winners, requesting names and addresses.
  • The winners’ details will be passed to the show organisers, and arrangements made for the winners to collect their tickets from the box office, at Alexandra Palace.
  • Sorry, this giveaway is only open to UK residents. However, there will be other giveaways soon.

BEST OF LUCK!

 

For more information about The Knitting and Stitching Show, please check out the following links:

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Official Website

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show – review 

 

 

 

(GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED) – The Knitting and Stitching Show Tickets, Alexandra Palace // CHAMPAGNE TWIST

***** Giveaway Now Closed *****

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.

I have hinted about a special announcement for a little while, and I finally received confirmation yesterday afternoon, so now I’m able to share with you that I have 3 pairs of free tickets to giveaway for the forthcoming Knitting and Stitching Show.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets –

  1. Follow me on this website (champagnetwist.com) and
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow my Instagram account.

Then, to let me know you want a chance to win a pair of tickets, leave the following message in the comment box below:

“Dear Champagne Twist – I would like to go to the #knitnstitchshow @ Ally Pally”

There isn’t long, you only have until 6pm tonight.

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Available Dates

  • Wednesday 11th October  – 10am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 12th October (evening only) 3pm – 7pm
  • Friday 13th October  – 10am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 14th October  – 10am – 5pm

 

Terms and Conditions

  • The contest is open from Sunday 8th October 2017, 13.00hrs GMT, until Sunday 8th October 2017, 18.00hrs GMT.
  • Once the contest is closed, 3 separate winners will be randomly chosen.
  • I will contact the winners, requesting names and addresses.
  • The winners’ details will be passed to the show organisers, and arrangements made for the winners to collect their tickets from the box office, at Alexandra Palace.
  • Sorry, this giveaway is only open to UK residents. However, there will be other giveaways soon.

BEST OF LUCK!

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For more information about The Knitting and Stitching Show, please check out the following links:

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Official Website

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show – review 

The CT Show: Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London

 

 

 

Great British Sewing Bee Live - Vogue Patterns Fashion Show

Great British Sewing Bee Live – Vogue Patterns Fashion Show, video now on YouTube | Champagne Twist

Hello,

I’ve just uploaded a new video, the Great British Sewing Bee Live – Vogue Patterns Fashion Show.

If you would like to see it, please click the link below –

There are more #GBSBLive videos on the way, so please stayed tuned, and subscribe to champagnetwist.com for further information. Thanks for reading and watching.

 

The Great British Sewing Bee Live Event – videos // Champagne Twist

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Hello,

If you are subscribed to my YouTube channel, you may have noticed a few new videos. Well, please stay tuned, as I upload more footage from the Great British Sewing Bee Live event, held at London’s ExCeL.

As a taster, here are 2 recently published videos.

There are more videos on the way, which will be published over the next couple of days, if my over worked computer can keep up!

Plus, I have a very special announcement to make over the next few days, so please subscribe, so that you don’t miss out on all the latest form Champagne Twist.

Thanks for reading and to all my new subscribers, a very warm welcome, hope you like it here in this little corner of the interweb 🙂

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What I brought at the Great British Sewing Bee Live event, ExCel London // Champagne Twist

Hello,

This is a short post about the items I purchased at the Great British Sewing Bee Live event at London’s ExCeL.

Simply Fabrics / The Textile Centre – Stand G14

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Fabric from Simply Fabrics / Textile Centre

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My first purchase was this amazing sequenced number – just over 1m for ÂŁ10. I think I was influenced by the sparkly dresses showcased at the Vogue patterns fashion show, but hey, you can never have too many sequins, right?

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I also purchased 2 lining fabrics, one to go with the sequins. Both for an amazing ÂŁ2 per m.

 

Guthrie and Ghani – Stand F10

https://guthrie-ghani.co.uk/

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Next came the this rather frivolous purchase, a vintage piece from the bargain bucket for ÂŁ6. It’s about half a meter, so a little on the pricy side, but I’m thinking of making a head scarf or maybe a neck tie much like my Ghislaine Chelsea scarf a made a while back. If you have a better idea, please let me know 🙂

 

John James Needles – Stand E20

www.jjneedles.com

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Now for the essentials, which I think were a real bargain – all this for just ÂŁ2. A metal thimble, to help protect my little digits while I hand sew, and a selection needles for various sewing tasks. Each bundle costs 50p! Even my bank manager couldn’t argue with that.

 

House of Tweed – Stand H27

http://house-of-tweed.co.uk

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My last purchase wasn’t much sewing related, but will prove to be a rather useful and stylish tool – a tweed hand bag and matching purse combo. The bag fits an A4 folder, has a number of roomy pockets, both external and internal. The purse has plenty of space for credit cards, notes and separate zipped compartment for coins. Total cost ÂŁ30.  The bag is sold online for ÂŁ39 and the purse for ÂŁ25.  At the GBSB Live event, the purse was given free with purchase of the bag.  They had a fairly wide selection, so if you’re in the market for a new bag or purse, you could do a lot worse than visit this stall.

Great British Sewing Bee Live – New YouTube video | Champagne Twist

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Picture source: http://thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com

Hello,

I’ve just published a new video on my YouTube channel, featuring footage of my trip to the inaugural Great British Sewing Bee Live event, at ExCel London.

Please take a look and comment either on my YouTube channel or here at ChampagneTwist.com.

A review of the event is coming soon and a ‘What I brought at the show’ video will be posted shortly.

Enjoy!

 

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Why you need to visit Espace Gabrielle Chanel // Champagne Twist

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If you’re a fashionista, a perfume enthusiast or just love anything to do with Chanel, by now you would have heard about Espace Gabrielle Chanel on Old Bond Street, in London’s rather smart Mayfair.

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Espace Gabrielle Chanel – 27, Bond Street, Mayfair, London, England, UK

If you’re studying Marketing, Business, Branding, Photography, Design, Styling, Fashion or any realted fields, you should make the time and effort to attend before it closes on 24th of September.  I will publish all the tips I’ve learnt in a separate post later this week.

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Chanel logo at the Space Gabrielle Chanel pop up, 27 Old Bond Street, Mayfair, London, England

Espace Gabrielle Chanel, is a remarkable feat of marketing, and you are sure to pick up tips, not just olfactory tips – and yes I admit I had to google that word! – how a brand works. I have been fortunate enough to attend the space a few times, and eery time I’ve attended, I have learnt something new.  Read my review of my first trip to the Espace here.

I have been able to practice my limited light photography, improved my video skills, learnt about the basics of olfactory and even about Gabrielle Chanel herself. While the jury is still out about the new perfume, the marketing has been nothing short of spectacular and if you’re wise, and happen to be in London, you should check out the Old Bond Street venue and enjoy a couple of hours of free education and entertainment. Oh, by the way, did I mention that it’s all free? Opportunities like these, the chance to learn some of the tricks of the trade from a high end, global luxury brand only comes around a very few times, and rarely ever free – so make the most of it while you can.

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Gabrielle Chanel – Sensorial Discovery – Espace Gabrielle Chanel, Bond Street, Mayfair, London – champagnetwist.com

Try to book a place on the Sensorial Discovery experience, (again it’s free) here, to learn more about the craft of perfume making and the background of the founder of the house of Chanel.

But in case you can’t make it, here’s a couple of video montages I made to give you an idea of the experience.

 

 

SHOT. London

Health Bloggers Community: Photography for Bloggers Workshop – Review

Event: – Health Bloggers Community: Photography for Bloggers Workshop

Venue: – SHOT, Bride Lane, London

Date: – 15th September 2017

The Ad

The event was billed as a,

…mix of theory and practical tasks, you will learn to take drool-worthy pictures and still-life shots with personality to truly master the art of taking photos for your blog and Instagram feed.’

So impressed with this statement, I signed up, and looked forward to a 3 hour long food photography class.

“Our partner SHOT.London will be providing you with their real, organic whole food treats to style, prop and experiment with… and of course, eat! We’ll have lots of food, props, and backgrounds for you to play with, so you’ll leave a pro photographer.”

Wow, we get to play with the food too? and then eat it? Plus there are props, backgrounds and I’m going to leave a pro photographer!!!

***Alert!*** – there is no way anyone, no matter how gifted you are, can start a class at 3pm and leave at 6pm a professional. And this class proved it, as I will explain later. The remainder of the ad continued …

“EVER WONDERED HOW YOU GET THAT INSTAGRAM PHOTO? HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT PHOTO POST OF YOUR TRIP TO BRIGHTON?

OR A PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOT FOR YOUR ABOUT PAGE? YOU KNOW, THE ONE WITH THE PERFECT ANGLE, THE BEST LIGHTING AND JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF FILTER?

Wonder no more, as we have all the answers to your photography related questions. A few of the things you’ll learn in this workshop:

  • the basics of creating outstanding photos
  • how to find the right props
  • how to make the most of the lighting, and tools to help you
  • filters, editing and basic tricks to find your style

This is one workshop NOT to miss. So grab your ticket, dig out your camera and we’ll see you there!

About our Teacher:

Anna is a photographer with a passion for the health and fitness industry, this can include food, products or any sports that increase the heart rate generally making people healthier and happier.”

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Disclaimer: the session was due to start at 3pm but due to various public transport issues (it was the day of the Parsons Green station bomb), I was unable to get to the class until 3.30pm.

The Reality

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

I arrived at the venue, SHOT. London, which is a small cafe style restaurant near Fleet Street, in East Central London. There were around 25 people at the class, in a space that ideally could comfortably seat no more than about 15 at best. The teacher, Anna, presented behind the counter, with the aid of a small laptop, which was difficult of those at the back of the class to see.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

At around 3.50pm the attendees were invited to cross over the road to St. Bride’s Church, to take pictures of the food in the outdoor natural light.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

The food was pre-packed in logoed plastic containers. It wasn’t made clear whilst I was there, if we could open the packaging or eat the contents later. The packages were not labelled, so I wasn’t certain if any of the food there was vegan or vegetarian.

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SHOT. London

There wasn’t enough interaction or guidance between the teacher and some of the attendees. I didn’t feel particularly welcome and observed that Anna approached some of the attendees more readily than others.  Whether this was due to shyness on her part, I don’t know, however I didn’t feel as if we were all given the same amount of individual help.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

This part of the class took about 45 mins to an hour. Followed by short review of a couple of the students work. Then came a flurry of tips on a broad rage of subjects, from selfies, portrait photography to Instagram and editing programs.

The class was meant to be a 3 hour long session, and had it not been for the intervention of the host, the teacher would have ended the class 30 minutes early.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

There were no props provided as stated in the advert (see above text in blue), other than about 6 pre-packed plastic food boxes to share with 25 or so people in a confined space. There were no “backgrounds to play with” either, unless they counted the church.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

Value for Money?

For just under ÂŁ25, the price seemed like a bargain for a 3 hour session on food photography by an “experienced photographer”. In reality, it offered nothing more little from that advertised. Trying to see examples on a tiny laptop from a distance was impractiable, and 1 practical session where only a few were granted guidance from the teacher, frankly, unacceptable. I certainly did not feel like a professional photographer at the end.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

As for being a workshop “not to miss”, I wish my train wasn’t delayed, but cancelled, as my afternoon would have been more productive. It’s with a heavy heart when I say, if this is an example of the type of classes run by H.B.C., I would strongly suggest you save your time, energy and money and avoid. This is the first of a new series of events hosted by H.B.C., so here’s hoping that this is a blip, rather than a pattern.

SHOT. London
SHOT. London

Overall

The session over promised in a number of areas and under delivered in so many ways. The venue was nice, but there were too many people in a confined area. Instead of a laptop, A4 sized pictures should have been handed round, so attendees could have a good look, and wouldn’t have to strain to see such a small screen from a distance.

It would have been a great move if handouts were provided, with ideas of how to progress afterwards. The interaction between the teacher and the attendees seemed uneven, which for me, added to the general negativity of the session.

Rating

For the rating, I thought long and hard about giving the class a zero out of 5. But in fairness,  I did learn a couple of new things, such a a new photo location and not to use the zoom feature on camera phones – just move closer to the subject. But these ‘tips’ simply didn’t warrant the ticket price or matched what turned out to be the over hyped and misleading advert.

I thought I would leave the class inspired. I left the class annoyed, disappointed, and a little hangry,

Rating 1 out of 5

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