This week’s guests are Fiona Parker (Diary Of A Chainstitcher) And Alex Bruce (Sew Happy) !
When we started building a wish list of guests we wanted on the show we both squealed at the thought of Fiona and Alex joining us together to talk about the wonderful world of costume design!
Both of them are well known in the sewing community as long standing brilliant sewing blogger Fiona, Diary Of A Chainstitcher and dressmaking vlogger and face of Tilly and the Buttons new book ‘Stretch’ Alex from Sew Happy and we hear all about that but mostly we want to hear about their day jobs – as they both work in costume – and have so much knowledge to pass on.
We hear all about how they both started sewing, got into the wonderful world of costume design and an amazing thing called the costume bible!
From The Lion King to fabric sourcing for the Great British Sewing Bee – we had a wonderful chat over tea and leftover birthday cake with these lovely ladies and learnt so much!
So grab a brew, get comfy and join us while we gasp and giggle over unpicking the costume business!
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Fiona is a Costume Supervisor for stage and screen. She blogs her sewing adventures on Diary Of A Chainstitcher.
Alex vlogs her makes, hauls and plans on her youtube channel and works as a Costume Designer in the West End.
ALL THE THINGS MENTIONED
WHAT TEA WE ARE DRINKING:
Pukka Tea – Lemon, Ginger & Manuka Honey
WHAT WE ARE WATCHING:
Gabby – Mozart In The Jungle
Gabby – Wear Lemonade PDF Club
WHAT WE ARE MAKING?
Megan’s Sewing – Victoria Blazer by By Hand London
Our Guests mentioned:
- The National Theatre (Fiona)
- London Olympics (Fiona)
- Wimbledon College Of Art (Alex)
The Lion King
– Backstage video:
Designed by … Julie Taymor
- The King & I at Palladium
- Great British Sewing Bee
Fiona’s articles for The Independent :
Fiona on her balcony:
Alex in Tilly’s Stretch book:
Favourite costume on screen:
Elizabeth films – Cate Blanchett
That green dress in Atonement
Sewing book – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sew-Iconic-Pattern-Liz-Gregory/dp/1607104423
Game Of Thrones
Women in Science book
Women in Space book
The women that sewed the spacesuits!