In a couple of weeks I am going to be flying out to Ohio to tape for two episodes of the PBS show It's Sew Easy. Each show will be about sewing through the decades and techniques from projects in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews will be featured, which will represent the 1920s.
One episode will air in January 2015, which will be perfect timing for the next season of Downton Abbey. The next will air in July 2015.
I will have 10 minutes to demonstrate a technique and for the first episode, I am going to focus on sewing with sequins, based on the Flapper Dress I designed for the issue. For the second episode, I haven't quite decided.
Sewing on television is a little different than actually sewing. Like a cooking show, you have to have step-out samples showing the various stages of the project. Except you aren't just putting some ingredients into a bowl-you have to sew the step-by-step samples. Then there is a whole lot of practicing to make sure you exactly fit into the allotted space.
It's going to be a very busy couple of weeks preparing for the show, but in the end it will be worth it. I know that I have a lot more respect for people who teach how to do something on TV. The trick is to make it look easier than it actually is, and that's not easy! Wish me luck!
Do you have a favorite technique from The Unofficial Downton Abbey Sews that you would like to see on TV? I may use it! Do tell!