Beyond the BBC Great British Sewing Bee

Thursday 12 November / 6–8pm


Free Hand Fashion by Chinelo Bally
Join BBC Great British Sewing Bee 2014 finalist, dressmaker and freehand cutter, Chinelo Bally for an illustrated talk celebrating the release of her book Freehand Fashion.

Before appearing on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee, Chinelo Bally had never used a sewing pattern. She wowed the judges with her ability to create stylish, fitted garments using a freehand cutting method that was taught to her by an aunt. In Freehand Fashion, Chinelo lets us in to the secret of how she does it. Using a series of basic garment blocks, she explains how this innovative technique can be used to create a whole wardrobe of fashionable clothes.

Based on a traditional Nigerian technique, Chinelo has developed a freehand cutting method that emphasises the individual’s own body measurements. This is a surprisingly simple technique that anyone can learn. No fancy equipment is needed – just a sewing machine, measuring tape, chalk and a good pair of scissors.

Chinelo Bally is a Nigerian-born Brit with an overly healthy appetite for fashion and sewing. After her appearance on the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee 2014, Chinelo now runs workshops across the UK and writes a blog where she offers tutorials on freehand cutting projects. She keeps her Twitter and Instagram accounts abuzz

£15 / £12 Includes complimentary drink and book signing
The event starts at 6pm with an opportunity to view the exhibition Liberty in Fashion; the talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.30pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including the chance to ask questions at the end. It is followed by the book signing in the Museum foyer.

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