In this episode, we're delighted to be joined by past Great British Sewing Bee contestant, author and dressmaker Chinelo Bally. We chatted to Chinelo about rediscovering her creativity, her sewing inspirations and what it's really like to be on the Sewing Bee. Plus she shares some brilliant tips for novice sewers!


Chinelo is the author of two books about dressmaking: Freehand Fashion and Sew Chinelo, both published by Pavilion.

You can find the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Acast or wherever you get your podcasts. Alternatively, you can use the player below to listen to the episode online.

Projects of the week

This week, Sarah's getting arty and is feeling inspired by Alys Paterson's gouache butterfly art project. To make this project, you need to paint butterflies onto paper, then cut them out and fold them in half before sticking them to a sheet of paper. This creates a fantastic 3D effect! It would be a fun project to do with children too.

Zoe has been exploring our collection of rock painting ideas and is looking forward to trying them all out with her children.

One good thing

Sarah has been getting into the BBC series Great British Menu. She finds it very relaxing to watch the skilled chefs at work.

Meanwhile, Zoe is still loving her socks knitting project! She loves it so much that it's her one good thing for a second episode running.

Chinelo is really into making shirts at the moment and has enjoyed trying different kinds of shirt. She's particularly loving shirt dresses. "They're so easy to style!" she says.

Maria dress pattern

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Photography by Claire Pepper.

Sew Chinelo by Chinelo Bally is out now in the UK (Pavilion, £20)
Sew Chinelo cover


Sarah OrmeDigital Editor, Gathered

Sarah Orme is a UK-based linocut printmaker, digital editor, feature writer and award-winning podcaster. She's been editing the sewing and art sections of – and before that our sister website – for over 3 years. She’s the host of Gathered’s We’ve Made It podcast and A Calmer Life podcast. She’s a keen crafter and artist and loves creating DIY tutorials for Gathered. Sarah has previously written features for The Guardian, In The Moment Magazine, Project Calm Magazine,, and She enjoys designing her own unique lino prints and dreams of opening her own online shop. She shares her work @sarahormeprints

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