A Cosy Weekend Sewing Retreat (ft. England being gorgeous) | Vlog

A Cosy Weekend Sewing Retreat (ft. England being gorgeous) | Vlog

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Yes. It's Saturday morning it's. Actually. Quite late it's like 11:00 no. Nearly, 11:00 we. Were up really late last night which, is very unlike well it's like me but very unlike Kathy yeah so we're making some breakfast now. Not. Yet good Prince Bernadette, to Train place no, this. Is my. Cathy, is also making salad we're having salad for breakfast is this normal for British people no, it's okay, okay here's the thing for me oh really. So. It begins I have, the lady Sherlock coat which if you remember if you watched those vlogs if you suffered, through the host marks you will know that I did not finish this coat I did not even really come close to finishing this coat and it has since sat in a pile for about four weeks and so it needs a good press right now which I'm about to take care of this is probably gonna take a while because it's a lot of, seams I also never really pressed the seams to begin with press your seams Kathy, what are you working on I'm. Working on the dress. Oh. Yes if you follow Kathy on instagram or on, her youtube channel which. Which, is now a thing. So. This is Denise's, speciality. Is, that she'll do historic. Embroidery. By. Machine but, she does it in a way it makes it look like it's, hand-stitched. I have the fabric, embroidered. And ready which is how they used to do it you would do the embroidery on the fabric first and then, make the garment, sign mocking out it's, got to be a really good mock-up before, I cut, this. Stuff because I can't screw, this up and the benefit of sewing retreats is that you are not sewing by your merry self and you don't have to fit things by yourself yes. No. I have a whole bit in this that I already filmed there, was something horribly wrong with the draft in the back arms I and there, was nothing. In. Other news please, behold, the wonders, of the thing called a sewing room. Which. Which is apparently, a thing and, Kathy has one of these said sewing rooms I just, have an apartment that, is my workspace and the floor but I'm really particularly, intrigued, by this cutting table this magical, innovation, and I'm also going to behold this magical. Creature for a second this, is what is this 1890s, yeah, this is what in 1890s. Savings, in corsets should look like. I. Thought. You were going to be serious and say there must not be within. These times of the day. This. Is where the dress ends yeah, and, this, is where your stays end Oh, hopeless. Jim suppose, McArdle, per second what is exactly, the same thing except that mine is covered across the Packers well I was looking at the shoulder strap and thinking oh that's been in. Like that at the end so it's unless you hold her over come to think of it that's probably worth mmm, the embroider might be invited at the cause yes. We, have also just helped to pin Kathy's the hem of Kathy's Regency, riding-habit, which she is taking the writing, length. Out of just behold. This I did not make this oh yes okay so. Our friend Constance that, we mentioned, briefly in, the train video that a lot of people who are asking about this, is still. Not Constance, but this is Constance as work. Yes. Talk about Constance, just, let's just make this whole vlog about constant, you can see how good at work is Constance. Works in the entertainment industry so. She gets hired freelance, for movies like Mary. Poppins returns, Wonder. Woman, happy. Everything. This. Is like what you'd see in a film in a period film oh.

You. Should just wear this like. Every, single day of your life, you, need to get back to actually. Working on yeah. Yeah because I've been procrastinating for, literally, like 45 minutes but, we also it's, a very special day today because Cathy's about to hit 10th I am so, she's gonna have I'm, gonna have Swiper, powers not that numbers mean anything ever, to anyone, or anything and they do not define your life at, all but, it, feels like a milestone it's kind of cool there's all these lots of cakes to come it's. Like one okay so I have past one we haven't had any cake we need to fix the eye to you okay. Okay. Okay wait just a minute, one. Second this is what a Regency petticoat, is supposed. To look like as done. By Constance, and not me, who has never done a Regency petticoat before Cathy is dying to get out of this but look it's, so pretty yes. Yes. Happening. You. Are one of these people he's wrong with you. Who. She is she's. Famous now she's, always been famous this. Doesn't mean anything, how do you feel some, what was your high I feel legit, arrived. Attainment. You're. Always entertaining it's. I'm by its really, hopefully, that's, like really. I mean to imagine, I mean, if we often, think of fall accounts, is just a number. Look at you imagine what 10,000, people looks like oh my god that's, like the only thing that keeps me sane. Because. I mean hot enough well you're you're a math person I'm not a math person so. Like numbers don't mean anything to me yeah I have no mental concept about what a number like, 10,000. Or. 160,000. Like it just doesn't mean anything to me on the screen when I read like, messages, from people the letters that you send to me and the. Comments that you leave people, say such interesting, things when you realize that each and every one of these people is like a human, being with a really cool talents, and with intelligence, and like passions, and things that they want hopes and dreams like, that's.

That's. Really, mind-blowing but, there are, 10,000. Of those people anyway, happy, 10k thank. You so. Back. To sewing. I. Guess. We. Have come, we, as in me because, this. Doesn't involve Kathi at all but I have come through. The very tragic, realization. That. I am a garbage human being, to. Put pockets let's, go no pockets, think. I look easy the skirt you can't just not put pockets into a thing like if you have the option to put pockets into something you can't not do it if you wear your coat shut you, can access the pockets from the skirt so, shame. And the shames you, haven't really got waistband, to suspend them from. Prison. Of your skirt oh. Wait. Because. You've got waistband, this sitting like that what your pockets and coats look like like, an actual 19th century coats and do they have the. Pockets that I've seen all. Technically. Required to be suspended from the waist no I don't have a waistband pollito, right, exactly so like what was a huh really been no. No. No, this isn't a mistake I just okay um, never ever put. Down a project and then pick it up weeks later I could this intentionally, because there's a pocket on the outside of, the coat oh I. Just didn't cut it because I couldn't be bothered mystery, solved, not, to stress you out that, was more drama, than it was worth don't be so low don't you know I have the mindset you, know you don't have to do everything. And. That's what you show in all of your videos it's not only a process, and I did this then I did this then I did this there. Are twists and turns, yeah well the reality is like these things happen to everyone and if we are on the Internet with, everything going perfectly. Like it, makes everyone, else feel. Insufficient. Because, it's, not realistic yeah yeah, realism, isn't that what we're doing real sewing, real. So Hank how are you mocking having at a bullet well. I hadn't can do any much of work on the table because I've been pressing you like I know, most of it yeah we'll figure email cutting time okay, we. This, is yeah this is plural now so this means that you were now involved and you were coming to New York to help me okay. There's. Just like a hill over. There the. Joys of the countryside. So. I have finished my pressing endeavors the, lining is pressed the coat is pressed I hope it fits, I'm not even gonna bother trying it on right now because I don't need that negativity in my life Kathy how's it going. Like. 20 years I'm, still screwing, things up I pinned the sleeve in you. Notice how if you look at the picture in the book have, a dress on a mannequin. It's. Got. This lonely gathered top and then it comes down to this pound here I've, got it embroidered that piece is embroidered Pam and this motif on so. That bottom, edge of the sleeve has, to come out level, so. Look my sleeve I. Need. More like yeah it's got like an angle coming down that way mm-hmm so, I can then gather it in a little bit like this one now I realize, not only is it the wrong possibly. The wrong shape. But. These sleeves I know for, a fact because the embroidery is done this way they. Cut on the bias ladies, and gentlemen yeah I have to cut them, like. This on the straight and go, an entire 24. Hours without. Realizing, that I've done, wrong. If anybody would like to upcycle, the sleeve but. He's cool wrong I have, scraps of Muslim gallery you could make that into a pocket, yes. As. We must think of these sustainability. Issues in them it's actually not bad oh look. At you you're so cute Mike, just. Cut. The sleeves again oh you. Know they, have sleeves uh I, didn't even get to the point of saying the bloody thing in I didn't, cut the sodding thing points. Meanwhile. Guess. What I'm about to do. Is. Label, hell may. Need more tea for this. Okay. So. I was in process of pad stitching the plate. Stiffening, bit to the collar when, I was wondering if this bit should be pad stitched as the lapel is very fine and permanent, as opposed, to this temporary basting stitch and.

I Proposed, this question to Kathy who, then proceeded to pull out like 12 books this is honestly my future these, books. It. Was a series, of 14. Books. And, these were the guide for Davis. To burn my craft I mean tailors would learn a lot from whoever, they were apprentices with so, there aren't complete, instruction was gonna say aren't they so I didn't completely yeah yeah so it's not like I'm, Miss Walker where she's like yes yeah actually the children listen yes it's the reason we do this she's a lot more complete. Whereas, these will have these beautiful like, beautiful, draft or tail coats but, it will give you most, of the drafting instructions, and then, say when, it gets like this really hard bit with the wrong sign the shoulder oh yeah fish in the usual way yeah yeah but you swim the keys don't and. That way yeah really, frustrating, and in other news this vlog is no longer a sewing retreat, this, vlog is I'm, moving, into Kathy's house, and, staying here forever so, this is a really interesting. I think. Example, of why it's. So fascinating to, look at historical, techniques, and how much more elegant. And how much more craftsmanship, there, wasn't it back then so this is a fairly modern book with. Drafting. Instructions, for all kinds of tail coats and men's tailoring, for, mostly good theater compare, that to, this, is a book from 1898, you can see in here it says the gutters practical, guide this, is his tail coat and here. Is the draft just compare, this to. This modern draft for a tail coat do you see how kind of, boxy. This is kind of it. Kind of looks like a maths diagram, whereas this looks like there's an art form going on here with, all this sort of beautiful curve for, the sinuous, curve, the. Edge of this tail compared. To this sort of you've, got straight lines and you put a little bit of a kind of a coin it. Just feels like look at that how that waist additional, the tail-end drafting, is done completely by hand freehand, yeah, they call it rock fi when they do yeah on the fabric itself yeah which is, a lot of training yeah we. Should get a second opinion on this you know about Morgan Jackson if, and when you're watching this, Hannah's down below, ha. Ha ha this to me looks like you. Would end up with a, Halloween. Costume yeah, where is this yeah like a coat, things. Yes, in other news I have sold my soul to tailoring, yeah, and. I'm, never going back I'm, coming, with you ok so, yeah we, are would only distract it yeah we have way too much to be doing you haven't even started on the box of mice yet, oh my god. Well. There it is. Good. Are those sleeves part of the thing do you think I don't know I think those sleeves go with the jacket oh, that's right oh look at that I haven't, got sleeves it's just a cape Wow. Arms through ok ok Chris I went through a whole journey with this project, um because I didn't think it had sleeves and then I saw a draft that said add sleeves and. Then I was like oh no I guess I have to add sleeves now but he doesn't have so this is a great project for if you hate sleeves. Because. You can for, everybody who's ever wanted to just ditch the sleeves altogether. You. Can like even evil laugh, mm-hmm. We. Deceive. Ourselves into. Thinking that these sewing retreats, are going to make, us productive, and, get, us working on stuff but. To be quite honest this, is just I don't get easier the second time. It's. It's. 943, it's 15, quarter. To 10 it's. Way past Kathy's, bedtime yeah, but we're having chocolate cake because we're yeah, trash. Good. Morning it's Sunday morning we're. In the kitchen, Connie's making orange salad, because salad, I know it's great oh you're. Not having fella good morning I guess salad doesn't go for us fine. So I have, to leave, today, thumbs down because that's not fun I actually didn't get that much, done I know well I vaguely. Intended, to finish the entire coat which, didn't happen obviously yes. I got. About halfway through pad stitching the collar well I pressed the whole thing which was actually a big deal, because I don't have a good iron so I'm suing retreat so good. We. Had a great time we, did we, didn't necessarily accomplish. Too much and, we're both a little bit too over ambitious with stuff like this so yeah I should note by the way that Kathy.

Is Not an actual doctorate. Doctor, yeah, I put. That in the description of one of our last video a long video because. I thought it was a doctor who joke dr. Hannah and I, don't think anyone. Got it was a doctor. Yeah, because she's a time traveler I should specify that, sorry, real doctors, however. BSc, Hons that's. About it how much did you accomplish this. Weekend. I. Accomplished. A greater Lutheran with you oh I, did a little bit of something no but like oh goodness. But. Like you, you got your sleeves drafted I did, yes most important part is that overnight, last night sometime. In my sleep I figured, out what I'm doing wrong with the sleeves what are you doing wrong with the fleet oh, that. Isn't high enough. There. You go, we have some closure to the story. And. So. It was back to Mary London for me with three very important, new lessons in mind one sewing friends are the very best sort of friends especially when they have luxurious, sewing rooms in the beautiful English countryside leave, you never without a cup of tea and use words like sodding, if to that no matter what your level of experience sleeves, are always going to be the utmost bane, of your existence but, three lots and lots of chocolate cake can help.

2019-06-17 11:03

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Now I definitely want to meet Cathy. You two are so amazing!

I terribly love the way you react to your little fails here and there, so fun!

I live for this friendship, but IMAGINE if these two got mArried! The wedding would be victorian themed? MAKING THEIR OWN DRESSES AND KEEPING THEM SECRET FROM EACH OTHER ????

I have a friend who won a Bafta for his costume design on a very popular period drama. I thought it was fab when he won, but it wasn't until I watched this channel - and this vlog with the refs to men's tailoring that I found out just how stonkingly amazing an achievement it is. The detail, oh my,the detail

I’ve got a sewing room. Could do with being twice the size but I really should not complain, I should perhaps be a bit neater

Green juice is a cruel and unusual punishment

What a beautiful time you had with Kathy. Thank you for taking me along. And I am almost tempted to join instagram so I can be one of the subscribers there, but I have enough things to do online as it is and I'm keeping off it.

Annette McIntyre I know exactly what you mean. For what it’s worth, I felt the same way for a long time but I took the plunge, and it’s rapidly replacing Facebook for me. Facebook can be a whiny, negative place sometimes, and I find Instagram much prettier and much more positive. Given how much time we end up spending online, I’ve found it a positive change for my general mental health! (This is assuming that part of your activity is Facebook of course; you may be more sensible than I am and stay away!)

The bird song from this video is mixing with the actual birdsong from outside my window.

I love the dynamic you two have

I enjoyed this video immensely. Thank you for sharing.

The pocket dilemma is real.

Anothet great video Bernadette, but it's pronounced SIMington!! Still can't get over you not doing a meet and greet in England. Lol. X

oh my gosh, you guys are great! I love you so much! I've been cheering over this video for legit hours, standing at work and smiling because of sleeves and cake (urgh the chocolate cake!!!) and sewing tables! Bernadette, I really, really hope at some point you will have a perfect little spot for your very sewing, just as you want it to be! I LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

Can't we just all come over for a sewing retreat at Cathy's? Please?

Inis More Uh oh, we’re gonna need a bigger boat. *buys the house next door and knocks through*

3:22 me when I look at my classmates sewing projects and then at my own

Of course I got the Doctor Who reference!

Cathy’s regency dress is stunning!!

AHAHA! The next post for both of you -- How to stay on task while keeping damn good company. Love you both!! Whether you got anything actually done or not, it was time well spent!

Bernadette, you really are a gem and I adore your personality. I love the way you speak with purpose and poise and I wish more would learn from you instead of the current gibberish with which most people try to use to communicate.

Oh, you were in Nottingham! So near but so far away :)

Bernadette, you've got to stop casually calling yourself trash. I can hear a harsh edge of being excessively hard on yourself even when you're joking. Are you a perfectionist Virgo perhaps?

My mum has a collapsable cardboard sewing desk/table! We put it up in the middle of the room for major cutting and pinning, and then use a smaller desk to the side with the sewing machine and overlocker...

Oh man I want a friend to do my hobbies with!!! I do doll customs not historical clothing but I’d love to have someone to chill with me while I do my painting and yarn brushing and sewing!

*I am living for Cathy’s breeches and suspenders*

Serenidy the Arteest Thank you for noticing! The breeches are 1940s

Wonderful time = mission accomplished!

Bernadette did I possibly notice you wearing (in your research day at the library video) a black ring of some significance on your right middle finger?

I just realized I don’t know (personally or online) a single sewist who enjoys working on sleeves because the damn things are just hell. We All Without Exceptions Fear The Sleeve

Never underestimate the magic of friendship and "girl time". It's a great rejuvenator. It looks as if you ladies had a wonderful visit. Congratulations to Cathy on her 10K milestone.

On my current project I have solved the sleeve problem: don't bother, long shawls are the future

I wish I had such lovely sewing friends like you and Cathy in my life.

That was so much fun to watch, I wish I had been there too!

I did not hesitate to subscribe to Cathy Hay

7:43...well, they say the UK has lots of ghosts? Did anyone notice the door closing itself in the background? Asides..really enjoyed the video and congrats Cathy!

Waa going to watch and fold my clothes but... That didn't happen. So I'm watching it all again!!

I live for the historical texts...doesn't matter what they are about books from pre mass production on the modern scale are all just gorgeous and I can get lost in them for days...you two look like you had loads of fun.

The pocket thing stressed me out. Eeekkkk! But I am so happy it worked out lol

That room is magical

That's it. If I lose 15 pounds I'll reward myself with a proper dressmaker's form and get my old sewing projects done. (I've put them off because it's about impossible fitting things on yourself with no one to assist.)

Catrin Lewis You don’t need to lose 15lb before you deserve a treat. ❤️

There was no suffering through your vlog. It was quite pleasant listening to your sewing misadventures while I was working. Your vlogs has reignited my drive to create a new costume. I am at the beginning of a new endeavor and am learning a new sewing strategy

Cathy has this really soft and almost whispery voice that I just find so soothing

Love you and all of your wonderful friends.

Will there be a video coming later with your full process for the coat so far?

@Bernadette Banner I am so excited to see it! I love watching all of your adventures, and your Lady Sherlock project is really cool.

Indeed there will be! Not for another few weeks though as the waistcoat video will come first.

no I got it .. LOL (Troughton through McCoy)

You have inspired the main character of my novel. Shes a quick on her feet seamstress who moonlights as an author for a publication in my Victorian era novel. She also happens to be cursed to a vampire like disease.

@Bernadette Banner She even hates sleeves. But isn't that every sewers nightmare.

Well if that ain’t me.

Such charming entertainment. Your content is wholesomely soul-filling. Keep up the hard work!

I just love sewing retreats. My dear friend Mary and I are able to do the same thing at times. It really is fantastic to be able to sew with someone that you not only enjoy being with but has similar tastes. Thank you for sharing your retreat with us.

I scrolled for Zacks comment lol. Wonderful video, loved all the details and two talented ladies!

Stop being so hard on yourself, you do a fabulous job.

“Which means you’re coming to New York to help me” *grins cheekily and slides slowly out of frame This is why I love the dynamic duo of Bernadette and Cathy

I love watching people nerd-out over things that they love. It's pleasing to the soul. Thanks for sharing!

So much fun!

Best part of this video is learning to cut sleeves on bias and make the top taller! Thimbs high!

I hate to get political but Trumps tail jacket was totally cringe worthy for his dinner party with the Queen. It was appalling to see.

That isn't political: bad tailoring is a bipartisan issue. ;)

I'd listen to your friend's health advice, I know those brand of vitamins. Expensive and HIGH quality. Lol. Also, it tastes awful, but green juice is where it's at. Lol

Ohmagosh! She has a lawn AND a sewing room!

Your Vlog arrived at a perfect time. Thank you to you and Cathy. My stress just melted away watching you both and hearing your words of wisdom. Yes sleeves are my Achilles heel.

What's up with the door closing on its own at 7:50?

10,000 people is 5 times more than the population of my home town.

This was lovely! There's something very soothing and relaxing watching you and Cathy work.

So much tea and cake!! I had to make my own tea and cake to watch along, love you Bernadette!!

NO POCKETS?! my favorite

I don't suffer through your videos, I enjoy every second, and the Lady Sherlock series is my favorite thing EVER! Sherlock Holmes is who I want to be when I "grow up". lol

I have a sewing friend. We get together about twice a year for a weekend. She cooks for me and it is SO MUCH FUN!!! Loved watching your weekend. Thank you!!

More cake! More cake!! Sewing retreats and having sewing buddies makes life so much better. I love seeing the historical books and comparisons. Fun!

This is calmest vlog i've ever watched... pocket drama excluded xD love your videos! keep up the good work :)

Also who wants to be my sewing buddy....you 2 make sewing a shared pastime rather than solitary which has been my only experience...But living on an island on the east coast of Canada (yes Anne of Green Gsbles and me share this little cradle in the waves) probably makes it where I will continue to sew in solo. And yes I salvaged the blouse but the fabric never really hung properly on that arm........

Have you been to the Island before?

Most people do not know where that is...wow I am so happy that you do.

Yes I am

Iris Linkletter You’re On Prince Edward Island??? *fangirls*

Thank you for a beautiful visit to England.

An hour-long vlog would still be too short.

You can do pocket slits in the coat without pocketlineings. And that way you can access your skirtpockets when the coat is closed.

So I'm making my Anne Lister costume this summer and you guys are so inspiring. I will get this done. As soon as I find a pattern to an 1830's riding habit which seems almost impossible at this point

Thank you so much for these videos, dear girl. When feeling down they never fail to awaken my love of creating special things and help me to tenderly smile throughout.I can just feel the twinkle in my eye. Ahhhh...thank you, thank you. I too love all things British and Victorian.

Every breakfast buffet I've had in Japan always has a huge salad bar. I think it's awesome. Humans generally don't eat nearly enough veggies!!! We should all have salad with breakfast!

venusstardustkyojin *immediately books flight to Tokyo*

Craft room envy is real!

To Bernadette I just completed a cape coat. I used several references including an Edwardian tailoring book. But there is a Youtuber- Andrew Yamato who trained as a Saville Row tailor. He videoed how his makes a coat from start to finish. It is amazing to watch. ❤️ I gained some great tips. I now used French canvas in all my coats and pad stitch them. I have yet refined a handstitched gimped buttonhole... but I am working on it. If you ever get the time (do we ever have the time? Lol) you can view him here. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1aeHfng7SrM

I forgot to add. It just seems almost unspoken... your channel is darling. ❤️ So beautiful and so relaxing.

That looked like some ace cake.

Ten thousand people is every man, woman and child in the town I grew up in, counted TWICE. I can't even imagine... (I had a hands-on Introduction to Harp class earlier this week, so that's MY new obsession.)

Would you mind us asking where you’re from Bernadette? Your accent is so lovely!

Thank you! I am a New Yorker who has spent some time in England. Or: an American with strong diction, which tends to confuse people.

Omg! That first chocolate cake! I need that cake in my life. Great video. Love what you do. Xx

That food looks so good !

Do you know a good video on the history of the pockets?

Those trousers are such a great look for Cathy! I love it so much

I'm a woman, and I sew a fair bit, but I just can't imagine wearing girly-looking clothes with floral embroidery and dozens of buttons. I'm basically a modern American t-shirt and jeans old lady. I admire the patience and attention to detail you put into these things, but I have to go bake and decorate a cake, and I coudn't do it in embroidered voile or wool tartan.

The comparison of the drafts reminds me of something I had read - post WW1 men's fashions were far boxier as something of a reaction to the prevalence of homosexuality becoming apparent in the army, as well association with Oscar Wilde's fashions to homosexuality (I want to say dandyism, but I feel like that is off by a century or two). The stereotypical gay man was and is considered effeminate. Curved lines and fitted garments were considered feminine because apparently everything has a gender, so fashions moved to a boxier cut intentionally to lend a sense of masculinity to their wearers. This is why, even today, men's "fashion" is largely a boring, boxish thing, depriving men of any of the joy of interesting clothes. Unfortunately I do not have a source for the subject, I think this may have come from the Fashion museum in Bath, but I cannot confirm this.

Lovely video as always, a lot of care went into this one, I can see that. Cathy was so lovely as well. Also I'm glad I'm not the only one who hates sleeves!

I need a friend like this, but in Mexico. Cathy's voice is involuntary asmr

What are the names of the tailoring books?

I scored a 100% wool coat with a fur collar today at an antique store, but this video is the crèm de la crèm of my Birthday.

Sorry, can't hear Cathy.

Could you list those titles? Ty ty or a video stroll along her shelves grin

Really enjoyed this video, the 2 of you together.

My darling... " trash" is hardly the first word that pops into ones mind when thinking of the two of you. I adore you both. OHHHH to have a friend that understands how much I love to drool over this stuff.

I'm in an absolutely terrible mood and your video cheered me up. Thanks!

This was so enjoyable to watch!!! Much love.

Today is my Birthday and a video by you is a great gift to me. Thank you. You two are so cute together, love these collaborations.

Oooh happy birthday! x

I am addicted to your vlog Bernadette!!!!

I am one of your followers who has my own unique talents (sewing is not one of them, but you inspire me to try to be better). I loved your moment realizing what the follower number really represents. Keep being your delightful self and sharing your sewing journey.

Omg those books

Aww Bernadette at 8:15

Such a lovely relaxing vlog! Thank you, Bernadette. Loved the twittering birds in the background.

Hee, glad you had fun with Cathy, and you say selling your soul to tailoring like it's a bad thing. XP Sleeves really are hell, but you're right, tea and sweets make up for the frustration. Much love from this Trashling! (Yes, I hope to make Trashling a thing :3 )

This was a lovely way to start my day ❤ hope you're doing well whenever you read this :) x

I'm quite certain that this is the most charming Vlog that I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy. Also, I believe that you have discovered the ultimate reality of life! Congratulations! (and cake!)

Also. 7:43 Sir door? Excuse you? But why would you close on your own accord and give me the scare of a lifetime?

Dearest Bernadette, I recall that one Instagram story in which you shared about your immersive adventure in recording the sound effects for the writing bits and that animation and I just wanted to say... What wonderful results! It truly added something dreamy even to the vlog which was an overall love to watch and have a cuppa to! So, thank you, as always for bringing such up close and personal experience for those of us who merely watch from afar at amazing craftpeople such as you and Mrs Kathy. Best.

P.S. apologies if my English isn’t quite natural for it is not my first language but I strive to sound, well, mildly eloquent.

This was so lovely and calm - I just came back from a very, very busy weekend, and it was so nice to watch something simultaneously calming and motivating. I hope your journey back was uneventful!

LOVELY video - but did the door just close by itself at 7:50?

14:09 Would you please?! This vlog is so adorable!!

I am watching this on my birthday, and feeling like I’m sharing a piece of cake with these two lovely and creative people has brought me so much joy. You inspire me to create, Bernadette. Thanks for that :)

The animations turned out lovely. Wonderful touch to your videos ❤️

I will never forget the first time I met Cathy. I'd been helping this lovely softspoken British lady pick appropriate lace for late 19th/early 20th C underwear and she slid me a foundations revealed business card saying "Cathy Hay, Founder" I might have face planted on the cutting table and told her how much I love her blog

What book is that at 1:40? do you know the name?

a cutting table! my mum would be so very jealous! she's had dad make special blocks to put under the dining table to raise it up enough when she has a lot of cutting to do

I love hearing Cathy, usually so well-spoken, saying the word 'legit', that made me chuckle a little

Looks like lots of fun

Looking at those gorgeous diagrams of the 1830's men jackets in Cathy's books and having also just watched an interview with Gentleman Jack's costumer designer Tom Pye, I have a question. Pye mentioned that the actress' great coats/jackets were especially tailored to be more voluminous in the lower half. How would this be done? Any idea?

You both are charming! Thank you for the lovely video!

Love this! Thank you for sharing and for the gentle influence to check out Cathy Hay. I’ve just binge watched a good many of her videos and look forward to the rest. You and she are on my short list of subscriptions (with notifications for new posts). THANK YOU ❤️

Please list the titles of all the books shown in this video, please.

The pocket mystery did make me chuckle

The spreads to eat , the chirping birds and are so charming !! the embroidery is just mind blowing beautiful! I am so jealous of the sewing room ! Goals

My Grandmother has a sewing/painting room in her New York home. I'm living in an apartment myself and closest I get to a sewing room in my dinning room.

I love when you two get together.

I would very much like to meet Cathy some day. She seems like such a wonderful woman (and her YouTube videos are soothing and helpful).

ohhhhh, Cathy's outfit with the suspenders is the stuff of dreams, I'm wild for a lady in suspenders

I think all 166,000 of us wish we had been on that cozy retreat with you, sipping tea, eating chocolate cake, and yes, doing a bit of work while laughing, researching, and building friendships. Do you think we’d all fit in her house? Perhaps it’s built like a Tardis...what with her being a Doctor and all!

Quite right. ❤️ I feel very thankful that you (and Cathy!) let us into your life and share so openly.

What are you talking about, you *were* there with us! ;)

I could listen to Cathy talk all day; her voice is SO nice

What a fabulous video, and those pants of Cathy's I adore. They look SO comfortable. I would have loved to have been there with the two of you, but thanks for the video. It was a close substitute.

A bit of technical feedback: The music in this video was a bit too loud in comparison with the speech parts. This was a problem especially with headphones. Otherwise the video was great and I really liked the nature sound clips you put in!

That cutting table

You two.....❤️

The Cape! I was in Wolverhampton at some shop or other with my sister in law and saw a gorgeous ladies coat, or what I thought was a regular coat, but it was made much like the cape coat! It was gorgeous and so unusual! If it hadn't been so expensive, I'd love to buy it...but alas, one cannot afford the cape coat....

As a proper, PhD “doctor,” I don’t consider myself a real doctor either (that is for the actual medical types), and I love a good Doctor Who joke.

I feel like I get to commiserate on sleeves with you in this video. I'm currently trying to power through knitting a sleeve, which I hate doing, by watching beautiful sewing content.

Absolutely loved this! And I felt so sad when you had to leave Cathy because I know what it is like to say goodbye to a dear friend. You two inspire me to sew more, and to think more, and lots of other things. Thank you so much. Both of you.

I wanted to tell you how much we enjoy your vlog! I can't wait to see the completed Lady Sherlock. Maybe someone at costume college will bring a Lady Professor Moriarty! Then the game will be afoot!

you can call them research retreats lol

I love Cathy's pants!!!! Do you know where I could get a pattern???

With the pocket on cathys head she looks like a maiden from a hands maid tale. Loved seeing your heads together when you were helping Cathy on the back of her gown. Loved this video thank you for visiting the uk I hoped you enjoyed it and we were good to you. Chris xx

Bernadette knows how to milk the procrastination.

I am angry that I can only like this once. I adore you, Bernadette. I wish you would cut yourself more slack. Cathy is so charming and her voice is amazing. Subscribed to her as well

Bernadette: I actually didn't get that much... done. What you got from this trip was: 1) excellent tips and advice from someone who's just as invested and excited by what you're doing as yourself and from contemporary and modern resources for current and future projects, 2) inspiration for the future, 3) another voice and experience that tells you "don't rush" and "you're doing great", 4) fantastic company in and of itself. So don't always look at the task check list (as another perfectionist: you'll stare yourself blind). Just like rain isn't bad if you consider that it makes your surroundings greener and washes away the dirt and pollution, letting you breathe easier and view the world through a clearer lens. :)

@Cathy Hay sadly Facebook is part of my activity online and I mostly wish it wasn't. I stayed on there to keep up with my nieces and nephew who were just starting their families so it has been worth it from that point of view. But mostly it is a pretty useless time waster. From your comments, though I will have to look into Instagram a bit more - I can use more positivity in my life.

I've only recently found your channel and... I think I'm love? Are you single? Are you a Christian? Patriotic American? Are you as young as you look? Truly so traditional and wholesome? I'm 23 years old and I have never been so interested about a girl in my life! Everything I've seen you make is amazing. Where do I gotta go, to get you, or someone identical to you???

It is really quite stunning how I watch this while sitting at my kitchen table in Germany and feel so very connected to the both of you! Grinning madly when the thought crosses my mind that I'd so like to be friends with you... remembering that 10k instagram followers and over 160k youtube subscribers might think the same :D giggling to myself trying to imagine that many people being in that one sewing room with you ;)

This reminds me so much of me and my college roommate just sitting together late at night sewing

You look like the grownup version of my friend Isabel also a very similar personality. Maybe that’s why I love this channel so much.

I want to live wherever that is. It is beautiful! Also, that cake and tea looked so good!❤️

I want to go to your cozy sewing retreat, but not sew. Just sit around and eat chocolate cake and think in a British accent. Cathy has the best voice ever. Mildly jealous.

you look so at home in england

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