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Sewing Bee 2023 Week 2 Patterns & Techniques

Did you enjoy travel week on the Sewing Bee? Let us help you find pattern inspiration and sewing support on your next project.

Made to measure challenge

GBSB Week 2 featured some fun swimsuits so check out our patterns recommendations. Where we don’t have a perfect pattern match, we’re also suggesting the closest style. Plus we have all the expert guidance you need to sew a successful swimsuit. You’re in safe hands with Madalynne, our lingerie and activewear specialist – Follow her two part video sewalong to learn all about swim construction.

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Take inspiration from Lauren with a one shoulder design! Vogue 9192 has classic clean lines and you can jazz up the shoulder strap with a cool ring!

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Want something simple? Follow Gillie’s lead and choose Butterick 4526. She chose to add orange bias trim in a fun pop of colour to emphasise the neckline!

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Colourblocking? Ties? AND Cut outs? We loved Mia’s combo of these items. New Look 6734 gives you the chance to combine all these elements in a different way.

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Both Tony R and Tony W opted for deep v necklines on their swimsuits. We think the neckline on M7964 is a pretty close match. This pattern includes a gorgeous beach cover up too.

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We loved Lizzie’s frill neckline swimsuit! If you’re looking to add a frilly detail, choose McCall’s 7168 which has loads of views to choose from and could easily be hacked into a full swimsuit.

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Matthew and Tony W added swim skirts to their designs which is the perfect way to be more covered up. Why not take a look at Butterick 5795 with its swim skirt and dress options.

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Asmaa’s beautiful vintage inspired swimsuit reminded us a little of Vogue 1894 – The diamond cutouts on her swimsuit are like the shape of V1894 view A.

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Fauve got us excited about cold water swimming! McCall’s 7417 would be good for keeping you warm with it’s rash guard style top.

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Pattern challenge:

If you preferred the backpack challenge, then why not try Simplicity 9518. It has less of the fiddly straps and webbing to contend with and gives you a classic rucksack style with customisable details. We love it in clear vinyl for a modern twist.

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