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Sewing Bee series 7 episode 3 – wardrobe ideas

The Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens every Wednesday evening! Next to the two judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, the comedian Joe Lycett also returned to the show. Twelve amateur sewers will be fighting for the title of Sewing Bee of the year. Sadly we had to say goodbye to Jean last week. And with only 10 contestants remaining, this week’s theme was Gent’s Classics.

As always there were three challenges: for the technical challenge they were asked to sew a baker boy cap, for the second challenge they had to transform men’s jackets into a wearable garment for women, and lastly the contestants had to make an utility jacket to fit their male model.

To keep you posted on all things Great British Sewing Bee we will share our pattern picks every week here on the blog, so you can re-create the fabulous ‘Bee’ looks for your own homemade wardrobe! You can also browse the whole collection of specially curated sewing bee patterns here.

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Challenge 1: Sew a baker boy cap.

The pattern challenge of this week’s episode was to sew a baker boy cap. This was a tricky challenge as the contestants were asked to make a perfectly sewn hat from 19 pattern pieces. With eight outer pieces, eight lining pieces, a plastic insert to shape the cap, and a fabric covered button on top there is a lot of precision required. If you are inspired to make your own, the below pattern is similar:

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Pattern: Vogue 8869. 

Vogue 8869 includes 3 different styles and 5 different ‘looks’. It comes in sizes Small to XLarge and would look amazing in wool, tweed, or other heavier weight fabrics.

Challenge 3: Sew a made-to-measure utility jacket.

In the final challenge of week three, all the contestants had to make a casual utility jacket to fit their male model in just five and a half hours. The utility jacket is a practical garment made from long lasting fabric such as canvas or demin, cut in a boxy shape with collar and buttoned-down front. All the Bees got to choose their own pattern, some of which we have available in our shop! For others we have found similar designs so you can go and re-create the look.

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Pattern: Simplicity 9052.

Simplicity 9052 is crowned most popular pattern of episode 3 as Cathryn, Adeena, and Adam used it to create their utility jackets. It’s designed by Mimi G Style for both men and women. It features a front separating zipper, a button placket, an elasticated waist, a detachable hood and four front pockets. It also includes two length and hem-style options.

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Pattern: McCall’s 7638.

Did you love Andrew’s blue and orange twill utility jacket? Then McCall’s 7638 would be a great start to re-create the look. It’s the perfect pattern to play with different fabrics and colours.

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Pattern: Simplicity 8475.

Damien chose to sew Simplicity 8475. This pattern includes sizes for men S-XL and boys S-L and it has great options for a contrasting yoke and or hood. It can be made in a wide variety of fabrics from flannel or denim to pre-quilted or fleece.

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Pattern: Kwik Sew 4017.

Was Rebecca’s utility jacket with raglan sleeves the winner for you? She used Kwik Sew 4017 which is a loose-fitting, unlined jacket with raglan sleeves and front zip closure. You would just need to add the pockets yourself!

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