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Sewing Bee week 2 Patterns & Techniques

Grab your rackets, clubs and swimming trunks… The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 episode 2 was Sports week! So we’re rounding up the patterns you loved from the show and the techniques for you to try on your next project.

Made to measure challenge

GBSB Week 2 featured some great sports jackets and anoraks so we’ve picked out the perfect patterns to recreate the contestants Made To Measure challenge.

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Gill’s N6545 bomber jacket was ROAR-some and not just because it was inspired by lioness Nicola Adams. She used gold scuba fabric with black piping in the raglan sleeves. She finished it with a jungle print lining

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Man Yee and Brogan opted for Mimi G’s pattern S8702. The fun chevrons allowed them to play with colour blocking, creating two very different looks!

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Angela’s jacket was super familiar, just like M5252. This jacket pattern is selling fast as it’s such a great unisex design for fleece and ripstop fabrics.

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Christian and Steve both chose half zip jackets which finish in a seam, this is perfect if you’re not quite ready to sew a fully exposed zipper. We recommend M7986 to recreate their styles!

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Annie’s jacket featured beautiful seam work to allow her colourblocking to come to life. But looking at the bones of the jacket, with it’s welt pockets and roll neckline, it reminded me of V1877.

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Debra used an OOP Kwik Sew Pattern for her jacket but if you fell in love with the idea of chevron piping, then why not try M8019. Also take a look at our article from last week with tips for sewing piping.

Sewing with Scuba

Did you see Man Yee, Brogan, Chichi and Gill all sewed with scuba fabric? No no, not the stuff you make wetsuits out of!

Scuba fabric is a fabulous stretch jersey fabric that is great made into figure hugging dresses, tops and trousers. Scuba fabric is made from polyester and high-stretch spandex. It’s a type of double knit, with a smooth but fairly thick texture. It is springy so is perfect for shaping flared skirts and cool jackets. Although called scuba – don’t think of scuba divers.

Wetsuits are made of neoprene, which is a thicker synthetic rubberised fabric.

Read our article where we sharing 5 patterns perfect for scuba and 10 sewing tips to make sure you project goes smoothly.


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