The Great British Sewing Bee
Are you watching the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee?
We were thrilled that the TV show has returned with ten new contestants battling it out to be named the best sewer in Britain. This year the show has a new presenter, Joe Lycett, who joins the judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young.
In the first episode of the show, contestants had three challenging tasks starting with sewing a fitted 'wiggle dress'. The second challenge was upcycling denim into a wearable garment before finishing with a show-stopping jumpsuit that had to be fitted to a model.
The second episode of the show was children's week and contestants had three tasks, starting with sewing a children's hoodie. The second challenge was upcycling faux fur coats into fancy dress costumes. In the final challenge contestants created dance outfits for real models.
The third episode of the show was 1970s week and contestants had three tasks, starting with sewing flared jeans. The second challenge was upcycling shirts into punk outfits. In the final challenge contestants created maxi dresses.
In the fourth episode it was technical week and contestants started the show by sewing a lined swimsuit. This was followed by reusing a festival tent to make a dog coat before making luxe men's tracksuits for the final challenge.
In the fifth episode contestants used fabric scraps and second hand textiles. The first challenge was making a pussy bow blouse, this was followed by the sewers using fabric scraps from previous challenges to make a new garment. The final challenge was to make a day dress.
In the sixth episode contestants used British and Irish fabrics. The first challenge was making a linen worker's jacket, this was followed by the sewers using fabric from seaside deck chairs and parasols to make a new garment. The final challenge was to make a wool coat.
In the seventh episode contestants were challenged as part of world sewing to make Indian Dhoti pants. The second challenge involved upcycling men's West African tunics before creating a made-to-measure origami top for their models.
In the final episode of this series contestants were tasked with making a double-breasted waistcoat. In the last upcycling challenge net curtains were transformed into the red carpet garments. Lastly in the made-to-measure challenge the finalists created stunning strapless evening gowns.
Each week we will be sharing patterns here and on our blog that have been selected for their similar design features and styles to those on the show.
We hope you enjoy watching and making!