Sewing Bee - Series 3, episode one guide
Patterns, techniques and fabrics from episode one
Isn’t it great to see sewing back on our screens again? So what do you think about this year’s contestants (view their profiles here), any early favourites? I loved Deborah's dress and well done to Neil for winning garment of the week with his wonderful dress.
Next week’s episode will feature the contestants making clothes on a miniature scale. In the first challenge they will have to make a child’s waistcoat…the tailor’s way. For the upcycling challenge they will have to revamp a t-shirt and a hand me down dress. Finally for the made to measure challenge they are tasked with making a child’s fancy dress costume!
Below I’ve found the patterns, techniques and supplies (or similar) featured on episode 1 the show for you.
This skirt tutorial shows you how to sew a partially elasticated waist
If you are looking for tips for sewing trousers Lladybird has a sew along for the Sewaholic Thurlow trousers (which I have to say look like pretty cool trousers) on her blog. It takes you through most the steps you need to make trousers.
How to sew patch pockets like Lorna added to her skirt
Upcycle a denim shirt into a dress
The sewing machines were Janome Sewists 525s
The trousers look like the capri trousers pattern in the book - the Great British Sewing Bee - Fashion With Fabrics. It goes on sale at the end of the month.
Lorna’s trouser pattern is Amy Butler (Hapi) the exact print is tapestry rose in the linen colourway and several other contestants used Amy Butler fabrics too. You can find lots of Amy Butler fabrics here.
Neil used Flurry in Pink for his trousers
Olive coloured polka dot fabric like that used by Neela
Invisible zip foot (Janome)
Invisible zips in a big range of colours
Pink tulle like Alex used in the refashioning challenge
Red cherry fabric on a white background like Alex used for her dress
Deborah’s bright and vivid dress fabric is La Paloma from Alexander Henry
Dusky pink fabric with white spots as used by Neil
Trouser pattern is from the new Sewing Bee book (see bottom of page for info)
Amanda & Deborah looked like they were using Anna dress pattern from By Hand London
Annie’s Summer dress pattern was Vogue 8470
Lorna’s dress looks like version A of the New Look 6723 pattern
Another contestant using a New Look pattern was Neela with pattern 6824
Paul used the Simplicity 1797 to make his dress
Matt went with the sleeveless Lekala 4263 dress pattern
Alex went retro with the 1960’s style Simplicity dress pattern
Neil made the daring Vogue 8900
Another vintage style sun dress was Ryan’s Burda 7556
To catch up on my episode guides, interviews and projects from series 1 and 2 click here.
If watching the show has made you want to sew then visit my workshops database to find a sewing class in your area.