The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 2

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The Great British Sewing Bee  - Series 2, episode 2


Episode 2 - Supplies, techniques and patterns - The Great British Sewing Bee

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What did you think about this evening's episode?  Pyjama bottoms are one of my favourite things to make because they are a lot more forgiving around the waist than more formal trousers.  But I wouldn't fancy having to prefectly line up stripes though!

Below I've rounded up the techniques, supplies, patterns and projects from this evening's episode. 


Learn how to sew box pleats

How to match stripes

How to match prints on a seam

How to make and use piping

How to sew a notched collar

How to sew a lapped zip

How to sew scallops

5 ways to sew an elasticated waistband

Sewing patterns for pyjamas

Sewing Patterns

McCalls 6231 men’s pyjamas

Kwik Sew Men’s Pyjama sewing pattern (used by Simon and Tamara)

Butterick 5537 unisex pyjama sewing pattern (pictured above)

Simplicity Men’s and Women’s pyjamas


Pink fabric with yellow elephants as seen on The Great British Sewing Bee



The adorable yellow elephants on pink fabric as used by Julie can be purchased here.

The black and white moustace fabric..

The newspaper print fabric.

Find an array of different multi coloured chevron fabrics (zig zag fabrics) on the Plush Addict site

For African print fabrics like the one used by Chinelo take a look at

The more ornate fabric prints like Tamara's and Jenni's look like Amy Butler style prints, you can find a lot of her fabrics here

Green gingham fabric like Heather used.

Checked and striped fabrics available here

Brushed cotton as used by Simon

Blue checked fabric

Blue liberty print fabric

John James hand stitching needles

Magnetic pin dish as seen by Simon's sewing machine.

Stitched edge ribbon from Jane Means

Blue satin bias binding

Other options for pyjama fabrics which didn't appear in the show - Dragonfly Fabrics have some beautiful designer flannel fabrics which would be perfect for pyjamas as well Plus Raystitch have organic striped and checked cotton fabric (pictured below)

Organic striped cotton online UK


This Pinterest board has lots of ideas for upcycling men’s shirts.

Learn how to make an adult sundress from men’s shirts here

Sew a toddler’s dress from a man’s shirt

How to make pyjama trousers from an existing pair

Pretty pyjama trouser project from The Sewing Loft (pictured below)

Free pyjama sewing tutorial


If you are missing Simon already read our interview with him in this feature.

Supplies, techniques and projects from episode one

Apply for series 3 of The Great British Sewing Bee

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