Episode 3 The Great British Sewing Bee

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Episode 3 Supplies guide

the Great British Sewing Bee, series 2, episode 3 - Guide to supplies, techniques and projects

 Please note all links have been removed from this post because most of them are dead due to the time elapsed since this post was written.

This week’s episode tackled an area many stitchers dread – sewing with knits.  Those stretchy fabrics can cause all kinds of problems when not properly handled.  How do you think the contestants did?

Below you can find the skills, supplies, projects and patterns featured this week’s episode.

How to hem stretch fabric with a twin needle hem


Tips for sewing with knits

Handling tricky fabrics

Conquering knit fabrics

How to sew with stretch bias binding

How to sew a twin needle hem for stretch fabrics

How to use an overlocker

How to cut knit fabrics

Lots of useful links for sewing with knits

How to stabilise knits


wet look jersey fabrics like used on The Great British Sewing Bee



Stretch bias binding was supplied by Minerva Crafts see our review of this product here.

Floral and white jersey fabric used by Chinelo

Black wet look stretch fabric as pictured above, like in Julie's leggings

Dark green jersey fabric similar to that used by Heather

Black and white spotted jersey like that used by Cerina in her dress

Grey and red jersey fabric with large diamonds (ikat style)

Abstract print jersey

Purple stretch velvet fabric similar to that used by Chinelo

Yellow jersey fabric for dressmaking like used by Jenni

Cotton lycra as mentioned in the history feature

Places you can buy stretch fabrics online: http://www.calicolaine.co.uk/, http://www.raystitch.co.uk/, http://www.abakhan.co.uk/, www.remnanthouse.co.uk, http://www.minervacrafts.com/ and http://www.croftmill.co.uk/.  Search the sites for for knit fabrics jersey fabrics or stretch fabrics to find them.


Janome 525S as used on The Great British Sewing Bee


Sequin trim as used on the t-shrit upcycling project

Zips - several different ones used in the upcycling project.

Sewing machine used by the contestants, the Janome 525S

Twin needles - ideal for sewing stretch fabrics

Gutermann sewing thread 

Magnetic pin dishes like the ones used by the contestants

Ribbons from Jane Means Ribbons


Sewings patterns used on The Great British Sewing Bee



Vogue 8784 Little Misses Dress, used by Linda and Jenni, plus it’s on sale too. 

The classic and elegant Vogue 8646

Butterick B5454 wrap dress pattern available here  and which also appears in the Sew Your Own Wardrobe book which accompanies the Sewing Bee TV show. 

Vogue V8896 sewing pattern available here and also currently discounted in price, used by Heather.

Simplicity 2369 wrap dress sewing pattern as used by David.

Although it wasn't used in the show Sew Over It have a lovely wrap dress pattern here.


How to sew your own leggings - like on The Great British Sewing Bee
Image © Richard Smith



How to design and sew your own leggings 

How to draft your own leggings pattern and sew them

Lots of t-shirt upcycling ideas and projects

Turn a t-shirt into a halter neck

Free wrap dress pattern

Chinelo has written a tutorial for a wrap skirt

Jersey sun dress project


Free jersey wrap dress sewing pattern

Find the posts for the previous episodes here:

Episode 2  - Fabrics, patterns, techniques and projects

Episode 1  - Sewing supplies used and techniques featured

Plus there’s less than two weeks left to apply for series 3 of The Great British Sewing Bee


Lastly I had to include my faovurite pic from the BBC 2 Twitter account..

Saggy Bottoms - Leggings picture from The Great British Sewing Bee


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