Episode 7 of The Great British Sewing Bee

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Episode 7 of The Great British Sewing Bee

Episode 7 of The Great British Sewing Bee 2014

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.

The semi finals are upon us and this week the contestants are asked to sew without a pattern (something I’m sure Chinelo was more than happy with!).  They had to using draping techniques to make a dress, to alter a dress by adding a pair of sleeves and then replicate one of their favourite garments.

I struggled to find a lot of this week's fabrics so below are similar ones as well as a few of the exact ones which I did manage to locate.  You can also find my interviews with two of the finalists and with Lynda who sadly left this week.  That was a shocker!

I can't believe that in one week's time it will all be over!  Who do you think will win?

Lynda Lewis from The Great British Sewing Bee on BBC2
Image © Love Productions/BBC



Read my interview with Lynda here.

Find my interview with Chinelo here

Plus my interview with Tamara is here.

Wiltshire Liberty tana lawn used by Tamara 
Liberty Tana Lawn Wiltshire from Sewbox


 Liberty Tana Lawn as used by Tamara and pictured above.

Black and white print similar to the one Lynda used for her draped dress

Floral fabric with brown background similar to Heather's

Similar fabric to that which Lynda used in her sleeve

Multi coloured scalopped fabric used by Tamara in her sleeves

Blue circle stretch fabric similar to Lynda’s first fabric in the last challenge, the one she ran out of.

Liberty jersey fabric used by Lynda for her final dress (her 2nd fabric choice)

Black organza like the one Chinelo used for her dress and satin fabrics similar to the ones she used.

Fabric UK have lots of stretch fabrics at a good price here. Tamara used stretch fabrics for her garment.

Black crochet trim like the one used by Lynda.

Tracing wheel

How to insert a sleeve into a garment
Image © Tilly & The Buttons


How to drape fabric on a mannequin

How to make a draped fabric top/bodice

How to drape a skirt

How to insert a sleeve, from former Sewing Bee contestant Tilly

How to make a puff sleeve

How to add a sleeve to a sleeveless garment

How to draft a sleeve useful guide here and another here 

How to copy a pattern from a garment

There’s also a whole Pinterest board with useful links to guides for copying garments here: http://gb.pinterest.com/julieinleeds/how-to-copy-a-garment/

Ten tips of copying clothing (video)

How to sew with stretch fabrics

How to make bell bottom yoga trousers



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