Sewing Bee - Series 3, episode one guide

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Patterns, techniques and fabrics from episode one

The Great British Sewing Bee series 3 episode 1 guide

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.

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.

Invisible zip foot

How to sew an invisible zip

French seams

Using bias binding as a facing

Making your own bias binding

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

Sewing a set in sleeve

How to make and use flat piping

Upcycle a denim shirt into a dress

Ideas for customising/upcycling clothes see my post here and my refashioning Pinterest board which is full of good ideas.

Pattern matching tutorial

How to gather fabric


Fabrics from the Great British Sewing Bee


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

Dressmaking pins

There’s a good selection of bias binding available at Frumble, Plush Addict and Minerva Crafts.

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

Although not identical the Doilies fabric from Dashwood studio is a similar but subtler version of the circles fabric used by Neela in her dress. I believe this one is the one that Neela used

Here is a large scale poppy print on cream/white background as used by Paul in his summer dress.  The black poppy fabric that Lorna used can be found here.

Dusky pink fabric with white spots as used by Neil

Threads Gutermann Sew All

Sewing patterns from The Great British Sewing Bee



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.

The Great British Sewing Bee Book series 3

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