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Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 8 The Final, Couture

Wow, the final…where on earth have the last 8 weeks gone? This final week May and Patrick didn’t just want to see their sewing skills, but their hand finishing skills. Couture all the way! Sewing from a Pattern: a Men’s Silk Tie (3hrs 15min) The Purl Bee have a free pattern for a Men’s necktie. It’s constucted slightly differently to…

Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 7, sewing without a pattern

Sewing off piste was the order of the day (or weekend?) for the Great British Sewing Bee semi-final. Sewing from a Pattern…erm, not this week! :  Make a dress without a pattern using draping techniques (3 hours) Fabric draping is a real skill. I went on a Draping on the Stand course at the London College of Fashion many many moons…

Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 6, ‘making the clothes we used to wear’

This week on the Sewing Bee was all about making the clothes we used to wear, using traditional techniques that tailors and dressmakers used to use. The contestants even had mechanical, rather than electronic sewing machines to use – how brilliant! Sewing from a Pattern:  1930s ‘Bette Davis’ blouse from a vintage pattern (4 hours) If you are considering using a…

Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 5…working with nylon, leather and velvet

Ooooh, another tricky week. This week the contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee had to work with nylon, leather, velvet Sewing from a Pattern:  Showerproof Anorak with ribbing (3 hours) Once a hole is made, it’s made, and if you want a waterproof garment you don’t want holes! Most of the contestants pinned their pattern pieces within the seam…

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