Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, week 1 Roundup : Sleeveless Top, Transforming a Skirt and Sewing a Silk Nightgown

The Great British Sewing Bee is back on BBC2– woo hoo!! I know that we seem to be innundated with reality TV, but the Sewing Bee is different, it gives you the chance to learn something new and is hopefully inspiring a whole host of people to give sewing a go.

I was at a trade show yesterday, talking with a rather lovely lady from Vogue/Butterick about the state of the UK sewing industry and reassuringly she was telling me how they are opening up lots of new accounts. Sounds positive for the world of sewing to me!

So, series 2, espisode 1, how exciting! The contestants are brilliant, what a wide range of sewing skills and abilities they have. Check out their profiles on the BBC website

As with last year I shall be doing my best to pull together some links to support the techniques that are used during the show

I still have my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board that has loads of useful links related to the skills used in the show…feel free to follow along

Sleeveless Top (in 2.5 hours)

:: Clipping or Notching Curved Seams correctly is so important if you want a nice and flat curved finished seam. Madalynne has a great infographic and tips to bear in mind

Patternmaking Concave curves4 Pattern making: Concave and Convex Curves UpdateThere are also some fabulous tips over at Sew4Home accompanied by some nice and clear images

Sew4Home Sewing Successful Curves

:: Hand Sewn Button Loops are a nice finishing touch, sometimes nicer and more discreet than a hook and eye or a button hole and button. This first link is from Ysolda, it uses a series of hand stitches to cover multiple layers of thread

Hand Sewn Button Loop tutorial from Ysolda

Oliver and S also have a great tutorial for a hand sewn button loop, using a chain stitch methodOliver + S Hand Sewn Button Loop Tutorial

:: Sleeveless Top Pattern

Coletterie have a great free tutorial for a similar (ish) top, called the Sorbetto. I made one last year, and I can highly recommend it

Sorbetto top, free pattern from Coletterie

Transform a Woollen Skirt (1.5 hrs)

The contestants used a number of different methods to transform their skirts…here are just a few

:: Godets are sections of fabric that are added to provide extra flare. The Fabric of My Life has a great step-by-step tutorial with lots of photographs to help you on your way

The Fabric of My Life Godet Tutorial

:: Peplum’s add a bit of flare and flounce and can be added to the top of a skirt, the bottom of a skirt or the bottom of a top. Burda Style have a great tutorial for drafting your own peplum that you can add to any pattern

Burda Style Peplum Drafting Tutorial

:: Box Pleats add a bit of extra flare in a more structured fashion than a godet. Sew4Home have a really comprehensive tutorial on several types of pleats

Sew4Home Pleats tutorial

Sew Mama Sew also have a great blog post about different kinds of pleats

Make a Silk Night Gown (5 hrs)

I have a number of links from last year’s series for working with silk. Silk can be tricky so take your time!

There’s a great tutorial about creating a lace overlay over at iCandy Handmade

Lace Overlay tutorialColetterie have a great blog post covering lots of techniques used in lingerie making

Coletterie Lingerie Details

Katie from Random Crafting Adventures has written a great run down of week 1. Definitely worth a read…especially if you didn’t tune into the show or they’re not showing it in your country (I feel your pain!)

That, I think will do it for this week. Did you enjoy the show? I loved it. The time pressures they are under still make me so nervous!

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17 thoughts on “Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, week 1 Roundup : Sleeveless Top, Transforming a Skirt and Sewing a Silk Nightgown

  1. Katie M

    Thank you for this great summary of idea for techniques and inspirations for sew-alongs. I’ve just posted a recap of the episode on Random Crafting Advenutures. We’re only one episode in, and already I want to challenge myself to make two of the items shown. Looking forward to the rest of the season.

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  4. victoriapeat

    Thanks! I hope the links are useful and that it helps someone on their way in the world of sewing. Love watching all the tweets about the show. So nice to have so many people being passionate about sewing!

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  7. Katie M

    I made my first Great British Sewing Bee inspired piece yesterday. I attempted to draft my own pattern to create a sleeveless cotton top (just like the pattern challenge in week one). The pattern wasn’t perfect, but it turned out pretty well. I almost made in in the 2.5 hour time limit too – 8 minutes over! I blogged about it on Random Crafting Adventures.

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