Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 3 Roundup

Week three already and the competition is hotting up! Hope you are enjoying the show as much as I am.

Thank you to everyone following my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board, if you’ve not checked it out drop on over and have a look, there are lots of links that support the skills learned in the show.

This week is all about S…t…r…e…t…c…h…

Never worked with knits before? Don’t be afraid! Knits are actually quite forgiving and ease quite well (hiding minor mistakes), just make sure you treat them well and don’t pull them out of shape while you sew.

Here are some tutorials for you….

As a starter how about a nice article from Oliver + S that covers the difference between knit and interlock fabric

Sew Mama Sew have some good tips for creating professional results when working with knits

Sew Mama Sew working with knits

My Pattern Designer has some fabulous tips and a great table for working out your stretch percentages

Tips for working with knits


So, on to the challenges for week 3…

Sewing from a Pattern: Leggings

If you fancy trying to make a pair of leggings for yourself (or for a friend!) then check out this great tutorial from the Etsy Blog. It runs you through how to draft and sew your own leggings

Design and Sew your own leggings

There’s also a great in-depth series of blog posts from Random Happy Blog…very comprehensive

Make your own DIY leggings - by Random Happy Blog

Alteration challenge: Turn an oversized t-shirt into something new

Jess Abbot from Me Sew crazy has 10 ways to transfer a plain white t-shirt

10 Ways to Transform a White Tee - DIY #sewing tutorials - The Ten Shirt Challenge  ||

Grey Luster Girl has a whole host of re-fashions and up-cycle projects. I love this t-shirt with a lace overlay and peter pan collarGrey Lustre Girl t-shirt re-fashion

How about a simple update for a t-shirt? Follow He and Me’s tutorial for a lace insert for a sleeve

DIY Lace Sleeves

or how about something non-garment related…a scarf perhaps? Check out this tutorial from How Does She?

DIY TShirt Scarf from

Create a Made to Measure Garment :  Stretch Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses can be so flattering. I have a number in my wardrobe but have never actually made one. I think I’ll add one to my to-do list!

There’s a free tutorial over at So Sew

Free wrap dress pattern from So Sew Easy

Check out the UK Simplicty site at the moment, they are promoting patterns inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee, including this rather familiar mock wrap front dress…David did a good job didn’t he?

Simplicity 2369 Wrap Dress Pattern

Thanks for dropping by, see you again next week for the same again! In the mean time have a look at my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board

Round up posts from previous weeks can be found here…. Week 1 and Week 2


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9 thoughts on “Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 3 Roundup

  1. Amanda

    Yet another great episode,and thank you for all your follow up information. I wounded how many people went online to look at a overlocker…I know I did..I want one.

  2. Katie M

    Thanks for the useful tips and links. I’ve just posted my episode three recap on Random Crafting Adventures. I enjoyed this episode too. I’ve had my overlocker out a lot lately, and I’ve just dipped my toes into the stretch fabric sewing pool. Looking forward to mastering more techniques.

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