Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, week 4
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Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, week 4

This week’s Great British Sewing Bee is all about sewing in a slightly smaller scale. If you are a regular reader of my blog you’ll have noticed that much of my sewing is on a small scale! I really must get around to sewing for myself more often!

Sewing from a Pattern: Toddler Dungarees (3 hours)

The key to this challenge seemed to be all about the top stitching. Neat top stitching can really set off a seam on a garment, so take it slow and keep those stitches nice and straight.

‘Yes I Like That’ has a great post with lots of tips for getting your top stitching right 20 top tips for topstitching

There is also a great article written for Threads Magazine covering great Tips for Better Topstitching

Tips for Better Topstitching by Threads Magazine

If you are looking for a free tutorial to make some toddler dungarees of your own, try ikatbag.

ikatbag dungaree tutorialI used a version of the girls adaptation of this tutorial to make the dungaree dress that won me the competition for Crafty magazine at the start of the year – did you see my applique fox pocket?

Alteration challenge: Turn a tracksuit and a pillow case into a fancy dress outfit (1hr 30 min)

What a fun challenge! 90 minutes though, that’s some serious sewing and creative thinking on the hop!

Many of the projects featured some form of applique. In the time allowed the contestants really didn’t have a chance to get super neat results but if you’ve got more time on your hands and want some great results check out a rather comprehensive series of applique tutorials by Sew Like My Mom

Sew Like My Mom | Ultimate Applique Tutorial

There are so many free tutorials out there for fancy dress outfits, but here’s a great one for a superhero cape made from a t-shirt from The Southern Institute

DIY Superhero CapeSew Country Chic has a tutorial for a cute pirate themed dress
Pirate Dress by Sew Country Chic

Which will obviously need a pirate hat to go with it. Try this great new Pirate Hat tutorial from Odds and Soxlets

Odds & Soxlets FREE Pirate Hat Pattern

Create a Made to Measure Garment :  Prom dress for a teenager (7 hours)

Inserting (plastic!) bone into the bodice of a dress. Sounds daunting doesn’t it? I’ve done it once many years ago and you know what, it wasn’t that tricky.

Try checking out the Sewaholic tutorial on inserting bone

Sewaholic Bone tutorial

Threads magazine have a nice tutorial on different methods of attaching boning to your garmentWays to attach boning by Threads Magazine

Have you seen the Simplicity Great British Sewing Bee pattern selections? They have some suggested ‘prom night’ dress patterns

Thanks again for coming to read my weekly roundup of the Great British Sewing Bee. Same time next week? Make sure you check out my Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board for lots of other tips.

Round up posts from previous weeks can be found here…. Week 1Week 2 and Week 3


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