Great British Sewing Bee :: Series 2, Week 7, sewing without a pattern
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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 ago and it was a lot of fun, but there is a lot to learn. The contestants put in a lot of effort and I think, got some pretty good results. Some of my early efforts left something to be desired!

Gertie’s Blog on Better Sewing has a six part series on draping, fitting and sewing up a dress

Gertie's Blog for Better Sewing :: Draping a Dress

If you do a search on Gertie’s Blog for draping there are a whole host of posts that she has written about draping.

Craftsy has a few online courses on draping on the stand. Try Fashion Draping for starters

Craftsy Course :: Fashion Draping

Craftsy also has a course on draping on the bias

Alteration challenge: Add a pair of sleeves to a dress

Eeep, cutting a pattern from scratch is one thing, but cutting it to fit onto a ready made dress, well, that’s a challenge and a half! Not only did they need to get the proportions and measurements right they had to create an ‘interesting’ execution of a sleeve.

A few weeks ago I saw this great tutorial from ikatbag on sleeve drafting using a tissue box and some coloured card. Truly brilliant.

ikatbag sleeve drafting tutorial

There’s also a great tutorial on Fashion Incubator on sleeve drafting

Fashion Incubator Sleeve Drafting

I also found a  great tutorial on Craft Stylish for adding a sleeve to an existing dress/pattern. I bet the contestants wish they could have seen this tutorial to help them get through the challenge!

Sleeve Drafting

Create a Made to Measure Garment :  Re-create a favourite item (6.5 hours)

Cal Patch is today starting a month long course on Pattern Drafting where week 4 is all about creating a pattern from an existing garment. The course lasts four weeks and is part of a subscription service that allows to you take a whole host of courses for less than $10 USD a month.

Pattern Drafting with Cal Patch

Don’t panic, you have plenty of time to catch up on anything you have missed as the course can be accessed at any time.

Craftsy also have a course called Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear

Craftsy Course :: Pattern Drafting from Ready to Wear



Thanks again for coming to read my weekly roundup of the Great British Sewing Bee. It’s the final week next week so make sure you tune in to see who comes out on top!

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 2Week 3Week 4Week 5 and Week 6


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