Great British Sewing Bee – Week 1 Roundup: A-line skirts
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Great British Sewing Bee – Week 1 Roundup: A-line skirts

Woohoo, the Great British Sewing Bee has started on BBC2. I was still in Australia when it started last week, but lucky me it was on again over the weekend and  I have managed to catch up.

Great British Sewing Bee

It’s so great to see sewing on the television. I always loved Project Runway but it’s not always shown over here and the UK version Project Catwalk I think only ran for a few seasons. So, Great British Sewing Bee, it’s nice to see you on our screens

If you’ve not seen it, each week the show is split into three segments: making a garment from a pattern, altering a garment and making a made to measure garment for a model

I thought I might do a little round up each week that covers one of the segments of the show. This week the contestants had to make a simple A-line skirt from a supplied pattern. They were allowed to embellish the skirt if they wanted to and they could opt to line the skirt too if they thought they had the skills and the time available. In all cases they needed to insert an invisible zip.

If you are looking to make an A-line skirt of your own then there are a number of great tutorials online. Here are a few for your consideration

Sew Country Chick has a tutorial on drafting an a-line skirt to your own measurements

Sew Country Chick: Drafting an a-line skirt pattern

Sew 2 Pro has a tutorial that also covers drafting but also guides you through the construction, including a great tip on cutting a waistband facing

Sew 2 Pro: drafting and making an a-line skirt

Only one of the contestants on the show decided to line their skirt. It sounds scary,but actually it’s not that difficult. Trust me, if I can do it then it can’t be that hard. I’ve found this great tutorial from Sew Spoiled that features lots of great clear images to help you along the way

Sew Spoiled: How to line an a-line skirt tutorial

Now, onto the the invisible zipper. It sounds like a scary thing to do and if you are making it up as you go along then invisible zips can be a little tricky and the finished result can look terrible. However, I’ve found a couple of tutorials that will guide you through the process to a perfectly neat and tidy invisible zipper

This one from Coletterie has lots of clear photographs and easy to understand instructions

Coletterie: Inserting an invisible zip

By Hand London also have a great tutorial with lots of clear photographs

By Hand London: Inserting an invisible zip

There is also this tutorial on You Tube that shows you how to use your invisible zipper foot

I am pulling together a Great British Sewing Bee pinterest board to follow the series. It will have loads of useful links related to the skills used in the show…feel feel to follow along

It goes without saying that I am now in the mood for a bit of skirt sewing….if only the weather was a little more spring like. I might just go and hunt out my old skirt block that I drafted a few years back to see what my measurements were at the time. You never know it may just fit!

Have you got a favourite contestant? Mine is Ann, she is 81 and cool calm and collected with great sewing skills!

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