If you're interested in getting into patchwork you can check out our essential patchwork and quilting toolkit articles here, here and here. Leah expertly created gathers for her dress by hand, but you can use a gathering foot to make life much easier and you can find a video on how to use one here. Circular skirts were all the rage and this Simplicity pattern or McCalls pattern would be ideal if you can see past the styling on the pattern packet! With 12 contestants and more challenges than ever before it is set to be a corker and let's face it, we all need some light relief right now! We have searched high and low to bring you the best selection of sewing patterns from independent designers and commercial pattern houses.

We promise, you won't be disappointed.

You can also check out our blog post 'Five Reasons to try Sewing with Scuba' here. For the Sewing Bees there was a further nerve racking twist - the pattern used was created by Savile Row designer and Sewing Bee judge Patrick. The first challenge of the sewing bee week eight was to sew a Filipino Terno blouse. Seeing as that won't be happening any time soon we might as well hit our sewing machines instead and sewalong with the Bees. 3.

For lots of maker inspiration on how to upcycle jeans, take a look at the 2016 challenge, The Refashioners, organised by Portia Lawrie (Makery). For each contestant we have tried to find the pattern they used in the BBC1 TV show or some suggestions of skirt patterns you could use to make your own versions. Check out our articles 'A Beginner's Guide to Overlockers', 'Five Techniques for Sewing Clothes on an Overlocker', 'Hem Finishes on an Overlocker', 'Five Tips and Tricks for your Overlocker' and 'Sew Perfect Knit Neckbands with a Coverstitch Binding Attachment.'. Sizing: X Small to X Large.

If you fancy making a men’s shirt we have plenty of patterns to choose from here.

Not only do you have to sew well, but you need the imagination to see beyond the unloved, crumpled, second hand garment in front of you whilst avoiding the whole Becky from home eccy vibe!


The first foray into tailoring for this year's Sewing Bee contestants and it was a toughy - lapels, shoulder pads and princess seams - eat your heart out Joan Collins! The Sewing Bees had to undertake a plethora of sewing techniques to complete the waistcoat.

See our lingerie sewing patterns here and lace fabrics here.

I desperately wanted to steal the bright yellow number Juliet created - the voluminous sleeves and an open back really had the wow factor. Finish the seams with edge stitch or an overlocker. The gorgeous pencil skirt with the peplum Angeline made or any of the circular skirts with would be perfect made up in our beautiful Ohio fabric. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern. The judges were looking for symmetry at the neck and sleeves plus interesting details and design twists. After seeing Ricardo's incredible leather jacket sofa refashion we thought he'd be top of the pops for this task, but it was another Sewing Bee buzzing their way to the top this time. Inserting an invisible zip is a crucial part of most formal gown sewing projects, check out our super clever and easy method here.

You can find our overlocker threads and flosses here and rotary cutters and cutting mats here.

Using every last scrap of fabric was the tricky part here and we were so impressed with the garments the ladies produced. Sizing: Approx. Use the right sewing machine foot such as this ultra glide Janome foot or this Husqvarna teflon one, great for working with sticky fabrics. It was a big week for the Sewing Bees this week and the stakes were running high in the quarter finals. 6. We also have some lovely designs from McCalls including this sportswear sewing pattern which provides you with several garments to choose from including a sports bra, tops, trousers and even a casual, sporty skirt plus the very sportswear pattern Joyce used to make her yoga outfit.

UK 6 – 24. Pin in place, then using your machine, sew the binding to the dress. All kinds of fabrics work, but it goes without saying that your statement sleeves will stand out more in a stiffer fabric, such as poplin, raw silk, nylon, organza, etc. Press the seam allowance towards the neckline.

After two weeks we can see some strong contenders coming through.

The first challenge was for the ladies to get their heads around the pattern itself. Hear hear Ben I couldn't agree more! We’re looking for the next collection of talented home sewers…, Smocked DressThe SewersThe BookThe ShowApply, Terms and ConditionsPrivacy PolicyCookies PolicyAccessibility Policy. Repeat for the other sleeve.

We have searched high and low to bring you the best selection of sewing patterns from independent designers and commercial pattern houses. Pin and sew in place, as before.

Then, using your decorative stitch of choice (most machines will have one), sew between the lines to add detail. Peplums were incredibly popular and this Simplicity pattern and this Butterick pattern with it's partial peplum would make great options for you to try at home.

Make it with all three flounces or just one flounce for a salsa-hot mini. More importantly - how hot was Esme in her leopard print jumpsuit draped over a motorbike in her youth?! Here are our top picks for palazzo pants sewing patterns available on our site: Sewing with towels felt like a tough challenge for week two. The Great British Sewing Bee kids week started with Joe dressed as a giant furry bee and ended with him sharing his spin off series idea of Patrick and Esme wrestling in the car park!

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