Great British Sewing Bee 2015

It’s arrived ! With much anticipation my eldest son and I sat and watched the start of 2015 Great British Sewing Bee.  An interesting mix of contestants and some great challenges is what we want to see.  Ok so it’s not exactly Guardians of the Galaxy or Transformers Revenge of the fallen action packed viewing,  two of our favourite recent movies but for a house where sewing is a common thing it is must view tv. I watched it again straight after lol.

Great mix of personalities and I love to see them all bonding over a common love of seeing both in the craft room and when you see them taking breaks. It’s a competition but you get the sense that there is a level of comradeship amongst the competitors that make it really nice viewing.
There was much excitement when I realised that one competitor was using a fabric that I have in my stash. La paloma by Alexander Henry was one of the fabrics I bought at the NEC sewing craft exhibition summer 2014. I only bought 1.5m and seeing how fab this dress was I just had to buy some more to make myself a dress.

List of patterns on the show

The trouser pattern is apparently from the new Sewing Bee book which comes out at the end of the month but I found a BURDA pattern B7058 almost identical & have ordered it.

Amanda & Deborah looked like they were using Anna dress pattern from By Hand London & this is my fav dress of the night

Lorna’s dress looks like version A of the New Look 6723 pattern

Annie’s Summer dress pattern was Vogue 8470

Neela used  New Look pattern 6824

Paul used the Simplicity 1797 to make his dress

Matt went with the sleeveless Lekala 4263 dress pattern

Alex used a Simplicity 1960’s style Simplicity dress pattern. It had a retro look to it.

Neil made a Vogue pattern & I actually wasn’t a fan of this dress Vogue 8900

Ryan made  Burda 7556 it’s quite a nice Vintage pattern

Week 2 -Kids Week

Hurrrahhhh it was kids week !!! Right up my street since most of what I sew is aimed at kids. Some terrific patterns & awesome fabrics again.


I actually own that waistcoat pattern and used it to make the waistcoat I knocked up last year for my son to wear to a Tudor dress up day at school. It’s Simplicity pattern 1745.  I didn’t add the welt pockets and plan to have another go at it so I can do the pockets.

make-me1There are some free pattern’s out there. I had this one pinned to my sewing kids clothes pinterest board 🙂 It’s from Barmy Beetroot. 


We loved all the upcycling project’s though no one did what I would have done which is probably just as well ssshhhh will keep mum on that one as might use it myself.

Oh the animals & things were fab. Sorry to see someone else have to leave but I did guess who it would be. The elephant was a worthy winner 🙂

Week 3 – Vintage week.  Yahoo ! Oh I love vintage patterns. Sadly until I get to grips with my weight loss I do not have the waist that would do this dress justice but this is my goal. In fact this is what I put on my ww form. To get a waist so I can make myself this dress and do it justice. !

imageI was made over when I realised that the Walk Away dress that the contestants started the show off making is a pattern I own. Its a Butterick Pattern.

I bought the fabric from the lovely Hayley at Cotton Kisses.

B4790 MISSES’ WRAP DRESS | VERY EASY | VINTAGE I bought mine here on the Jaycotts website.   There is also apparently a version of it in the Sewing Bee book which I might just splash out & buy myself.

I also found this terrific blog post by Katrina who had a go at this pattern & found she had to make some adjustments to get it to look right. Her post is really informative and interesting.

Next they had to handle an upcycling project which was fun as always but the last challenge was the one that was most fun to watch. It was a vintage inspired Sheer fabric blouse or shirt.

The styles chosen were once again an odd mix but I will have a go at listing them & doing pictures very soon.

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