Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 1 – patterns and sewing tips


Click here for our ultimate guide to The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 2019!

We have scoured through the database and brought you the best selection of patterns inspired by the the first episode of the Great British Sewing bee #gbsb. If you haven’t already seen our dedicated Sewing Bee page do take a look, we’ve got loads of exciting things planned for the next few weeks.

If you fancy sewing up one of these pattern beauties for yourself, why not take a look at the list of tips and tutorials from your favourite bloggers and designers at the end of this post to get that perfect finish.

Sewing Bee: Pattern Picks

Task 1: Women’s bias cut tops with panelling

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Task 2: Skirts

Take a look at this collection of skirts inspired by the contestants choices in the final task. We have everything from full circle, gathered, bow tied and even a peplum hem!

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Patterns used in the show

Here are the patterns used by contestants. Angeline made the BurdaStyle B7089 skirt (yes the one that was perfectly fitted around the ‘arse’), Jamie made the BurdaStyle B6805 skirt with a flounce, Tracey made the pleated pockets New Look 6899 skirt and Duncan made the Simplicity 1200 circle skirt.

Sewing bee contestant skirt patterns  Great British Sewing bee skirt patterns

Sewing bee skirt patterns  What skirt patterns did they use on the sewing bee

Sewing Bee: Tutorials and top tips

Here are tutorials from indie designers and bloggers to help you get to grips with the techniques used to make the patterns used in the show.

Task 1 – Pattern matching, cutting on the bias and bias binding

Pattern matching stripes

The technique that challenged the contestants most in week 1 was pattern matching. Get tips from Tilly and the Buttons on cutting and sewing stripes and matching techniques from Seamwork to get those stripes, plaids and larger patterns sorted.



Working on the bias

Seamwork also have a fab Guide to Working on the Bias with loads of tips and advice for fabric choices, seam construction, pressing and hemming. Here they use their Savannah Camisole as an example to demonstrate the techniques.


Why not make your own bias tape to finish the edges and match your fabric perfectly?

Victory patterns have a tutorial on two ways to Finish edges with bias binding.


Also check out Grainline Studios for Getting flat bias necklines.


Make your own Bias Binding with this tutorial from Jennifer Lauren Vintage.

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Stabilising seams

Don’t forget about stabilising your seams – Rachel House of Pinheiro is here to help you with her Sewing 101: Stabilising seams.


Task 2 – Refashioning pattern techniques

Sewing with invisible zips

Let Colette take you through the trials of adding an invisible zipper with this definitive tutorial and video!

How to add an invisible zipper

Making a skirt with an elasticated waist

Read this guest blog tutorial from Lisa Comfort on Tilly’s blog about How to add an elasticated waist to a skirt (plus some bonus tips on shirring!)

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Adding an exposed zipper

Megan Nielsen has written a handy guide on how to insert an exposed zipper.


Inserting godet panels

By Hand London also have some Nerdy sewing tips for you on How to sew a godet panel.



We also couldn’t find a better tutorial than this from By Hand Londonwith 3 ways to gather!


Task 3 – Fitting a skirt to a model

Lining a skirt

At Sew Over It Lisa Comforthas just done a vlog tutorial on how to line a skirt.


Adding piping

Heather at Closet Case fileshas some tips and a tutorial on how to add pipingas a detail to your outfit.


Box pleats

For a tutorial on How to sew box pleats, head over to indie designer Gather Kits.


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