Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 2 – patterns and sewing tips

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

We have searched the sewing pattern database to bring you the best selection of patterns inspired by the the second 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: Baby gro

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Task 2: Capes and dresses

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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 – Sewing with jersey and poppers

Sewing with knit fabrics

There are lots of tips and tutorials out their about sewing with knit fabrics, which have become really popular in the sewing community. Here are a few of our top picks.

Check out the BIG LIST of tips for sewing with knits from Sewaholic.


How to cut knit fabrics

Tilly and the Buttons has some great tips for how to cut knit fabrics accurately.


Sewing with knits on a regular sewing machine

Tilly and the Buttons also has advice for sewing knit fabrics on a regular sewing machine.


 Binding knit edges

Once you’ve got to grips with sewing knit fabrics, the next thing to tackle is finishing the edges. Baby clothes often necklines and hems that are finished with bias binding. Colette give you the tutorials for no less than four options here on finishing knit edges.

Colette how to bind knit edges

Shopping for knit fabrics

Seamwork with Melissa Fehr (Fehr Trade patterns) have put together a shopping guide to buying knits.

Seamwork shopping for knit fabrics

Tutorial for using poppers

It’s much easier to dress babies if their clothes have poppers, check out VeryKerryBerry’s tutorialon how to fix them in place.

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Get to grips with your gusset

Sewaholic has a tutorial on how to insert a gusset as part of their Pacific leggings sew-along.



If you’ve got lots of baby clothes that your little ones have outgrown, why not use the special ones to make a memory quilt. Read Megan Nielsen’s inspiring project tutorial.


Task 2 – Refashioning a bridesmaids dress (skill: working with slippery fabrics)

Working with the dreaded ‘slippery’ fabrics

The ladies at By Hand London have a great tutorial on taking charge of those slippery fabrics.


Sewing with silky fabrics

Jennifer Lauren Vintage has some tips for sewing with silk fabrics.


Cutting silky fabrics

Grainline Studio also some some tips and tricks (plus a video) on sewing with silks.



Made By Rae has a step-by-step guide on their website for adding some shirring detail to children’s outfits.



Task 3 – Sewing a child’s wool cape

Which wool fabric to pick

Get all the info on what wool fabric to buy and how to prepare it for sewing from Rachel of House of Pinheiro @houseofpinheiro


Working with wool

Grainline Studio have some tips for choosing and working with wool fabrics.


Lining a jacket

Grainline studios also has a tutorial for lining a jacket and bagging it out.


Cape patterns through the ages

Fancy a bit of selfish sewing and want to make a cape for yourself? Get inspired by how cape styles have changed through the ages from McCalls.


A scalloped hem

Megan Nielsen has a great tutorial on creating a scalloped template and adding this detail to a hem.


How to make a giant Pom Pom!

If you want to add pom poms to your cape then Mollie Makes has a great tutorial for creating giant ones … go big or go home!


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