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Grreat british sewing bee - pattern picks

We have searched the sewing pattern database to bring you the best selection of patterns inspired by the the third 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 Sewing Bee goodness! Take a look at what everyone is saying about the show in the forum Great British Sewing bee chit-chat.

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. We also have a Lingerie Sewing Resources page on the site to get your supplies here in the UK and worldwide.

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Sewing bee - top sewings

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.

For more info on tools and fabrics from the show why not check out the Sewing Directory’s post.

Task 1 – Making a soft cup bra

The construction of bras

Madalynne has written a post about how bras are constructed and an explanation of the different elements.

Madalynne how a bra is constructed

Sewing with lingerie elastic

Colette have posted 3 ways to Sew lingerie elastic.

Colette 3 ways to sew lingerie elastic

Sewing with stretch lace

Lots of tips from The Sewing Directory about sewing with stretch lace.


Add your own lingerie straps

With your fancy new bra all sewn up, make sure it sits well with your clothes by adding lingerie straps to keep the bra straps in place. Tutorial from Sew DIY.


Sewing with clear elastic

Colette have a guide to sewing with clear elastic, ideal for making lingerie and nightwear.

Colette all about clear elastic

Core lingerie sewing techniques

Lots of tips and tutorials for sewing lingerie from A Few Threads Loose.

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Task 2 – Refashioning a scarf into nightwear

Colette have a great tutorial on Adding lace details to lingerie shorts.

Adding Lace to shorts Colette

Fold Over Elastic

Have you heard of fold over elastic? Check out this tutorial from Zoe from So, Zo on The Daily Stitch blog.


Task 3 – Fitting a luxury robe


Tilly and the Buttons have a tutorial on How to sew piping into a seam.


Cutting and Sewing slipper fabrics

Tilly and the Buttons also have a tutorial on Cutting and sewing slipper fabrics.


Adding pockets

Christine Haynes has put together a tutorial on How to sew patch pockets.


Don’t forget to check out our Great British Sewing Bee guide with lots of Sewing Bee goodness!

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    @thefoldline Another great post, not that I think I will be sewing myself a bra any time soon…too scary! 😉 I loved Charlotte’s robe on the show and the Buchanan Dressing Gown looks identical, so may have a go using some pretty fabrics like Charlotte’s. I do use lingerie straps, they’re so useful and easy to do. I have also used them on the inside side and back of a low cut dress to keep the sides and back of the bra in place, preventing it from riding up during wear and peeping over the top of the dress.