Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 4 – 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 fouth 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!

Sewing Bee: Pattern Picks

Task 1: Chinese Top

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Task 2: Dresses and Alteration Challenge

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Sewing Bee: Tutorials and top tips

Here are some tips and tutorials from indie designers and bloggers so that you can learn the techniques used to make the patterns in the show from International week.

Task 1 – Making a Chinese Qipao-style top

Starting with the basics, mark your darts correctly with this tutorial from Tilly and the Buttons.

Stitching Darts

Binding to finish seams

Closet Case files has a tutorial with severals ways to finish seams with binding.


Perfect topstitching

Colette have posted a tutorial with 8 tips for perfect top stitching.

Seamwork 8 tricks for perfect topstitching

Get to grips with those invisible zips

By Hand London have the definitive guide to inserting the perfect invisible zip.

By Hand London zip tutorial

Sewing a collar

Push you skills and sew a pattern with a collar, use this tutorial from Four Square Walls.

Collar Tutorial Finished 1

Securing facings

Facings are a neat way to finish neck and armhole seams. Seamwork have some top tips for securing your facings.

A guide to facings Colette

Task 2 – Refashioning a Sari

How to sew better elastic waistbands

Indie Sew have blogged about How to sew better elastic waistbands.


How to draft a kimono

Upcycle old fabric and make a beautiful Kimono top with this tutorial from Mollie Makes.


Task 3 – Made to Measure: African wax prints

Matching large prints

Colette have a great tutorial on matching all sorts of different prints, including larger prints that you often find in African wax prints.

Colette plaid straips and large patterns

Add a ruffle

Megan Nielsen has a tutorial on her blog to create an off the shoulder ruffle dress.


It’s all about the peplum

And finally check out this tutorial from By Hand London about adding a peplum using their very cool circle skirt app!

By Hand London peplum

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