Great British Sewing Bee

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 7 – 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 seventh 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: Asymmetric shirt

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Task 2: Pattern cut dresses

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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 the semi-finals.

Task 1 – Japanese inspired asymmetric skirt

The importance of pressing

Pressing, pressing and more pressing, tips from Megan Nielsen.


8 tricks for topstitching

Colette bring you 8 top tips for perfect topstitching.

Colette top stitching

Japanese pattern cutting

If you fancy giving Japanese pattern cutting a try, the Pattern Magic series of books by Tomoko Nakamichi are really interesting. See reviews from Rachel at House of Pinheiro and Paprika patterns. You can find out about the books from publishers Laurence King: Pattern Magic 1, Pattern Magic 2, Pattern Magic 3 and Pattern Magic Stretch Fabrics.



Task 2 – Refashion a duvet cover (no fabric waste)

A guide to dress forms

Cloth Habithave a great post if you want are interested in using a dress form.


Draping on a dress form

Craftsyshare 7 basic steps for draping on a dress form.


Task 3 – Pattern drafting a day dress and fitting it to a model

6 ways to finish a hem

Colette show you 6 methods for how to finish a hem.

Colette 6 ways to finish a hem

Circle skirt app

By Hand Londonhave created this clever circle skirt app, no more maths!

Circle skirt app By Hand London

Sewing a collar

Sewaholic have posted tips about sewing a collar.


Pattern drafting

Madalynneshares a tutorial on how to draft your own bodice block/sloper.



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