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The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 – Sewing Patterns – Series 8 Episode 6

The Great British Sewing Bee S8, episode 6 ,Sara Pascoe, Esme Young, Patrick Grant (C) ,Love Productions.

 

It’s the sixth episode of series 8…

In the sixth episode of The Great British Sewing Bee series 8 the contestants are challenged with Music Week. For episode six we have put our detective hats on to discover the sewing patterns from independent designers and commercial pattern houses used in Sewing Bee TV show. The patterns below are all matches or inspired by the designs used in the sixth episode of the Great British Sewing bee series 8. If you haven’t already seen our ultimate guide to the Sewing Bee  do take a look.

The sixth theme was Music Week and all contestants had to make three garments. The challenges included making a Parka Coat, upcycling old denim into stage gear worth of Dolly Parton, and in the Made-to-Measure challenge making an outfit in homage to David Bowie. Take a look at our sewing pattern suggestions below, we’ve tried to find the exact patterns used but where we haven’t been able to  we have plenty of suggestions so that you can recreate these looks at home for your handmade wardrobe. Kate also talks through her favourite pattern options from the episode on YouTube in our special mid-week sewing bee vlog.

If you want to chat about the episode and the challenges then do join us each week in our Facebook group event.

Sewing Bee: Pattern Picks

Pattern Challenge 1: Parka Coat

The first challenge of the sixth episode was to make a Parka Coat. Parka coats were adopted by Mod culture in the 1960s with a classic fishtail vent and complex zip opening and hood. We have two pattern options for you below.

Simplicity – S9052

Unlined combat or parka jacket has front separating zipper and button placket, Elasticated waist, four front pockets. Two length and hem-style options. Detachable hood.

Sizing: A (XS-XL) approx. UK sizes A (4/6 – 20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements. Available in the shop: Yes, paper.

The Assembly Line – Hoodie Parka

The Hoodie parka is designed with an A-line shape for a relaxed fit. The hood is high at front which gives good protection for cold days. There are hidden front pockets with large flaps and we have used snap buttons for closing. Features, large front pockets, hood and front opening.

Sizing: XS-XXL, approx. UK size 8 – 24/26. Please see the size chart and finished garment measurements. Available in the shop: Yes, paper.

Woman wearing the Hoodie Parka Coat sewing pattern by The Assembly Line. An A-line shaped coat pattern made in canvas, cotton twill or denim featuring snap button closing, large front pockets and hood.


Transformation Challenge 2: Upcycling old denim into stage gear

In the upcycling challenge contestants had to upcycle old denim into stage gear worthy of Dolly Parton. Specific patterns weren’t used for these tasks as contestants had to create a garment from existing materials in a fixed time so it’s a bit tricky for us to make sewing pattern suggestions based on these design ideas.

 


Made-To-Measure Challenge 3: David Bowie

In the last challenge of episode six, all the contestants had to make an outfit paying tribute to David Bowie and his many incarnations to fit their model. Here are our pattern picks for the contestants and where sewing patterns have been self drafted or hacked we have suggested an alternative.

 

Annie’s David Bowie 80s ‘fashion’ inspired blazer dress

Features: jacket with shoulder pads, double-breasted and asymmetric hem.

Pattern: McCalls M7997This loose-fitting, lined, double-breasted dress has both sleeveless and long-sleeve versions. C: Angled hemline on right front.

Sizing: A5 (6-8-10-12-14), E5 (14-16-18-20-22), approx. UK sizes A5 (4/6 – 10), E5 (10 – 18/20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Angela’s David Bowie ‘Labyrinth’ inspired coat dress

Features: Braided bib and decorative cuffs.

Pattern: Simplicity S8769 costume. View A includes hood, shoulder pads, and exposed buckles with prong. View B displays front buttons and trimming along the chest. Sleeves covering hands with small slits.

Available in the shop: No.

 

Debra’s David Bowie ‘Ashes to Ashes’ inspired trouser suit

Features: Metallic brocade and ostrich feather collar.

Patterns:

Top – Vogue Patterns V8815This fitted top has raised waist/hemline variations and a narrow hem. A and B: Back zipper. C: Pullover, wrong side shows (back hemline), back neck slit with hook/eye closing. B and C: Stitched hems on sleeves. Purchased bias tape finishes necklines and armholes A.

Sizing: B5 (8-10-12-14-16), F5 (16-18-20-22-24), approx. UK sizes B5 (6 – 12), F5 (12 – 20/22). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements.. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

Trousers – Simplicity S9376Variations for pleats or pintucks all with side front pockets. Options for waist ties, belt loops and top stitching. Clean finish hems, cuffs or elastic.

Sizing: H5 (6-8-10-12-14) U5 (16-18-20-22-24), which is approx. UK sizes H5 (4/6 – 10), U5 (12– 20/22) based on our standardised size chart. Please also check the designer’s size chart and finished garment measurements. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Cristian’s David Bowie Ziggy Stardust inspired catsuit

Features: single leg and arm with full-length cape.

Pattern: Simplicity S8670. Featuring zip front design with optional crewneck, V-neck or mock neck.

Available in the shop: No.

 

Gill’s David Bowie ‘Ziggy’ inspired flame dress

Features: Sequinned fabric and dress with lapel and tulle underskirt.

Pattern: Simplicity S9097. Halter back, dress or jumpsuit. With back ties and front buttons. Gill used the top half of this pattern and added a gathered skirt.

Sizing: H5 (6-8-10-12-14) U5 (16-18-20-22-24), approx. UK sizes H5 (4 – 8), U5 (10– 18/20). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Brogan’s David Bowie ‘Let’s Dance’ inspired party dress

Features: Pleated sleeves, fringing and metallic brocade.

Pattern: Vikisews Deborah Blouse. Brogan hacked this pattern by extending the sleeves and using a different bodice, extending it into a dress.

Available in the shop: Not at this time.

 

Man Yee’s David Bowie ‘Rebel Rebel’ inspired two-piece

Features: Tiger print and tulle skirt.

Pattern: Vikisews Ariadna Blazer.

Available in the shop: Not at this time.

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