GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE 2023 – SEWING PATTERNS S9 EP1

GREAT BRITISH SEWING BEE 2023 – SEWING PATTERNS S9 EP1
Kate Underdown

The Great British Sewing Bee S9,1,Patrick Grant, Esme Young, Mia,Judges Patrick Grant & Esme Young with Mia,Love Productions,James Stack

It’s the first episode of series 9!

We can’t believe that the wait is finally over! In the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee series 9, 12 brand new contestants are challenged with making a twist top, transform office wear and sew a cut-out made-to-measure dress for a model. For episode one 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 first episode of the Great British Sewing bee series 9. If you haven’t already seen our ultimate guide to the Sewing Bee  do take a look.

The first theme was ‘classics with a twist’ and all 12 contestants had to make three garments. The challenges included making a top with a twist at the centre, upcycling office uniform into a pencil skirt and blouse, and a made-to-measure dress with cut-out details to fit a model. 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: Twist top

The first challenge of the first episode was to make a top with a twist at its centre. There were five pattern pieces and they had to be finished with French seams and a binding around the neckline. Here are some twist front top sewing patterns.

The Maker’s Atelier Origami Dress and Top

This style, designed to be made in stretch jersey fabrics, is deceptively simple to make and exceptionally beautiful to wear. The asymmetric twist at the centre front cleverly drapes and falls in soft folds, while the drop shoulder creates a subtly elegant batwing effect. Options are given for long or short sleeves, or no sleeves for a capped sleeve look.

Sizing: 8 – 18 (approx. UK 8 – 16/18, based on our standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, PDF or PDF + printed copy shop.

 

Itch to Stitch Zakopane Top

Zakopane is a beautiful top with a twist, literally! This fitted top features a V-neckline with a twist in the centre front. It has both long and short sleeve options for year-round wear, as well as regular and full bust options for the perfect fit.

Sizing: US 00 – 40 with regular and full bust options (approx. UK 6/8 – 34/36, based on our standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, PDF or PDF + printed copy short.

 

Butterick B6899

A short sleeve top with twist front and invisible back zipper. View B is colorblocked and view C has ruffle sleeves and open slit neck.

Sizing: B5 (8-10-12-14-16), Y5 (18-20-22-24-26), which is approx. UK sizes B5 (6 – 12), Y5 (14 – 22/24) based on our standardised size chart. Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

New Look N6689

A pull-on top with front twist detail. Designed for lightweight wovens or fleece. Trousers are pull-on with elasticated waist. Designed and sized for stretch-knits only.

Sizing: A (6-8-10-12-14-16-18) which is approx. UK sizes A (4/6 – 14) based on our standardised size chartAvailable in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 


Transformation Challenge 2: Office uniform

In the upcycling challenge contestants had to upcycle office uniform (a pencil skirt and blouse). 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: Cut out dress

In the last challenge of episode one, all the contestants had to make a dress with cut out details for 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.

 

Tony’s Rockability Cut-Out Dress

Features: Tulle petticoat, and cut out back bodice.

Pattern: Simplicity Vintage Dress S8051. These Rockabilly dresses with full skirts feature sweetheart neckline with thick straps that cross in the back and round neckline with partially opening at back.

Sizing: AA (10-12-14-16-18), BB (20W-28W), approx. UK sizes AA (6/8 – 14), BB (16/18– 26). Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Vicki’s 1980s Cut-Out Dress

Features: Puff sleeve, cut out back and two-tiered skirt.

Pattern: Closet Core Patterns – Pauline DressPauline is a true statement dress: dramatic, romantic and loaded with special details. Create truly distinct looks by mixing and matching sleeves and skirt styles to make the Pauline of your dreams. View A is a chic, sleeveless sheath with a straight skirt that hits just above the knee. View B features a striking puff sleeve in two lengths and a midi-length tiered skirt. Both views feature a unique bodice design that incorporates knife pleats at the waist, a face-framing square neckline and a keyhole opening in the back bodice tied at the nape of the neck. Pauline can be made unlined or fully lined and is closed with an invisible zipper at centre back.

Sizing: 0 – 20 (approx. UK 6 – 20, based on our standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Gillie’s Cut-Out Sundress

Features: Cotton dress with princess seam bodice and cut our shoulders.

Pattern: Simplicity Dress S8594Dresses with bodice and skirt variations. Bodice options include crew neck with slit or halter. Skirt can be made in straight or flared with pockets.

Sizing: 0 – 20 (approx. UK 6 – 20, based on our standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Matthew’s Harness Cut-Out Dress

Features: Cut out bodice with Harness  and waterfall skirt.

Pattern: Jara Crop Top – Effortless Patterns.

 

Asmaas Ope Back Cut-Out Dress

Features: Floor length with high neck and bow. Cut out oval back.

Pattern: A similar pattern would be Vogue Patterns V1589 designed by Guy Laroche. Close-fitting, partially lined dress has front drape, underskirt, invisible zippers at sleeves and side.

Available in the shop: Out of print.

 

Maria’s Broderie Anglaise Cut-Out Dress

Features: Broderie Anglaise with cotton lining and cut out back bodice.

Pattern: McCalls Dresses M7740.These lined dresses (fitted through the bust) have invisible zippers and back and sleeve variations.

Sizing: A5 (6-8-10-12-14), E5 (14-16-18-20-22), approx. UK sizes A5 (4/6 – 10), E5 (10 – 18/20), based on our  standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Tony’s Stretch Fabric Cut-Out Dress

Features: High-low hemline with front bodice cut out.

Pattern: McCalls Dresses M8253Three views for ruched, cut-out knit dresses include functional drawstring at bust and ruching on skirt. Sleeveless, half sleeve and long sleeve options are also included. Pattern comes in above knee and midi length options. View A bodice is contrasted for color blocking or for print mixing.

Sizing: B5 (8-10-12-14-16), RR (18W-24W), KK (26W-32W), which is approx. UK sizes B5 (6 – 12), RR (14/16– 20/22) KK (24 – 30/32) based on our standardised size chart.  Available in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Lauren’s Linen Cut-Out Dress

Catherine’s Sateen Cut-Out Dress

Mia’s Cut-Out Mini-Dress

Features: Elastic ties under the bust but cut out back bodice.

Pattern: Vikisews Oona DressOona is a semi-fitted A-line dress. The front bodice is only partially attached to the skirt, creating cutout sides, with the skirt sitting above the natural waistline. The dress has a wide, deep V-neckline that features gathers and elastic threaded through channels. The back bodice is cropped and the lower edge of the front and back bodice has elasticated channels. The back skirt is not attached to the back bodice and has a gently curved waistline. The upper edge of the front and back skirt has ties attached to elastic threaded through channels. The voluminous raglan sleeves have an elasticated hem. Oona is above ankle length.

Sizing: 34 – 52 (approx. UK 6 – 20, based on our standardised size chart). Available in the shop: Yes, PDF or paper pattern.

 

Fauve’s Floral Cut-Out Dress

Features: Cut out waist and puff sleeve.

Pattern: McCalls Dresses M8175Dolman sleeved flared dress with cutouts. Lower calf & mid knee lengths.

Sizing: A5 (6-8-10-12-14), F5 (16-18-20-22-24), which is approx. UK sizes A5 (4/6 – 10), F5 (12– 20/22) based on our standardised size chartAvailable in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

 

Lizzie’s Dior-inspired Cut-Out Dress

Features: Halter neck with cut-out front bodice.

Pattern: Vogue Patterns V9259. The romper and jumpsuit are close-fitting through the bodice and have halter necks that tie at the back of the neck and length options.

Sizing: A5 (6-8-10-12-14), E5 (14-16-18-20-22), approx. UK sizes A5 (4/6 – 10), E5 (10 – 18/20),  based on our standardised size chartAvailable in the shop: Yes, paper pattern.

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