The popular BBC2 series – The Great British Sewing Bee – returned for a third series earlier this year. Presented by Claudia Winkleman, and judged by May Martin and Patrick Grant, the programme once again brings sewing to the forefront.
If you’re always inspired by what you see on the screen, then you'll be excited to know that there’s a new book to accompany the series. The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion With Fabric will get you started with making your own clothes, and has lots of fashion-related project ideas to get stuck into at home.
The book shows that with a few basic skills, everyone can make their own one-of-a-kind outfits. The book concentrates on fabric and why choosing it, is such an important part of dressmaking. With each chapter devoted to a fabric type from beginner-friendly cottons to more challenging leathers and laces, the book guides you through the whole dressmaking process from start to finish with a host of hand-sewing skills, machine techniques, and how to’s along the way. There’s also easy-to-follow instructions for using patterns, pinning and cutting, how to finish seams and add trims.
Many of the garments contained in the book appeared on the show, and include Capri trousers, ’50s summer dress, woollen tartan kilt, and an adaptable child’s fancy dress outfit (wonder what that could be!) and the infamous walkaway dress from Butterick!
The first two books from series have already sold in excess of 90,000 copies each. This one is written by Claire-Louise Hardie, the sewing producer for The Great British Sewing Bee, and will be a handy addition to your sewing bookshelf.