great british sewing bee

Week 4 - International week

This week on the Great British Sewing Bee the contestants were faced with sewing patterns and fabrics from all over the world.

Josh - GBSB

Josh - GBSB

This week really tested the sewers in their sewing skills, working with very tough fabric and patterns that are not in the every day sewing room. 

Challenge one found the sewers making a Qipao top, a traditional high fashion (normally a gown) chinese garment made in the finest silks with gold stitching. They all struggled with the underneath bias bound finishing and mandarin collar. Tracey won 1st place in this challenge with her beautifully made and finished top.

Here we've found two patterns that you can make in brocade fabric in the style of this weeks challenge.

Second challenge of the week was the alteration challenge in which they had to take an already beautiful Sari and create something completely new. There were a lot of hareem pants in the sewing room this week but once again Tracey took the judges breath away with her kimono style beach dress with beautiful embroidered Sari patterns in all the right places.

Sari fabric is a very difficult fabric to work with. We have picked two patterns in the style of Tracey's beach kimono perfect for this summers warm weather. Make in laundered silks and cottons.

The last and final challenge of this week was one in which the sewers had to create an african style garment with lots of volume. Using african wax print (ankara) fabric. 

Ankara is a vibrant patterned medium-weight fabric which is 100 percent cotton. Although this seems like an easy fabric to work with, the fabric is very stiff and matching up the pattern proves quite difficult. 

These are the type of patterns you we think would be perfect to use when working with this amazing coloured ankara. 

Click patterns to direct you in where to purchase. Also take a look at the Simplicity blog for all fabric tips more pattern ideas written by Julie Bonnar.