So happy to have the Great British Sewing Bee (Series 7) back on our screens. We’ll be keeping you posted with all the sewing! Scroll down to find out what happened in each episode!
What happened in Episode 5?
Now there are eight sewers left in in the sewing room and it’s CHILDREN’S week! Garments are teeny tiny and sewing will be fiddly and will have to be very neat!
Pattern Challenge – The Romper
To test the sewers’ dexterity, Patrick Grant and Esme Young begin with the Pattern Challenge and a classic for any toddler’s wardrobe – a romper suit. The task requires the sewers to combine tricky techniques, including crossover straps, an elasticated back and, most difficult of all, snap fastenings at the crotch.
What is a romper?
A romper is a one-piece outfit that’s worn by babies and toddlers. The romper is reminiscent of the Victorian era, with a frilly bottom that is shaped much like bloomers and covers a nappy and easy to take on and off to change the child so often has press-studs/snaps at the crotch. This garment is easy for them to crawl around in!
Fancy making a romper like the one made on the show?
Next, in the Transformation Challenge, the sewers has to let their imaginations run wild, turning an adult wet suit into Under the Sea-themed fancy dress for a child. All in 90 minutes!
Made to Measure Challenge – Child’s Raincoat
Finally, the Sewing Bee welcomes mini models for the Made to Measure challenge, which was to sew a child’s raincoat. These had to be well fitted, allowing enough movement for jumping up and down in muddy puddles, and be fully waterproof – no mean feat then!
Our favourite raincoats for children:
Serena won the Pattern Challenge (again) for her perfectly sewn romper. In the transformation, the winner was Andrew for the crazy crab fancy dress outfit!
Garment of week (for the THIRD week on the trot) went to Farie for her beautiful raincoat complete with horsey ponytail. It was so much fun!
Sadly, Adam left the sewing room and knew he’d had a bad week!