Great British Sewing Bee – series 7

What happened in Episode 4?

Now there are nine home sewers returning to globally stitch their way through garments and techniques from around the world!

Pattern Challenge – French Breton Top

First a trip to France as this week, Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask the sewers to make the classic French Breton top. Ooh la la to horizontal stripes that must be perfectly matched! Bon chance to the wide-set boat neck must lie completely flat, and the fiddly button placket must be expertly constructed. 

What is a French Breton Top?

The Breton stripe hails from Brittany in Northern France. This top is a thick cotton top that features these stripes and was the uniform for seamen in 1858, as they would be easy to spot in an emergency at sea and also because the fabric was so hardwearing! Coco Chanel took this look from the boys in the 30s, and made it mainstream!

Breton Tops for you to sew:

Transformation Challenge – Sarong Upcycle


The transformation challenge is always a bit of fun and this time, the sewers were upcycling sarongs. These colourful cloths had to be transformed into a brand new outfit in just 90 minutes, making imaginative use of the distinctive, bold prints. 

Joe Lycett – (C) Love Productions – Photographer: Production

Made to Measure Challenge – Frida Kahlo-inspired

A slightly different approach to this weeks, Made to Measure challenge than in previous weeks. This final made to measure challenge, asked sewers to make outfits inspired by the life and art of iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Known as much for her personal style as her vivid artwork, the sewers must use Kahlo as their inspiration to create a modern garment that fits their model perfectly.

Our favourite Frida Kahlo-inspired garments for you to sew:

Think Mexican, Boho, Colourful Textiles , Trims, Embroidery and Embellishments!

The results

Serena won the Pattern Challenge for her impressive sewing that was vey neat through out, said Patrick! In the transformation, the winner was Adam for his lovely drapey dress!  

Garment of week (for the second week on the trot) went to Farie for her beautiful Frida Kahlo-inspired dress. It was beautifully made and very contemporary. And… sadly, Cathyrn left the sewing room!

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