Episode 1

What did week 1 have in store for us?

The contestants are eased in gently with cotton fabric, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be an easy ride. For their first pattern challenge the judges have chosen a Dior-inspired ‘wiggle dress’ designed to hug the female form. It requires precision and accurate darts, and any diversion from the instructions could result in an ill-fitting garment.

Next their design skills and sewing instincts are tested in the Transformation Challenge, when the sewers are tasked with transforming three second-hand items of denim clothing into a single, stylish new garment in just 90 minutes.

For their final challenge, the mannequins are gone and replaced with real live models who the sewers must flawlessly fit with a made-to-measure jumpsuit. Who will achieve the perfect body rise, avoiding the dreaded camel toe?

Juliet created a stunning maxi dress worthy of Garment of the Week, and featured an asymmetric shoulder, the dress was super flattering, cinched in at the waist with long, elegant, wide-legged trousers.

Sadly Tom dropped a stitch at this early stage, becoming the first to leave the Great British Sewing Bee.

get the ‘wiggle dress’ look

 
Simplicity 8163

Simplicity 8163

Butterick 5813

Butterick 5813

Vogue 9082 - wiggle dress.

Vogue 9082 - wiggle dress.

 

inspired by episode 1


Julie Bonnar