Episode 3

The eight remaining home sewers head back in time to the ’70s attempting to revive the glamorous, rebellious and sometimes ridiculous style of the decade. This is more than a stroll down memory lane as they tackle the decade’s most fiddly, floaty and anarchic garments.

First up, the judges challenge the sewers to get their groove on with the trickiest pattern so far, flared jeans to create the perfect bell-bottomed trousers involving heavyweight fabrics and taking on the daunting technical hurdles of a zip fly and flat-felled seam, hopefully without getting in a flap. If this isn’t difficult enough the contestants have to get to grips with the oddities of vintage machines!

Fancy a go at making a pair of wide legged trousers – here are 3 of our favourite patterns:

*From left to right; Simplicity 8457, Simplicity 8605, Simplicity 8750

the transformation challenge

For the transformation challenge, fabric flies and anarchy rules as the sewers let their imagination rip, turning T-shirts and tartan into riskay punk-inspired outfits with safety pins and rips galore – all in just 90 minutes.

In the made to measure challenge the sewers take on their final icon of ’70s fashion, the maxi dress. Working with sheer, slippery fabrics, they must create a form-fitting bodice, and floaty skirt that embodies the glamour that makes the maxi dress popular today.

Mercedes boogie her way to Garment of the Week with her maxi dress wear she used a vintage pattern and adapted it to fit her model, and for whom will 70s week signal the end of an era, as they become the third sewer to wave goodbye to the Great British Sewing Bee?

*From left to right; Be Grace maxi from Ellie and Mac, Butterick 6308, BurdaStyle, New Look 6096.

*From left to right; Simplicity 8013, Vogue 1502, Vogue 9253.

Sadly we had to say ‘sew long’ to Ben, he became the third person to leave the Great British Sewing Bee.

missed it? watch episode 3 on BBC IPlayer – click here

Julie Bonnar