Episode 4

Go technical or go home with this weeks episode of The Great British sewing bee!

The seven remaining home sewers go technical and this week took on the dreaded man-made fabrics designed for sport and the great outdoors. Host Joe Lycett keeps spirits high, as the sewers jump in at the deep end, with a pattern for a lined swimsuit. Containing so many seemingly identical pieces, it’s a challenge that throws the sewing room into confusion, with a great deal of conferring and advice from contestant Janet coming to the rescue, before judges, Patrick and Esme offer their brutally honest feedback.

Sew the Look

Inspired to make a panelled swimsuit. Here are 3 of our favourites:

The transformation challenge

Instead of garments, the sewers are presented with discarded festival tents (yes tents!) to make a dog coat. Dashing dachshund, Winston strutted his stuff with Patrick in tow! The sewers now have to attempt to transform old tents into stylish, practical winter coats for pooches, which are to be displayed on dog mannequins.

Sew the Look

Pamper your pooch with these sewing patterns

The Made-to-measure challenge

For the final challenge, male models arrive in the sewing room to be fitted for a luxury tracksuit. It’s double the work as the sewers attempt to create both trousers and jackets, using stretchy fabrics like scuba, and difficult-to-sew materials like mesh and micro-fibre.

Sew the Look

4 sewing patterns to sew a luxury tracksuit

Garment of the Week winner

Jen stitched her way to Garment of the Week with her luxe tracksuit made from scuba,

Wave goodbye

Sadly we had to say ‘sew long’ to Alexei, he became the fourth person to leave the Great British Sewing Bee?

Emily Bonnar