Episode 5

Reduce, Re-use and Recycle

Recycle and refashioning
There is now six sewing bees remaining. The fashion industry is the biggest polluter of our planet next to the oil industry, so to raise this profile for the first time on The Great British Sewing Bee – it’s all about Reduce, Re-use and Recycle this week. All the fabric in the haberdashery is now replaced with charity shop clothes and soft-furnishings.

First challenge

To breathe new life into this old fabric, host Joe Lycett kicks the six remaining home sewers off with a pattern for a pussy-bow blouse, which must be pieced together from four second-hand garments. This time, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young are not only looking for precision sewing, but also the ability to design and create garments using attractive colour combinations.

Sew the Look
6 sewing patterns to sew a Pussy Bow blouse:

The Transformation Challenge
In a twist to the usual transformation challenge, the sewers are faced with all the scraps and off-cuts collected throughout their journey on the Sewing Bee so far. Together, they collectively pool these leftover fabrics to create stunning and inventive new patchwork garments.

High Street Inspiration

Sew the Look
Get the print-on-print look with these sewing patterns:

PULLOUT QUOTE
“Bohomeian style and colourful prints are great combo. If you love patchwork, ethnic prints, handmade and eye-catching design elements, you will certainly be grabbing these fabrics and sewing patterns.”

The Made-to-measure challenge
Finally the sewers come armed with discarded curtains and soft furnishings from home, challenged to create a made to a measure day dress, perfectly fitted to their model. Julie Andrews and The Sound of Music hasn’t got a patch on the sewing bee bunch as they set to work on their brocade, net curtains and blinds!

Sew the Look
Inspired to make a day dress. Here are 3 of our favourites that can easily be used with recycled fabrics:

Fancy making a bubble-hem dress like Mercedes? - Simplicity 4070

Fancy making a bubble-hem dress like Mercedes? - Simplicity 4070

Loved Juliet’s lace dress, make one similar with Vogue 9252

Loved Juliet’s lace dress, make one similar with Vogue 9252

Similar styling to Leah’s dress - The Mortmain from Gather Kits

Similar styling to Leah’s dress - The Mortmain from Gather Kits

Garment of the Week winner

Leah recycled her way to Garment of the Week with her lacy hi low hem dress from a lace curtain.

Wave goodbye

Sadly we had to say ‘sew long’ to Mercedes, she became the fifth person to leave the Great British Sewing Bee.

To watch episode 5 on BBC IPlayer – click here



Emily Bonnar