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Another week, another very inspiring episode of our favourite show! This week saw the bees tackle summer-worthy garments; from chic shorts to swishy sundresses. 

Bring on the sunshine!

Sewing Bee Style Guide - Series 7, Episode 2

Pattern Challenge: Paperbag Shorts

Taking on a summer classic, the paperbag shorts, was not as easy as it seemed! These gorgeous garments feature a signature gathered ruffle effect at the top of the waist, a tie front belt and the bees also had to tackle turn-up hems too! 

We've included a mix of true paperbag style shorts, and a few similar but easier styles that those of you still building your confidence can try.

Fabric matching: to achieve the crisp ruffle along the top, you need a fabric that can hold the shape a little without being too bulky. Medium weight cottons, linens and chambrays are great!

Simplicity 8651
New Look N6674
Simplicity 1887
New Look 6289
New Look N6606
New Look 6055

Fabrics inspired by the challenge picks...

Riley Blake From the Heart - Floral Cream - 100% Cotton
Dashwood Silk Roads - Paisley - 100% Cotton Fabric
Dashwood Silk Roads - Boats Navy - 100% Cotton Fabric
Dashwood Silk Roads - Boats Pink - 100% Cotton Fabric
Makower Linen Texture - Orange - 100% Cotton Fabric
Makower Sun Prints by Alison Glass - Tuesday Pink - 100% Cotton Fabric
Natural Blue Linen Mix Fabric
Roses are Red Printed Chambray Denim Fabric

Made-to-Measure Challenge: Sundress

Buttons were the name of the game with this challenge, as the bees had to pick a style of sundress to make with buttons down the front. Some played it safe with just a few, while the more ambitious went for a whopping 17 buttons and buttonholes!

Fabric matching: the perfect fabric choice will depend on your pattern style, so follow the suggestions on the back. For warm weather, finer fabrics in natural fibres are best for keeping you cool - think cotton poplin, bamboo, linen/viscose mixes and rayon/viscose.

Sew Over It Doris Dress
Simplicity S9103
True Bias Southport Dress
Friday Pattern Co Hughes Dress
Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress
Cashmerette Holyoke Dress
Simplicity S8849
Simplicity S9137

Fabrics inspired by the challenge picks...

Studio E Flamingo Beach - Tropical Leaves - 100% Cotton Fabric
Riley Blake Grove - Main Cloud - 100% Cotton Fabric
Mustard Linen-Look Ramie Fabric
Makower Spot on - Navy B9- 100% Cotton Fabric
Ditsy Floral Red/Pink Cotton Poplin Fabric
Painter's Palette Textured Viscose Crepe Fabric
Clothworks Painted Petals - Y3071-53 - 100% Cotton Fabric
Monochrome Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen Fabric



Want to learn more about the fabrics you see on the show?

If you're new here, you may not have seen that we have made our very own fabric sample guides. They're a way to help you learn to identify different fabrics and how they feel and behave. The books include 52 samples of common fabrics, alongside useful info like composition, what to use them on and needle type required.
April 22, 2021 by Amy Gilbert

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