Things got tiny this episode, as this week the bees tackled childrens wear! You'd think smaller was easier, but in reality it turned out it just meant extra fiddly...

Sewing Bee Style Guide - Series 7, Episode 5

Pattern Challenge

The first challenge called for a cute little garment... a romper suit! Great for young children who are ready to toddle around, this pattern featured fiddly elasticated cuffs and casing, crossover straps and snap fasteners on the legs. 

We've rounded up some super cute romper patterns similar to the one in the episode, plus some fabrics like the prints they chose too, and don't miss our top tips for applying snaps!


Simplicity 8614

Simplicity S8894

New Look 6385

Simplicity 8098

New Look 6462

New Look 6970

New Look 6293

Simplicity 8099

New Look 6520

Simplicity S8933



Fabric inspiration...


3 Wishes Little Dino - Cool Dino - 100% Cotton Fabric

The Craft Cotton Co Dino World - Cream - 100% Cotton Fabric

3 Wishes Little Dino - Dinosaur Roar - 100% Cotton Fabric

Dino Fun 100% Cotton Fabric

The Craft Cotton Co Makoti by Stuart Hillard - Purple Flower - 100% Cotton Fabric

The Craft Cotton Co Makoti by Stuart Hillard - Purple Flower Border - 100% Cotton Fabric

Tilda Chambray - Petrol - 100% Cotton Fabric

Baby Animals Blue Cotton Jersey Fabric

3 Wishes Wild About You - Animals Assorted - 100% Cotton Fabric

Studio E Flamingo Beach - Lemons - 100% Cotton Fabric

Studio E Coastal Dreams - Fish Allover Blue - 100% Cotton Fabric

Dashwood Night Jungle - Jungle - 100% Cotton Fabric

Top Tips: Applying Snap Fasteners

This challenge called for 3 snap fasteners on the crotch, which scared a couple of the contestants! If you're feeling the fear, we're here to help with top tips for success:

  • Make sure you've got the right tools - you will need to use a special tool to apply them. We'd always recommend the Prym pliers and snaps which we've tried and tested!
  • Reinforce the area you will put your snap on - use a bit of interfacing to strengthen the fabric in this area so that when you pop the fasteners, the fabric doesn't rip.
  • Snaps can feel quite stiff when first applied - don't worry! Snapping them open and closed a few times should help loosen them up a bit. 
  • Mark where you're going to put them carefully, before you start applying. They're really hard to get off once applied (except with the handy Prym tool) so you want to make sure you get it right first time!

Prym Love Vario Pliers

Prym Plastic Colour Snaps Press Fasteners - Round Blue Mix

Prym Plastic Colour Snaps Press Fasteners - Pink Hearts

Prym Plastic Colour Snaps Press Fasteners - Round Green Mix

Prym Plastic Colour Snaps Press Fasteners - Round Yellow/Orange Mix

And remember, if you ever go wrong applying them... there's always the snap removing tool to make it right! (My life was changed when I discovered this existed)

Prym Colour Snaps Removal Set

Made to Measure Challenge

This week the bees were challenged to make rainproof overcoats... aka raincoats! Of course this required waterproof fabrics, a fun array of plasticy delights that couldn't be pinned or pressed easily. We couldn't find any children's patterns close to what they used but we've got a couple of cute alternatives you can make in waterproof fabric; and some adult raincoats if you fancy one for yourself!

We're also sharing the secret to making ANY fabric waterproof...

Simplicity S9027

Simplicity 8428

Tilly and the Buttons Eden Jacket

Simplicity S8843

Fabric inspiration...

Shine Bright Like The Rainbow Printed Soft Shell Fabric

The Dino's Are Back Printed Soft Shell Fabric

Abstract Blue Printed Soft Shell Fabric

Navy/Blue Plain Soft Shell Fabric

Birds Navy Water Repellent Raincoating Fabric

Dusky Pink Plain PUL Raincoating Fabric


Don't forget your Mini Fabric Clips 10pk

Can't find a waterproof fabric you love?

This was a dilemma faced by some of the bees this week, and if you've had this problem too, we've got the solution for you! This amazing product called Odicoat is a waterproofing gel that you can use on any fabric to make it waterproof. Simply brush on and let dry - the more layers you add, the more waterproof it is... magic!

Odicoat Waterproof Fabric Gel

Want to learn more about 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.
May 13, 2021