Things take an iconic turn with movie and music week! Recreating some absolute classics from the past, this week we had some real characterful makes which fit the bill if style and flair are your kind of thing. Who says the clothes of the past have to stay in the past? There were some totally wearable makes this week...

Sewing Bee Style Guide - Series 7, Episode 8

Pattern Challenge

If there's anything more iconic than THAT dancing scene in Dirty Dancing, it had to be THAT dress... what a great choice to recreate! With a pretty twirling skirt and sleeveless bodice, it's a simple yet elegant classic you could even wear now... Here's some look-alike patterns similar in style if you fancy recreating it yourself!


Simplicity 1195

New Look 6341

New Look 6262

New Look N6665

Simplicity 8328

Fabric inspiration

Soft Rose Micro Satin Fabric

Rose Gold Metallic Silky Satin Fabric

Light Grey Micro Satin Fabric

Ivory Silky Satin Fabric

Duck Egg Feather Jacquard Chiffon Fabric

Black Jacquard Chiffon Fabric

Black Feather Jacquard Chiffon Fabric

Embellished Embroidered Chiffon Fabric



Made to Measure Challenge

The made to measures were nothing short of spectacular this week, with sequins and shimmering metallic everywhere! Recreate some of the gorgeous shapes and wow-worthy fabrics yourself for a special occasion...



Simplicity S8870

Simplicity 8330

New Look 6347

Simplicity 8178

New Look 6554

Fabric inspiration


Rose Gold Sequin Fabric

Silver Mini Sequin Fabric

Champagne Metallic Linen Viscose Fabric

Champagne Metallic Moire Textured Jersey Fabric

Gold Metallic Silky Satin Fabric

Rose Gold Metallic Silky Satin Fabric

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.
June 03, 2021