It was another blast from the past this week, as the bee's went back to the 1940's! With a range of silhouettes for both men and women to tackle, the contestants did so well, tackling some really tricky techniques...
Sewing Bee Style Guide - Series 7, Episode 9
First up, it was all about making 'Oxford bags'. If like me, you don't have a clue, these are trousers made famous by Oxford students and northern soul movement, which had plenty of extra room in the legs for movement.
Fancy trying your first pair of men's trousers? Here's a few more modern styles...
Khaki Stretch Twill Fabric
Natural Grey Linen Mix Fabric
Makower Spraytime - Conker Brown V62 - 100% Cotton Fabric
Makower Spectrum - Christmas Red R64 - 100% Cotton Fabric
Serena got so precise so as to measure her hems this week! If you want to get that perfect hem, you can use this handy tool to help you turn up super accurately - great for dresses with long hems to do!
Hemline Sewing Gauge and Point Turner
They may be small but they're pretty essential... don't forget your hook and bar if you're finishing off your trousers, for a secure closure and no embarassing moments!
Hemline Small Hook and Bar Pack - Silver
Made to Measure Challenge
This challenge took on a true icon - Dior style. Briefed on the iconic 'New Look' post-war collection, it focused on cinched waists and hourglass silhouettes - something all the bees did really well, across various types of garments from dresses to skirts, jackets to trousers!
New Look N6633
Powder Blue Plain Scuba Crepe Fabric
Rose Pink Plain Scuba Crepe Fabric
Riley Blake Fleur - Meadow Dark Blue - 100% Cotton Fabric
Makower Essentials - Doodle Ditzy White on White - 100% Cotton Fabric
Black Stretch Twill Fabric
Red Plain Linen Mix 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.