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Sewing Bee is back for another series, and we are so happy! Each week we'll be bringing you a review of the episode plus some inspiration if you felt inspired to get sewing by the challenges in the episode...

Sewing Bee Style - Series 6, Episode 1

Pattern Challenge

The first episode of the series kicked off with a style staple - a gorgeous wrap skirt! These come in so many styles to suit all shapes and tastes, and they can be a great first project for a beginner to dressmaking as there's no fiddly fastenings to deal with.

Fancy giving it a go? Here's a few of our favourite wrap skirt patterns:

 Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8606 - Women’s Wrap Skirt in Four Lengths

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8746 - Women's Wrap Skirts

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8133 - Women's Learn to Sew Wrap Skirts

Simplicity Sewing Pattern 8612 - Women's Easy Wrap Skirts by Ashley Nell Tipton

Fabric suggestions: always check the back of your pattern specifically for what to use if you're not confident choosing your fabric. Most wrap skirts require a woven fabric like cotton, linen, denim or viscose. For a more structured style, stick to cottons and linens; if you want a drapier effect to your skirt, you want a fabric with drape like viscose/rayon, crepe or silky satin types.

We loved these fabric options, inspired by the choices of the sample skirt and the contestants' fabric choices!

Red Plain Cotton Fabric by Makower - Cotton Dressmaking Fabric UK

Makower Spectrum Bright Red - 100% Cotton Fabric

Hamburger Liebe - Cosy Cabin Circles Teal - Printed Viscose Twill Fabric

Hamburger Liebe Cosy Cabin Circles Teal - Viscose Twill Fabric

Hamburger Liebe - Cosy Cabin Circles Navy - Printed Viscose Twill Fabric

Hamburger Liebe Cosy Cabin Circles Navy - Viscose Twill

Lewis & Irene Hann's House - Shapes Navy - 100% Cotton Fabric

Lewis & Irene Hann's House Shapes Navy - 100% Cotton Fabric

Studio E Boho Blooms - Paisley Blue - 100% Cotton Fabric

Studio E Boho Blooms Paisley Blue - 100% Cotton Fabric

Faces Jacquard Fabric

Faces Jacquard Fabric

Dashwood Mustard Dovestone Rayon Fabric

Dashwood Studios Dovestone Mustard Rayon Fabric

Transformation Challenge

Contestants were put to the test right from the start this series, charged with turning some men's office shirts into something exciting. It was a tough challenge but they did come up with some interesting shapes... a bit like these!

If you liked the pleated details, have a try at this New Look skirt with simple pleated designs.

 New Look Sewing Pattern N6605 - Misses' Skirt with Neck Tie

Love the simple halter style dress that was made? Recreate a more chic version yourself with Simplicity's summery pattern.

Simplicity Sewing Pattern S8909 - Misses' Dresses

The beautiful button down skirt was a favourite of ours, and we've found a very similar style from Mimi G. 

Simplicity Sewing Pattern S8927 - Misses' Tie Front Tops and Skirts by Mimi G Style

Or opt for the simple panelled A-line skirt which is so wearable!

New Look Sewing Pattern 6579 - Misses' Skirts

Made-to-Measure Challenge

It was a classy one this week, with tea dresses taking the stage for the made-to-measure challenge where the sewists had to fit their garments to a real body! There were so many wonderful iterations of this classic style - 

Want to try your hand at a tea dress at home? Here's a few patterns to inspire:

 New Look Sewing Pattern 6574 - Misses' Dresses

Sew Over It Sewing Pattern - Doris Dress

Sew Over It Sewing Pattern - 1940's Wrap Dress

Sew Over It Sewing Pattern - Betty Dress

Simplicity Sewing Pattern S9013 - Misses' Dresses in Two Lengths

New Look Sewing Pattern N6594 - Misses' Dress In Three Lengths

New Look Sewing Pattern N6617 - Misses' Dresses

Simplicity Sewing Pattern S8875 - Misses' Dresses

Simplicity Sewing Pattern S8946 - Misses' Dresses

True Bias Sewing Pattern - Shelby Dress & Romper

Fabrics inspired by the Bee's tea dresses

Powder Blue Double Spot Printed Polyester Peachskin Fabric

Powder Blue Double Spot Peachskin Fabric

Ditsy Floral Stone Printed Stretch Crepe Fabric

Ditsy Floral Stone Stretch Crepe Fabric

Liberty Flower Show Spring - Malvern Meadow - Lasenby Quilting Cotton Fabric

Liberty Flower Show Spring Malvern Meadow - 100% Cotton Fabric

Riley Blake Sweet Melody - Main White - 100% Cotton Fabric

Riley Blake Sweet Melody Main - 100% Cotton Fabric

Black Feathers Printed Stretch Crepe Fabric

Black Feathers Stretch Crepe Fabric

Makower Linen Texture - Aquamarine T3 - 100% Cotton Fabric

Makower Linen Texture Aquamarine - 100% Cotton

Handy Helpers

The contestants seemed to struggle quite a lot turned out their tubes for the rouleau loops, and I'll admit - it's a job I've always hated until I found these amazing little gadgets! The tube turners from Prym are a life saver and make a quick meal of turning out; usually it can take me up to half an hour to do it bit by bit, but these had me done in about 30 seconds flat! A fantastic little addition to your sewing equipment.

Prym Love Tube Turning Set

A lot of unpicking happened on this episode too, and once again, it's one of those jobs that seems to take longer than you want! Next time you're fed up of this chore, reach for a Seam Fix seam ripper - the innovative silicone head helps you to remove your unpicked threads SO quickly and easily, simply rub it along like a rubber to remove in a flash. Less time unpicking = more time doing the fun bits!

Hemline Seam Fix Seam Ripper

April 23, 2020 by Amy Gilbert
Tags: sewing bee

Comments

Maureen Vamplew

Maureen Vamplew said:

Great blog lots if recommendations and tips

Sue Crane

Sue Crane said:

Great blog I’m just going to check through my pattern and fabric stash to see if I need to order anything from you.
I was thinking of doing the wrap skirt and Tea dress.
This was a very helpful blog especially with the little extra habby.
Thank you Sewing Box

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