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...

It was bold, bright and beautiful as we took things back to the 80's this episode! Think big bows, bold statement shoulders, and lots of luxe shiny fabrics...

Sewing Bee Style - Series 6, Episode 7

Pattern Challenge

The first challenge offered up a test in tailoring, with the contestants facing a power jacket full of fitted darts, big shoulder pads and bold lapels. A jacket to make a statement! Whether you prefer a bold look or something a bit more subtle, find your next (or first) jacket pattern inspired by this make...

Fabric Suggestions: You want something with a bit of structure to hold the shape of the jacket and that can be pressed. Wool mixes are great for this and proved to be a good choice for most of the contestants who made a successfully structured jacket. 

Glitter Houndstooth Tweed Fabric

Silver/Black Tweed Fabric

Black Wool Boucle Fabric

Midnight Blue Wool Boucle Fabric

Camel Wool Look Coating Fabric

Christmas Red Washable Wool Fabric

Cerise Polyester Twill Fabric

And you can't be without your trusty shoulder pads for a true power jacket...

 Transformation Challenge

This one is always a bit whacky this series, and it was no different this time - turning high vis garments into party wear! There were fun crop tops and poofy skirts, strapless mini dresses, and retro shapes!

Made-to-Measure Challenge

Things got smart in the last challenge with fun cocktail dresses on the menu! It was all about shiny crazy fabrics like velvet, satin, taffeta and more... because more is more!


Fabric Suggestions: For that 80's look, it's all about luxe shiny fabrics! Think lace, sequins, velvet, lame, metallic shades and silky finishes. Check your individual pattern for what sort of fabric will work best in terms of weight, structure, and stretch.

Magenta Silky Satin Fabric

Lavender Duchess Satin Fabric

Soft Rose Micro Satin Fabric

Rust Bubble Satin Fabric

Ivory Duchess Satin Fabric

Navy Bubble Satin Fabric

Navy Glitter Knit Fabric

Silver Metallic Textured Moire Jersey Fabric

Champagne Metallic Textured Moire Jersey Fabric

Champagne Metallic Linen Viscose Fabric

Rose Gold Sequin Fabric

Silver Mini Sequin Fabric

Grey Crushed Velvet Fabric

Light Pink Crushed Velvet Fabric

Wine Stretch Velvet Fabric

Electric Blue Stretch Velvet Fabric

Sapphire Taffeta Fabric

Purple Taffeta Fabric

Emerald Taffeta Fabric

Ivory Stretch Lace Fabric

Wine Heavy Corded Lace Fabric

June 03, 2020
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