The Great British Sewing Bee
By Tessa Evelegh
The Great British Sewing Bee is the official tie-in to the BBC TWO series. The TV series looks for the nation’s best amateur sewer watched over by judges Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant and doyenne of the WI May Martin as presenter Claudia Winkleman looks on. And to entice you further, the book includes a free full size pattern for one of the projects to get you started!
Capturing the creative energy of the series, the book provides an irresistible collection of over 25 projects covering garments and homewares that will delight sewing enthusiasts everywhere. As in the series, the projects offer something for both sexes and all ages. Garments include a flattering tea dress, pencil skirt, unisex pyjama bottoms and a waistcoat. The homewares and accessories include aprons, a stylish tote bag, laundry bag, a selection of cushion designs and three different window dressings. All are complete with instructions and patterns for sizes 8 – 16 available as a pdf download free with purchase.
Including select items from the TV series, technical know-how and insider sewing tips from the judges, this book will help the beginner achieve professional results.
About the Judges Patrick Grant is the Creative Director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and E Tautz. Recipient of the British Fashion Council's Menswear Designer of the Year award in 2010, he is renowned for his passion for clothing, craftsmanship and classic British brands.
May Martin is a highly experienced seamstress who has been teaching sewing for over 40 years. She currently tutors at Denman College, the flagship education centre for The Women's Institute.
Every pattern piece needed to make all of garments in The Great British Sewing Bee book be found below. All you have to do is click on the name of the project you want to make and follow the prompts to download that particular pattern template. The pieces that you need are always listed in the Cutting Guide instructions supplied at the beginning of each project.
Once you have downloaded the pattern pieces, you simply need to print out all the pages from that pdf file onto separate sheets of A4 paper. The pdf has been formatted to print on standard A4 paper (297mm x 210mm). Some pattern pieces fit neatly onto a single sheet of paper, whereas others are too large and so carry on over two or more sheets. To piece together the pattern templates that are too large to fit onto a single sheet, lay out all the A4 pages and match up the the corresponding black boxes – for example, place the two boxes labelled 2B together. Once each sheet is match up with its adjoining pages, trim each page along the crop marks with a ruler and a craft knife or cut neatly with scissors. Next, tape all the pages together in sequence. Repeat to attach any additional pages as necessary. For more tips on how to use downloadable patterns, click here quadrillecraft.com/blog_how-to-use-downloadable-sewing-patterns_17
> GBSB_Tunic > GBSB_Pyjama Trousers > GBSB_Edge to Edge Jacket > GBSB_Pencil Skirt > GBSB_Summer Dress > GBSB_Circular Skirt > GBSB_Tea Dress > GBSB_Childs Dress > GBSB_Cooks Apron > GBSB_Prom Dress > GBSB_Hacking Jacket > GBSB_Bow Tie > GBSB_Camisole > GBSB_Boyfriend Shirt > GBSB_Basic Dress > GBSB_Waistcoat > GBSB_Tote Bag > GBSB_Blouse with Collar > GBSB_Butchers Apron
If you’ve never switched on a sewing machine before or need a refresher on the key sewing techniques, then these helpful how-to videos will help you to get stitching.
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