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Episode 2 Children's Week
With the second episode of The Great British Sewing Bee bringing a storm to the mix, the tasks are coming back to children’s fashion. This challenge pays great attention to flexibility and comfort of the fabrics and haberdashery chosen. The difficulty level that comes with children’s dress-making gives you great practice on precision and patience. To give you a few ideas, we offer a large spectrum of colours, prints and patterns to compliment our cotton jersey fabrics, satin and chiffon fabrics and finally, coating and jacketing fabrics– all available here so you can match the tasks’ preferences. This is a more fiddly task as you are going to have to use a smaller surface area of fabric but will still need all the technical elements.
Let’s get started, the first task is to follow a pattern to make a babygrow, along with cuffs, gussets and poppers all within 3 hour and 15 minutes. Keep in mind the aim to make this garment comfortable and flexible for a child to move and play in. Make sure you don’t make the same mistake as Ghislaine and sew that gusset in the right place. Stretchy cotton jersey is essential here so check out our materials available. Don’t just stop there, make the babygrow fun and playful with our haberdashery to really give that child-like impact.
Slippery and unsteady material is always a threat to the tolerance you have when sewing. This alternation task involved just that, with materials such as satin and chiffon revealing the difficulty but also beauty of the materials. Play around with our range of satin and chiffon fabrics that you will go insane over and see if you can bring your dress-making skills up a notch by creating a garment out of these materials- within 90 minutes.
This was quite a tactical task because creating a cape requires effort in just 4 hours. The shape of a cape is essential in how it rests on the shoulders. Not enough material will leave your cape looking like shoulder pads gone wrong and too much material will drown the body of the model. The candidates used a variety of fabrics for their designs, if any stood out to you and would wish to try them out, just browse on our website to find what you’re eager to get your hands on. You can simply place an order online or even over the phone. Try and challenge yourself and create your very own cape!
To watch episode 2 of The Great British sewing Bee again, click here!