Great British Sewing Bee EP4 Catchup

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Episode 4 International Week

Today’s society is the most culturally diverse it has ever been; no wonder this week on The Great British Sewing Bee they have focused on garment styles and designs from other cultures and continents. Browse our online fabric catalogue and inspire your creative senses with a spectrum of different colours, patterns, prints, materials, and the important haberdasheries and join in on the fun!

Chinese Brocade Garment:

This first task is to create a Chinese Qipao-style top. This is a complex garment which entails an asymmetrical neckline and a troublesome invisible zip insertion (if not done correctly). Dealing with brocades is a challenging but extremely rewarding task, the fabric frays easily so do not stretch; however, the end result is stunning when using this fabric. The level of difficulty has increased now and so has the time limit, with 3 ½ hours until completion. The key is precision, precision, precision. The neckline will stand out like a sore thumb if you don’t nail that precision. With many fastenings and invisible zips to choose from, you can perfect your garment to reflect the culture of Chinese fashion.

Altering from Asia to Eastern Europe:

Second task commences, having to transform yards of embroidery fabrics from a sari garment into an Eastern European inspired clothing in just 90 minutes. Take a look at our fabrics and haberdashery that are perfect for saris and create them an Eastern European twang by throwing explosions of embroidery and craftsmanship. A requirement it to create your garment by obeying to one of the three shapes of: rectangle, triangle or square, you don’t need to play it safe when you have endless haberdashery tools from beads, trimmings and sequences that we provide to rectify that European style.

African Made-to-Measure:

The final task this week is to create a made-to-measure garment with the inspiration of Western Africa. The condition is to use dramatic wax print fabrics that you can find on our online shop with an ocean range of patterns and colours. The time limit is 5 ½ hours, giving you enough time to explore and apply but keep an eye on the time as it will fly by with this new challenge. The fabric itself has quite a bit of weight which can be demanding when you are creating a figure-hugging garment and this is where your fitting skills are tested. As Patric stated, Western-African clothing is all about “accentuating the female body” so be sure to have systematic measurements from the get go.

Show off your creations by posting them on https://www.facebook.com/fabriclandltd/ and see how well others are competing too. You can also send your designs to our Inspiration page at https://fabricland.co.uk/your-creations/ and socialise with felow dress-makers.

To watch episode 4 of The Great British sewing Bee again, click here!

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