*Image from BBC Iplayer
What an amazing 4th series to The Great British Sewing Bee and the finals have commenced! All three finalists have shown great dedication and a real grasp of improvement and development in their sewing skills.
Joyce’s traditional style has impressed and also raised a few eyebrows from the particular choices of her designs, and what more would you want than that? Jade on the other hand, is a complete contrast in terms of style; the contemporary and unique garments she has created represented a new feel for fashion. Lastly is Charlotte [spoiler alert], the winner!
The consistency in her creativity and skill level is overwhelmingly compelling and fascinating. Her emotions seep out to us all, especially in this finale. All three are deserving winners and Charlotte came in first with her gracious and passionate garments, well done!
As for the challenges, as always there are three tasks to complete with the theme of ‘Evening Wear’ that consists of extreme precision and accuracy in every stitch.
The Pain of Pin-tucking:
The final pattern challenge is to create a man’s dress shirt. The requirements are 12 pin-tucks in total with symmetrical collar stands and cuffs. The winner of this round went to Joyce with her fine pink shirt that ticked the boxes. You have 4 ½ hours to complete this so get stuck in. The contestants worked with a range of polycotton, cotton, buttons, sewing threads and interfacing which can all be found with us.
Not-So-Classic Little Black Dress:
This following task was great fun! You have to create your very own little black evening dress that oozes glamor and enticement. This involves a lot of imagination and creativity for the garment to entail real shape and character. With her great efforts, Charlotte bags herself a win to the challenge yet again. You have 90 minutes as usual so bag yourself all the necessary tools from our variety of fabrics and haberdashery. Some of the materials the contestants used were: sequin blitz fabric, diamante zips, dutchess satin, banqueting suiting, threads and cover buttons. These can all be found on our online shop!
Gown That Wins The Crown:
The final task for The Great British Sewing Bee is to create a made-to-measure floor-length evening gown. This entails working with luxurious and delicate fabric which is a great test of your technical sewing skills. With 6 ½ hours, you need to pay attention to detail with perfection and precision in mind at all times! The fabrics and haberdashery that was used by the contestants can all be found with us; choose from all novelty foils, sequin blitz, dutchess satin, crepe backed satin, silky satin, diamante belting trim, interfacing, zips and threads!
There have been tremendous support to all finalists from Twitter to Facebook and all the thoughtful messages. The contestants have been real icons and role models to us all and I hope this encourages you to get out and find your own style and make it yourself!
A fantastic finale full of emotion, skill and imagination! If you have enjoyed getting involved with the tasks yourself, post your creations on our Facebook page and/or our very own Inspiration page. The serie has ended but your passion for sewing has not so keep posting your works to promote your creativity and socialise with your fellow sewers.
To watch the final of The Great British sewing Bee again, click here!