Another great episode of the Great British Sewing Bee – this time all about children’s wear. This week involved lots of stretch and jersey fabric, so:
Our GBSB SPECIAL OFFER this week is 10% off our lovely range of cotton jersey fabric with the code SEWINGBEE10 – you can browse the range HERE. This offer includes the beautiful range of Art Gallery cotton jerseys. There is also FREE POSTAGE on all orders over £30.
Below are some of our cotton jersey fabrics that we feel are particularly suited to children’s wear. The Glitter Crown Cats and the Stripes cotton jersey are OEKO-TEX certified – this means they have been tested to be free of harmful substances.
Also perfect for children’s hoodies is our super-soft Modal French Terry (although this is not in our GBSB offer). You can browse the range HERE and it includes some beautiful colours:
First up was the pattern challenge which involved making a hoodie in stretch cotton jersey, with a lined hood and ribbed cuffs and waistband. Jaycotts have a suitable hoodie pattern HERE. The contestants were instructed to sew all the seams with an overlocker, but as this machine slices off surplus fabric as it sews, they had to be very careful not to make a mistake!
A few tips gleaned from the hoodie challenge:
- Leah’s top tip was to cut jersey fabric with a rotary cutter to avoid stretching the fabric. This is particularly important with children’s clothing where the small scale will show up the slightest errors.
- Esme highlighted the need to pin centre of hood to centre of neck and distribute the fabric evenly around the neck for a smooth finish.
- Patrick pointed out to Alexei that white cuffs are not the best choice for children’s wear, as they get grubby very quickly!
- The judges told Sheila that if you use a bold contrast colour for top stitching you need to make sure that you are particularly neat. A matching or co-ordinating colour is a better choice if you are unsure of your top-stitching skills.
The biggest challenge, though, seemed to be getting the hoodies on the little mannequins! There were a lot of dislocated limbs in the process! First place went to Janet who produced a beautifully-executed hoody with excellent pattern matching. Sadly, Ben decided not to follow the judge’s instructions to overlock seams, so was relegated to last position.
Next was the transformation challenge where contestants had to transform a faux fur jacket into a child’s fancy dress outfit based on animals or mythical beasts. Contestants seemed to relish the challenge and were bursting with creative ideas. Ben won with this phase with his anatomically clever Mr Ant with its ‘excessively boned’ 3D rump!
Finally we had the made to measure challenge which required contestants to make a child’s dance outfit. The contestants were inspired by an amazing range of dance styles – there were influences from street dance, sailor’s hornpipe, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scottish Highland dancing, tarantella, Swan Lake, and the Nigerian Igbo cultural dance. We were also treated to some interesting ‘flossing’ and hornpipe performances from both Patrick and Joe!
Leah excelled here with her black and white Swan Lake outfit which aimed to symbolise both the good and the bad swans in one costume. This deservedly won her the ‘garment of the week’ prize. Unfortunately, the person who sent home was Sheila, who was let down by the standard of finishing on some of her garments, in the judges’ opinion.
We are already looking forward to next week’s episode which will take us back to the 1970s and promises flares, anarchy and maxi dresses!