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Sewing Bee Episode 2 – Children’s Sewing Patterns

Episode 2 of The Great British Sewing Bee – watch Now on BBC iPlayer

Another exciting episode (not least to see Patrick Grant doing the floss!) watching the 9 remaining Sewing Bee’s being challenged to create technically brilliant garments whilst showing off their creativity – there were some wonderful creations and the launch of Joe Lycett’s new catchphrase – #thatsgoodsewing

patrick grant doing the floss on sewing bee
Patrick and Joe teaching Esme to do the floss! (the child models would have been cringing!)

This week the theme was Sewing for Children!

Editor Amy (live tweeting through the show) was straight in with some expert advice for sewing for kids.

Patrick said he’s never seen such a talented bunch and never seen a better transformation challenge than this week, what do you think – how do they compare to past bees we’ve come to know and love? Like the fabulous Tilly who has an Ultimate Guide to Sewing supplement that comes as a cover gift with Issue 64 of Love Sewing Magazine in shops tomorrow (along with two pattern gifts!)

beginners guide to sewing

The Pattern Challenge

This challenge is where the sewing bees are given the same pattern, they can choose their fabric and must fit it to a mannequin.

To test the sewers’ dexterity, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young kick off the pattern challenge with a wardrobe staple of every child – a hoodie. The task requires a tricky combination of hard-to-handle stretch fabrics, small pattern pieces and getting to grips with the ruthless overlocker which cuts the fabric as it sews.

All of the sewing bees did really well, which just shows that with enough time even a beginner could make a hoodie. We’ve pulled together a collection of free Hoodie patterns for you to try – Free Hoodie Patterns

Free Kids Hoodie Patterns

Alteration / Transformation Challenge

Next, in the transformation challenge, the sewers let their imaginations run wild, turning faux fur coats into fantastical fancy dress beasts.

If you fancy sewing up a fun kids outfit we’ve got a brilliant reindeer outfit which would be perfect to transform and adapt into whatever magical, mythical creature you desire!

Made-to-Measure Challenge

Finally, the Sewing Bee welcomes dancing mini-models for made-to-measure dance costumes. These must be perfectly fitted but allow enough freedom of movement for the dancing children to perform the Hornpipe, the Tarantella and Highland dancing down the catwalk. Who will tango their way to the top and win garment of the week, and who will stumble, becoming the second sewer to leave the Great British Sewing Bee?

Not everything went to plan…

If you’re on the hunt for kids dance costumes, take a look at our Pinterest board dedicated to dancewear for kids.

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Can’t wait for next week – as always join us on Twitter @lovesewingmag for Amy’s live tweets!

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