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Sewing Bee – Episode 3 Catch Up!

Episode 3 – The Great British Sewing BeeSeries 5 – Watch on BBC Iplayer Now!

In this post we take a look at what happened in Episode 3 and share some useful links to help inspire your sewing. Amy our editor was live tweeting throughout the show – be sure to join in next week, it’s a great party atmosphere on Twitter on a Tuesday evening at 9pm! Especially when Paddy and Esme started pogoing! (any of you remener that dance move – Joe was clearly quite surprised!)

simplicity vintage

The theme this week was seventies fashion! We love vintage patterns and teamed up with Simplicity Vintage to offer you all the chance to win some fun vintage goodies! Enter here

Pattern Challenge!

First up, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young challenge the sewers to get their groove on with the trickiest pattern so far, flared jeans. Creating the perfect bell-bottomed trousers involves grappling with vintage machines, heavyweight fabrics and taking on such daunting technical hurdles as the zip fly and flat-felled seam, hopefully without getting in a flap.

Want to try sewing some flat felled seams? We’ve got a complete guide to sewing flat fell seams here!

flat fell seams

The team at Minerva have a 10% discount off Denim if you use the code SEWDENIM10 – head over now to shop the range.

Transformation challenge

For the transformation challenge, fabric flies and anarchy rules as the sewers let rip with their imagination, turning t-shirts and tartan into provocative punk-inspired outfits in just 90 minutes.

Made-to-measure challenge

In the made to measure challenge the sewers take on their final icon of 70s fashion, the maxi dress. Working with sheer, slippery fabrics, they must create a form-fitting bodice and floaty skirt that embodies the glamour that makes the maxi dress popular to this day.

free maxi dress pattern

We have a free Maxi Dress pattern download if you would like to give this classic style a try!

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