This week on The Great British Sewing Bee, we say the contestants tackle technical fabrics. That category of fabrics is pretty broad and is more of an umbrella term, I think. The first challenge tested their skills on sewing swim wear and making a bathing costume.
If you fancy making your own striking swimwear we've got 3 beautiful Liberty London swimwear fabrics! They'd be great for the Closet Case Patterns Sophia Swimsuit or the Named Patterns Beverly Twisted Bikini.
I saw quite a few of the contestants using pattern weights and rotary cutters to cut out the their fabric. It's a good choice, I think, as this type of fabric tends to be really slippery.
When you come to sew the fabric I recommend putting a stretch needle in the machine. The eye of this needle is a little higher than normal, meaning the stitches formed are slightly bigger and they can withstand a greater degree of stretch.
The customisation challenge was certainly entertaining, but honestly, I'm not really anticipating a rush in people making outfits for their dogs. I do like the idea of re-using tent fabric though. It's perfect for a rain coat!
The final challenge asked the contestants to make a luxury tracksuit for their male model. It was nice to see a challenge that is so different, but it's probably not the most common project a home hobby dressmaker wants to make. We did see lots of interesting techniques though: open ended zips, contrast panels, ribbing, hoods and 'bouncy' scuba fabric. I enjoyed watching it, but I have to admit, it didn't really spark my next sewing project.