Great British Sewing Bee | Episode 3

We are now in week 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee and the competition is getting tough! This week the theme was the 1950s and the contestants had to sew a ‘Walkaway’ dress, transform some curtains into something gorgeous and sew a blouse with sheer fabric – a challenge for even the most experienced dressmakers!

We were really impressed with their efforts – the standard is so high this year – but as ever, someone has to go home and this week we said goodbye to the lovely Neela. We’re going to miss her sense of humour and smiley face and we want to wish her well!Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 17.14.06 We also loved the ice cream print she chose for her Walkaway Dress.

The other big news from the night was that Lorna finally moved into first place and was awarded ‘Garment of the Week’ for her gorgeous sheer blouse – well done Lorna!



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If you’re excited by the 50s style garments in this week’s show – you can find plenty more vintage patterns, like this gorgeous dress and pussy bow blouse, here.



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The retro blouse design was reinterpreted from the Burda archives and would be a great addition to any contemporary wardrobe! It perfectly captures the vintage vibe but in a fresh modern style. This elegant vintage blouse features a wrap around detail; shirring; overlapped sleeves, and a V-neckline with front flounce and a buttoned closure that secures the wrapped ends in place.

The dress features the cinched in waist and full skirt silhouette that was so popular in the fifties. The full skirts were a celebration of the end of rationing which meant women weren’t restricted to how much fabric they could use.

And don’t forget our competition to win your very own Overlord, oops! Overlocker – entries details can be found here.

Happy sewing!



Overlocker Competition (Burda)



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