The Great British Sewing Bee | Episode Four

In episode four of The Great British Sewing Bee, the sewers took on children’s clothes for the first time, making dungarees for toddlers, a child’s fancy dress costume and a prom dress for a loved one. We’re now half way through the competition, so the heat is really on!
WARNING: This blog contains spoilers, so make sure you don’t read on until after you’ve watched the show if you don’t want to ruin any surprises!

Challenge 1
The sewers were fairly alarmed to find children’s mannequins when they arrived in the sewing room this week! They were asked to create dungarees for a toddler, so there were some small pattern pieces to contend with! They had to sew flat felled seams for the garment, which meant lots of visible topstitching. There were different fastenings involved as well, as they had to add snaps on the side and dungaree clips to the straps. David won the challenge, as his dungarees were the most sturdy and well-executed.
Browse our children’s patterns
Sew some suspender trousers
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Challenge 2
For the alteration challenge, the sewers were given a pillowcase, some tracksuit bottoms and a jumper. They were asked to create a children’s fancy dress costume using additional items from the haberdashery. As always, the creations were spectacular! Tamara made a superhero outfit, Jenni made a dinosaur, and David made a ladybird. Most of the sewers added appliqued details to their costumes. Cerina won this challenge with her pirate outfit, and Lynda came second with her Queen of Hearts dress.
Make your own pirate costume
Check out our fancy dress patterns
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Challenge 3
It caused a stir when the sewers discovered that their models would be friends and family this week! They were asked to make a prom dress for a teenage sister, daughter, niece, cousin, friend or neighbour in the final challenge. Many of the sewers created strapless dresses, so the bodice required boning, which is sewed into the seam around the bust to give it structure. Tamara added pleats to her skirt and David sewed his first concealed zip. Lynda was awarded Garment of the Week, and Cerina sadly left the competition.
Try one of our dress patterns
Practise boning with our bustier dress
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Join us next week when the sewers are challenged to work with leather and make trousers for themselves! If you missed last week, check out our Episode Three round-up blog post to catch up.

If you’d like to start dressmaking, you’ll find a huge selection of patterns available from BurdaStyleUK. And if you’ve been inspired by anything from The Great British Sewing Bee, please share it with us on Facebook and Twitter!

NOTE: The images in this blog are not suitable for third party use. Images taken from The Great British Sewing Bee Episode Four, shown on 11th March at 8pm, BBC Two.

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