It’s week seven of The Sewing Bee, and the semi-final, *sob* which means we’re at the penultimate challenge and it’s a gooden. International week is upon us, which means we’re travelling around the globe for inspiration this week.
For week seven of the challenge it’s time to go global, with a garments inspired by trends and fabrics from across the globe.
There are a few way’s to tackle this challenge so head to Pinterest to check out some traditional shapes or why not pick a print that hails from across the globe? The choice is yours but whatever you do, make it count!
Maven PDF Pattern bundle – RRP £50
Maven patterns is a beautiful indie pattern company, designed and created by ex-high street pattern cutter, Mrs Maven. This wonderful bundle includes all 6 of her super stylish patterns that can either be printed at home or via copyshop.
Happy Fabric project bundle and voucher
If you’re ready to take your makes to the next level, then Happy Fabric has got you covered with their huge range of cutable films and vinyls. Simply create your shapes using scissors and then apply to your garment using a household iron and before you know it, you’ll have rainbows on everything! The winner of this bundle will receive a project and a voucher for use online.
The Avid Seamstress pattern bundle – RRP £50
The Avid Seamstress produces fashionable patterns for fashion conscious sewists. Not only that but the website is a one stop shop for fabric, notions and even workshops. The winner of this bundle will be able to take their pick from any three of the range – the only problem will be picking just three!
My Handmade Wardrobe pattern bundle – RRP £58
Last but not least in our pattern bundle bonanza is this lovely lot from My Handmade Wardobe. Perfect for beginner sewists and improvers alike, the range covers all of your wardrobe favourites from the basic tee to the jersey dress. The lucky winner will take away a bundle worth a whopping £58!
Hailing from Brittany, France, the Breton stripe t-shirt is a wardrobe staple for pretty much every woman ever. We think this would look fab as a Tilly and the Buttons Coco top, whipped up in this Turquoise stripe jersey.
African wax print
A firm favourite this season on The Bee, we can’t wait to get some African wax action into our wardrobes. These fabrics are common to West Africa and are unique in their bright, bold colourings – plus the front and back are always as bright as each other so you can pack a punch from every angle.
Inspired by the the beautiful Japanese garment, the kimono dress is a modern take on a dress steeped in history. The term means “garment”; ki means “to wear”, and mono means “thing” or “object”. We love this modern take on the piece which is a gorgeous addition to your wardrobe for work or play.
Introduced to the Western world by designer Paul Poiret, the harem pant is a take on traditional Turkish styles. The shape inspired a whole generation known as ‘Harem girls’ who sported the trousers in the early 1900’s – we just love that they’re comfy to lounge around in!
Inspired by the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, Pinterest is packed with clever fabric variations that incorporate this technique and after seeing the Bee’s take this on, we need one too – stat!
So hands up sewers, who is joining us for week seven? Comment below and let us know what you’re sewing and don’t forget to use the hashtag #GBSBsewalong so we can see your makes. Finally, click here to sign up to the Sewisfaction newsletter to get all the challenge and prize details first.