17 February 2015

The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric



The Great British Sewing Bee is back! And with it the third tie-in book - this time written by Claire-Louise Hardie, the sewing producer of the show who also runs sewing school The Thrifty Stitcher. Wanna see inside? Spoiler alert - the book features projects from the series, so if you would like to keep the contestants' makes a surprise, best stop reading...



Still here? Okay, let's take a look. The book is a hefty hardback, accompanied by a pack of printed patterns. It begins with some sewing basics, followed by four chapters divided up by fabric type - cottons, wool and other animal fibres (leather and silk), stretch fabrics, and luxury fabrics (such as lace, satin and tweed). Each section starts with a glossary of those kinds of fabrics, some tips on working with them, and even a bit of history on their origin - the series is on the BBC, after all!

I really like the idea of breaking the book up by fabric type, as it not only helps stitchers to understand the impact that fabric choice makes on a finished project, but it might also encourage people to branch out and work with materials they haven't tried before. I'm definitely feeling inspired to try some of the tips and projects - and on that note...



The projects! While the book is very text-heavy, it also includes a ton of garment projects for women, men and kiddos - some made from the patterns included, others with instructions for drafting your own, plus a few variations. There are seven women's sizes included (UK 8-20), six men's sizes and the range of children's sizes differ between the patterns.

Obviously being a mainstream BBC TV show the book is aiming to appeal to a wide target audience, and it covers a lot of ground, from simple skirts to a leather jacket (omigawd I can't wait to see that episode!). While on the downside there may be only a couple of things in here that suit your particular taste, on the plus side there is, as they say, something for everyone. If you're looking to sew for your family, then this could be a great resource for you, as you get a ton of patterns for the price of a book.


I haven't tried the projects yet myself as the book just arrived yesterday (and because hello project backlog), but I've got my eye on the jumpsuit and casual trousers variation for Summer. And I might have to make the elephant costume for a random child - did you see that episode? Awwww!

The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric comes out at the end of February and is available for pre-order now.

Book c/o Quadrille. Opinions my own.

23 comments:

  1. I have this on pre-order and have been dying to have a sneaky peek - so thanks!! Looks a great book!

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  2. got my eye on the elephant outfit as a pressie for my daughter already! And that flowery skirt has my name all over it! Cant wait!

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  3. Thanks Tilly for the book preview. I am enjoying The GBSB show so its nice to have a look inside the book. I really like the drapey knit dress, and there is a close up of it on The Thrifty Stitcher site, its a fab design.

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  4. want want want!!! I can wait for this to be in the shops, the patterns look just like my kind of style. whoop whoop!

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  5. Thanks for the sneaky peek! Must order my copy...

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  6. Pre-ordering this NEED to know how to make a leather jacket!! and that jumpsuit looks AMAZING! http://thegirlwiththestrawberrytattoo.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. Looks like they've upped their game with this book. The trousers and jumpsuit caught my eye. The elephant costume is worth the price of the book alone. Just need to find a child who has a fancy dress play date.

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  8. The jumpsuit looks fab, might be a bit tricky for a beginner like me, but I'm feeling brave! I need to order this book, oh and get my machine out the loft!!

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  9. wow even the look of this book is amazing! The gold traditional effect is so much more enticing i love it! Some of these projects look really good :) I don't think I've even purchased the second one yet...QUICK!! xx
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  10. I have this on pre-order too, I need to learn about all the fabrics!

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  11. And pre-ordered! I just had to complete my collection of all the GBSB books and this really does look fab! You can't beat that elephant costume - who says we can't just make the bigger headdress for us adults? Bring on the next fancy dress party! Glad you like the book anyway Tilly :) happy Wednesday everyone! xxx

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    1. Tempting to make the elephant costume as loungewear...

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  12. LOVE that flowered skirt ....have a happy day people :)

    Alexa-asimplelife

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  13. This looks like a great book full of sewing tips and info. loads of fun projects.

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  14. The skirt with flowers is lovely! It's quite dangerous for me to read your blog....I have now ordered 3(!) books by Sewing Bee, couldn't resist them :)

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  15. I'm so glad you posted this! I work at a bookshop so I just sat down to order this for myself and to my surprise, we have it already! It's now on today's to-buy pile.

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  16. Is the walkaway dress in there? I'd love to make it but don't want to buy the pattern if it is in the book. Thanks! Love your book too xx

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    1. Yip, Walkaway dress is included :)

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  17. Ohh, please please please tell me that the adorable children's waistcoat is in there!

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  18. Can't wait to get my mitts on my copy! I've just subscribed to Love Sewing and it comes with a copy of the book... squeal!!

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  19. Hi, do you know what patterns are included with this book? I have the first 2 books and was wondering if this offered anything different? Thanks

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