How to sew a circle cape: inspired by GBSB

Episode two of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the sewists tackle tricky childrenswear (and get in a right mess over gussets in the process!). The highlight of the episode was the final wool cape challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. There’s no pattern needed for this project,… Continue reading

DIY knickers tutorial: inspired by GBSB

How to sew knickers

If you’ve been inspired to sew your own lingerie by episode three of the Great British Sewing Bee, then start with our simple knickers tutorial. Use your brightest fabric, frilliest lace and prettiest ribbon for these beauties!

How to sew a no-pattern-cardi

How to sew a no-pattern cardigan

Ouch! This week’s semi final of The Great British Sewing Bee had us squirming as we watched the contestants grapple with their trickiest pattern-cutting challenges yet. If you’re not quite ready to take on high-end pattern play, but you’re still itching to have a go at making your own made-to-measure garment, then we’ve got the… Continue reading

How to sew a yoga mat bag: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Simply Sewing how to make a yoga mat bag

In case you missed, this week was quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers battled it out (in the most polite, British way possible) over activewear. They grappled with lycra, turned ski suits into children’s jackets and got technical with yoga outfits. If you’re keen to have a go, but… Continue reading

How to sew vintage patterns: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Vintage sewing patterns with floral prints from Plum and Pigeon

We’re feeling pretty groovy about sixties-style dress making after last night’s Great British Sewing Bee. If you’re keen to get the look, never fear – you don’t have to jump straight in with PVC! Start by sewing up a pattern from yesteryear with our essential guide to sewing vintage patterns. We asked several sewists to… Continue reading