Book: Great British Sewing Bee 2

So I know I’m way behind the times, since the series has been over for weeks now, but I’m sharing the second Great British Sewing Bee Book with you today. I got a copy free from work (one of the perks of working in a bookshop is not only cheap, but sometimes free books!). I think I enjoyed the second series of the Sewing Bee a bit less than the first, partly because I felt like some of the challenges were hard for the sake of being hard – but maybe they had to do that as they can’t make the same things in every series. And although I enjoyed the no pattern week, it kind of irritated me that it was a bit Project Runway and that I would imagine the majority of home-sewers do use patterns always.

Anyway, these were small niggles, and the patterns that come with the book are pretty good – and you get printed pattern sheets with this book instead of having to print and stick the downloadable ones like with the first book.

I think the first book had a pencil skirt in, but I prefer the one in this book. Maybe I’m just drawn to the pink and the spots!?


I really love the 1930s blouse that they made and have it traced already to make!


I also thought the baby dungarees they made were really sweet, and I was so glad the pattern was included in the book. I have already made these for my nephew (who turned 1 the weekend before last!). I’ll be posting the full details later in the week.


I also love this bowling shirt – it seems quite rare to be able to find a bowling shirt pattern. I think it could also double up as a Hawaiian shirt pattern – I have some gorgeous, genuine Hawaiian fabric that I desperately wanted to make into this shirt, but there’s only about a metre and even with a contrasting collar and cuffs, I can’t get the pattern pieces to fit, boo 😦


I’m thrilled that they included the pattern for Tamara’s 1960s coat! I would definitely not use the same fabric as her as that stuff looked like a bitch to sew with, but I really love the 60s and this coat is a really nice shape. I’m determined to make a coat at some point, so maybe this will be the pattern?


7 thoughts on “Book: Great British Sewing Bee 2

  1. After Dark Sewing

    I love the pencil skirt! But like you I’m not sure if it’s the polka dots I’m drawn to!
    I made the baby girls dress last week. It’s adorable. If you have any little girls in your family you must try it! I struggled with the knickers though… Actually still struggling! I blogged about the dress earlier this week so do take a look if you’re interested!
    Oh and I would love to see your dungarees 🙂
    Beth x


    1. jamahistory

      You can never go wrong with polkadots in my opinion!
      The baby dress you made is so cute! Great fabric. I am an ‘aunt’ to my friend’s daughter who is now 3, so I think she’d be a bit big for the pattern, but now I’ve made the dungarees, I might have been bitten by the children’s clothes bug! They’re smaller so much quicker to finish!
      Thanks for reading 🙂 xx


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