I know I’m a bit late to jump on the bandwagon of the third book to be released in conjunction with The Great British Sewing Bee, but I bought a copy last week – no more sneaky free books for me now I no longer sell books 😦
As everyone else has said, this is the best of the 3 Great British Sewing Bee books – I have all 3 (reviews of book 1 and book 2). This one was written by Claire-Louise Hardie, who is the sewing consultant on the show, runs a sewing studio in Stoke Newington and has a blog and website called The Thrifty Stitcher.
This book could easily be picked up by a beginner and has lots of useful tips, such as what equipment you need:
The sleeveless shell top has a button backed variation.
The jumpsuit is kind of okay, if it didn’t have the frill on, though I have the By Hand London Holly Jumpsuit to make, so I’m not sure I’ll make this one. I do like the casual trousers variation, though (as made by Rachel at House of Pinheiro)
The kilt pattern is included – I’m not sure my fella would wear a kilt (and he would even less wear cargo shorts or a plain t-shirt, which are the other men’s patterns in the book), but it would be cool to have a go at one!
There is also a leather jacket pattern, which I found a bit disappointing – I felt like some of the ones the contestants made were better patterns, and in previous books they have included actual patterns made. Oh well, I’ll have to look for a different leather jacket pattern for that time, probably like 8 years in the future, when I finally get around to making a leather jacket (which I’m not even sure would be my style!).
The knit dress with the fold details:
I also really like the slouchy knit cardigan, and I particularly like the woven fabric kimono cardigan version – the fabric they’ve used is really pretty.
I’ve got a week off work in a couple of weeks and am planning to MAKE ALL THE THINGS and try sewing with knits for the first time. I’ve been collecting jersey fabric for a while and plan to try a few different patterns to see which I like the most. If course, I’ll probably get about a fifth of what I hope actually made. Does anyone else massively underestimate how long it takes to make things and then get disappointed with your progress in a weekend/ day off? Or is it just me? Maybe once I’ve got more me-mades in my wardrobe, I won’t feel so compelled to make about 100 things at once!? Maybe I need to recreate Sewing Bee conditions to try to make things quicker!?