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The Great British Sewing Bee Series 9 - Episode 1 Recap

As the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee is well underway, we're here to keep you in the loop with all the remarkable highlights, jaw-dropping makes, and, of course, an in-depth exploration of the mesmerizing fabrics and patterns that grace the sewing room.

Be warned“there are spoilers ahead” as we explore each weeks standout moments, gasping at near misses, and cheering for those exquisite triumphs that leave us breathless.

From sumptuous silks to humble cottons, the Sewing Bee workshop is a treasure trove of stunning materials waiting to be transformed into extraordinary garments. We'll be taking a closer look at the fabrics that grace the sewing tables.

So, my fellow sewing enthusiasts, prepare to be inspired, amazed, and perhaps even a little envious as we venture into the captivating world of The Great British Sewing Bee.

Episode 1 - First Week

In their first pattern challenge, the contestants were tasked with creating a top that featured an elegant twist at its centre. This seemingly simple construction held a bit of brain-teaser, adding an extra layer of challenge to the task. We spotted Fauve working with some cotton lawn – Garden of Shakespeare for this project which looked fab!

During the 90-minute Transformation Challenge, the participants were given a conventional office uniform consisting of a pencil skirt or a blouse. Their objective was to infuse their unique personal style into the ensemble, adding their own creative twist to make it truly reflective of their individuality. The quirkier the better and although the judges didn’t seem to agree we personally loved Tony R’s shorts! Totally raaaad!

During the Made to Measure round, the contestant’s task was to skilfully tailor a dress with intricate cut-out details, striving to achieve a flawless fit that accentuates the model's figure. A brilliant challenge that some fabulous designs (a particular favourite was Matthews rather risqué dress) and it saw some real team work as they worked to help Catherine make it to the runway. It really was a joy to watch.

We also found out this week that Esme has a slight obsession with skulls...who knew?!

Garment of the Week went to Tony W’s Stretch Fabric Cut-Out Dress (extra kudos to him for using stretch fabric!)

We had to say farewell to Catherine and we are all a little bit gutted about this one!

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Pime Cotton Lawn - Garden of Shakespeare

Named Clothing Sisko - Interlace Dress & Top

Combed Poplin - Lottie Love

Maison Fauve - Mia Dress & Blouse

Next Week - Travel Week

Image Credit: BBC/Love Productions/­­James Stack
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