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The Great British Sewing Bee - Episode 5 #GBSB

Six sewers left! This week they are getting to grips with some of the most difficult fabrics to sew with. A nylon anorak, using leather to transform a high street top & make a pair of trousers in delicate velvet.

We have put together some information below, including Fabrics and Supplies featured in the episode (or similar) along with Tips, Techniques and other resources to get your creativity flowing.


Challenge 1 - Nylon Anorak

ripstop fabric

7 steps to sewing with Rip Stop Nylon

A great step by step guide to Snap Fasteners and buy your anorak snaps here. We also stock the cord ends to finish your item.

We have lots of Waterproof Fabrics perfect for any jacket you might want to make. And we have a couple of patterns for ladies anoraks here

Loving these little tutorials for a child's Raincoat and Poncho

We even found a tutorial for a Dog Coat

Learn more - How to do a Raglen Sleeve , watch how to use a Walking Foot , learn how to attach a Ribbed Waistband and learn how to top stitch your Zipper

Challenge 2 - Transform a High Street Top with Leather

leather pieces

Great tips for sewing with Leather

We have Leather Pieces sold by the bag at just £1.99 - perfect for upcycling projects. We also have Leather Vinyl Needles and Machine Leather Needles for all your sewing needs.

Double sided tape available here

Learn how to do Reverse Applique , how to sew rouleau ties without tools here but you can buy a loop turner here

Challenge 3 - Made to Measure - Velvet Trousers


How to sew an easy pair of Trousers

Tips for sewing with Velvet

Take a look at our range of Velvet & Velour fabrics and our patterns for both Ladies and Mens trousers. You may also need some Interfacing and Dress Lining

Check out The Colette Patterns Pants Fitting Cheatsheet to solve your mis-fitting trouser dilemmas.

Your guide to trouser Pockets ,Flat Seat Adjustments and Fly Closures

6 easy steps on how to hand sew a Hem

Sewing Essentials

And of course you will need all of your Sewing Essentials which are used regularly in sewing, ranging from repair patches, marking & measuring equipment, machine accessories, scissors, pins & needles and more.

Sewing Essentials

We offer a huge selection of zips including Concealed, Open End , Closed End and Chunky

We also have a great choice of Buttons and Ribbons , Interfacings , Threads , Cotton Seam & Bias Bindings and Elastics

Here is our guide to Episode 1 and in case you missed it you can catch up here

Here is our guide to Episode 2 and in case you missed it you can catch up here

Here is our guide to Episode 3 and in case you missed it you can catch up here

Here is our guide to Episode 4 and in case you missed it you can catch up here