Semi Finals and down to the final four sewers who are back in the sewing room. They face three challenges - they must demonstrate their ability to drape on the stand by making a dress out of a piece of fabric straight on to the mannequin, next they alter a dress by adding a pair of perfectly symmetrical sleeves. Finally they bring in their favourite garment from home, make a new copy and fit it to themselves.

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.

Fab Four

Challenge 1 - Draping Dress

Draped Dress

A novice guide to Draping

Easy Draped Maxi Dress tutorial.

Learn about Selvedges, Bias & Grain

Video on How to cut fabric on the Bias

Learn about Warp & Weft in Fabrics

3 ways to do a Rolled Hem

Great video tutorial for a draped cocktail dress

Great fabrics to choose from Viscose and Polyesters for your own draped dress.

Challenge 2 - Dress with symmetrical sleeves

Symnnetrical Sleeve

How to Draw a Pattern for a made to measure Sleeve

Make a puffed sleeve like Tamara

How to sew a cuff onto a sleeve

Make a symmetrical sleeve block.

Learn about different types of sleeves

Challenge 3 - Make a copy of their own garment

copying clothes

Black Organza Fabric like Chinelo

Cream Satin Fabric like Heather

Tailors Chalk

French Curves for cutting Fabric

How to make a Shift Dress similar to Heather

How to make Yoga Pants similar to Tamara

How to make a Wrap Dress similar to Lynda

How to sew a boned bodice like Chinelo

Great video on how to copy a readymade garment and a great step by step guide to copy a dress

NEW - Great British Sewing Bee Book : Sew Your Own Wardrobe

Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe

This hardback book has 224 pages full of fantastic projects wit a core collection of wardrobe essentials. These include menswear, babies and small children (onesie, dungarees and a little dress). A section on retro and glamourous with garments such as prom dresses and 60's style coats and clothing. It will have an emphasis on creative elements and choosing fabrics and trimmings to compliment garments. Click here to get your copy!

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

Here is our guide to Episode 5 and in case you missed it you can catch up here

Here is our guide to Episode 6 and in case you missed it you can catch up here