Claudia Winkleman welcomes the eight remaining contestants back to the sewing room to take on three demanding challenges related to lingerie. First they follow a pattern for a bra, which proves testing for even the most dexterous of sewers, before transforming charity shop silk scarves into pieces of lingerie and finish off by making luxury robes for their male and female models. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young then decide who leaves the competition.


Top Tips - Five easy ways to Sew with Lace by Celia Banks

Great British Sewing Bee Series 4 - Episode 1

Challenge 1 - Follow a pattern for a Bra
Making your own bra can be the ideal way to get that perfect fit at the fraction of the cost you'd pay on the high street. We've got a great selection of materials and accessories to help you on your quest for the perfect bra.

Follow a pattern for a Bra


Shopping List

1. Lace - View
2. Bra Cups, Straps, Extenders, Elastic & more - View
3. Flat Lace - View
4. Hooks & Eyes - View
5. Lingerie Patterns - View
6. Make Your Own Knickers Class - View
7. Stretch Lace Fabric - View
8. Gutermann Sewing Thread - View

If you've ever wanted to make a 'Backless Bra' then take a look at the YouTube Video



Challenge 2 - Transform a Silk Scarf into Lingerie
Wearing lingerie-style garments, such as a Camisole Top, as fashion wear is all the rage now & it's easy to pull off with a little bit of creativity and inspiration. Whatever you decide on, choosing a fabric that is soft and luxurious is essential.

Transform a Silk Scarf into Lingerie


Shopping List

1. Silky & Liquid Satin Fabric - View
2. Cotton Lawn Fabric - View
3. Lace Trimming - View
4. Elastic - View
5. Motifs - View
6. Embellishments - View
6. LIBERTY Tana Lawns - View

Challenge 3 - Luxury Robes
For as long as we can remember, Kimono's have been used as lougewear. Both easy to make and fashionable, these robes are ideal if you're looking to make a gift for someone special.

Check out this YouTube Video - DIY: Easy Kimono


Shopping List

1. Kimono Sewing Patterns - View
2. Interfacing - View
3. Silky & Liquid Satin Fabric - View
4. Cotton Lawn Fabric - View
5. Ribbon - View
6. Pattern Weights - View
6. Piping Cord - View

The Great British Sewing Bee Essentials

Here at Abakhan, we've also put together our essential collection of Sewing Bee inspired goodies, so make sure you check them out here.


Find out what is happening next week and meet the contestants here