It is 'international week' as Patrick and Esme set the seven remaining sewers the challenge of tackling techniques and garment styles from other cultures and continents.


Great British Sewing Bee Series 4 - Episode 4

Challenge 1 - Chinese Qipao-style top
First up, they face a fiendishly hard-to-follow pattern for a Chinese Qipao-style top. This complex garment has an asymmetrical neckline, fiddly zip insertion and is made in a fabric that frays - not a challenge for the faint-hearted.

Follow a pattern for a Bra


Shopping List

1. Jersey Fabrics - View
2. Interfacing - View
3. Gold Print Fabrics - View
4. Bias Binding - View
5. Lace - View
6. Invisible Concealed Zips - View
7. Frog Fasteners - View
8. Snap Fasteners - View
9. Hook & Eyes - View
10. Liberty Lifestyle Cotton Fabrics - View
11. Sewing Bee Essentials - View

Challenge 2 - Transforming Saris
After battling with brocade, things don't get any easier on the fabric front as, for their alteration challenge, they are tasked with transforming saris. By re-purposing yards and yards of beautifully draped, embroidered Georgette, the sewers have just 90 minutes to create totally new, wearable items of clothing with a distinctly eastern flavour.

Follow a pattern for a Bra


Shopping List

1. Liberty Mayfair Silk Fabrics - View
2. Dress Lining Fabrics - View
3. Zips - View
4. Hook & Eyes - View
5. Sewing Patterns - View
6. Sewing Bee Essentials - View

Challenge 3 - Peplum Dress
Finally, for the 'made to measure' challenge, the judges take the sewers to an entirely new continent - Africa. Using vividly patterned wax print fabric, they attempt to create West African inspired dresses. Figure hugging garments that demand impeccable fitting skills and an understanding of how this robust printed cotton can be used to create a dramatic, accentuated silhouette. Behind The Seams: Learn How to draft a peplum

Shopping List

1. Dressmaking Cottons - View
2. Interfacing - View
3. Invisible Concealed Zips - View
4. Sewing Bee Essentials - 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