Claudia Winkleman hosts the quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers sweat it out over activewear, creating complex, hard-wearing garments from the most technical of fabrics.


Great British Sewing Bee Series 4 - Episode 4

Challenge 1 - Lycra Cycling Top
For the pattern challenge, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask the sewers to make a man's lycra cycling top, which requires expert handling of a fabric that stretches in all directions and a complex zip insertion that tests their patience. Stretch fabric is both practical and comfy to wear and can be sewn with an overlocker or sewing machine.

Spandex & Lycra

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Bicycle Print Spandex -
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Spandex & Lycra - View
Zips - View
Rotary Cutters - View
Gutermann Thread - View
Elastic - View
Motifs - View

Challenge 2 - Ski Suit to Children's Jacket
Next, for the alteration challenge, the sewers use all their ingenuity to transform garish 1980s ski suits into children's jackets.

Waterproof Fabrics

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Waterproof Fabric -
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Quilted Fabric - View
Wadding - View
Bias Binding - View
Children's Sewing Patterns - View

Challenge 3 - Yoga Outfits
Finally, the made-to-measure challenge sees the sewers create the most fitted garments ever attempted on the Sewing Bee - yoga outfits - to secure one of four places in the semi-final.

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Class; Sewing with Stretch Fabrics - Leggings - View
Overlocking Classes - View
Dance & Activewear Sewing Patterns - View
Yoga Pants: a tutorial - View
Leggings Sewing Patterns - 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.