Sewing Bee: Behind The Seams | Episode 5
Back once more in the sewing room, but this time everything was just that little bit smaller… miniature mannequins and tiny details can mean only one thing: it was Children’s Week! For Week 5 , the nation’s favourite gang of sewing enthusiasts were tasked with creating unisex romper suits, under-the-sea themed fancy dress outfits, and made-to-measure raincoats for this week’s mini models. So if you loved episode 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee 2021 as much as we did, let’s dive straight into it!
Children’s Week began right at the beginning of childhood, with Patrick and Esme’s Pattern Challenge. This saw the contestants tasked with creating unisex romper suits optimised for toddler romping! The romper is an infant’s garment born from the early 19th century ‘creeping apron,’ a makeshift children’s one-piece that allowed more freedom of movement and development compared to the traditional children’s dress of earlier years. Judges were looking for the perfect combination of practicality and adorability, however ‘stitching in the ditch’ proved tricky for some of the sewists, and there was plenty of unpicking throughout round one! Andrew opted for a mildly impractical white fabric and struggled with securing poppers, as did Adam, whilst Damien free-styled his way through with minimal instruction-reading, and Serena took first place with a perfectly sewn, bright and beautiful lemon print outfit.
Next up was the fabulously creative Transformation Challenge – or, in other words, the really fun part of the show – in which the contestants were, this week, handed neoprene wet suits, complemented by an array of swimming accessories and crafty decorations, and instructed to turn them into an under-the-sea-themed fancy dress costume for children. The final judging line-up was a real treat for the eyes; sea creatures included both the natural and the mystical with mermaids, a crab, a shark, an octopus, and more. Unfortunately for Damien, his mermaid failed to compete with Adam’s, and a few of the costumes were deemed entirely unidentifiable by the Patrick and Esme, whilst Andrew’s impressive crab creation saw him declared the winner of challenge two.
Made to Measure is always such a spectacular way to end the show, with each contestant able to bring their own pattern to the table as they strive to achieve the perfect fit for their model. Children’s raincoats were this week’s focus, with the judges emphasizing practicality as an all-weather essential for children to play outdoors in, as well as making sure the coat was creative enough to appeal to a child’s imagination! Damien ambitiously set out to to turn a shower curtain into a bold and shimmery raincoat, whilst Adam naturally opted to create a ‘boat coat’ – we’ve come to expect nothing less! Combining waterproof fabrics with traditional lining fabrics proved a serious pain point in the sewing room this week, leaving Adam declaring his final piece ‘the worst thing he’s ever made,’ and causing him to have to wave the sewing room goodbye at the end of this week’s episode, whilst garment of the week went to Farie for the third time in a row, for her fun unicorn raincoat.
Let us know your thoughts on this week’s episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, Series 7, in the comments below. Don’t forget, for oodles more gossip and sewing room chat, you can check out our weekly dose of Behind The Seams, with our own guest experts, Sarah Payne, Samantha Hamilton and Alistair McDonald, which hits our Facebook page on Thursday afternoons!
Looking for ways to keep yourself busy until next week’s Sewing Bee installment? Check out our sewing projects and tutorials right here, and craft your way through to Wednesday!
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