Sewing Bee: Behind The Seams | Semi-Final
Eeek! Here we are with only one more episode of our favourite sewing show until the Final! This week, the four remaining sewists took us back in time to the 1940s, showcasing both the elegance and the innovation of the era, as they battled it out for a place in the final. So if you loved episode 9 of The Semi-Final of The Great British Sewing Bee 2021 as much as we did, let’s dive straight into it!
This week we were taken back to the War Years as the 1940s were the focus of the sewing room, and the semi-finalists kicked things off with Patrick and Esme’s Pattern Challenge. This saw the contestants tasked with creating the decade’s most famous trousers – the Oxford bags. Fantastic for swing dancing, and the Jitterbug, they proved far trickier to create than they are to have a good time in! Oversized pattern pieces and pleated waistbands were the order of the day; Serena’s trousers were declared ‘absolutely first class’ by Patrick, Raph’s perfectly finished pair pipped her to first place however, whilst Farie failed to complete her garment, leaving her finishing last in the opening challenge.
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 old parachutes and instructed to turn them into glamorous dresses. The final garments did not disappoint, as each of the contestants tore gleefully into their parachutes, and swapped and shared fabrics to create four truly spectacular dresses. Unfortunately Rebecca’s earthy colour combination saw her placed last by Esme, whilst Raph’s bold and beautiful wedding dress was placed second, and Serena’s stunning frilled party gown stole the show, and took first place.
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. The icon of 1940s fashion, Dior’s New Look, was this week’s focus, characterised by an hourglass silhouette each sewist must create by using masses of fabric to exaggerate their model’s figure. This challenge saw Serena winning garment of the week this week -and for her first week ever – with her stunning New Look trouser and jacket combo, whilst Farie’s failure to hit the New Look brief – or to finish her garment fully in the allotted time – saw her bidding a tearful farewell to her fellow contestants, just ahead of next week’s final.
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!
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