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Great British Sewing Bee - Series 3, Episode 1

Well what a start to the third series of the Great British Sewing Bee. I love this programme. If you are a sewer or crafter, or have any sort of enthusiasm for fabrics and fashion I don't think you can leave an episode without having a rush of creativity and inspiration that cant wait to start a new project!
I am so happy to see Deborah on this series. Deborah is a local girl originally from Blackburn who I am very happy to have met several times. She really is as lovely in real life as it came across on tonight's episode! As it mentioned on TV Deborah made her own wedding dress and it was absolutely gorgeous! Check out her blog to see it in more detail. We were chatting about this at the time and she's partially the reason why I've decided to have a crack at making my own (watch this space for wedding-related posts coming soon!) having seen how happy having the perfect bespoke dress made her. 
For the first week, there were very few 'unwearable' garments and some absolutely great pieces. The winner for the made to measure challenge stands out of course, but there are plenty of lovely trousers and dresses to choose from!
In next week’s episode we can expect to see the contestants making clothes on a miniature scale!  Firstly a child’s waistcoat, then for the upcycling challenge they will have to revamp a t-shirt and a hand me down dress. For the made to measure challenge they will be asked to make a child’s fancy dress costume - cant wait to see that one especially!
I have put together a list here showing some of the products used in the show that we stock here at Minerva;
First, if you are looking for trouser sewing patterns we have an amazing selection to choose from! (All the McCalls range of patterns are currently on offer at 50% off too!)
Olive green spotty fabric like the one Neela used to make her trousers. It also comes in lots of other yummy colours too.
Invisible zips (including 9" ones) as used in the trouser pattern challenge.
We have a huge range of bias bindings, like those used around the top of the waist in the trouser challenge.
Pink tulle fabric like the one Alex used in the refashioning challenge.
Amanda & Deborah looked like they were using Anna dress pattern from By Hand London.
Lorna’s dress looks like version A of the New Look 6723 pattern.
Annie’s Summer dress sewing pattern was Vogue 8470.
Paul used the Inverted pleat dress sewing pattern 1797 from Simplicity.
Ryan used a vintage style sundress pattern 7556 from Burda.
There were so many gorgeous fabrics used, but as the focus this week was on cotton, here are all our cotton fabrics. And here you can specifically find cotton poplin fabricscotton lawn fabrics which are super soft and super fine, cotton chambray fabrics and denim fabrics.
I especially loved the poppy fabric (sadly now out of stock but we have lots of floral Cotton Fabric!) used on the show and we have one very similar.
I also thought I would show you these great wrist pin cushions you might have noticed being used!
I hope you find that list useful, let me know if I have forgotton anything!
So what did you think of tonight's episode? What was your favourite garment overall, and so you think there is a clear winner or is it too early to tell?

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Gillian Wright said:

I loved the fabric Deborah used in her made to measure challenge. The show was really entertaining and made me want to get my sewing machine out which I have never used as I can't get the bottom bobbin bit to work!! · 6th Feb 2015 12:50pm

Vicki Ormerod said:

I loved the polkadot dress too, his pattern matching was awesome! Really looking forward to next weeks too. I was it was on more often! · 6th Feb 2015 10:24am

Vicki Ormerod said:

Hi Janette, thanks for leaving a comment :) · 6th Feb 2015 10:23am

Janette Chapple said:

I have so looked forward to watching this, a lovely way to spend a cold, winters evening. i loved the polka dot dress with the keyholes at the waist, and the black dress covered in roses. Gorgeous. However, I am a bit puzzled that not all could put an invisible zip in. If you put yourself up for something like GBSB, you would be competent with basic and intermediate skills..... Puzzled about that. Looking forwards to next week. · 6th Feb 2015 07:04am