Little Bee Week Two

Well the second episode of The Great British Sewing Bee was all about children’s clothes. Great British Sewing BeeThe first challenge was to make a babygrow, so not only were they being tested on sewing jersey, they also had to sew a perfect gusset and poppers! Shall we say some gussets were more perfect than others! One contestant was asked if she had made babygrows before, her response was great, there’s no point as…


Velvet capeThe main challenge which they can practice before hand was to make a children’s cape from wool, there were some lovely ones, including a gorgeous red one and a great one for a little boy that was Sherlock Holmes style, beautifully made. I never made a cape for my daughter but years ago I did sew myself an evening cape from midnight blue velvet with a turquoise satin lining. It was commonly referred to as my Scottish Widows cape after an advert on TV at the time! I remember vividly the problems I had trying to sew velvet to satin! I still wear it occasionally for black tie events.

SmockingI’ve made lots of children’s clothes over the years but my children are all grown up now so I haven’t got any little children to sew for. I used to love making pretty little dresses for Helen, this is a smocked one from when she was about two.

Luckily when planning the Little Sewing Bee challenge I did give myself the option of making something from one of the books…phew!

In last years GBSB book there is a pattern for a sleeveless shell top which is a simple cotton top, I decided to make the hack version which has a button fastening down the back. The patterns are all included with the book, you just have to trace them off, Burda style. The fabric I chose is a fine cotton lawn with a delicate flower design, it feels like Liberty tana lawn but there is nothing written on the selvage.Cotton Lawn

It’s a very simple top, the seams are all stitched with french seams, I added some light weight interfacing to the button plackets just to support it a bit.

In the hack version the neck and sleeve edges are finished with bias binding. I thought it might be perfect opportunity to try out a new toy, a bias binding maker…well I think it needs a bit more practice! I cut the bias strips to the width stated on the packet, put it through the contraption and ironed it as it came out, but it came out like a dogs dinner so I gave up and turned it under as I stitched it on.

Sleeveless Shell Top

I cut it out last night and stitched it this afternoon, adding the buttons after tea, you can’t get much easier than that! It’s a very comfortable top to wear and as a bonus I don’t need to undo the buttons to get it on and off, I think it will be well worn this summer, if we get the sunshine!

Sleeveless Shell Top


About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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9 Responses to Little Bee Week Two

  1. claire93 says:

    I do like your flowery top ^^ I plan on making a few like that for this summer.

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Cannot wear lovely pastels but do admire those who can – beautiful job with this delicate fabric, and the GBSB pattern is a keeper!

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  3. corrineappleby says:

    That’s a lovely top! I’ve made a couple of the non-hacked version of that pattern and they’re great. So will you be making lingerie this week?


  4. Sam says:

    I made a couple of these with the buttons down the back last year, they’re really good wardrobe staples & have worn them a lot. I got the new book the other day & there are some lovely patterns in. I got the fabric for the bias top & Breton top on Saturday & will be cutting those out today. I think I may have a go at the camisole top as like you I fancy a go at the bra but think it will cost a fair bit in the haberdashery & I’m too tight to go out & buy it!

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  5. Georgia says:

    Lovely blouse! I recently had my first try of a bias binder maker too and that didn’t go well at all. I need an excuse to have another practice!

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