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4.0 out of 5 stars Good companion to the show, 21 April 2013
This review is from: The Great British Sewing Bee (Hardcover)
This book accompanies the hit BBC show. Aimed at the beginner it starts with a good introduction to the sewing supplies needed along with advice on using paper patters, finding fabrics and the basic skills needed to start sewing. There are large colour photos and diagrams through the book making it easy to follow the instructions. Like the show it also has historical insights, giving you the history of sewing bees, paper patterns and suits.

The majority of the book consists of projects including the infamous laundry bag from the first episode, the tie side cushion from the second show no A line skirt though. There are 28 projects the majority of them are garments and include Tilly's button back blouse, a pencil skirt, circle skirt, tea dress, prom dress, pyjama bottoms, tunic top, men's waistcoat, cook's apron, patchwork throw and Roman Blind. The projects are rated by difficulty so you can work you way up to the more complicated ones if you are new to sewing.

The only pattern provided with the book is for the tunic, there's a full size paper pattern in the back for that. The other patterns have to be downloaded as pdfs and require taping a lot of A4 pages together, the clothing sizes range from size 8-16. Alternatively you can scale up the patterns in the book. I think this amount of effort required just to get the pattern would probably put a lot of people off from making most the projects. The publishers have however added a guide to using downloadable patterns on their site for those of you who haven't used them before.

This review also appears on The Sewing Directory.
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