The Great British Sewing Bee: The Modern Wardrobe – Juliet Uzor


Discover how one pattern could become three different looks through a series of simple alterations. The 28 projects in this book will help you gain confidence as you learn how to make clothes you love and cherish. Expand on crucial techniques and further your understanding in how to bring in more of your own personal style into the clothes you want to wear.

Complete with stunning photography, clear illustrations and instructions, demystify the pattern process to create a variety of flattering garments for every occasion that suit your style and fit your figure. Starting with the essentials, learn how to personalise patterns with expert sewing tips on making alterations that will take you beyond this book as you build on your sewing skills.


If you are missing The Great British Sewing Bee you will love this book!  Based on the BBC programme but including extra designs this delightful book is an absolutely brilliant source of inspiration. With forewords by Patrick Grant and Esme Young, an additional pattern pack and helpful guidance notes there is everything you need to get started on your creative journey. 

The content includes, How to use the book, Sewing Pattern Adjustments, Fabric Types, Tools and Techniques, Tips and Troubleshooting, Sustainable Sewing.

The collection of projects are really stylish and imaginative with innovative alteration techniques, which are helpfully grouped together based on their similarity in construction or technique, and includes:
‘Paperbag’ waists, Wrap-over Skirts and Bodices, Shirred Garments, Sheer and Semi-Sheer Fabrics, Pleats and Darts, Boat Necklines, Patchwork, Sleep Wear, Shell Tops, across the categories there are skirts, dresses, tops and lounge wear. 

The author, Patrick and Esme also encourage you to use this book and the patterns as a starting point, with alterations and variations in fabric, or different looks that you can create once you’ve mastered the basic methods. Then you can mix and match different elements to create something that is truly yours.

Beautifully illustrated with helpful notes, clear instructions, and inspiring photographs, this is a wonderful opportunity to create your own affordable, versatile and very stylish wardrobe. 

Highly Recommended! 

The Great British Sewing Bee: The Modern Wardrobe – Create Clothes you Love with 28 Projects and Innovative Alteration Techniques – Juliet Uzor published by Quadrille/Hardie Grant