Episode 9 of The Great British Sewing Bee 2022 will air at 9pm on Wednesday 22nd June. This episode's challenges are all inspired by Japanese textile art!

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What are the Week 9 Challenges?

Pattern Challenge
Sara Pascoe welcomes the four semi-finalists into the Sewing Room to celebrate the influences of Japanese design and sewing. For the Pattern Challenge, Esme has collaborated with a Japanese designer to come up with a kimono-inspired dress that proves to be a brain-teaser. This is for a place in the final, after all.

Transformation Challenge
The Transformation Challenge is on a smaller scale than usual, as the sewers take worn-out denim and apply the Japanese techniques of sashiko and boro to mend areas of wear and tear, enhancing it with appliqué and embroidery.

Made to Measure
Finally, their Made to Measure challenge is to fit an outfit to their model which has elements of origami folds and pleats.

Free Patterns & Tutorials Inspired by This Episode

Sashiko Sewing Inspiration

Into the blue sashiko bag
Try your hand at something new this summer with this sashiko tote bag. Sashiko is a form of Japanese folk embroidery using a variation of running stitch to create a patterned background.

Sashiko Placemats

Immerse yourself in the calming pleasure of Japanese Sashiko embroidery with this project that turns a simple running stitch into a eye-catching design.

Japanese Sewing Pattern Designs

Origami Drape Drape Japanese Top
This stylish top by Hisako Sato features an amazing one-piece design with scoop-neck asymmetric side. This download includes both the pattern instructions and templates so make sure you have everything downloaded before you begin!

By the Book stylish pocket dress
From the famous Japanese fabric workshop Nani Iro comes a stylish new book of modern clothes. Make yourself a cool dress that is gently shaped by buttons in the back, has pockets hidden within pleats and you can add optional sleeves!


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