The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style: The Breton Dress

It gives me great pleasure to share this dress with you. Its from the book,ย The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style

The Breton jersey dress attracted me with its wide boat neck line. It also looked simple enough to make and yet it took me nearly 18 months between tracing out the pattern and actually sewing it. Here is the picture from the book:

Sewing the dress was a pleasure as it is instant gratification of the best kind. And to end up with something that makes me feel like a stylish well considered adult, well, that’s just the cherry on the cake! The sewing instructions in the book are really good. Plus the sizing was spot on. This size was selected based on my bust and without any alterations at all this is what it looks like.

Great British Sewing Bee: From Stitch to Style. Jersey Dress
No. I did not stripe match.
I love how the neckline is finished.
I get such a buzz from putting my name on my clothes ๐Ÿ™‚
Going for an artistic pose…….(please ignore the holey tights)

If I had to nit pick I’d say that there is a swayback issue on the back but honestly I asked my husband what he thought and he earnestly said that the behind was fine. And that is good enough for me :-).

Fabric was from Jacks Fabrics in Leeds market, bought last year so I am quite pleased at how quickly this fabric was turned around :-).

Overall there are many things that pleased me about this project.

The book only cost ยฃ9.99 on Amazon with free P&P. Its great value given the number of patterns that come with the book (27 I think). There are a few more patterns I want to make from there. I did make the Japanese top already.


I have already traced out this skirt which was the reason that I bought the book. sewing-bee-book-a-skirtAfter seeing Beth’s version I was very inspired to make it.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Sewing!

Peave and love,




11 thoughts on “The Great British Sewing Bee From Stitch to Style: The Breton Dress

  1. That looks good on you. I attempted the top without doing a toile and it looked a hot mess. The shoulders and neckline was waaaay to wide on me so it keeps slipping off my shoulders.

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    1. Sounds like you have the opposite sewing adjustment I have. My shoulders are quite broad and I do tend to need a broad shoulder adjustment. Shame about it being too wide – there are other patterns with similar necklines like the Gable top by Jennifer Lauren Handmade. Might be worth a look ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Your dress looks amazing! You should be on commission as I’m going straight to Amazon to buy the book….just for this dress!
    Oh, and I can’t wait to see your skirt, that could easily be next up on my ‘to do’ list
    Don’t you wish that The Great British Sewing Bee was back on TV?

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    1. Thanks Julie! I do miss the show even though some of the challenges got more and more outrageous. It was still a very inspiring show that brought many new ideas to me. I hope you dont wait as long as I did to sew up the dress though! I need to be more on the ball ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. That’s a lovely fit on you – and with no alteration! No sway back puddling, it looks great. I might have to go and dig out my copy ๐Ÿ™‚

    Look forward to seeing the skirt!

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  4. Thatโ€™s a great dress and I love that neckline! On my way to check out that book on Amazon! And yes, I get a buzz from putting a label in my clothes too, LOL!

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  5. I also made the Breton top from this book and loved it – probably one of my favorite makes from the year.

    I want to make that crazy asymmetrical skirt, but I am chicken! I will wait to see your (undoubetdly) fabulous version!

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