The Great British Sewing Bee is back for 2019!
We are so excited that The Great British Sewing Bee TV show is back on 12th February 2019 and will be returning to our screens on BBC Two. In this TV programme sewers take on garment challenges each week to crowned the best home sewer in Britain. We have been eagerly awaiting series 5 since the sewing bee was last broadcast in 2016. To keep up to date with all the latest sewing bee news head over for our ultimate guide to this year’s show! We will be sharing all the news about the new contestants and each week a run down of the episodes with patterns featured.
What has happened in each episode of series 5?
Each week on the blog we will be sharing all the details of each sewing bee episode along with pattern suggestions, you can find a list of episodes on our dedicated Sewing Bee series 5 guide here. We will also be doing special sewing bee vlogs and newsletters. Visit our blog to keep up with all the details of each sewing bee episode and subscribe to our YouTube channel for special vlogs and newsletters.
Who are the sewing bee contestants and judges in series 5?
We’ve shared all the details of the sewing bee contestants and judges over on our dedicated page for series 5, take a look here.
Where can I talk about about the sewing bee TV show with other makers?
We’ll also be chatting about each episode in our friendly Facebook group each week after the show has aired on BBC Two each week. Come join the fun! Visit our blog to keep up with all the details of each sewing bee episode and subscribe to our YouTube channel for special vlogs and newsletters.
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Sewing Bee Episode guide – series 4 (2016)
Did you get caught up in the excitement and now can’t remember which sewing patterns were featured? Have no fear, catch up at your leisure on our sewing blog where we will have lots of sewing inspiration from each episode of series 4. In each of the sewing bee eight episodes, the contestants will have to complete three tasks. The first is a surprise dressmaking pattern, the second a refashioners project and finally fit a sewing pattern to a model.
Sewing Bee Episode 1 Guide – Contestants will be sewing a panelled women’s top, women’s skirt and refashioning a maternity dress. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.
Sewing Bee Episode 2 Guide – Contestants will be sewing patterns for children and babies. In the first task contestants will make a baby gro, then refashion a bridesmaid dress into a child’s outfit before finally creating a child’s cape. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.
Sewing Bee Episode 3 Guide – Contestants will be sewing lingerie and nightwear patterns. In the first task they will make a soft cup bra, then refashion a silk scarf before fitting a luxury robe to a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.
Sewing Bee Episode 4 Guide – It’s International Week! Contestants will be sewing a Chinese inspired top, refashioning a Sari and making a garment using African wax prints to fit a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.
Sewing Bee Episode 5 Guide – This week was all about the 1960’s and according to Joyce, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Contestants made a colour block dress for the pattern challenge, refashioned a shower curtain for the second challenge and finally fitted a coat or jacket to a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.
Sewing Bee Episode 6 Guide – This week was all about sewing activewear. In the first task, contestants has to sew a men’s cycling top using Lycra® fabric. In the alterations challenge, contestants had to refashion a 1980s style ski suit into a children’s jacket. In the final challenge, contestants had to sew and fit a yoga outfit to a model.
Sewing Bee Episode 7 Guide (semi-final) – This week was all about puzzling patterns pattern cutting. The first task was to sew a asymmetric skirt inspired by Japanese pattern cutting. In the refashioning challenge, the contestants has to create a garment from a duvet and use all the fabric. In the final challenge, the contestants had to draft their own pattern and fit it to a model.
Sewing Bee Episode 8 Guide (final) – This week was the last episode in the series about focused on evening wear. The first task was to make a men’s shirt with collar and stand. In the refashioning challenge, the contestants had to create a little black dress from a men’s dinner suit. In the final ever challenge of the series, the contestants wowed the judges with fitting a gown to a model.
The Sewing Bee contestants – series 4 (2016)
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There is always plenty of interest about who the sewing bee contestants will be each year, find out all about them on the BBC website.
From left to right: Rumana, Angeline, Duncan, Charlotte, Josh, Jade, Tracey, Joyce, Jamie and Ghislaine.
Angeline, 30 works in public relations and is also a designer. She likes to sew vintage dresses and ball gowns. Discover more on her website, Angeline Murphy and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram.
Charlotte WINNER, 43 is also a fellow Londoner and medical science journal editor. She sews clothes for herself and her children and also quilts and knits. Find out more about Charlotte on her blog, Charlotte Newland, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
Jade, 18 is from Sussex and a student. She likes to sew clothes for all her family, including her pets. Follow Jade on Twitter.
Joyce, 71 is from West Sussex and a retired school admissions officer. She likes to sew for herself and her family.
Ghislaine, 43 is a fellow Londoner and likes to sew garments for herself
Great British Sew Bee book review – series 4 (2016)
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Here is the Breton top project I made from the book.
Special Sewing bee Blog Series (2016)
We’ve some exciting special sewing bee blog posts from series 4 by some of your favourite bloggers and sewing celebrities.
Chinelo Bally’s Freehand Fashion sewing book
Read a review of Chinelo’s sewing book here, no patterns required!
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Interview: Chinelo Bally
Read an interview with Chinelo about her love of African print fabrics.
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Interview: Jennifer Taylor
Read our interview with Jennifer Taylor about her career as a sewing ambassador.
More #GBSB book reviews
Check out our review all three sewing books from the previous series 1 – 3 of the sewing bee.
The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric by Claire-Louise Hardie – series 3 (2015)
The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh- series 2 (2014)
The Great British Sewing Bee by Tessa Evelegh – series 1 (2013)
Meet the Sewing Bee Judges
Image: Patrick Grant, Esme Young, (C) Love Productions
Image copyright: Swanky Modes archive
Esme Young is a new judge for this series of the Great British Sewing Bee, replacing May Martin who was a judge for the last three series. Esme studied at Central Saint Martins and also teaches pattern cutting there. She is co-founder of fashion label Swanky Modes and a costume designer, working on films such as Bridge Jones (the bunny outfit!) and Trainspotting. We are really excited to see what Esme will be like as a judge and her pattern cutting skills will bring a whole new dimension to the show.
Image copyright: Community Clothing
Patrick Grant is a British Fashion designer and Saville Row working as a creative director for Norton & Sons, E. Tautz & Sons and Barbour. Patrick has been a judge on all series of the sewing bee. This year Patrick launched the social enterprise, Community Clothing to rejuvenate the British manufacturing industry. Find out all about this exciting project here.
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