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The Great British Sewing Bee 2018 is now accepting APPLICATIONS for contestants! Apply for the sewing bee here, the deadline is 28th May. Good luck! (UPDATE April 2018).
The Great British Sewing bee 2018 is about to go into production with comedian Joe Lycett replacing Claudia Winkleman on BBC2 (UPDATE April 2018).
We are so excited that this iconic sewing bee series for makers will return to our TV screens soon. For now why not catch up on what you missed? We’ve got a full run down for all the Great British Sewing Bee episodes, sewing pattern suggestions, sewing bee contestants, GBSB book reviews and much more from previous series!
Sewing Bee Episode guide
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 bring you lots of sewing inspiration after each weekly episode. In each of the sewing bee eight episodes, the contestants will have to sew 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
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.
- Jamie, 44 is from Exeter and is a member of The Fold Line community, follow Jamie here @maledevonsewing. Jamie likes to sew modern menswear and tailoring. Follow Jamie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Rumana, 27 is a junior doctor and fellow Londoner. She likes to make garments for herself and babies clothes. Check out her blog, The Little Pomegranate and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
- 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.
- Duncan, 32 is a fellow Londoner and tutor. He likes to sew modern menswear. Follow Duncan on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube 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. Charlotte also teaches classes at The Village Haberdashery in West Hampstead. You can book onto one of Charlotte’s next classes in Dressmaking 101, Quilting or Fitting for beginners now! Find out more about Charlotte on her blog, Charlotte Newland, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.
- Josh, 23 is from Cardiff and is an Entrepreneurship Engagement Manager. He likes to sew casual menswear and has his own label, Treatment Clothing. Follow Josh on Facebook, 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.
- Tracey, 53 is from Derbyshire and a retired primary school teacher. She likes to sew clothes for herself, her daughter and through her website Polkadot designs. Follow Tracey 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
Special Sewing bee Blog Series
We’ve got some exciting special sewing bee blog posts planned for the new series with the help of some of your favourite bloggers and sewing celebrities, watch this space!
The story so far …
Check out our review all three sewing books from the previous series of the sewing bee. We’ll also be adding lots of exciting GBSB reviews and interviews here too. It’s the one stop shop for your Great British Sewing Bee fix #GBSB
You can also check out our review of Chinelo Bally’s Freehand Fashion book (contestant in Series 2).
Meet the Sewing Bee Judges
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Images: 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: 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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