The Great British Sewing Bee

I got a bit distracted this afternoon.

Complete with all the charm and politeness of the English, The Great British Sewing Bee, captured my attention today. I suspect part of the appeal for me is the fact that the contestants are all “real” people who just love to sew. They are given several challenges over the course of two days and the judges give very specific feedback on their construction techniques. They even manage to sprinkle a bit of sewing history throughout each episode.

Their first challenge is to sew a simple A-line skirt in three hours. Next, they are given an hour to alter the neckline of a white seersucker blouse. For their final challenge, they must alter a pattern to fit and create a dress for their model.

I actually think this show might be a new favorite of mine. (Could you hear my English accent when I said that?) 🙂

You can watch it here:

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69 Responses to The Great British Sewing Bee

  1. amysworlds says:

    I met Stuart today at a local quilt show!

  2. eumoronorio says:

    wow I had never heard of this show before! Thank you for sharing. >>>watching season 1 now<<<

  3. Thank you for sharing! This looks fabulous!

  4. Teacher Ann says:

    I am hooked and I want to take lessons from Ann! How many episodes have been produced?

  5. I can hardly contain myself ! I stopped everything with this cam in my e-mail box. It’s late but I feel like about of a sew or at least a plan!

  6. missmarys says:

    Beth I started watching this last weekend. yes, I love it. Here’s the third one

  7. LSV says:

    Brilliant! Stopped watching the 1st episode so I can watch with my 11 year old tomorrow – what fun! Thanks for the link!

  8. Sounds like a great show – I would love to see all the creating happening! Sort of like a sport! 🙂

  9. Theresa says:

    Oh my goodness what a fabulous show! I have never heard of this show, I don’t watch much TV cause I don’t have cable, thanks for sharing. I definitely want to watch more. I:m going to go make some tea and watch the other 2 episodes on-line. 🙂

  10. HI, Loved the episode of Bee. I can’t find Great British Sewing Bee on American TV (bbc Channel). Will you be posting links to other episodes on the blog? I did already check if I could link through BBC and cannot view outside Britain.

  11. modflowers says:

    I’m really enjoying the programme too! Watching the contestants trials and tribulations makes me feel that I’m not that far behind them – just a few more lessons and lotsore practise required!

  12. ilhja says:

    Thanks for the video. I have not yet have the courage to start sewing my own stuff but this is very good like your site. Gives me ideas and understanding how to sew.

  13. Debbie says:

    Hi Beth, Thanks for sharing the video, what fun! Very inspiring, maybe you should compete in an American version!

  14. Isn’t it great?! It often doesn’t get posted on YouTube until Wed. morning, so I have to be careful when I’m online Tuesday night. I don’t want to read any spoilers!

  15. vjstracener says:

    I’m afraid if I started to watch that show I would become addicted to it.

  16. Sandy says:

    Beth, thanks for posting these videos! I started watching the first one but had to run some errands but I’ll definitely be back! 🙂

  17. judyhamid says:

    Hello Beth – I was amazed when I saw this program advertised on the Beeb – I first alerted my blog readers to it here:
    Living in a house with 5 males, there is no-one to share my excitement with when I saw this program. I can’t really describe how thrilling it is to watch people sewing – it even sounds bizarre just saying it! I’ve been a sewer for nearly as long as I can remember. I’ve recently discovered your blog and intend to follow. Have a look at mine – it’s not just about sewing but you may be interested in one or two things. Love from Judy.

  18. Susan says:

    Oh, I can tell I’m going to love the sewing show. Love that kind of thing! And for it to be about sewing. It’s a dream come true!

  19. I’m lucky enough to watch it on BBC2 tomorrow night (Tuesday). Can’t wait and really wonder what they are all going to be asked to complete. Have enjoyed the programme, but wish they could have more time to be even more creative instead of keeping to the rules of tailoring. Thought it was sad that …. had to leave as he was the most creative and showed that sewing is a lot of fun.

  20. Wendy says:

    I just wanted to thank you for posting this and bringing it to my attention. I love the show! I’ve interacted with Ann for a few years in an online sewing community, and it was such a fun surprise to see her in this show. And I love your blog!

  21. Lisa says:

    I think I’m in love! is there a way to be notified when new episodes show up on YouTube?

  22. Ro says:

    Oh I loved it ! Hope we don’t have to wait to long for the next season.

  23. Loving this show! Thanks for the recommendation.

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