Your Guide to The Great British Sewing Bee 2019: Episode Guide

Great British Sewing Bee 2019 week 6

What a week it’s been on The Bee as the sewists reuse and recycle second hand materials, from fabric scraps to soft furnishings. Catch up with all of the highlights from each week of the Show with our Great British Sewing Bee episode recaps.

How to sew a circle cape: inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee

In series 4 of the Bee, the sewists made a wool cape in their Made to Measure challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. We were inspired to share this tweed cape tutorial by Portia Lawrie at the time and we’re reshaping it today in anticipation of tonight’s Sewing Bee being themed on… Continue reading

Win: sewing machine and overlocker from Singer

Simply Sewing issue 54 competition

Enter today to win a Heavy Duty Singer 4423 sewing machine and 14HD854 Overocker worth £579.

Simply Sewing meets: GBSB’s Mercedes

With her good nature and creative dressmaking skills, Mercedes will be very missed in the GBSB sewing room after her departure in episode 5 – and there must be something in our eyes as she gets tearful remembering her nan and sharing the philosophy of “sleep well and sew”. Words to live by, Mercedes.

The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 news

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 contestants

We’re just a bit excited about tonight’s Great British Sewing Bee. Here’s all you need to know about The Great British Sewing Bee 2019.

12 beginner sewing patterns to start making today

Victoria skirt beginner sewing patterns

Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to begin your dressmaking journey with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics.

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Alexei

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Alexei

Oh, Alexei. We all wanted his stunning maxi dress from 1970s week, didn’t we? It’s always sad to see a sewist leave the GBSB sewing room, but we’re not ashamed to admit that Alexei’s inspiring goodbye speech had us welling up – it was a heartfelt reminder of the soothing power of sewing. This multi-talented… Continue reading

Workshop: How to sew with elastic

How to sew with elastic

Elastic is one of the most useful items in the haberdashery. We talk you through how to sew with elastic and add it to the clothes you make. Read on to find out how to use it to create clever effects and comfortable garments.

The Jodie Jumper

SS50 Jodie Jumper sewing pattern

Cosy up in me-made style with The Jodie Jumper, an everyday winter staple with cuff and pocket details.

Simply Sewing Meets: The Sewing Bee’s Ben Moore

The Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Ben

Where do you find an Edinburgh-based scientist who just so happens to be a pro sewist, trained as a vet AND is a whiz at circus trapeze? Why on this year’s Great British Sewing Bee of course!