Simply Sewing meets: Sewing Bee series 5’s Janet

Great British Sewing Bee series 5 Janet

A whizz with jersey and GBSB‘s unofficial sewing guru, Janet left the Sewing Bee sewing room this week – sob! Janet lives in North Yorkshire with her husband of 48 years, David and their dog. As a little girl, Janet was taught to sew by her Italian mother and at 16 was making her own… Continue reading

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.

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.

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

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!

How to sew a maxi dress: no pattern needed

How to sew a maxi dress

Want to know how to make your own maxi dress? We’re here for you. Portia Lawrie’s step-by-step jersey maxi project is all you’ll want to wear this spring. It’s patternless so the result is made to fit like your favourite tee. Read on and get sewing!

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Sheila

Another week, another too-soon exit from the Sewing Bee! In episode two, we said a fond farewell to the super-talented Sheila. Sheila is the youngest of 9 children born to Jamaican parents, who arrived in England as part of the Windrush generation and settled in Stoke-on-Trent. She now lives in Ilford, Essex with her daughter… Continue reading

Simply Sewing meets: Great British Sewing Bee’s Tom Holmes

“He was robbed!” We were crying out at our TV, on learning that the Bee’s first evictee this year was Tom (aka the smiley one with a flair for flamboyant fabrics).

Simply Sewing meets the Great British Sewing Bee’s Esme Young


With judge May Martin making a surprise departure from The Great British Sewing Bee, it was announced in February that Esme Young was to join Patrick Grant in casting an eye over the sewists’ creations in GBSB series 4. Co-founder of cutting-edge clothing label Swanky Modes in the 1980s and creator of some of the… Continue reading