For the love of Joyce: meet the Bees

Great British Sewing Bee finalist Joyce

The hour is nearly upon us where we discover who will be crowned the winner of this year’s The Great British Sewing Bee. We’ll be watching tonight, and to get in the mood, we’re meeting the finalists today. as part of our Meet the Bees series of interviews with the Sewing Bee contestants. 71-year-old grandmother Joyce has been a… Continue reading

Meet Tracey Symonds from The Great British Sewing Bee

Tracey The Great British Sewing Bee

We’re so happy to get to chat to The Great British Sewing Bee favourite who won our hearts from week 1. We instantly loved her when the first episode saw her singing along to eighties pop classics with her daughter during a family sewing session. She never failed to lift the atmosphere in the sewing… Continue reading

How to sew a yoga mat bag: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Simply Sewing how to make a yoga mat bag

In case you missed, this week was quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers battled it out (in the most polite, British way possible) over activewear. They grappled with lycra, turned ski suits into children’s jackets and got technical with yoga outfits. If you’re keen to have a go, but… Continue reading

How to sew vintage patterns: inspired by The Great British Sewing Bee

Vintage sewing patterns with floral prints from Plum and Pigeon

We’re feeling pretty groovy about sixties-style dress making after last night’s Great British Sewing Bee. If you’re keen to get the look, never fear – you don’t have to jump straight in with PVC! Start by sewing up a pattern from yesteryear with our essential guide to sewing vintage patterns. We asked several sewists to… Continue reading

Meet Great British Sewing Bee contestant, Rumana

Simply Sewing meets Rumana from Great British Sewing Bee

Here at Simply Sewing we’re ever-so-slightly hooked on the Sewing Bee 2016. So we’re thrilled to meet contestant Rumana, one of the stars of series 4. Rumana works as a Junior Doctor, and sewing has become a way for her to destress and unwind after work. Growing up, her family had little money so her mum used… Continue reading

Great British Sewing Bee series 4, episode 1: the techniques

It’s finally back! The Great British Sewing Bee has returned to our screens with a particularly tricky first episode, in which the contestants (meet them here) tackled cutting striped fabrics on the bias to create a chevron top, a maternity frock refashion (which new judge Esme wasn’t too impressed with) and fitting a skirt to… Continue reading

5 times Claudia Winkleman stole the show on GBSB

The Great British Bake Off may have the dream double-act that is Mel and Sue, but The Great British Sewing Bee’s presenter Claudia Winkleman gives them a run for their money when it comes to cheesy puns, witty comebacks, and, of course, offering the contestants a sympathetic shoulder to cry on when it all goes… Continue reading

GBSB series 4: meet the contestants

With just a few days to go until The Great British Sewing Bee gets underway, here’s a sneak peak at the contestants who will be raiding the haberdashery this series. We can’t wait to watch them whip up wonder garments in mere minutes and follow their sewing highs and lows over the coming weeks!

Simply Sewing meets GBSB’s Esme Young

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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

Free download: GBSB cami top + jumpsuit pattern

To celebrate the return of the Great British Sewing Bee, we’ve got one of our favourite projects from the last series’ book, The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric, to download for free!