Deobrah Simms: on life before and after the Bee

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We fell in love with her style and sense of fun in series 3 of the Great British Sewing Bee: now Deborah Simms is returning to our TV screens this week. We convinced her to take a break from her Christmas craft marathon to tell us a bit more about herself, including how she’s a self-confessed nerd… Continue reading

Great British Sewing Bee Live: your top of the shops

In just over a week, London’s Excel centre will be full to the brim with fat quarters, threads and the satisfying whir of sewing machines! (Not to mention some of our favourite faces from our favourite TV Show. We’re busy prepping our workshops for the Great British Sewing Bee Live next week. If you’re planning a trip to… Continue reading

5 things to look forward to at The Great British Sewing Bee Live

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We’re seriously missing our Great British Sewing Bee fix. This time last year we were following the twists and turns of the most stressful sewing room in the UK, but this year’s show is in pause until plans are confirmed for 2018. So we’re pretty happy that the show’s organisers are throwing a massive GBSB… Continue reading

DIY knickers tutorial: inspired by Great British Sewing Bee

How to sew knickers

If you’ve been inspired to sew your own lingerie by episode three of the Great British Sewing Bee, then start with our simple knickers tutorial. Use your brightest fabric, frilliest lace and prettiest ribbon for these beauties!

Top 10 moments of The Great British Sewing Bee final

The Great British Sewing Bee final

It’s over! After lashings of haberdashery high drama, tonight’s final of The Great British Sewing Bee saw one contestant be crowned Queen Bee. Ooh how we do love a good sew-off. We don’t want to spoil it, so if you haven’t seen it, don’t read the rest of this article – it contains spoilers! But if… Continue reading

Meet The Great British Sewing Bee finalist Jade Earley

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Hooray the final of The Great British Sewing Bee hits our screens tonight, and we’ll be watching to cheer on Joyce, Jade and Charlotte as they grapple to be crowned Queen Bee of the amateur sewing world. We can’t wait until tonight so we’re getting in the mood by meeting the finalists, as part of… Continue reading

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

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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 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