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


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 Live event this Autumn. We’re busy planning our very own Simply Sewing workshop at the event to fill the Bee-shaped void in our lives. Get your fix with our special offer on tickets below (scroll to the bottom of this post for details) and here are our top 5 things to look out for at the Show….

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1 Have you got what it takes to tackle the GBSB Challenge?

Have you always wondered what it would be like to undertake a Great British Sewing Bee challenge? Could you get creative with an alteration challenge? Sometimes we think ‘we could probably do that’ while watching the sewists nervously sweat their way through pin tucks and tricky fabrics, but sometimes it looks pretty painful. Well it’s time to find out for yourself!  The event will include the first ever GBSB Live Super Theatre Challenge- to put your name forward, fill in your details over on the Show’s website…

2 Meet the judges

We’ve got pretty major craft crushes on Patrick Grant and Esme Young – for their tailoring and style skills alone! They’ll be joined by some of our favourite contestants from past series on stage twice a day at the GBSB Live – sharing their unique perspectives on dressmaking and revealing their most precious pieces from their archives of work. This is you chance to get Patrick’s top tips tips on cut and fit to flatter the figure, or learn from Esme’s expert knowledge of pattern cutting and fabric handling. They’ll be an audience Q&A too, so you’ll get the chance to ask them anything you like!

The Great British Sewing Bee catwalk

3 Get style inspo from the catwalk

We hear on the grapevine that the Show organisers are busy bringing together a collaboration of the world’s leading pattern companies to create a catwalk show to inspire your adventures in DIY fashion. From  couture creations to vintage designs, bespoke tailoring and wedding garments, it’s promising to offer ‘a feast of dressmaking fashion from both independent and larger pattern companies’. They’ll be 3 sessions a day – we’ll be in the front row making notes!

4 Dressmaking drop in clinic

Let’s face it – we’ve all come across projects that have eluded us over the years…  garments attempted but given up before they see the light of day, or that technique we just can’t master or zip insertion we’re just too afraid to attempt. (well most of us – if this isn’t you then you can smugly skip this point as you are officially a sewing genius!). If however this does sound familiar, you’ll want to make sure you drop into the The GBSB Dressmaking Drop in Clinic, where a team of experts will be on hand to help you get back on track with whatever’s testing your sewing powers!

The Great British Sewing Bee Live dressmaking drop in clinic

5 140 years of Liberty (a must for vintage lovers)

Liberty are celebrating their 140th anniversary this year, and to celebrate the Show will host an exhibition of more than 150 garments, textiles and objects that demonstrate Liberty’s impact on British fashion, brought together by the Fashion and Textiles Museum.  See how their work has influenced key trends and provided the dressmaking world with some of the most iconic fabrics of all time. Here on the Simply Sewing team we’re pretty big Liberty fans so this is one highlight we can’t wait to see!

Special offer: save £££ on your tickets!

To see what else is planned for the event, visit www.thegreatbritishsewingbeelive.com and save £1.50 off the cost of your ticket by quoting ref SMD when you book.