Ouch! This week’s semi final of The Great British Sewing Bee had us squirming as we watched the contestants grapple with their trickiest pattern-cutting challenges yet. If you’re not quite ready to take on high-end pattern play, but you’re still itching to have a go at making your own made-to-measure garment, then we’ve got the… Continue reading
Episode two of The Great British Sewing Bee saw the sewists tackle tricky childrenswear (and get in a right mess over gussets in the process!). The highlight of the episode was the final wool cape challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. There’s no pattern needed for this project,… Continue reading
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!
With the summer holidays on the horizon, we’re stitching up projects for enjoying the sunshine! Sew picnic accessories, add summery new garments to your wardrobe (including a knit top and dress, shift dress and an irresistible wax-print skirt inspired by GBSB), embroider pretty blooms and master essential sewing skills, all in Simply Sewing issue 18, on… Continue reading
With series 4 of The Great British Sewing Bee returning to our screens this month, more people are learning to sew than ever – and Simply Sewing issue 17 is a great place to start!
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
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
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
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!
We caught up with the sewing soldier, Neil of Great British Sewing Bee 3 who shares his most embarrassing sewing moment, ever. Read on to find out what it is… Please tell us a bit about yourself and where your passion for sewing began. I started sewing at Sek Kong Primary School in Hong Kong at… Continue reading