How to sew a circle cape: inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee

In series 4 of the Bee, the sewists made a wool cape in their Made to Measure challenge, which inspired us to get stitching up our own swishy circle cape. We were inspired to share this tweed cape tutorial by Portia Lawrie at the time and we’re reshaping it today in anticipation of tonight’s Sewing Bee being themed on… Continue reading

How to sew a no-pattern-cardi

How to sew a no-pattern cardigan

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

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!

Simply Sewing issue 18

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

Simply Sewing issue 17

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!

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 the Great British Sewing Bee

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

Free sewing patterns: cami top & jumpsuit

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!

Meet Great British Sewing Bee contestant, Sewing Soldier Neil

Neil, Great British Sewing Bee 3 contestant

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

Meet Great British Sewing Bee contestant, Matt Chapple

Great British Sewing Bee 3

We catch up with self-taught sewer, Matt of sewwhatsnew.co.uk and Great British Sewing Bee 3 contestant. Find out how he started sewing, where he finds inspiration and what his very first project was…