Anticipation builds for The Great British Sewing Bee

It’s sew exciting! The Great British Sewing Bee is almost here and we can hardly wait!

After the success of The Great British Bake Off, sewing is the next hobby to hit the headlines thanks to this competitive sewing show – The Great British Sewing Bee – which starts on BBC 2 on 2 April.

Eight contestants – all amateur sewists with a passion for their craft – will compete for the title, with two hopefuls being sent home each week. In each episode the Sewing Bee contestants will have to face three challenges:

The Pattern Challenge

The contestants go head to head to sew a garment using the same pattern. This challenge will test their core sewing and dressmaking skills and whether they can follow pattern instructions and pattern markings. Tricky!

The Alteration Challenge

This challenge will test the contestants’ creativity, requiring them to upcycle and customize a High Street garment into something unique that showcases their individual style and talents. Sew much fun!

The Made-to-Measure Challenge

The final challenge tests all their sewing know-how, and requires them to make something bespoke to fit a model who will be assigned to them. Thinking on their feet they will have to design and sew something within the time limit that works well on the model, who could be any shape or size. Talk about nerve racking!

The Great British Sewing Bee Judges

Taking the same format as The Great British Bake Off, the show will be presented by the wonderful Claudia Winkleman who claims to have been so inspired by making the show that she bought her first sewing kit! Taking the reins from Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry for the judging will be homely May Martin, sewing tutor from the WI’s Denman College, and dashing British menswear designer Patrick Grant, director and owner of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons. May and Patrick will scrutinise every stitch, looking out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching. One sewer is awarded garment of the week whilst two must leave the Sewing Bee.

Stay Tuned to Stitch Craft Create

We’re sew excited by The Great British Sewing Bee and the fact that sewing and crafting will be brought into the homes of millions that we’ll be following the show eagerly. Each week, we’ll be blogging great projects and ideas based on the ideas and themes of the episode – so you can sew along with show! Make sure you add us to your Reader or check back weekly for the latest instalment, commentary and analysis of the show as well as projects and patterns to help you brush up your skills and who knows, maybe you’ll get good enough to apply for next year’s show?!

We’ll also be tweeting during the show each week using the hashtag #GBSB – so come and join the conversation!

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About Ame

Ame Verso is the daughter of legendary cross stitch designer Jo Verso and has been cross stitching since the age of 10. She also sews and crochets and is the face of the SewandSo YouTube channel.

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