Great british sewing bee episodes

Picture Shows: Patrick Grant, Esme Young, Joe Lycett – (C) Love Productions – Photographer: Mark Boudillion

Great British Sewing Bee Series 6

The Great British Sewing Bee is back for series 6 in 2020!

We are so excited that The Great British Sewing Bee TV show is back in 2020 for series 6 and will be returning to our screens on BBC Two. In this TV programme sewers take on garment challenges each week to crowned the best home sewer in Britain. We have been eagerly awaiting series 6 since the sewing bee was last broadcast in early 2019. We will be sharing all the news about the new contestants and each week a run down of the episodes with sewing patterns featured.

When will Sewing Bee series 6 be on TV in 2020?

We are currently waiting for the date to be confirmation for the start of series 6 in 2020 but it is likely to be a similar date to last year with the series launching in February or March. We will keep you updated with all the sewing bee news on our newsletter, social media and here on the website.

Is there a book to accompany the new Sewing Bee series?

Yes and it’s now available to pre-order on Amazon: The Great British Sewing Bee, Sustainable Style written by the lovely Alex and Caroline of Selkie Patterns! Including five full-sized pattern sheets with 27 projects for women (sizes 8-22) and men (sizes XS – XL), this book accompanies series 6. The book aims to encourage makers from beginners to advanced to reduce, reuse and recycle on their creative journey to sew a considered closet. The book will include lots of tips on looking after your clothes and sewing machine along with fitting tips, information on natural and sustainable fibres plus ideas on how to revamp existing clothes. The book will be published by Quadrille on 26th March 2020.

You can discover the sewing patterns designed by Selkie Patterns here and read our interview with Alex from Selkie Patterns here about her job as a costume designer.

Images: (Left) Quadrille, (Right) Selkie Patterns

Who are the sewing bee contestants for series 6?

We are eagerly awaiting news of who was successful in their application to be on series 6 of the sewing bee. Check back here soon for all the news!

Who are the sewing bee judges?

Esme Young

Esme Young studied at Central Saint Martins and also teaches pattern cutting there. She is co-founder of fashion label Swanky Modes and a costume designer, working on films such as Bridge Jones (the bunny outfit!) and Trainspotting.

Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant is a British Fashion designer and Saville Row working as a creative director for Norton & Sons, E. Tautz & Sons and Barbour. Patrick has been a judge on all series of the sewing bee. Patrick launched the social enterprise, Community Clothing to rejuvenate the British manufacturing industry, find out all about this exciting project here.

Joe Lycett

Joe Lycett is a British comedian and TV presenter. You may recognise him from TV shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks, QI, 8 out of 10 Cats and most recently on Channel 4, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back. He replaced Claudia Winkleman in 2019 series 5 as the third presenter on the sewing bee.

Sewing Bee Episode guide – series 6 (2020)

As the sewing bee episodes are announced on BBC Two later this year we will be sharing the details here including projects sewn by the contestants and the sewing patterns featured, from independent and commercial pattern companies. In previous series contestants have faced three tasks per episode including a pattern challenge, upcycling challenge and to create their own garment for a theme.

Where can I talk about about the sewing bee TV show with other makers?

Each week during the series we chat about the episode in our friendly Facebook group after the show has aired on BBC Two. Come join the fun! Visit our blog to keep up with all the details of each sewing bee episode and subscribe to our YouTube channel for special vlogs and newsletters.

Great British Sewing Bee Series 5

What happened in each episode of The Great British Sewing Bee series 5?

Catch up with all the sewing bee news from series 5 with our ultimate guide to the show! Each week on the blog we shared all the details of each sewing bee episode along with pattern suggestions, you can find a list of episodes on our dedicated Sewing Bee series 5 guide here. Visit our blog to keep up with all the details of each sewing bee episode and subscribe to our YouTube channel for special vlogs and newsletters.

Who are the sewing bee contestants and judges in series 5?

We’ve shared all the details of the sewing bee contestants and judges over on our dedicated page for series 5, take a look here.

Sheila, Jen, Mercedes, Alexei, Joe Lycett, Riccardo, Tom, Janet, Ben, Leah, Juliet, Esme Young, Patrick Grant – (C) Love Productions – Photographer: Mark Boudillion

Great British Sewing Bee series 4

Sewing Bee Episode guide – series 4 (2016)

Did you get caught up in the excitement and now can’t remember which sewing patterns were featured? Have no fear, catch up at your leisure on our sewing blog where we will have lots of sewing inspiration from each episode of series 4. In each of the sewing bee eight episodes, the contestants will have to complete three tasks. The first is a surprise dressmaking pattern, the second a refashioners project and finally fit a sewing pattern to a model.

Sewing Bee Episode 1 Guide – Contestants will be sewing a panelled women’s top, women’s skirt and refashioning a maternity dress. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.

Sewing Bee Episode 2 Guide – Contestants will be sewing patterns for children and babies. In the first task contestants will make a baby gro, then refashion a bridesmaid dress into a child’s outfit before finally creating a child’s cape. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.

Sewing Bee Episode 3 Guide – Contestants will be sewing lingerie and nightwear patterns. In the first task they will make a soft cup bra, then refashion a silk scarf before fitting a luxury robe to a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.

Sewing Bee Episode 4 Guide – It’s International Week! Contestants will be sewing a Chinese inspired top, refashioning a Sari and making a garment using African wax prints to fit a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.

Sewing Bee Episode 5 Guide – This week was all about the 1960’s and according to Joyce, sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Contestants made a colour block dress for the pattern challenge, refashioned a shower curtain for the second challenge and finally fitted a coat or jacket to a model. Have a read for some pattern inspiration (plus patterns used in the episode) and tutorials for how to make them.

Sewing Bee Episode 6 Guide – This week was all about sewing activewear. In the first task, contestants has to sew a men’s cycling top using Lycra® fabric. In the alterations challenge, contestants had to refashion a 1980s style ski suit into a children’s jacket. In the final challenge, contestants had to sew and fit a yoga outfit to a model.

Sewing Bee Episode 7 Guide (semi-final) – This week was all about puzzling patterns pattern cutting. The first task was to sew a asymmetric skirt inspired by Japanese pattern cutting. In the refashioning challenge, the contestants has to create a garment from a duvet and use all the fabric. In the final challenge, the contestants had to draft their own pattern and fit it to a model.

Sewing Bee Episode 8 Guide (final) – This week was the last episode in the series about focused on evening wear. The first task was to make a men’s shirt with collar and stand. In the refashioning challenge, the contestants had to create a little black dress from a men’s dinner suit. In the final ever challenge of the series, the contestants wowed the judges with fitting a gown to a model.

The Sewing Bee contestants – series 4 (2016)

There is always plenty of interest about who the sewing bee contestants will be each year, find out all about them on the BBC website.

From left to right: Rumana, Angeline, Duncan, Charlotte, Josh, Jade, Tracey, Joyce, Jamie and Ghislaine.

Jamie, 44 is from Exeter and is a member of The Fold Line community. Jamie likes to sew modern menswear and tailoring. Follow Jamie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rumana, 27 is a junior doctor and fellow Londoner. She likes to make garments for herself and babies clothes. Check out her blog, The Little Pomegranate and follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Angeline, 30 works in public relations and is also a designer. She likes to sew vintage dresses and ball gowns. Discover more on her website, Angeline Murphy and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Pinterest and Instagram.

Duncan, 32 is a fellow Londoner and tutor. He likes to sew modern menswear. Follow Duncan on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram.

Charlotte WINNER, 43 is also a fellow Londoner and medical science journal editor. She sews clothes for herself and her children and also quilts and knits. Find out more about Charlotte on her blog, Charlotte Newland, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

Josh, 23 is from Cardiff and is an Entrepreneurship Engagement Manager. He likes to sew casual menswear and has his own label, Treatment Clothing. Follow Josh on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Jade, 18 is from Sussex and a student. She likes to sew clothes for all her family, including her pets. Follow Jade on Twitter.

Tracey, 53 is from Derbyshire and a retired primary school teacher. She likes to sew clothes for herself, her daughter and through her website Polkadot designs. Follow Tracey on Twitter.

Joyce, 71 is from West Sussex and a retired school admissions officer. She likes to sew for herself and her family.

Ghislaine, 43 is a fellow Londoner and likes to sew garments for herself

Great British Sew Bee book review – series 4 (2016)

Read our Great British Sewing Bee book review, From Stitch to Style by Wendy Gardiner, published by Quadrille.

Special Sewing bee Blog Series (2016)

We’ve some exciting special sewing bee blog posts from series 4 by some of your favourite bloggers and sewing celebrities.

Chinelo Bally’s Freehand Fashion sewing book

Read a review of Chinelo’s sewing book here, no patterns required!

Image copyright: Pavilion

Interview: Chinelo Bally

Read an interview with Chinelo about her love of .

Image copyright: Vliseo

Interview: Jennifer Taylor

Read our interview with Jennifer Taylor about her career as a sewing ambassador.

Great British Sewing Bee book reviews

Check out our review all three sewing books from the previous series 1 – 3 of the sewing bee. Please note: there was no book to accompany series 5.

The Great British Sewing Bee: Fashion with Fabric by Claire-Louise Hardie – series 3 (2015)

The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh- series 2 (2014)

The Great British Sewing Bee by Tessa Evelegh – series 1 (2013)

Disclaimer: Please note that this page about The Great British Sewing Bee is not linked to or endorsed by the BBC programme/Love Productions. Where images are not our own they remain the copyright of the author.

How to watch past Great British Sewing Bee episodes

January 29th 2019

As you know, we’re currently all about The Great British Sewing Bee right now over here at Sewisfaction and in a bid to get you ready for the new season and to inspire you ahead of the launch of the #GBSBsewalong, we’ve got a special treat for you.

Lots of you commented on our sew along launch post from around the globe asking where you could catch up on old episodes and so we’ve scoured the web to find them for you. Simply grab a tea, a notebook and pen, click the links below and get ready to get inspired.

Season 1

Episode 1: The contestants make an A-line dress, alter a high street top and create a made-to-measure dress under the clock. Watch here

Episode 2: The contestants tackle fly fastenings, patch pockets and made-to-measure silk – but two amateur sewers must be sent home. Watch here

Episode 3: It is the semi-final and the sewers compete in three more challenges, including a made-to-measure jacket. Watch here

Episode 4: In the season one finale, the contestants follow a man’s shirt pattern, show off their stitching skills and create a made-to-measure evening gown. Watch here

Season 2

Episode 1: The contestants are tested on the three core fabrics in a dressmaker’s cupboard: cotton, wool and silk. Watch here

Episode 2: The contestants are tested on their ability to match and combine patterned fabric, with a challenging pleated skirt. Watch here

Episode 3: The contestants are given a surprise pattern for a pair of leggings, and must turn a T-shirt into a completely new garment. Watch here

Episode 4: The contestants must make clothes on a miniature scale, from children’s clothes through to fancy dress outfits. Watch here

Episode 5: The six home sewers are set three challenges which require them to handle some of the most difficult fabrics to sew with. Watch here

Episode 6: The five remaining sewers take on a 1930s-themed quarter-final using old-fashioned techniques and machines. Watch here

Episode 7: The four remaining sewers face three challenges – none of which permit a pattern for guidance. Watch here

Episode 8: The three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time. Who will be the winner? Watch here

Season 3

Episode 1: The contestants are tested on a core fabric found in every dressmaker’s cupboard: cotton. Watch here

Episode 2: The nine remaining amateur sewers are tested on their ability to make clothes on a miniature scale. Watch here

Episode 3: Claudia Winkleman takes the eight sewers back in time to the 1950s, when home sewing was at its height. Watch here

Episode 4: The remaining sewers take on a set of tasks designed to test their ability to add shape and structure to clothing. Watch here

Episode 5: It’s the semi-final, and the five remaining sewers take on a set of tasks working with tricky and technical fabrics. Watch here

Episode 6: The competition reaches its conclusion as the three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time, with the judges looking for cutting-edge designs. Watch here

Season 4

Episode 1: Ten new home sewers must follow a deceptively difficult pattern for a woman’s top made up of four pieces. Watch now

Episode 2: Nine sewers return hoping to show the judges that they can make beautiful clothes on a miniature scale. Watch now

Episode 3: The sewers take on delicate lingerie, working with fiddly pattern pieces and the most delicate fabric. Watch now

Episode 4: Patrick and Esme set the seven remaining sewers the challenge of tackling techniques and garment styles from other cultures and continents. Watch now

Episode 5: The sewing room is transported back to the 1960s as the six remaining sewers try to prove they deserve a place in the quarter-finals. Watch now

Episode 6: In the quarter-final, the five remaining sewers sweat it out over activewear, creating complex garments from the most technical of fabrics. Watch now

Episode 7: Claudia Winkleman hosts the semi-final. The sewers must make an asymmetric yoked skirt inspired by modern Japanese pattern cutting. Watch now

Episode 8: Claudia Winkleman hosts the grand final of the Great British Sewing Bee. The three finalists create three pieces of evening wear to impress the judges. Watch now

Will ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ Return For Series 6? It’s Perfect Escapism TV In The Age Of Brexit

The Great British Bake Off’s sewing equivalent, in which soggy bottoms become frilly bottoms, is about to end for another year, and its fifth series has proven that the show’s more popular than ever. It boasts a hilarious presenter, kind hearted contestants, lowkey drama, and quite possibly the most handsome judge on TV. Here’s looking at you, Esme Young. With another winner about to be crowned Britain’s best amateur sewer, I’m left wondering, will The Great British Sewing Bee return for series 6? Because it’d be an absolute tragedy if the show was cancelled at this stage in the game.

If you’ve yet to give the a show a go, you’ve really been missing out. Series 5 revamped Sewing Bee after its three-year hiatus with comedian comedian Joe Lycett, who was a very welcome addition to the show. Taking on presenting duties, Lycett added some necessary glitz and giggles to the show, and I hope he’ll get to return again and again.

The good news is that you can be assured of his return, since applications for series six of Sewing Bee are well underway, and you’ve still got time to apply as entries close on May 27. So, yep, it certainly looks as though your new favourite midweek show will be back for its sixth series.

BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

In the meantime, there’s still the finale of series five to go, which you can catch on BBC Two at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. In their last ever challenge, the final three sewers will be taking on “a trio of evening wear challenges,” as per the programmer’s description. You’re going to be well and truly clinging to your sofa, as the sewers are told to follow their most complex pattern yet — a double-breasted waistcoat. And that’s only the beginning.

Will all of the sewer’s hard work even be worth it? I mean, if you call being named “Britain’s best amateur sewer,” worth it, then absolutely. However, if you apply to the show in hopes of a large cash prize, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. As Bustle reported back in February, the only prize for winning Sewing Bee is the glory — and a really naff trophy.

BBC/Love Productions/Mark Bourdillon

“At least on Bake Off, they win a nice trophy. We made our trophy round the back of the set with coloured spray paint!” Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant joked to the Telegraph on Feb. 15, 2014. Despite the underwhelming trophy, Lycett tweeted on March 26: “The final of SewingBee is one of the most extraordinary things I’ve ever been involved in. You don’t want to miss it. Next Tuesday, 9pm, @BBCTwo.”

Among tweets thanking Lycett for his excellent presenting duties on the show, plenty of viewers have expressed how Sewing Bee has been their antidote to the chaos that is Brexit. “Sewing Bee the only thing calming me down from my Brexit anger so Heaven help me as it’s the final week,” said one Twitter user, who seems to be echoing the sentiment of many. The Great British public don’t know what’s going on with Brexit, but they do know that Sewing Bee can help them to stop thinking about it — if only for an hour.