We’re loving the new BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee and we’ve already made the Victoria Sandwich that will accompany the pot of tea we will enjoy whilst watching the semi-final this evening! We’re a little upset that the series was only four episodes long though (it will be ending next week with the grand final!). Perhaps the BBC are just testing the water with this first series and then will give it more air time in the future, after all the Great British Bake Off (another fave at Cloth-ears) didn’t really grip the nation until series two, did it?
The Great British Sewing Bee book that accompanies the BBC TV Series,
can be won in our current competition, along with other sewing goodies!
If you haven’t been watching, here’s why we enjoy it so. Firstly, it’s presented by the lovable Claudia Winkleman, with her puppy-dog enthusiasm and her cheeky wit – what’s not to love there?
And like the Great British Bake-Off (GBSB is made by the same production company), it features passionate amateurs competing to be crowned the winner, with an elimination of one or two contestants each week.
The eight keen sewers on the show are an interesting mix of characters including Mark, an HGV driver by day and a lover, wearer and creater of historically authentic clothing in his spare time! (Unfortunately, Mark left the program last week, but oh my, that dress he created in episode one – what a corker!).
Ann is a grandmother of seven, a wonderful woman who has been sewing for herself and her family for over 75 years, having begun her love of crafting at the tender age of six when she made clothes for her dolls.
Tilly, is a Film Festival Project Manager and has a handmade wardrobe which we are extremely envious of. You can read about her creations and even buy her patterns on her blog, Tilly & the Buttons, which is rather delightful and worth checking out.
Sandra, like Ann is another accomplished seamstress. Apparently though it was her daughters who contacted the show on her behalf, as she lacks confidence in her ability. She has an old suitcase brimming with vintage patterns passed down from her mum and grandmothers.
Stuart was inspired to start sewing when he moved into his first home and has since produced curtains, cushions and quilts. What he lacks in skill, he gains in creativity and enthusiasm.
And then there’s Lauren, who has also been sewing since child-hood. She’s our tip to be crowned Queen Bee. She wants one day to open a haberdashery, which judging by her blog Guthrie & Ghani is a dream very nearly realised.
The Judges are May Martin from the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant, who “scrutinise our sewers’ every stitch as they look out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching.”
We have been enjoying creating a pinterest board for The Great British Sewing Bee It’s been alot of fun. Has anyone else out there been doing the same? If so, we’d love to see them.
Our Great Brtish Sewing Bee Pinterest board
Peppered throughout the show are guides to simple sewing projects and interesting historical insights, including the influence of Beau Brummel on gentlemen’s fashion. The show really inspires the viewer to pick up some lovely fabric, re-thread the sewing machine and get creating.
If you have missed any of The Great British Sewing Bee episodes or just want to rewatch them, you can still catch up with all of the episodes on the BBC website at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0165nv7
There’s even a great book that accompanies the TV series which we reviewed in our blog post yesterday. The Great British Sewing Bee book is published by Quadrille and is priced £20.00. For the chance to win a copy and some other sewing goodies, why not enter our Great British Sewing Bee competition?
So which creative is going to win the title? Our tip for the top is Lauren. We think she has the right mix of sewing skill and creativity. If she can hold back the nerves and tears (however we’ve seen preview snippets of the semi-final, poor love!), we think she can go all the way! What do you think?
Our Great British Sewing Bee competition prizes –
The book that accompanies the TV series, three metres of our Paris in Springtime fabric & a Deluxe Doily Sewing Kit!
Our Great British Sewing Bee Pinterest board