Great British Sewing Bee

  1. GBSB #6 - British and Irish Week

    GBSB #6 - British and Irish Week
    The competition is heating up as we get closer to the Sewing Bee semi-final. This weeks episode celebrates the best of British and Irish textiles, educating us on the rich history of our country's relationship with fabric. Each challenge was a real step up for the contestants, whilst still bringing us stunning fabrics and innovative design. All the contestants have...
  2. Great British Sewing Bee #5 - Recycling Week

    Great British Sewing Bee #5 - Recycling Week
    We're going green this week with the Great British Sewing Bee! Using the theme of reduce, reuse, recycle; the contestants were asked to use re-purposed garments and fabrics for this weeks challenges. Reducing our waste when sewing is an important part of what we do. So much fabric ends up in landfills every year and we can all do our...
  3. GBSB #4 - Technical Fabrics

    GBSB #4 - Technical Fabrics
    How are we already at week 4! After saying goodbye to Poncho-loving Ben, it is now time for technical week. 'Technical Week' means the contestants tasks will include the use of 'technical' or 'performance' Fabrics, designed for a particular property. Fabrics in this category can have waterproof qualities, high amounts of stretch, windproof and many more capabilities. This was a...
  4. GBSB #3 - 70s week - Calico Laine

    GBSB #3 - 70s week - Calico Laine
    The 1970s, a decade of the style tribe and political rebellion. So what's the best way of celebrating this? On the GBSB of course! This week the GBSB contestants were tasked to create three 70s-inspired garments to encapsulate the varying styles. Flares The pattern challenge this week could not have been anything other than a good pair of flares. They...
  5. The GBSB #2 with Calico Laine - Children's Week

    The GBSB #2 with Calico Laine - Children's Week
    How has a week gone by so fast? Children's week is already upon us, bringing three new challenges for our lovely contestants. This week they were tasked to create garments on a smaller scale, testing their precision and dexterity. This was definitely a fun and colourful episode to watch and all of us at Calico Laine loved it! Cotton Jersey...
  6. The Influence of the Great British Sewing Bee

    With 2.7 million people tuning in to watch the Great British Sewing Bee final this week, it is clear that there is a definite growth of interest in Sewing. With the recession in the past few years, we noticed the old war time spirit of Make Do and Mend was on people's minds and the Great British Sewing Bee has...
  7. Great British Sewing Bee - Christmas Special

    For those of us who have been eagerly awaiting the return of Patrick Grant and May Martin for series two of The Great British Sewing Bee, last night's Christmas Special of the hit BBC 2 show was just enough to whet our appetites for all things sewing and get our creative juices flowing just in time for the hotly anticipated...

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