7.5
38 votes
The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee

BBC Two 2013

Amateur sewers take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain's best home sewer.

Warning: the following content contains spoilers!

The 10 Best Episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E8

#1 - Special Occasion Week (Season 5 - Episode 8)

The three finalists take on a trio of evening wear challenges. The judges begin by asking the sewers to follow the most complex pattern yet, a double-breasted waistcoat.

The episode was rated 9.00 from 11 votes.

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The Great British Sewing Bee - S8E10

#2 - Episode 10 (Season 8 - Episode 10)

It's Party Week, and the finalists must make an iconic stretchy dress, use their old scraps to make an outfit and fit red-carpet worthy jumpsuits before one is crowned the series winner.

The episode was rated 9.00 from 11 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E10

#3 - Celebration Week - The Final (Season 7 - Episode 10)

The Great British Sewing Bee reaches its dramatic denouement, as the three finalists compete for the title of Britain’s best amateur sewer, taking on a trio of challenges for special occasions. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young start by challenging the sewers to make a little girl’s bridesmaid dress packed with complex elements including puff sleeves, a lined bodice and a bound buttonhole. Next, it’s the sewers’ final chance to show off their instinct for design in the Transformation Challenge. They attempt to turn homeware items such as cushions, bead curtains and table cloths into dramatic and fun outfits fit to wear at a summer festival. Lastly, for the most important Made to Measure challenge of the competition, the sewers attempt to construct and fit glamorous off-the-shoulder evening gowns for their models.

The episode was rated 8.90 from 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E1

#4 - Cotton Week (Season 5 - Episode 1)

Joe Lycett presents as the sewers create a 'wiggle dress' and transform three items of denim clothing, before having to fit real live models with made-to-measure jumpsuits.

The episode was rated 8.81 from 16 votes.

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The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E2

#5 - Children's Week (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Joe Lycett hosts as the nine remaining home sewers return to the sewing room for children’s week. The garments might be mini but they are a mammoth challenge being fiddly to sew.

The episode was rated 8.80 from 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E2

#6 - Summer Week (Season 7 - Episode 2)

Week two is Summer Week on the sewing competition and the contestants are asked to create paperbag shorts, transform second-hand men's swimming gear into a woman's outfit worthy of sunset cocktails and finally make sun dresses.

The episode was rated 8.80 from 15 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E6

#7 - Reduce Reuse Recycle Week (Season 7 - Episode 6)

The fashion industry is the biggest polluter of our planet next to oil, so The Great British Sewing Bee returns to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Week, with all the usual fabric in the haberdashery being replaced with charity shop clothes and soft-furnishings. Host Joe Lycett kicks the six remaining home sewers off with a pattern for a gentleman’s waistcoat using just second-hand clothes. In the Transformation Challenge, the sewers are tasked with changing items of army surplus into a stylish and wearable garment for a woman. Finally, the sewers are asked to use old jeans to create a Made to Measure dress. Jeans are one of the most polluting garments to manufacture, so to breathe a new lease of life into them, each sewer must create a new denim dress that fits their model perfectly. At the end, someone will win Garment of the Week, and a sixth sewer will be asked to leave the Sewing Bee.

The episode was rated 8.73 from 11 votes.

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The Great British Sewing Bee - S1E4

#8 - Episode 4 (Season 1 - Episode 4)

In the final, the three finalists must create a luxury, made-to-measure evening dress.

The episode was rated 8.71 from 24 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E5

#9 - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week (Season 5 - Episode 5)

The fashion industry is the biggest polluter of our planet next to oil, so for the first time on The Great British Sewing Bee, it is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Week.

The episode was rated 8.69 from 16 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E6

#10 - Vintage Week (Season 2 - Episode 6)

Amateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The five remaining sewers take on a 1930s-themed quarter-final using old-fashioned techniques and machines.

The episode was rated 8.67 from 21 votes.

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The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E7
#11 - Winter Week
8.60
Season 7 - Episode 7

Joe Lycett hosts as temperatures drop and winter hits the sewing room, with challenges themed around keeping warm and adding sparkle to the coldest months of the year.Patrick and Esme's Pattern Challenge this week is a man's flannel shirt. The sewers must create cuffs and collars, challenging both their construction technique and precise sewing skills.The sewers wrap up warm for the Transformation, turning old scarves into a new wearable garment in a mere 90 minutes.Finally, in the Made to Measure, they are asked to make a festive winter party dress. Working with tricky-to-handle fabrics, including velvets and sequins, each must create a perfect fit for their model. Who will cheer the judges' spirits and win Garment of the Week, and who will be sent out into the cold?

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E8
#12 - Final
8.56
Season 2 - Episode 8

Amateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time. Who will be the winner?

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S3E6
#13 - Final
8.50
Season 3 - 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.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S8E4
#14 - Episode 4
8.45
Season 8 - Episode 4

Scraps are put to use in Reduce, Reuse, Recycle week to create quilted patchwork jackets. Old coats are given a new lease of life, and second-hand duvets become maxi dresses.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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The Great British Sewing Bee - S3E1
#15 - Cotton
8.38
Season 3 - Episode 1

Amateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The contestants are tested on a core fabric found in every dressmaker's cupboard: cotton.

The episode was rated from 26 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E4
#16 - Technical Fabric Week
8.36
Season 5 - Episode 4

The fabrics in the haberdashery go technical, as the seven remaining home sewers take on man-made fabrics designed for sport and the great outdoors.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E6
#17 - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week
8.36
Season 6 - Episode 6

For reduce, reuse and recycle week, all the fabric in the haberdashery is replaced with charity shop clothes and soft furnishings.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
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The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E1
#18 - Wardrobe Staples Week
8.33
Season 6 - Episode 1

Joe Lycett kicks off ten weeks of the most perplexing patterns, eye-popping transformations and stunning made-to-measure garments yet.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E4
#19 - International Week
8.31
Season 7 - Episode 4

It is International Week on the sewing bee and the nine remaining sewers make Breton tops. transform sarongs into a new garment and for their final challenge take inspiration from the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E7
#20 - Semifinal
8.26
Season 2 - Episode 7

Amateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The four remaining sewers face three challenges - none of which permit a pattern for guidance.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
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Last updated: sep 14, 2022

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You know why I like this competition style reality show so much? There is NO drama between contestants. Its a nice change if you watch other competition style reality shows where every 20 min = Drama.

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