7.7
29 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.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E8

#1 - Special Occasion Week

8.78

Season 5 - Episode 8

The contest, hosted by Joe Lycett, reaches its final as the last three contestants take on a trio of evening wear challenges before the winner is announced. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young begin by asking the sewers to create a double-breasted waistcoat. Next is the Transformation challenge, as the trio repurpose net curtains into exquisite, red carpet-ready, pieces of evening wear. Lastly, for the Made to Measure challenge, the sewers attempt to construct and fit glamorous strapless evening gowns for their models, this time hand-picked for friends and family. Last in the series.

The episode was rated from 9 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E1

#2 - Cotton Week

8.77

Season 5 - Episode 1

The contest returns with new host Joe Lycett, and Patrick Grant and Esme Young passing judgement once more. The first pattern challenge is a Dior-inspired `wiggle dress' designed to hug the female form. Contestants also have to transform three second-hand items of denim clothing into a single, stylish new garment, and the final task involves a made-to-measure jumpsuit.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S1E4

#3 - Episode 4

8.76

Season 1 - Episode 4

The final of brand new series, The Great British Sewing Bee, presented by Claudia Winkleman, reaches its climax. The three finalists compete in three tough challenges set by Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin who must decide who will take the title of Britain's best amateur sewer. The first test is to follow a pattern for a man's shirt. The judges are looking for perfect top stitching with no pleats or puckers but the complicated challenge drives one sewer to tears. In the second challenge they have to show off their hand sewing skills, decorating an evening bag, and for the finale they are asked to create the most demanding garment so far - a stunning made-to-measure evening dress in a luxury fabric. The finalists are in for a surprise when they see who their models are.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E6

#4 - Episode 6

8.53

Season 2 - Episode 6

The first challenge for the five quarter-finalists is to make silky blouses from 1930s patterns using sewing machines from that period. Next, they have to transform men's suits into garments for women, before fashioning complex and hefty made-to-measure coats taken from a historic or vintage pattern. Judges May Martin and Patrick Grant then decide which four will go through to the semi-final. Claudia Winkleman presents.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E5

#5 - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week

8.50

Season 5 - Episode 5

Joe Lycett challenges the contestants to make garments from recycled materials, from curtains and soft furnishings to the offcuts left from previous episodes.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

#6 - Episode 1
8.40
Season 6 - Episode 1

In their first week, the sewers are eased in gently with wardrobe staples that might look familiar but arenโ€™t necessarily straightforward to make. For their pattern challenge, the judges ask for a wrap skirt, a garment whose clean crisp lines can only be achieved through precise cutting, accurate stitching and a judicious choice of fabric.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
#7 - Episode 6
8.36
Season 3 - Episode 6

The competition reaches its conclusion as the three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
#8 - Episode 8
8.36
Season 2 - Episode 8

The competition reaches its climax as the three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time, with May Martin and Patrick Grant setting them three tough couture-themed challenges. The first tests their hand-stitching skills as they are asked to make a man's tie, and then have to produce a child's bridesmaid outfit from a wedding dress in the alteration task. Finally they are asked to fit a made-to-measure gown for a model, before the judges decide which of them deserves the title of Britain's best amateur sewer. Last in the series.

The episode was rated from 14 votes.
#9 - Episode 1
8.35
Season 3 - Episode 1

The contest to find Britain's best amateur sewer returns with 10 competitors trying to impress judges May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row designer Patrick Grant. In the first episode, they are asked to work with cotton - a core fabric in every dressmaker's cupboard. First up they have to make a pair of women's trousers with a complicated invisible zip, then transform a denim shirt in just 90 minutes before producing a stunning summer dress for their real-life models. Claudia Winkleman presents.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
#10 - Episode 6
8.30
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 10 votes.

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