7.4
35 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

8.90

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 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E1

#2 - Cotton Week

8.86

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 14 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S1E4

#3 - Episode 4

8.82

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 22 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E7

#4 - Episode 7

8.80

Season 7 - Episode 7

Itโ€™s Winter Week. The sewers' skills are put to the test making a flannel shirt, turning old scarves into a garment and creating a glamorous winter party dress.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S7E2

#5 - Episode 2

8.69

Season 7 - Episode 2

Summer Week sees Esme and Patrick challenging the sewers to create paperbag shorts, cocktail outfits and button-down sun dresses.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E5
#6 - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week
8.64
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 14 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E6
#7 - Episode 6
8.60
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 20 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E8
#8 - Episode 8
8.47
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 15 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S3E6
#9 - Episode 6
8.43
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 23 votes.
The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E4
#10 - Technical Fabric Week
8.42
Season 5 - Episode 4

The seven home sewers take on man-made fabrics designed for sport and the great outdoors, while the transformation challenge involves discarded festival tents. For the final assignment, male models arrive in the Sewing Room to be fitted with made-to-measure luxury tracksuits.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: jan 22, 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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