8.2
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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 Worst Episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E6

#1 - British and Irish Fabric Week

7.38

Season 5 - Episode 6

The quarter-finalists face British and Irish fabrics week. First up is the pattern challenge, which is a stern test of their soft tailoring skills, as judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask the sewers to create a `Workers Jacket' from linen. Next, it's the transformation challenge, and the sewers are asked to take inspiration from the British seaside by turning stripy deckchairs and parasols into stylish garments in just 90 minutes.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 16 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S5E3

#2 - 70s Week

7.44

Season 5 - Episode 3

The eight remaining home sewers attempt to revive the glamorous, rebellious and sometimes ridiculous, style of the 1970s. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young challenge the sewers to create flared jeans, punk-inspired outfits, and Maxi dresses.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 9 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E10

#3 - Episode 10

7.44

Season 6 - Episode 10

The competition reaches its dramatic denouement as the final three sewers tackle celebration wear challenges and the series winner is crowned.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 9 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S3E2

#4 - Episode 2

7.54

Season 3 - Episode 2

The nine remaining contestants take part in three more challenges, this time testing their ability to scale down items and make children's clothes. They first have to fashion a waistcoat, then show their ingenuity by breathing new life into a plain T-shirt and a hand-me-down dress, and finish by creating a fancy-dress costume. Judges May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row designer Patrick Grant then decide who will leave the competition. Claudia Winkleman presents.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 28 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E4

#5 - Episode 4

7.56

Season 6 - Episode 4

It's sportswear week, and the sewers must create rugby shirts, waterproof onesies for toddlers and tennis outfits.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 9 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S4E2

#6 - Children's Week

7.58

Season 4 - Episode 2

The Great British Sewing Bee returns for an eight-part series presented by Claudia Winkleman. Nine amateur sewers return hoping to show judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young that they can make beautiful clothes on a miniature scale. First, the sewers must carefully follow a pattern to make a babygrow from stretch cotton jersey - but who will get the gusset and poppers in the right place and who will end up going off-piste? Next, the sewers must show they can handle slippery satin and chiffon by totally transforming an adult bridesmaid dress into a wearable garment for a boy or a girl. For the final challenge, real children replace the mannequins as the sewers strive to create perfectly fitted woollen capes, knowing the judges will scrutinise every cut and stitch before deciding who deserves to stay and who must bid farewell to the Sewing Bee.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 38 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E3

#7 - Episode 3

7.60

Season 2 - Episode 3

mateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The contestants are given a surprise pattern for a pair of leggings, and must turn a T-shirt into a completely new garment.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 30 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S2E2

#8 - Episode 2

7.65

Season 2 - Episode 2

Claudia Winkleman welcomes the nine home sewers back to the sewing room to face three more challenges. This episode tests their ability to match and combine patterned fabric. First the judges, Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin, surprise the sewers with a pattern for a pleated skirt. The catch is that they must match the pattern of the fabric across those pleats without changing the size of the skirt, which catches a few of the sewers out. They must show their ingenuity by combining two patterned men's shirts into one garment - the results range from a little sailor dress to a boob tube. Finally, they make made-to-measure men's patterned pyjamas which must both match across the seams and fit their male model perfectly.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 26 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E2

#9 - Episode 2

7.70

Season 6 - Episode 2

The contestants are asked to insert an invisible zip and pockets on a pair of palazzo pants, while the judges keep a keen eye on how well they pattern-match the bold prints. For the transformation challenge, the sewers must turn towels into stylish beach cover-ups in just 90 minutes. Male models arrive in the Sewing Room for the final challenge, ready to be fitted with a made-to-measure holiday shirt using bright and colourful fabrics. Whose shirt will bring on the sunshine, and who will be sent packing?

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S6E3

#10 - Episode 3

7.70

Season 6 - Episode 3

Joe Lycett welcomes the ten remaining home sewers back to the nation’s most famous sewing room for children’s week. The garments might be mini, but they are a mammoth challenge because they are fiddly to sew.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 10 votes.

The Great British Sewing Bee - S1E1
#11 - Episode 1
7.71
Season 1 - Episode 1

Claudia Winkleman presents a series from the makers of The Great British Bake Off in which eight hopefuls are tested on their sewing and dressmaking skills as they compete to be crowned Britain's best amateur sewer. Over three challenges, they must follow a simple pattern for an A-line skirt, transform a high street top by altering the neckline and produce a made-to-measure dress for a model under intense time pressure. The judges, May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row's Patrick Grant, scrutinise every stitch as they look out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching. One sewer is awarded garment of the week whilst two leave the Sewing Bee.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 31 votes.

#12 - Episode 5
7.71
Season 3 - Episode 5

In this semi-final, the five remaining amateur sewers take on a set of tasks working with tricky and technical fabrics.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 21 votes.

#13 - 1960s Week
7.74
Season 4 - Episode 5

This week, the sewing room is transported back to the 1960s as the six remaining sewers revive vintage garments, take on time-honoured techniques and wrestle with antique equipment in an attempt to show Patrick and Esme they deserve a place in the quarter-finals.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 35 votes.

#14 - Episode 1
7.75
Season 2 - Episode 1

The Great British Sewing Bee returns for an eight-part series presented by Claudia Winkleman. Ten of the country's best home sewers face three challenges to make or alter an item of clothing under intense time pressure. Each week, their creations are judged by Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin, until one of them is crowned Britain's best amateur sewer. The first episode tests the sewers on the three core fabrics in a dressmaker's cupboard: cotton, wool and silk. The surprise Pattern Challenge tasks the sewers with making a simple tunic top out of straightforward cotton. Some excel at producing the perfect top, some struggle to finish, and others cut corners - to their cost. In the Alteration Challenge the sewers demonstrate their ability to transform a plain high street woollen skirt in just 90 minutes, creating mini skirts with frills, pencil skirts with peplums, and dungarees. Finally, the sewers face the toughest of core fabrics when asked to fit a made-to-measure silk nightgown for a model.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 32 votes.

#15 - World Sewing Week
7.82
Season 5 - Episode 7

Joe Lycett hosts the semi-final, as the four remaining sewers take on garments and techniques from around the world. Firstly, they must follow a pattern like none they've encountered before, as judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask them to make a pair of Indian Dhoti Pants. Next is the Transformation Challenge, as the sewers take on a garment from West Africa, the Dashiki. For their final challenge, the Made to Measure, the semi-finalists take on the fiendishly tricky high-end Japanese couture technique of origami.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 11 votes.

#16 - Episode 4
7.83
Season 3 - Episode 4

The seven remaining contestants are tested on their ability to add shape and structure to clothing, with their first task involving sewing together 12 pieces of fabric to make a boned corset. They then have to make a garment out of a 1980s `power' suit and finish by creating a traditional kilt from scratch, before judges May Martin and Patrick Grant decide who will leave the competition. Claudia Winkleman presents.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 24 votes.

#17 - Episode 7
7.85
Season 6 - Episode 7

The six remaining home sewers head back in time to the 1980s, attempting to revive the glamorous - and sometimes ridiculous - style of that decade.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 13 votes.

#18 - Episode 8
7.85
Season 6 - Episode 8

For the quarter final, the five remaining sewers go global, taking on garments and techniques from around the world. Firstly, the sewers must follow a pattern like they have never encountered before, as judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask them to make a Filipino Terno Blouse. In the Transformation Challenge, the competitors are asked to turn Provencal tablecloths from France into a brand new outfit in just 90 minutes, before creating a dramatic Flamenco skirt from Southern Spain in the final challenge.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 13 votes.

#19 - Episode 4
7.86
Season 2 - Episode 4

Amateur sewers test their sewing and dressmaking skills. The contestants must make clothes on a miniature scale, from children's clothes through to fancy dress outfits.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 21 votes.

#20 - Construction
7.86
Season 4 - Episode 1

Claudia Winkleman hosts a new eight-part series of The Great British Sewing Bee. Under the scrutiny of Savile Row's Patrick Grant and Central St Martin's Esme Young, ten fresh-faced home sewers face three challenges designed to test their skill and understanding of basic garment construction. First, the sewers follow a pattern for a woman's top made up of four pieces. However, it is deceptively difficult, demanding accurate pattern matching skills, a steady hand for cutting and precision sewing. Next, the judges want their personal style and imagination to come to the fore by transforming a maternity dress in just 90 minutes. Finally, they take on the Made to Measure challenge, fitting a skirt to a real model. Who can keep their cool to produce a flattering waistline and perfectly level hem, and who will falter and be the first to leave the sewing room?

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Great British Sewing Bee from 43 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

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