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Five Reasons We’re Excited For The Great British Sewing Bee 2016

Our favourite stitching show is back! In just a few weeks, we’ll be settling down to watch the first episode of the much-loved The Great British Sewing Bee. As we eagerly anticipate the start of series four, we’ve put together five reasons why we can’t wait to start watching.




1. In with the new

May Martin was a Sewing Bee staple alongside fellow judge Patrick Grant through series 1-3, but we’re excited to see a new face gracing our screens in the new series. Costume designer, Central Saint Martins tutor and co-founder of fashion label Swanky Modes, Esme Young, will be casting her expert eye over the contestants’ creations with Patrick. We’re looking forward to seeing what her creative flair and sewing know-how will bring to the show.


2. Time for a new challenge

We all love adding new techniques to our stitchy armoury and each episode of GBSB is a treasure trove of hints, tips and expert advice. If past series are anything to go by, we’ll soon be trying our hand at a wealth of new methods and picking up useful tricks to give our garments a finish that the judges would approve of.


3 Inspiration aplenty

Innovative uses of fabric, faultless stitching and enthusiasm in abundance – it’s difficult not to be inspired by an episode of GBSB. Whether it’s seeing someone transform a pre-loved, shapeless shirt into a catwalk-ready creation, or whip up an elegant dress in a matter of hours, each episode gets us itching to start sewing.


4 Gorgeous fabrics

The start of each new challenge sees the contestants heading to the haberdashery to stock up on the materials they need for their garments. This gives us the chance to see that envy-inducing stash in all its glory – who doesn’t love to see piles of tempting fabrics just waiting to be used? We’ll be running to the shops in no time!

Simplicity 2247
Simplicity 2247
Simplicity 1590
Simplicity 1590

5 May Martin edit

If you’re already missing May Martin, why not check out the May Martin edit? The former Sewing Bee judge has picked several of her favourite Simplicity patterns from a retro design to an elegant dress, so there’s plenty to choose from.









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