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The Sewing Bee returns to BBC Two

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Photo credit: BBC

The Great British Sewing Bee is back! The show will return for its third series tonight at 8pm with a fresh lot of contestants and challenges for them to get stuck into. I, for one, will be glued to the screen for the next few weeks.

Excitingly, there are TWO sewing bloggers appearing on the series this year. Sew Deputy, aka Amanda, who spoke about her excitement here and Deborah, or DFabricate. I’m really excited to see what Deborah will come up with as she has great style. She spoke of her experience with the programme here.

Will you be watching too? I wonder if there’ll be a clear favourite from the start? Personally, I will be rooting for anyone who is that passionate about sewing (that’s all of them then!).

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Sewing Bee

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So hands up who watched last night’s The Great British Sewing Bee? Yep, me as well. Wasn’t it great? I think I spent most of the time drooling over the fabric stash they had, knowing I’ll never have one that extensive.

If it’s inspired you, like it did me, then why not dust off that sewing machine and get started on an A Line skirt. There’s a great tutorial here (found via The Sewing Directory’s website here).

All information from the programme will be on the BBC’s website and includes bios on the contestants and clips from next week’s episode.

The book accompanying the series can be found on amazon, with details of projects shown each week. So if you’re inclined to buy, go ahead.

And if you’re wondering where you might have seen one of the contestants before, her name is Tilly and she blogs here.

If you haven’t had the time to catch up yet, you can watch it here. It really is a good watch, so I suggest you grab a cup of tea and get onto it immediately.


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BBC Two to show new sewing programme

The Great British Sewing Bee will join the BBC’s Great British Bake Off

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BBC Two will broadcast a new sewing programme, in a bid to find the nation’s best seamsters and seamstresses.

The Great British Sewing Bee, presented by Claudia Winkleman, will pit a group of eight people against each other, by setting them technical sewing challenges, as told to the Radio Times.

The show, which will take the same form as The Great British Bake Off, hopes to have the same success as its sister programme.

Contestants wil be judged on their skills in making clothing, accessories and quilting, as well as marked on their ability to customise. Judges May Martin of the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant will oversee things.

A BBC source told the Radio Times, “We had such success with The Great British Bake Off that we wanted to see just how creative Britain could be. We feel that sewing could become the new national pastime.”

Host Claudia Winkleman recently competed in The Great British Bake Off’s Comic Relief celebrity special.