The Great British Sewing Bee

Gird you loins, ladies.

Sewing has finally made it back on the TV.

Hot on the heels of the success of The Great British Bake Off, the BBC has a new show hitting our screens at 8pm, Tuesday 2 April on BBC2. According to the Daily Mail (words I never thought I’d ever type, but needs must)…

Like Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee pits amateur enthusiasts against each other in a highly pressurised setting, the only prize being the prestige of being crowned the winner and a trophy.

There are eight contestants to begin with, and each week judges May Martin, an acclaimed needlework teacher, and Patrick Grant, an award-winning menswear designer, set them three difficult tasks before sending two of the hopefuls home.

The judges are Saville Row tailor Patrick Grant, who is going to give the dishy Paul Hollywood a run for his money in the eye candy stakes:

image from The Sartorialist

image from The Sartorialist

and sewing teacher Mary Martin, who has 40 years of experience, so should know her stuff:

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Fingers crossed this will be half as good as Bake Off.  I, for one, will be glued to the TV to find out!

15 Responses to The Great British Sewing Bee

  1. Oh that could be interesting or truly awful. I hope you post about it as it will be years before the show makes it to NZ and I don’t have pay TV! I know – one of the few people in the world who doesn’t right? lol

  2. Ooh, will have to look out for it…but why aren’t you on it missy?!

  3. Andrea says:

    I echo what Chica Andaluza said: are you signing up for the show?

  4. Anne W says:

    I really hope it’s going to be good.

  5. Celia says:

    Does anyone kow anything about this ‘acclaimed’ May Martin? I’ve never heard of her and thought I’d come across most majorly known teachers.

  6. Jacquie jones says:

    Please could you call Jacquie Jones @ BBC Radio Lancashire on 01254 841021

  7. This show was absolutely awesome. I loved all the participants and was pleasantly surprised to see Ann Rowley, a lady I had “met” years ago on the Artisan’s Square sewing forum.,20443.msg331421.html#msg331421

    I watched it on YouTube 🙂

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