The Great British Sewing Bee

The BEST episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee

Every episode of The Great British Sewing Bee ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee!

Amateur sewers take on challenges as they compete to be named Britain's best home sewer.

Last Updated: 8/8/2022Network: BBC Two
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Special Occasion Week
star
9.00
11 votes

#1 - Special Occasion Week

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/2/2019

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.

Episode 10
star
9.00
11 votes

#2 - Episode 10

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/29/2022

It's Party Week, and the finalists must make an iconic stretchy dress, use their old scraps to make an outfit and fit red-carpet-worthy jumpsuits before one is crowned the series winner.

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Episode 10
star
8.90
10 votes

#3 - Episode 10

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/16/2021

It’s the final, and the theme is celebration. The three remaining sewers work on a bridesmaid’s dress, a festival-themed transformation and a glamorous off-the-shoulder gown.

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Cotton Week
star
8.81
16 votes

#4 - Cotton Week

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/12/2019

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.

Children's Week
star
8.80
10 votes

#5 - Children's Week

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/19/2019

The nine remaining home-sewers are tasked with making children's clothes. Challenges include creating hoodies and turning fake fur coats into fancy dress beasts. The final task sees contestants up against the clock as they make made-to-measure dance costumes so the dancing kids can perform The Hornpipe, the Tarantella and Highland dancing down the catwalk.

Episode 2
star
8.80
15 votes

#6 - Episode 2

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/21/2021

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

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Episode 6
star
8.73
11 votes

#7 - Episode 6

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/19/2021

It’s Reduce Reuse Recycle Week. The sewers make waistcoats out of old clothes, turn army surplus into a women’s outfit and make a dress out of jeans.

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Episode 4
star
8.71
24 votes

#8 - Episode 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/23/2013

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.

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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week
star
8.69
16 votes

#9 - Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Week

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/12/2019

Joe Lycett challenges the contestants to make garments from recycled materials, from curtains and soft furnishings to the offcuts left from previous episodes.

Episode 6
star
8.67
21 votes

#10 - Episode 6

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/25/2014

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.

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Episode 7
star
8.60
15 votes

#11 - Episode 7

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/26/2021

It’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.

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Episode 8
star
8.56
16 votes

#12 - Episode 8

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/8/2014

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.

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Episode 6
star
8.50
24 votes

#13 - Episode 6

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/12/2015

The competition reaches its conclusion as the three finalists enter the sewing room for the very last time.

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Episode 9
star
8.50
8 votes

#14 - Episode 9

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/22/2022

For a place in the final, the sewers follow the pattern for a kimono-inspired dress, mend old denim using Japanese techniques and create an outfit using folding and pleating.

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Episode 4
star
8.45
11 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/18/2022

The Great British Sewing Bee does its bit for the planet with Reduce, Reuse and Recycle week. Host Sara Pascoe invites the nine remaining home sewers to create a quilted patchwork jacket from a load of old scraps from past Sewing Bees. Next, in the Transformation Challenge, the sewers breathe new life into boring old coats by completely deconstructing them and refashioning them into brand new stylish outerwear. For the Made to Measure, the sewers fit a maxi dress to a model using only an unwanted duvet cover. Who will ace this creative brief and win Garment of the Week, and who will have to leave the sewing room?

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Episode 1
star
8.38
26 votes

#16 - Episode 1

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/5/2015

The contest to find Britain's best amateur sewer returns with 10 competitors trying to impress judges May Martin from the Women's Institute and Savile Row designer Patrick Grant. In the first episode, they are asked to work with cotton - a core fabric in every dressmaker's cupboard. First up they have to make a pair of women's trousers with a complicated invisible zip, then transform a denim shirt in just 90 minutes before producing a stunning summer dress for their real-life models. Claudia Winkleman presents.

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Technical Fabric Week
star
8.36
14 votes

#17 - Technical Fabric Week

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/5/2019

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.

Episode 6
star
8.36
14 votes

#18 - Episode 6

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/27/2020

For reduce, reuse and recycle week, all the fabric in the haberdashery is replaced with charity shop clothes and soft furnishings.

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Episode 1
star
8.33
15 votes

#19 - Episode 1

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/22/2020

In their first week, the sewers are eased in gently with wardrobe staples that might look familiar but aren’t necessarily straightforward to make. For their pattern challenge, the judges ask for a wrap skirt, a garment whose clean crisp lines can only be achieved through precise cutting, accurate stitching and a judicious choice of fabric.

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Episode 4
star
8.31
16 votes

#20 - Episode 4

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/5/2021

It's international week, and the sewers make Breton tops, transform sarongs into a new garment and take inspiration from Frida Kahlo.

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Episode 7
star
8.26
23 votes

#21 - Episode 7

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/1/2014

The four semi-finalists face three challenges in which they are not allowed to use a pattern for guidance, having to fit a dress to a mannequin, add a pair of symmetrical sleeves to a garment and make a copy of a favourite item of clothing. Judges May Martin and Patrick Grant then decide which three will go through to next week's final. Claudia Winkleman presents.

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Episode 7
star
8.24
17 votes

#22 - Episode 7

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/3/2020

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

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Puzzling Patterns and Pattern Cutting
star
8.22
27 votes

#23 - Puzzling Patterns and Pattern Cutting

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/27/2016

Claudia Winkleman hosts the semi-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where just four sewers are left to battle it out to for a place in the final. All that stands in the way are three challenges designed by judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young. This week, they want to test the sewers' knowledge of complex patterns and pattern cutting. For the pattern challenge, the sewers are tasked with making an asymmetric yoked skirt inspired by modern Japanese pattern cutting. This brain-teasing pattern requires the sewers to stitch one of the most technically difficult and curved seams ever seen in the sewing room. Next, it is the alteration challenge and the sewers are asked to transform a duvet cover into a female garment. To add to the difficulty level, the judges declare it is a no-waste challenge so every scrap of fabric needs to be used by draping and sculpting it around the mannequin. How will the sewers cope with this radical approach to creating clothes? For their made-to-measure challenge, their ability to draft and create patterns is put to the test as the judges seek to draw out the sewers' inner designer. Creating their own patterns in the sewing room, as well as constructing and fitting their dresses is the sternest test yet of their all-round sewing skill and their ability to imagine clothes, but who will flourish and who will fail to make the grade so tantalisingly close to that place in the grand final?

Episode 8
star
8.22
9 votes

#24 - Episode 8

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/15/2022

The quarter-final takes the sewers back to the golden era of the 1930s. Esme and Patrick set them a Pattern Challenge for a pair of women’s sailor-inspired trousers with a complex bib-front button opening and equally tricky pockets. Then the sewers show off their ability to think on their feet when they are given men’s shirts to turn into 1930s women’s blouses. Finally, it's time for a touch of Hollywood glamour when they are asked to perfectly fit a bias-cut evening gown reminiscent of outfits worn by Katharine Hepburn and Bette Davis.

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Episode 3
star
8.21
24 votes

#25 - Episode 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/16/2013

Claudia Winkleman presents the semi-final. The four amateur sewers return to compete in three more challenges. Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing teacher May Martin set them a pattern for a child's dress which tests their ability to follow couture techniques on a miniature scale. In the alteration challenge they are asked to tailor a dress with precision and they create a made-to-measure jacket which must fit their model perfectly, after which one of them is asked to leave the Sewing Bee.

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