The Great British Sewing Bee

The WORST episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee

Every episode of The Great British Sewing Bee ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst 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: 11/27/2022Network:BBC Two
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Episode 9
star
7.29
14 votes

#1 - Episode 9

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/9/2021

It’s the semi-final, and the sewers go back to the 1940s. They create a pair of Oxford bags, dresses from parachutes and a Dior New Look outfit.

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Episode 1
star
7.38
16 votes

#2 - Episode 1

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/14/2021

Week One sees judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young settling the contestants in with a trio of challenges based on everyday wardrobe staples.

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Episode 3
star
7.54
26 votes

#3 - Episode 3

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/4/2014

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Children's Week
star
7.58
33 votes

#4 - Children's Week

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/23/2016

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.

British and Irish Fabric Week
star
7.60
20 votes

#5 - British and Irish Fabric Week

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/19/2019

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.

Evening Wear
star
7.71
24 votes

#6 - Evening Wear

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/4/2016

The three finalists create three pieces of evening wear to impress the judges.

Episode 4
star
7.73
15 votes

#7 - Episode 4

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 5/13/2020

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

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Episode 2
star
7.75
20 votes

#8 - Episode 2

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

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.

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Episode 1
star
7.79
28 votes

#9 - Episode 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/2/2013

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.

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1960s Week
star
7.79
29 votes

#10 - 1960s Week

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/13/2016

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.

International Week
star
7.82
28 votes

#11 - International Week

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

It is 'international week' as Patrick and Esme set the seven remaining sewers the challenge of tackling techniques and garment styles from other cultures and continents.

Episode 1
star
7.83
23 votes

#12 - Episode 1

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/18/2014

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.

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Construction
star
7.85
64 votes

#13 - Construction

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/16/2016

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?

Episode 3
star
7.88
8 votes

#14 - Episode 3

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/11/2022

It’s summer week, and the sewers make light and airy outfits, including a summer dress, a creation from old hammocks and a two-piece trouser co-ord for a man or a woman.

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Episode 4
star
7.88
17 votes

#15 - Episode 4

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/11/2014

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Activewear
star
7.88
26 votes

#16 - Activewear

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/20/2016

Claudia Winkleman hosts the quarter-final of the Great British Sewing Bee, where the five remaining sewers sweat it out over activewear, creating complex, hard-wearing garments from the most technical of fabrics. For the pattern challenge, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young ask the sewers to make a man's lycra cycling top, which requires expert handling of a fabric that stretches in all directions and a complex zip insertion that tests their patience. Next, for the alteration challenge, the sewers use all their ingenuity to transform garish 1980s ski suits into children's jackets. Finally, the made-to-measure challenge sees the sewers create the most fitted garments ever attempted on the Sewing Bee - yoga outfits - to secure one of four places in the semi-final.

Lingerie Week
star
7.90
29 votes

#17 - Lingerie Week

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/30/2016

The sewers work with the fiddliest of pattern pieces and the most delicate fabric.

Episode 2
star
7.90
10 votes

#18 - Episode 2

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired 5/4/2022

Sara Pascoe presents a trio of sports-themed sewing challenges, including a Sewing Bee first - a pair of trainers, which includes unfamiliar techniques such as punching eyelets and stitching soles. That's followed by transforming an old netball kit into a garment to be worn off the court and a made-to-measure jacket inspired by their sporting hero

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Episode 7
star
8.00
10 votes

#19 - Episode 7

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 6/8/2022

A place in the quarter-final is at stake this week, and the challenges are all about lingerie. Host Sara Pascoe starts the sewers off with a fiddly pattern for a lace underwired bra and matching knicker set. With such small pattern pieces, there is no margin for error, and Patrick and Esme’s eagle eyes will spot every mistake. The Transformation Challenge requires the sewers to take thermal underwear and turn it into daywear. Then male models fill the sewing room to be fitted for a pair of luxury pyjamas. One sewer wins Garment of the Week and another is asked to leave the Sewing Room.

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Episode 6
star
8.00
11 votes

#20 - Episode 6

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/1/2022

Music Week brings a pattern for a parka once loved by the Mods, old denim gets the country music treatment, and David Bowie inspires the sewers for their Made to Measure outfits.

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Episode 5
star
8.00
12 votes

#21 - Episode 5

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/25/2022

The sewers follow the pattern for a toddler's sailor suit, make fancy dress Halloween outfits and create out-of-school garments from old school uniforms.

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Episode 8
star
8.00
16 votes

#22 - Episode 8

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 6/2/2021

It’s Music and the Movies Week. The sewers create a dress inspired by Dirty Dancing, a Sound of Music transformation and a disco era-inspired outfit from Dreamgirls.

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Episode 3
star
8.00
20 votes

#23 - Episode 3

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/28/2021

For gent’s classics week, the sewers make baker boy caps, transform old jackets into outfits for a woman, and create a casual utility jacket.

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Episode 10
star
8.00
13 votes

#24 - Episode 10

Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/24/2020

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

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Episode 3
star
8.00
14 votes

#25 - Episode 3

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 5/6/2020

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.

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