The Great British Sewing Bee – Christmas Special


If you’re anything like me, you’ll have been salivating for more from The Great British Sewing Bee. Well, hang on to your home-sewn knickers. There’s only a Christmas Special this Sunday at 19.40 UK time. Details here.

This is our opportunity to see what the semi-finalists have been up to since the inaugural series. Plus, Team Patrick. Enough said.

Will you be watching? I will! Can. Not. WAIT. Anyone gonna be on Twitter?

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40 Responses to The Great British Sewing Bee – Christmas Special

  1. ashley828 says:

    BBC two!? WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN! I’m going to need to catch up on this sewing bee show.

  2. Debby says:

    Just started following you (@bagwagon), not quite into Twitter but if you prompt us I shall log on and try out some interactive Twittering and tv viewing at the same time, perhaps I shall manage some sewing as well.

  3. Sewingjen says:

    I also can’t wait, went to Lauren’s shop on a course and it is lovely, looks as if the programme is made from there. I also can’t wait for the next series, I did apply!!! Haha didn’t hear anything, maybe they don’t want another old fogie on the programme!,!

  4. How did I not know about this?! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Helen says:

    Thanks for the heads up! Now Sky+’d!

    That girl in front of the blackboard used to give me the creeps!

  6. foamofdays says:

    Hurray!!! Thanks for heads up!

  7. onedabbles says:

    Thanks for the info. I will have to wait until someone posts the programme on YouTube. There’s been no sign of it being broadcast in Australia on either Fox/Sky or ABC. Between that and missing the new Sherlock due to be broadcast in the UK on New Year’s Day, I’m feeling deprived. Sigh.

    GBSB in general, and Tilly in particular, started me on the idea of trying to make clothes.

  8. Jen (NY) says:

    Let us hope that it gets posted on Youtube so that those of us outside of the UK can see it!

    • Shar says:

      I hope so too Jen – I loved watching the shows last spring!

    • Marsha says:

      Yes! Yes! The truly wonderful people who posted the original episodes were greatly appreciated. Hope someone posts this one as a Christmas/Holiday gift to the rest of the world.

    • Rosanne Reynolds says:

      I am here in America and have watched all the episodes of the Great British Sewing Bee and absolutely loved it. The only one that is not on You Tube is the Christmas Special and I hope someone posts that soon.

  9. CurlsnSkirls says:

    OMG! Somebody puh-lease put this somewhere so all us fans across the pond can see it, too!!!
    xxx del

  10. Marianne says:

    You make my day, wouldn’t miss it for the world! Thanks for mentioning!!!

  11. Marie says:

    Abso-bloody-lutely! Can’t wait!!!

  12. Keren says:

    waah?? really??? brilliant news will set the video (old-styley)

  13. EmSewCrazy says:

    FABULOUS!!! I can’t wait until it gets posted to YouTube for us US viewers! Best sewing show EVER!!!

  14. Lindsay says:

    I shall have to try and get it somehow in California!

  15. lovelucie1 says:

    Reblogged this on Love, Lucie and commented:
    OMG! Woe betide anyone who gets between me and the TV on Sunday!

  16. Melanie says:

    If only they were showing it in Australia…poor us.

  17. Please send the show Down Under!!!

  18. woohoo twitter party & sewing on tv! I will be around

  19. ooobop! says:

    Rachel just took the words out of my mouth! 🙂 x

  20. Definitely will be watching it, though probably next week as I’m busy when it’s on. Can’t wait.

  21. rosyragpatch says:

    I’ll definitely be watching. The original series was such fun. xxx

  22. missmarys says:

    The BBC here probably won’t have it. We get things 6 months to a year later. I don’t quite get that.

  23. Catherine says:

    yay! i cant wait to see it! I hope they bring it down her to Australia like they did with the Bake off!

  24. Sheila says:

    Woohoo! So excited! Hate to admit to it, but I remember the days when only Beeb 1 existed – we did have ITV but remote controls hadn’t been invenTed. We had to physically get up and change between 425 and 675) (?) degrees (or whatever). BBC 2, even with test card girl, was like Christmas every day for ages. Then of course we became blase. Now I have hundreds of channels, but, give me sewing programmes any day (I can dream, can’t I?)

  25. Gemma says:

    So what did you think of the Christmas Special… I’d love to hear your thoughts. Personally, I loved the series, but felt this programme was a bit rushed. Lots of lovely ideas, again but nothing explained in enough detail. Bags, dolls houses and coin purses flashed before my eyes!

    • Jayne says:

      Hi, I really enjoyed the christmas special. I never watched the series but will do if there is another. I do agree that nothing was really explained in that much detail but still good to get ideas. I asked my partner if he was bored while I was watching the program but he said he was finding it quite interesting which was a supprise. I need some help… The gentleman in the waistcoat used some sort of paper when he was cutting out a pattern, it stuck to the material while you cut the pattern but just peeled off afterwards (it was instead of using pins) I missed what he called it and wondered if you heard what it was.

      Happy Christmas and Happy sewing.

      • Sewingjen says:

        The paper is called freezer paper, widely available in the USA but only recently here in the UK and mainly found in patchwork type shops.

  26. I too was excited all day about tuning in. However, in the end, I was disappointed. It was a little too traditional for my taste and I don’t think it did much to encourage people to try their hand at any of the given projects. I agree with Gemma that it was too rushed and I think it just confirmed people’s stereotypes of home-sewists rather than pushing any boundaries and making it more contemporary. They could have done more. I’d love to hear your thoughts.

    • Reluctantly, I agree with you and Gemma. I think if someone had tuned in for the first time to see what all this sewing malarkey is about, they’d have been underwhelmed. That being said, I did like Stuart’s plaid bag!

    • onedabbles says:

      I was a bad person and watched it on YouTube – so excited to find it there. Yes, I was a bit disappointed too. They seem to have lost their way between teaching/competition/individual stories. There wasn’t a competition/challenge element, which was fine – after all, it is the Christmas Special – but it changed the structure of the show and it seemed to do neither one thing nor the other terribly well.
      The teaching/projects were rushed. I agree with Gemma – items hurtled past. They could have made more of linking to the website with detailed instructions. I think I’ve been a bit spoiled by the high quality sewing blogs I’ve found, which combine personality, projects, teaching and challenges.
      I would love to have had all the original contestants included in the programme, to see what they’d been up to. It was the variety and different approaches to sewing which made the first series so appealing to me. We could have had a touch of steampunk for Christmas courtesy of Mark. It would also have been nice to see a garment or two – someone running up a lovely Christmas party dress or top – perhaps Tilly’s or Michelle’s contribution? And to see more of Jane’s projects because she had to leave the series early.
      Having said this, I’m pathetically grateful that there’s any sewing on TV at all and will tune in to the new series or any other specials, just to enjoy the company of sewers and to learn.

  27. KnitNell says:

    Ah I wasn’t aware of this. I will try and catch it on iPlayer. Thanks.

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