The Great British Sewing Bee Live – Giveaway


Patrick Great British Sewing Bee

First things first, you lucky people. Have you heard that 2017 is the year of the first live event associated with The Great British Sewing Bee?

Highlights shall include:

  • Over 100 workshops
  • Live refashion challenges set to members of the public
  • Ex-contestants – living, breathing, moving and sewing!
  • Drop in clinics for your sewing emergencies
  • Over 200 exhibitors aka people willing to take your money in exchange for goodies

I have ten pairs of free tickets to The Great British Sewing Bee Live. To throw your hat into the ring, simply comment on this blog post. In your comment, I want to hear what burning question you’d ask Patrick and Esme, given the chance.

To comment, you should be confident of being able to visit this UK-based live event, 21-24 September in London.

Ten lucky winners shall be picked at random. The closing date for this giveaway is midnight GMT Wednesday 19 July.

I also have a discount code of DYM to give readers £1.50 off advance purchases of adult tickets bought here. Go on, go on, go on! I’ll be attending, but don’t let that put you off.

Esme Great British Sewing Bee

So. What is the lure of a live event, for a franchise that’s already had four successful TV series? To find out, I recently attended an intimate Q&A with no other than Patrick and Esme from TGBSB.

The meet and greet took place on a sunny morning at The Fashion And Textile Museum, which is a very cool place and you should totally visit if you’re ever in the vicinity of London Bridge.

The Fashion And Textile Museum

Vintage Dress Bodice Detail

As I said, a very cool place that you totally should visit!

The audience was treated to a pretty extensive Q&A with these two legends in their own lifetimes. There was also some impressive playing up for the camera. I expect Patrick and Esme are used to all this by now. Good job, as they’ll be at the live event, and you can throw your own questions to them at the Super Theatre.

House Of Pinhiero Esme TGBSB

So, to go back to my question. What is the lure of a live event? Here’s my theory…

Times are tough for the world of telly. As more and more of us take our entertainment via our mobile phones (and never is this more true than in the world of sewing social media), scheduled programming is turning into a pretty tough gig. Which means that content generators need to find new ways of engaging with fans and they shouldn’t expect their audience to be passive. They shouldn’t want their audience to be passive! As we know better than most, events and meet-ups lend themselves well to Instagram-able sharing. Otherwise known as brand building. Clever, huh?

Look at it this way. You’ve been to Harry Potter World, seen your favourite bands’ gigs, been sucked into the world of glamping … and now you can sew and visit, too. The Great British Sewing Bee wants to meet its fans. Lucky us!

So, get commenting below. You could be in with a chance to attend  one of the over 100 workshops, take part in a live refashion challenge, meet your heroes (and your friends) and … buy some fabric?

See you there!

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92 Responses to The Great British Sewing Bee Live – Giveaway

  1. Pat Beadle says:

    So so Patrick when are we going to see you use a sewing machine?

  2. Mags says:

    Definitely going! I’d like to now what their favourite garment had been on the Sewing Bee.

  3. I’d ask patrick what he think is the skill that most significantly helped him in his success at Saville Row.

  4. Prefer Physics says:

    Sewing is a relatively new skill for me, so I would ask “Which new skill would you like to learn and why?”

  5. Louise Brydon says:

    I would like to know tips on how to make my sewing skills more professional and less home-made looking.

  6. Atia says:

    I’d ask them what their favourite memade item of clothing is.

  7. Adele Ebdon says:

    Hi my question is in this day and age of fashion is it still possible for someone who hasnt studied fashion at uni/college it make a succses in a business. I have been sewing and crsfting for years . People do like and buy my product . X

  8. Emma Thirkill says:

    I’d ask Patrick what else he would like to make.

  9. Rebecca says:

    I would ask Patrick if I could sharpen his scissors or measure his tape 🙂

  10. Jan Carr says:

    I’d love to go! I’d like to ask Patrick and Esme about their feelings on ‘homemade’. For baking for instance and many crafty things, to say it’s ‘homemade’ or looks ‘homemade’ is a good thing – does that apply to sewing too?

  11. Aly Hookway says:

    I’d like to ask them both if they think sewing your own clothes is a good way of self expression and should it be encouraged in both the young and old alike

  12. I’d ask if they think there is any chance that the fabric shops and fabric departments in big stores that I remember from the 70s are ever likely to return? Even Liberty’s fabric department is much smaller than it was then. I live near Manchester which is a fabric buying desert. Buying on line is okish, but nothing replaces being able to touch and see how stuff drapes and creases.

    • Serena says:

      Try Bhatti, Abakhan and Leon’s. Plus John Lewis. Lots of sari fabric and turban fabric available in Longsite.

  13. Rachel Barton says:

    do you sew at home and if so what is your favourite thing to make?

  14. Anne says:

    I’d ask what their favourite fabrics for working with are – natural or synthetic or both.

  15. I’d ask esme and Patrick about how they both learnt to sew!


  16. Jenny says:

    Do you ever sew your own clothes?(I think I know Patrick’s answer anyway)

  17. crusicroom says:

    Is there a particular garment you would love to make but not got round to making yet?

  18. Jenni says:

    I’d love to go and would ask who they would invite back for a second chance ?

  19. gilltroup says:

    Hi karen I’d ask for Patrick and Esme’s top tips for making a home sew look more professional. Thanks.

  20. Hannah says:

    I’d ask Patrick how much he would charge to make my husband a suit! He’s very tall and can never get sleeves or legs long enough! Hannah

  21. mumokio says:

    I’d like to ask Esme whether the design of a make or the quality of the make is most important to her and why ?

  22. Red W Sews says:

    I’d like to know what thing they see home sewists doing that annoys them!

  23. Debbie says:

    I’d like to know what their silliest sewing mistake was and did they fix it or dump it.

  24. I would ask Patrick and Esme if they ever had to abandon a sewing project because it just didn’t turn out right.

  25. Kerri says:

    I’d like to ask – What’s the one thing we should do on every make to make them better? Thanks for the competition Karen.

  26. Fraggle says:

    I would love to ask if they have fond memories of something made by a family member or friend when they were little!

  27. Glenda says:

    Would really love to go – I would ask what is the most important dressmaking step to make a garment look professionally made; as opposed to homemade

  28. Ali Thompson says:

    Hi please enter me into the draw.
    I’d like to ask about Scuba, everyone seems to be sewing with it and I want to know some tips and tricks !

  29. Carol says:

    I am getting married next year and I’m planning on making my own wedding dress, I want to use tulle, what advice or tips could you give me on sewing with tulle.

  30. I’d like to know if working g with all the contestants has changed the way they themselves think about fashion and sewing, or if they’ve seen someone do something on the show and sneakily used it for their own work later 😉

  31. sewbobbi says:

    Has anyone found a good place to watch it in the States? I have found some seasons on Youtube, but they are not full screen and many of the titles and wording is backwards.

  32. Lani Giovanetti says:

    I guess you all know who these people are, but for a first time visitor, it would be helpful if you identified the people in your photos. Cheers!

  33. Julia Lemon says:

    I would ask Patrick and Esme what can we all as sewists do to get GBSB back on screen?

  34. I’d ask Patrick and Esme what garment they have made that they have been most proud of and why.

  35. This sounds amazing. I am a short train ride away from London now so would love to go. I think that I would ask Patrick and Esme if they approve of using sewing patterns or if they think people should have a go drafting their own designs as a way of encouraging more creativity. Thank you for sharing about the Fashion and Textile Museum. I am off to look at their website and plan a visit. Xx

  36. Alison G says:

    I would ask which sewing skill they found trickiest to master?

  37. Danella Hull says:

    Hi my question would be what item of clothing would you be, the reason why and what colour would you be as that item. Xxxx

  38. Emma Hughes says:

    If you hadn’t got into textiles, what other job would they have done and why?
    Just hope I can book this off work. It would be amazing

  39. Tasha MC says:

    I’d ask Esme and Patrick which sewing skill they think would stand them in the best stead in a zombie apocalypse!

  40. Serena says:

    I’d love some hints for sewing a bias-cut dress in order to avoid stretching the seams, hem and neckline.

  41. I’d like to ask Patrick and Esme if they ever let the GBSB contestants have any more time than they are allocated – or are they absolutely strict on the show?

  42. Sarah says:

    I’d ask Patrick if he was free for a drink and Esme where she gets her hair cut? Not really, I’d be far too shy! I’d probably let out a little squeak that nobody could understand…

  43. Sarah says:

    I’d ask Patrick if he was free for a drink and Esme where she gets her hair cut? But not really, I’d be far too shy. Probably manage a little squeak that nobody would understand…

  44. Sarah says:

    Sorry about the two replies, but when I submitted the first it wouldn’t let me post so I did it again and there’s two!

  45. Val Darbyshire says:

    So, Patrick and Esme, just show me again how to rethread my overlocker, please?

  46. Shelley Gibb says:

    I’d love to go. I’d ask who inspired them and what was the last item of clothing they made.

  47. Lizzie BM says:

    How exciting! I’d be nosy and ask them about their other interests too!

  48. Lois H says:

    It would be great to win a ticket, and to have the chance to throw a few questions to the panel. I would like to say to them that as well as getting people interested in making their own clothes it has seen people starting their own pattern companies , and shops ( on line and on High Street) . Oh and I would love to buy some more patterns and fabric !

  49. treasa2 says:

    I have come to sewing late in life my husband and I were self employed he lost his sight and we both retired I went back to sewing to keep me sane My husband is now very independent and i find my self been drawing in to sewing more and more I would like to win two tickets one for me and one for my friend Ann who has been keeping me company while sewing the question I would ask is
    Dose sewing have to be taught by a teacher as i feel I have enough experience to teach young children and i would like to do it as I think young children have a thirst for knowledge I would give my time free of charge ???

  50. David Price-Hughes says:

    I would like to ask Esme and Patrick for practical tips on sewing collars and lapels. They’re so tricky to get looking perfectly sharp, how do they do it?

  51. Anne G says:

    I learnt to sew in school in the 70s. I wasn’t very confident about the garments i made, at the time. But when I later worked in a textile warehouse surrounded by fashion fabrics I took up sewing again using the basic knowledge about using a pattern, tailor tacks etc. With the increasing interest in sewing I would ask Patrick & Esme whether they can forsee a time that dressmaking or sewing is reintroduced in schools.

  52. Yvette Warren says:

    Thanks for the chance at tickets, Karen. I think I’d ask Patrick and Esme if they fancy being the new James Bond and M!

  53. Heather says:

    I’d like to ask them about sewing and textiles as a career and not just a hobby!

  54. Marion says:

    I’d ask if they ever got the giggles at any of the refashions

  55. Daphne Whitaker says:

    I would ask Patrick and Esme if they ever made their own underwear and actually wore them…..

  56. Vena Jacobs says:

    I’d ask Patrick what his current make it or last make

  57. Claire B says:

    I would ask what their favourite ever GBSB challenge has been! Thanks for the chance to win!

  58. Ann Warner says:

    I’d like to ask them if there was a celebrity version of GBSB would they agree to be contestants.

  59. Claire Nightingale says:

    I would love to go along! I would ask Patrick and Esme what is the most challenging garment you have ever made and why? Thanks!

  60. Caroline Kell says:

    Hi. I’d like to ask whether Patrick and Esme think that the current renewed interest in sewing is here to stay.

  61. says:

    Do Patrick and Esme think creativity is born or made?
    Wow I would just love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

  62. Nancy Beaumont says:

    Do Patrick and Esme think creativity is born or made?
    Wow I would just love to win, thanks for the opportunity!

  63. sewwatts says:

    I would like to know from each of them what they would find most challenging to do if they were one of the contestants!

  64. Karen says:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention – what a great idea. I’ll be an optimist and assume that the GBSB will return to our screens – I’m sure the live event will help someone to make the decision! So I’d ask Patrick and Esme if they’d be prepared to demonstrate some of their own sewing techniques as part of the show – it would be great to see that.

  65. Gemma Luker says:

    I would ask them what was the first thing they ever made, and how they feel about it now – I cringe at the thought of my first sewing!

  66. I would ask them if they sew their own clothes.

  67. Gemma Homer says:

    I’d ask both of them if everything they wore on the Great British Sewing Bee was handmade by themselves.

  68. Paulette B. says:

    I would ask them both what fabric do you find difficult to sew with and never seem to get whatever you are sewing with that fabric right

  69. Emma Dennett says:

    I would love to go along too 🙂 I can never believe how little time is given for the challenges on GBSB. What are Patrick and Esme’s views on this?

  70. Hannah Passco says:

    I’d ask them what’s their favourite thing they’ve ever sewn? Not necessarily the best or most beautiful, but their favourite. I may also sneak in an additional question and ask what’s been their favourite make from the show.

  71. Astrid Breel says:

    I’d ask about key tailoring skills to learn and advice for developing those (when real life workshops are hard to find in the right location).

  72. Vanessa says:

    Invisible or normal zips? Which do you prefer the look of?

  73. Rachel C says:

    I would ask them their thoughts on the ethical issues surrounding the production of fabrics, and in particular the working conditions of the people who make the fabrics – is this an angle they take into consideration when choosing fabrics to work with?

  74. Jaime says:

    What is the one task that gives you the most trouble?

  75. Mary J says:

    I have 2 granddaughters id like to encourage to sew – do you think a hand sewing machine good to start on or go straight to electric.

  76. I would ask them both; ‘What do you personally count as your three greatest achievements throughout your respective careers’. I would love to know what they feel represents their love for creating and inspiring so many people 😺

  77. Catherine Morrison says:

    I’d ask what they think about the fashion industry and if it’s possible to move away from fast fashion.

  78. Esme – what are your views on capes? Edna “E” Mode had such strong feelings.

  79. I’d ask if the GBSB is coming back to our screens.

  80. tracymcdavis says:

    I’d ask how they’d recommend to learn tailoring – jump straight in and make mistakes or a course? Are there courses out there for people who do not want to do it professionally but would still like to create things that are of a high standard and using proper techniques.

  81. Lee says:

    I’d ask them if they are aware of the dire state of brick and mortar fabric shops available in this country and whether they would consider opening up a “Mood”-type fabric shop?!! Please!!

  82. Dandelion says:

    Oh that would be the best! I would ask them what was the most challenging garment they ever made and why (type of garment, type of fabric or made for a specific occasion…)

  83. Robin says:

    What are their tips for making a garment faster? They have to have some great ideas!

  84. Kathryn says:

    Hey Patrick have you ever made a dress?

  85. Janet says:

    Oooh – probably what garment they think it’s least worth taking the time to make yourself, and why.

  86. Susan Bowdler says:

    What a fabulous opportunity to meet them both! I would love to ask them if and how they feel that sewing, the very process of creating something by sewing, can enrich our lives, especially as we now seem to want instant results and gratification. Sewing is slow (not always apparent on GBSB!) and at odds with modern life. Maybe why I love it so much…..

  87. Louise Flanagan says:

    I’d love to know what their most memorable moments while filming GBSB were!

  88. Mari carmen Garcia Sanchez says:

    Hola karen!! Sin duda iré a este evento, ya tengo los billetes de avión !!!!!
    Les preguntaría como han hecho un programa con tantos seguidores, y que tienen mucha suerte por haberlo conseguido.
    Un saludo!!!

  89. amcclure2014 says:

    Too late for the draw. I have my tickets but will use your code to buy a ticket for my daughter.

  90. Kim says:

    Very much looking forward to attending this event. If I had the opportunity, I think I’d ask how they organise their time to sew, do they only sew in short stretches, or dedicate large chunks of time, and how do they make the most of whatever time they do have.

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