The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee

Series 5 - Episode 8



There’s a palpable air of hysteria in the sewing room as the three finalists tackle their last challenges. One person doesn’t read the instructions properly before cutting out the pattern and has to start the piece all over again – impressively there are no tears or tantrums over such a disastrous start.

Patrick Grant tells one of them he’d wear their “perfect” double-breasted waistcoat “in a heartbeat”, but the transformation task, involving net curtains, makes them all hyperventilate.

Key to success, for Esme Young at least, is attaching a huge bow to whatever the outfit is. She absolutely loves a floppy bow, that woman. But what’s really striking (as well as the beautiful made-to-measure evening gowns) is that, even though they’re in competition with each other, all three amateurs still help their rivals. Frankly, they’re all winners.


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.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Joe Lycett
Judge Patrick Grant
Judge Esme Young
Executive Producer Susanne Rock
Producer James Hedge