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The Great British Sewing Bee

  • Season 7
  • 10 episodes
  • Entertainment
  • Lifestyle

Summary

Joe Lycett hosts as 12 talented home sewers create beautiful garments.

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Episode 1: The Great British Sewing Bee

Summary

The return of the sewing competition in which 12 keen amateurs take part in three challenges, all judged by Savile Row tailor Patrick Grant and fashion designer Esme Young. The sewers start in their efforts to impress with the first pattern challenge, creating the simple, clean lines of the versatile classic sleeveless blouse called a 'shell top', and, for the transformation challenge, they must turn old T-shirts into completely new garments for men, women or children, in just 90 minutes. In the made-to-measure, mannequins are replaced with real-life models, but who will whip up a well-fitting buffet dress and win themselves garment of the week, and whose hopes of staying in the competition will flounder? Presented by Joe Lycett.
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Review

What a jolly bunch these stitchers are, helping each other out and clearly enjoying the fun vibe that presenter Joe Lycett manages to create in that haberdashers’ heaven in east London. Even judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young are unusually playful. The first challenge for the new intake of 12 is to make a shell top (which isn’t part of a shell suit, by the way). It’s a simple sleeveless blouse, they’re told, but even so they have problems constructing it. “Hopefully the judges won’t see that,” says one man about a mistake he’s made. Is he joking? Of course they will. 

The T-shirt transformations are wild, although Patrick immediately rips an unnecessary embellishment off one outfit. Esme gets very excited about another with a punk feel and both get a fit of the giggles over a pair of harem pants. “Lord help us,” is all Patrick can say. There are a few tears but even so, if you want an hour of uplifting, feel-good entertainment, this is just the ticket.

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PresenterJoe Lycett
JudgeEsme Young
JudgePatrick Grant

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DirectorIvan Youlden
Executive producerSara Ramsden
Series producerCatherine Lewendon

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