“You Have One Week” The GBSB Challenge

Sewers, you have a week to make a garment inspired by the current series of

The Great British Sewing Bee.”

may pat claWhat, do you think one week is a bit mean?  Well of course it is but how do you think those poor contestants must have felt when told to make a silk nightgown to fit a model in 5 hours?!  I was hiding behind the sofa at that point.

Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa EveleghLuckily, no judges will be allowed to scrutinise and pick apart the efforts of this challenge.  In fact, all who submit a picture of their creation by the final of the GBSB next Tuesday will be entered into a draw to win a copy of the book The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe by Tessa Evelegh, kindly donated by Quadrille Publishing.  After the deadline, I will prepare a blog post of your entries and publish it on Wednesday 9th April alongside the name of the winner of the draw.

The Rules

1 Make a garment inspired by one of the tasks on the show.

2  Email me a photo of the garment, preferably being worn by either yourself, whoever you made it for, or on a dummy (no hangers).  The deadline is Tuesday 8th April 9pm GMT.  Multiple entries ok, and I’d be particularly be happy to see Before and After pictures if you’re refashioning.

3 Make sure you include any text you would like me to publish with your photo, e.g. why you chose that particular task or who you most want to win the series.  If you have a blog, make sure you include the link.  I’ll email you back to confirm I’ve received your entry.

4 If you have a blog, you may like to display this button to show you’re taking part.  Just copy the text below into your widget area.


That’s it.

If you like, leave a comment below telling us you’re joining in.  Or what tasks during this series have most inspired you to have a go?

Now, much to my delight, the second series of the GB Sewing Bee has been longer than the first, with many more projects.  So your memories of the early shows may be a bit hazy.  I know mine are – or maybe it was hiding behind the sofa that made me miss parts.  Luckily, all the episodes are available to view on iPlayer till April 15th.  So if you need a little reminder of the story so far, here are the links (available to all in the UK):

Episode 1 where we meet the contestants, a boring wool skirt is revamped and a silk nightgown is made.

Episode 2 where the contestants are tested on their ability to match patterns.  Do you pleats match?  Can you cut up two shirts to make a new one?

Episode 3 jersey T-shirt refashion, leggings and a wrap dress (gulp!).

Episode 4 sewing for little people plus a prom dress.  Can you make a fancy dress costume out of a pillowcase, a sweatshirt and jogging bottoms?

Episode 5 anorak and velvet trousers.

Tamara's blouseEpisode 6 Vintage heaven.  The beautiful blouse with collar and smocking that we all plan to make some day.  Well, it’s time 🙂

Episode 7 The Semi Final.  Make a garment copy and the dart-it, pleat-it, tuck it, drape-it dress.

All episodes can apparently be viewed outside the UK via Media Hint – a free download that works with Chrome and Firefox.

Good luck!

And sewers?  Try not to have too many tea breaks.  I find it trebles project time!


You can download sewing patterns for many of the makes in the show from here.

So Zo’s review of Sew Your Own Wardrobe can be found here.

GBSB Judge May Martin’s How To Tutorials which could give you ideas can be found here.

In Series 1, the task that most inspired me to do a copycat was this skirt.

16 thoughts on ““You Have One Week” The GBSB Challenge

  1. Wo ho HO! I didn’t know there was a new series of GBSB. SO EXCITED!!!!!! I have just watched the first episode via your link. Loved it mwahaha. Outside the UK it is possible to watch the BBC online by downloading this free thingy (https://mediahint.com/). I just did it today and it worked perfectly with Chrome (and Firefox apparently). Now how many more hours have I got before I have to pick up the kids from school? Hmmm, not quite enough….I wonder if they would mind just playing there after school for a while until I can watch all the episodes…

    • I just found your comment in “pending”. Honestly WordPress, how rude!!

      Thanks so much for the link (I didn’t know).

      I hope your sons don’t get taken into care but if they do, you’ll be the first mother to lose kids to a sewing show. Understandable tho’!

      • Ha! OK I’ve watched the first six episodes and am feeling a bit bug-eyed, but inspired and totally in love with this series! I’ve just had a look at the downloadable patterns and they don’t seem to come with a size chart (let alone instructions). Do you know if there is a size chart anywhere? Now where are those children…

  2. Well, I might have time to do a sew for ‘little people’ but wasn’t that a ‘refashioned’ garment in the show rather than from scratch? I can’t remember. I’ll be impressed if anybody makes a vintage coat by next Tuesday!

  3. I liked the vintage blouse and the draping dress and the velvet trousers and the winter coat – can’t make all of them in a week! Might have to pass but we’ll see next Tuesday. My heart quickens every time I hear the time limit.

  4. Well I’d love to enter, does re-fashioning count? I set myself a Sewing Bee style challenge today and I’d love to enter my finished garment!

  5. Inspired by your post I decided to make myself an evening dress for a black tie do tonight. Hopefully that can fall in to the Prom Dress category? Am really up against it now in true Sewing Bee style trying to get the hem and thigh split hand finished before school pick up time. Can you guess which pattern I’m making………!

    • Oh you’re awesome! That really is sewing under pressure, not only in terms of time but also for an occasion.

      Good luck, Jo-Anna 😉

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