The Great British Sewing Bee will soon be back for its 6th season and we couldn’t be more excited! It’s a great time for the sewing community, bringing us all together watching the show but also attracting new people who are interested in starting a sewing hobby. So, let’s run through what we know already.
The Judges are back!
This season will see the return of our regular judges, Patrick Grant and Esme Young.
Patrick has been part of the fashion industry since 2005, after leaving a career in engineering. Initially, he took over as Director at Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons. In his career, he has won many awards, including Menswear Designer of the Year in 2010 at the British Fashion Awards.
He has been a judge on The Great British Sewing Bee since season 1 and we think the Bee just wouldn’t be the same without him!
Esme Young has been part of the Great British Sewing Bee since 2016, bringing her passion for fashion to our screens.
Esme’s extraordinaire career includes costume designing for the Bridget Jones films (she designed THAT Bunny Girl outfit) and co-founding fashion label Swanky Modes. The label gained iconic status in the 1970’s with its signature body-con dresses beloved by celebrities such as Cher and Julie Christie.
Esme also lectures at her old fashion college – the prestigious St Martin’s College in London.
Joe Lycett (or is it Hugo Boss?)
Multi-award-winning comedian Joe is one of the UK’s best-loved stand-ups. He has appeared on many TV shows, both as a comedian and as a presenter, including Live at the Apollo, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and QI.
Joe joined the Great British Sewing Bee team for Season 5, at the same time as Esme Young. He clearly loves the show and gives the contestants some well-needed distraction during the tricky parts of tasks.
When is it due to air?
At present there is no confirmed airing date from the BBC, but as soon as we hear we will let you know!
But….if you can’t wait!
We have been lucky enough to have already seen the release of the book to go alongside the new Great British Sewing Bee series. The book this year has a slightly different spin, concentrating on the sustainable side of sewing.
Sustainable Style accompanies sewers at all levels on their creative journey to reduce, reuse and recycle – ultimately creating their own considered closet.
Starting with the essentials, sewers will learn how to maintain and care for their sewing machine. They look at the fitting process and give you tips on making alterations. The book includes 27 projects, for both women and men, that will ease you into the world of sustainable sewing.
We hope this has teased you enough and that you, like us, cannot wait for the new series. We will have more info for you on the Great British Sewing Bee as soon as we have it.
Nikki & Rachel