The Great British Sewing Bee is back and sounds better than ever with 8 fantastic episodes scheduled! Presented by Claudia Winkleman ten of the country's best home sewers face three challenges to make or alter an item of clothing under intense time pressure. Each week their creations will then be judged by Savile Row's Patrick Grant and sewing expert May Martin until one of them is crowned Britain's best amateur sewer.

Week 1 consists of making a simple tunic out of cotton, transforming a plain high street woollen skirt in just 90 minutes and fit a model with a made to measure silk nightgown. Excited?

We have put together some information below, including Fabrics and Supplies featured in the episode (or similar) along with Tips, Techniques and other resources to get your creativity flowing.

The Great British Sewing Bee - Episode 1 #GBSB

Challenge 1 - Simple Cotton Sleeveless Top

Products seen (or similar) -

Blue Polka Fabric similar to Cliff's, Sleeveless Sewing Patterns & Buttons for the reverse

Scooter Fabric used by Cerina

Spot Cottons

We have a range of Cotton fabrics available:

Plain Cotton Craft

Print Cotton Craft

Cotton Dress

Challenge 2 - Transform a Plain Woollen Skirt

Checks and Tartans similar to Julie & Heather - We have a great range of wool & wool mix fabrics available online along with boiled wool which available in-store.

Edging similar to Tamara's

Challenge 3 - Made to Measure Silk Nightgown

Plain Silky Satin as used by Julie

Silk Fabrics available online:

Habotai Silk Ivory & Habotai Silk Black suitable for lingerie or lining heavier weight silk fabrics.


Paj Silk great for used for lining when making silk garments.

We also offer a range of Silk Dupion fabrics which can be ordered in-store from Makower & Carrington Fleet.

Tutorials & Inspiration - Super Easy Square Top, Tunic Love & Make a Basic Shirt

Tutorials & Inspiration - Gorgeous Burda Pattern for a Silk Nightie, Simple pillowcase pattern to make a Little Girl's Nightgown

Short Videos

Bible Type Tunic

Medieval Type Tunic


One hour skirt

Satin Nightie

Sewing with Silk

Trimmings & Haberdashery

Cotton Seam & Bias Binding

Great selection of Buttons and Interfacings

. Various types of zips Concealed, Open End , Closed End and Chunky