The Great British Sewing Bee

You've got to see this! It is a one hour program that just started airing in Britain. Seven contestants vie for not sure what at this point other than bragging rights to be the best sewist in the British Isles. One of the stars is Master Stitcher, Ann Rowley, a yoga practicing septuagenarian who sews haute couture and frequents The Stitcher's Guild sewing forum at Artisan's Square. She is highly skilled, delightful, and a font of sewing wisdom and knowledge. Other contestants are a couple of very newbies, a mechanic, a hospital cleaner, and more. It makes for great TV and of course fabulous TV for any sewist to watch. It seems to be well produced as well.

This show aired Tuesday night. Let's hope the poster on Youtube  gets each weekly program on line. Shall we all write/email our local PBS stations to air a US version? I think so! Who would you pick to emcee, to judge, to be a contestant? Thought provoking fun!...Bunny


  1. Thank you so much for posting this. I am in the US and have been trying to figure out how I could see this show. I can't wait to watch it.
    Thanks again.

  2. Thanks for the video, I really enjoyed it. I wish I had someone like Ann in my life to impart to me her wisdom, I think that would be wonderful.

  3. Thank you Bunny. I loved this show and hope to see more. Hoping they all go up on YouTube. This came at a good time for me, as I am quite ill with lung/heart issues and have to rest. I'm catching up on TV, books and magazines.

    1. I am so so sorry to hear about your health issues, Gwen. Prayers and good thoughts go out to you. Take care and get that rest.

      I am currently reading a sewing book by Adele Margolis, "How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter" that I was able to get through an inter library loan. I know you would just love it.

  4. I watched this Tuesday night and loved it and of course Ann was fab. Its now a "look forward to" TV for me

  5. Bunny - thanks for posting this. Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics posted a link on how to download the series but this is so much easier! I hope the person keeps posting to YouTube also. Plus I really think Ann is an Amazing, AMAZING sewist so I was thrilled to learn that she was a part of the show!

  6. I just finished watching this episode. Thank you Bunny for posting it. I loved the program and am looking forward to seeing more episodes posted. Thanks again. Susan VH

  7. Thanks so much for posting this!! I've been dying to see it.

  8. Thanks, Bunny! I am such a fan of Ann Rowley, and now that I've seen this episode, I admire her even more. Claudine (

  9. Thankyou for posting this. Just finished watching and wow, aren't we proud of Ann!!

  10. Thank you so much for posting this! ~Valerie

  11. I LOVED IT!!!! What a fun show....great entertainment with good tips & interesting tips.
    Thank you SEW much for posting this, Bunny! I can't wait for the next episode...please keep us updated?

  12. Forgot to say "GO ANN!!!!!" Age & Experience will always win out!

  13. Ay, yi, yi! I started watching it and am totally mesmerized, but I have to leave town NOW! Can't wait to get back and watch the rest of it. :-)

  14. Thank you for posting this. I just watched it and hope to view all the episodes.

  15. Blast you, Bunny! After watching the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, I am now hooked! Thanks to you, I now have to watch the rest of the series. Seriously, thank you for letting the rest of us know about this wonderful reality show : )

  16. What a refreshing change of pace this BBC program is compared to American "reality shows" much class and good spirit...!!! Thank you so much for alerting us to it, and I shall look forward to future episodes!!

  17. What a delight, Bunny, and many thanks for posting this. I had the opportunity to live in England for 6 years when my Air Force husband was stationed there twice and this made me so homesick for my British friends. I will look forward to the next episode. Love that British civility !!


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  19. Thank you...I loved watching that, and yes I do hope they make a US version!

  20. Thank you for posting this link! What a fun show. I hope we'll get to see the rest of them. :)

  21. Do make sure we all comment on the BBC's website for the program as well. There is a lot more information about the contestants there too.

    We are likely to get more stitching and textile crafts if we show the depth a nd range of those of us who appreciate the progam.

  22. Just watched it! Thanks, Bunny, I loved every minute.

  23. What a delight! My DD and I watched this together. Hope we will get to see more of this series!!

  24. Enjoyed the show immensely and actually wondered if that was Ms. Ann from Stitchers Guild.

  25. Thanks, Bunny for posting this! I loved it! Hope to see more episodes posted!

  26. I know that I am the last one to see this but THANKS SO MUCH for posting this video. I finally sat down to watch it and was completely blown away. I can't wait to see all the episodes.

  27. OMG! Love this!!! No longer are girls learning to sew in the junior high school. Had to learn fitting and pattern fitting on my own.

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