The day is here and we couldn’t be more excited because guys, guess what…..Sewing Bee is finally coming back into our lives. Starting tonight (Tuesday 12th February) at 9pm on BBC2, shortly after which we’ll be announcing our first Great British Sewing Bee Sew Along challenge theme, so stay tuned into our Instagram and come back to the blog to find out more!
But what’s a challenge without amazing prizes? We’ve been working very hard over here to secure some really exciting sewing goodies for all our lucky winners and we think you’ll be as excited as we are. We are so overwhelmed with how so many businesses within the community are getting on board with the challenge and sponsoring an INCREDIBLE host of prizes. Please make sure to check them out and show them your support during the series.
As well as multiple weekly prizes (read on for the current full list), we’ve added three Highly Commended prizes for three lucky winners at the end of the challenge. As we’ll be awarding the prizes throughout the challenge, we thought it would only be fair to pull together a panel of esteemed sewing judges to help us pick the Highly Commended winners.
Highly Commended: The Judges
Charlotte Newland – @Charlottesews
We couldn’t have a judge for #GBSBsewalong without a Bee and we’re delighted the current Sewing Bee Queen, Charlotte is on our panel! Charlotte was the winner of the last GBSB, Season 4, and we instantly fell in love with her signature sense of style and the way she nailed the challenges week after week. Charlotte is still a big part of the sewing community, an expert teacher and we’re really excited to have her as one of our judges.
Elisalex de Castro Peake – @Elisalex
Co-founder and Head of Design of pattern company By Hand London, sewing teacher, columnist and maker extraordinaire, Elisalex constantly has us drooling over her incredible makes over on her Instagram grid. An absolute Queen of print and pattern, she knows a beautiful make when she sees one!
Kate Underdown & Rachel Walker – The Fold Line – @Thefoldline
Kate & Rachel are the co-founders of the amazing online community and newly launched, one-stop pattern shop; The Fold Line. Packed with inspiration, reviews and patterns, this is a must visit for your me-made inspiration. Experts at spotting amazing makes, we’re super lucky to have them as part of our judging panel.
Highly Commended: The Prizes
The three lucky winners of our Highly Commended category will be awarded with one of the following prizes:
Janome 9300DX Overlocker – RRP £269
An essential part of any sewists collection, an overlocker is your sidekick in all things finishing and Janome will kindly be giving one lucky winner this brand new Janome 9300DX. This compact machine contains everything you need to polish off any garment and we’re already very jealous of whoever scoops up this prize.
Sewing Jeans Weekender with Charlotte Newland at Sewisfaction – RRP £295
Want to spend a whole three days sewing with a small, fun group, learning amazing new skills and being taught by a Sewing Bee Winner herself? This prize is sponsored by us here at Sewisfaction and will teach you everything you need to know about sewing your own jeans with the lovely Charlotte Newland on one of our sell out courses. We’ll even include 2m of one of our perfect denims so you really do have everything you need! *Please note this course will run on 8th/9th/10th June 2019 and does not include transport or accommodation.
Adjustoform Supafit Standard Dress Form from Sew Essential – RRP £110
An adjustable dress form is the perfect addition to any sewing room, whether you’re a beginner or experienced sewist, this fantastic dress form is kindly offered to one lucky winner by the team at Sew Essential. Helping you to get the perfect fit, straighter hems and fully adjustable to mimic your body shape we know whoever wins this will find it invaluable.
As you know, there’ll be weekly challenges set after each show airs, and the following week, we’ll be announcing our weekly winners. When each challenge is announced, we’ll let you know the prizes you could win that week. Here’s our current (we may have some more to add!) full list of prizes and amazing sponsors.
The Avid Seamstress – 3 Printed Pattern Bundle
By Hand London – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle
Brother Sewing Machine Brother Innov-Is A16 Sewing Machine
Cashmerette – 4 PDF Pattern Bundle
Closet Case Patterns – $75 Gift Card
Cocowawa Patterns – 2 PDF patterns & Exclusive new paper pattern
Crafty Sew & So – My Handmade Wardrobe Pattern Bundle
Creative Industry – 2 rolls of Swedish Tracing Paper & a Makers Workbook
Ernest Wright – 10″ Shears and Stork Embroidery Scissors
Foxglove & Field – 2 Sets of Handmade Pattern Weights
Girl Charlee Fabrics – £50 Fabric Bundle
Happy Fabric – Project Bundle & Gift Voucher
Helen’s Closet – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle
I AM Patterns – 3 PDF Pattern Bundle
Korbond – £75 Haberdashery Bundle
Makers Atelier – Makers Atelier Magazine & The Keira Fogden Dress pattern
Maven Patterns – 6 Paper Pattern Collection
Minerva Crafts – £100 Gift Voucher
Named Clothing – Entire FW17 Paper Pattern Collection
New Craft House – £50 Fabric Voucher
Nominette Labels – Personalised Labels & Clothing Care Label Pack
SewHayleyJane – Lucky Dip Box
Sew Me Sunshine – £50 Gift Voucher
Suzy Magazine – Issue 2 – 5 Bundle
Tilly and the Buttons – Online Class
The Fold Line – £50 Voucher
Please note all prizes are non-transferable. The competition is open internationally and we will let you know each week if certain prizes are UK only.