The Great British Sewing Bee - kicking off tonight!

**Important update: I don't know how 'legal' this is, but a clever reader has discovered 
that you can watch the first episode on YouTube here. Enjoy!!!**




UK sewing bloggers, are you as ridiculously excited as me about the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee, airing at 8pm tonight on BBC Two? I'm literally waiting in front of the TV rather impatiently and my excitement is twofold - not only is our awesome hobby finally getting some well-deserved airtime, but one of the UK's most talented and inspiring sewing bloggers is a contestant! I speak of none other than Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons of course and I'm sure she'll do an excellent job at representing our fabulous online community! I can't wait to see what she produces under immense pressure and I'm sure you'll all be joining me in cheering her on!  

Doesn't Tilly literally look as cute as a button in her profile?


Anyway, if you're on Twitter and you want to join the conversation, you can follow @sewingbee and use #GBSB.

33 comments:

  1. So exciting! On the Episode Guide on the BBC website, it says "This episode will be available soon" -- so I'm hopeful it will be stream-able!

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  2. Thanks for posting this...I'm off to my dance class tonight so will set the VCR!

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  3. I'm super excited :) and already discussed the TV watching rules for tonight with my hubby! I wish I was on twitter to get involved. Maybe I should rectify this?

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    1. Yeah, get on Twitter...it's fun!

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  4. wow, this is awesome. i didn't know about this at all. I am really hoping i can find a way to watch it online since i am in the us.

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  5. I'm equally sat waiting in front of my tv and so excited!!

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  6. I'm on the sofa, eagerly waiting for it to start too! I nearly missed because I had it in my head today that it started at 9, thankfully my sister phoned and mentioned at was on at 8. Phew!! Thanks for the twitter link too. Enjoy!!

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    1. How did you find it? I got so many texts when it started from friends and family who wanted to tell me about it...anyone would have thought I was one of the contestants! It was so cute and funny!

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  7. Yup, I'll be watching I'm sat on my sofa right now, all ready and waiting :) :) :)!!

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    1. Did you enjoy it Claire?

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    2. I did enjoy it, very watchable... 'cept the "here's an easy to make laundry bag" bit - they implied anyone could make it and this is all you have to do - and then IMHO left out 80% of the info. - like size of fabric, length to make your straps, what seam allowance to use saying "hem the ends" means nothing to a total & absolute beginner as they'll never of heard of hemming before LOL! (***EDIT: I found a "proper" set of instructions for the bag here: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2013-04-02/the-great-british-sewing-bee-make-a-laundry-bag I don;t recall them mentioning in the TV program when it aired last night where to find these though LOL).***)

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    3. I totally agree that the laundry bag tutorial was rubbish...if I didn't know the first thing about sewing (which many viewers won't) I still wouldn't know where to begin! It's good that the full tutorial is online, but I definitely don't remember them mentioning that on the programme. Also, there quick tutorials (under clips when you click the BBC link in my post) are questionable...I know they are only a few minutes long, but they should have made them a tad longer and explained things better. And maybe given better examples of projects! Hmmm, I hope I'm not being too harsh as I did enjoy the majority of it! ;o)

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  8. Man! I'm so jealous/excited! :)

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  9. I hope someone will give us not in the UK the blow-by-blow after each episode! :D

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    1. Get on Twitter Tasha there's loads of info there. Also you can read about the episodes and watch clips here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0165nj8

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  10. THE SHOW WAS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Tilly and Laura were fabulous of course, and I just loved Sandra!
    BUT THE PRESSURE??!!
    A fitted dress in 6 hours for someone you've never met before?! Eeek, you'd have to be made of pretty stern stuff for that challenge.
    I'm exclaiming all over the place here, but this episode was so enjoyable!

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    1. I'm with you Nessa, I would crumble under the intensity. They all coped so well! Apart from Tilly I too loved Lauren! I also think Ann is remarkable and Sandra is hilarious!

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  11. I loved it too! It was so hard though, all that pressure and so little time!

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    1. I know! How do people cope with it?!?

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  12. I'm going to try and catch this online somewhere. I can't wait to see Tilly! Yes, she does look as cute as a button. Thanks for mentioning the twitter details so I can stay in on the scoop!

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    1. Hope you managed to stay in touch on Twitter!

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  13. We can receive BBC2 over here as well, but I missed it (silly me) and the BBC's site doesn't have the show available for my country :( And then I found this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19Fq_X_xngU Yay!

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    1. Oooh, well done! I don't know how 'legal' it is, but what a find!!!

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  14. Thank you Marie and Elise for posting that Youtube link! So happy I get to enjoy it over here in the US :) Even if it's just for 1 episode!

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  15. Thanks for the link to the Youtube video. It was a fantastic episode. Well done to all the contestants. I don't think I would have managed half as well as they did.

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  16. Thanks so much for posting the YouTube episode,and for your lovely creations!

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