Great British Sewing Bee

ItsSewSimple Teaching at the GBSBLive

I had a great time teaching at The Great British Sewing Bee Live, at the Excel Centre London. Before the show I also took over the Sewing Bee Instagram for the day, documenting everything dressmaking. I loved it and regularly post images and video’s to my own Instagram account. Take a look

I met some amazing like-minded people over the weekend, my particular favourite being Jenni Bob Taylor, sewing bee contestant and writer of, The girl with a sewing machine. She was so friendly and nice. What I also loved about her was that she said that teaching was and always will be her number one passion. She has also written a book called, Girl with a sewing machine

I also caught up with the lovely Jules Fallon, from Sew Me Something. She has a great website and sells simple stylish clothes patterns and has recently written a book called. Complete Dressmaking: Essential skills and techniques for beginners. 

Jules Fallon
Jenni Bob Taylor










My workshops Included; How to sew using bridal techniques and silk fabrics, How to master zips, and Working with different seams, my favourite is the French seam. Every class has been sold out to some very competent, friendly ladies who love to sew. The workshop spaces were huge, Janome machines worked a treat and for every class I had a sewing angel to help with the fast turn around.

I have learnt some new tricks from some of my sewing bees, my favourite being to iron the teeth of an invisible zip before you sew. Sew simple! I like that it’s all been about sharing and everything dressmaking!

The stands were spaciously laid out, so plenty of space to get around even on the busiest days. Loads of paper pattern, haberdashery and beautiful fabric stands, which I returned to on several occasions. My favourite being the SewBox, they always have so many different Liberty prints, ones that you can’t always find online.

SewBox. The most amazing selection of Liberty Fabrics.

For the last day of the show I wore some Liberty jersey that I had brought from them at a previous event. 

There was also lots of sewing demonstrations, fashion shows and of course the Grand theatre, where the famous sewing bee contestants completed sewing challenges each day, unfortunately I didn’t have time to see any of these as I had to return to collect my son from school. You could see that the bee contestants loved taking part in the event, as they all had huge smiles on their faces.

It’s safe to say it was a successful show and I really hope they bring the tv show back. I have since heard that the Live show will return next year on 8th-10th June 2018

Now I need to prepare for my Textiles club and the next Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace on the 11th-15th October. There are still some spaces left on my cushion beginners workshop.