Wednesday, 27 March 2013

The Great British Sewing Bee

(Sorry to my overseas readers for another post based on the new upcoming T.V. program from the U.K.)
My book arrived in the post today, so I thought I would share a few photos of the end papers and the contents page.
(Not giving away too much, as I don't want to spoil it for you, if you were thinking of getting the book yourselves)

The contestants are photographed beautifully in the book, but they only appear on the back cover, the end papers, a montage page near the back and another double spread after the title page.  Apart from these, there are no further pictures from the T.V. program, and not a lot of content about the show itself.  There is no hint given about the results of the T.V. show at all, which is a good thing.  That way I'll enjoy watching everybody's progress.
Here is a link to the BBC contestant profiles.
The back of the dust cover

I hope you recognise the lovely Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons sewing blog.  I am so excited to see a sewing blogger in print!

One of the projects published in the book
Here are the montage photos of the contestants.  There are only a few, but beautifully photographed.

This one has a nice photo of Lauren, another sewing blogger from Guthrie & Ghani

To give you an idea of the kind of book this is, here is a photo of the contents page.

It has a whopping 28 projects included in the book!  
The pattern pieces for the first project - a Tunic dress - come with the book and are ready to be used.
For most of the other projects the pattern pieces can be downloaded and printed, or you can take the book to a photocopier and increase the pattern drawings by the stated % or if you are really clever you could scale up the drawings onto dressmaker's squared paper, as the pattern pieces are drawn onto graph paper in the book.
If you were thinking of getting the book, do feel free to ask me any questions before you purchase.

Disclaimer:  I purchased this book myself at retail price, and am not affiliated with either the T.V. show, the publishers or the authors in any way at all.  I took these photos of the book myself, and all original images belong to Quadrille Publishing.


  1. Oh Nessa! How fun. I had no idea that there was a book. Do I see Ann Rowley? g

    1. Yes! Ann Rowley is a contestant on the show - do you know her? I believe she is in her 80's!!

  2. Thanks for posting this, it's the first I've seen of it! Interesting...

    1. You're so welcome Tilly. I am sure you are going to inspire the nation. Thanks for putting yourself out there Tilly. No matter what the results are and no matter how they edit you, we know you have done something important for all online stitchers.

  3. Ooo, it looks lovely. I have't come across it before. Juliex

  4. That button back blouse project looks an awful lot like the Mathilde blouse without the tucks!
    Looks like an interesting book and some of the projects look like things I might make. Be sure to let us know how you get on if you make anything from it.

    1. I think you're right about the Mathilde without the tucks. It is one of the patterns that isn't available for download though, so at least Tilly's lovely pattern is still only available from Tilly herself.
      I'm really hoping to make a few things from this book actually - they seem very wearable!

  5. This show looks so exciting - you don't know whether it's possible to see it online at all, do you?? Not sure they'll be screening it in Australia... :/

    1. You could try the BBC iplayer, but usually this is only available on UK computers. If it is very popular, maybe Australia will purchase it to show over there.

  6. So excited for this Nessa! And I didn't know there was a book too! I'm off to Amazon asap, it is payday weekend after all! :)

  7. Am debating whether to get a copy of the book, after positively devouring the programmes (via youtube) and watching more than once. Am so glad they're going to do another series. Thank you for sharing your copy!


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