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Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Lingerie week | Episode 7

It was lingerie week on the Great British Sewing Bee last week. I particularly enjoyed this week – it’s quite challenging sewing, and I think it really shows off the sewists’ ability to be precise and fit their pieces to real life models. It’s a fun episode too, with creative underwear designs and luxurious fabrics […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Kids week | Episode 6

Kids week is a regular feature on the Great British Sewing Bee, and this year the sewists were tasked with making a children’s sequinned bomber jacket, turning old towels into fancy dress, and creating an outfit inspired by a childhood photo. Haven’t seen it yet? You can catch up on BBC iPlayer whenever it suits […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2024: India week | Episode 5

This week on the Great British Sewing Bee celebrated India – long known for its beautiful printed cottons and stunning saris. The contestants were asked to make a traditional Nehru Jacket, transform a garment from madras check cotton and calico into a new outfit, and to create a made to measure dress inspired by the […]

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Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Reduce, reuse and recycle week | Episode 4

Have you seen the latest Sewing Bee? I was a little late watching it this week, but it was a good one. Episode 4 was reduce, reuse and recycle week – where the sewists focused on using second hand materials and fabric scraps in each of the challenges. They sewed a quilted bag, transformed discarded […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Holiday Week | Episode 3

Have you watched week 3 of the Sewing Bee yet? This episode was inspired by travel, and saw the sewists creating summer blouses from tablecloths, nautical-themed bags and ‘outfits fit for the French Riviera’. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer whenever it suits you, and tune in for Episode 4 at 9pm on Tuesday […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Sports Week | Episode 2

It was Sports Week on the Great British Sewing Bee last week, which saw the sewists making garments over three challenges inspired by sports. They tackled stretch fabrics and an ‘avant garde’ transformation. You can catch up on BBC iPlayer whenever it suits you, and tune in for Episode 3 on BBC 1 at 9pm […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2024: Episode 1 recap

Welcome to Episode 1 of the 10th Great British Sewing Bee series! We’ve seen a lot of amazing makes over the last decade, but each year has its own challenges, showstoppers and creative team of contestants. Have a look at our post introducing the new sewists this year – I can’t wait to see what […]

The Great British Sewing Bee 2024 air date and contestants!

The Great British Sewing Bee 2024 is officially returning to our screens on Tuesday 21st May! The much loved sewing programme is just around the corner, and we can’t wait. Where to watch You’ll be able to watch it on Tuesday 21st May at 9pm on BBC One, or catch up on iPlayer. The contestants […]

The Great British Sewing Bee 2024: what we know so far!

The Great British Sewing Bee is returning to our screens this spring! We can’t wait to see what Series 10 has in store. Whenever this time of year comes around, I find myself looking forward to two major events in the sewing calendar – Me Made May and the Great British Sewing Bee. #MeMadeMay is […]

6 inspiring sewing podcasts to listen to in 2024 (and beyond!)

I love having something on in the background while I’m sewing or cutting out a new project. Podcasts are great – depending on which one it is, it can either be incredibly educational, or feel like having a chat with sewing friend while working on a project together. I’ve collated a list of my favourite […]

Beginner's quilting - Bind a quilt with mitred corners

Beginner Quilting: Bind a quilt with mitred corners

Welcome back to our beginner series on quilting. We’ve covered how to make a classic ‘Ohio Star’ quilt block and how to attach wadding and lining. This next step explains how to bind the edges of your quilt, and how to get a neat mitred corner. There are a few ways to bind the edges […]

A festive note from William Gee

A Festive Note & Christmas Opening Hours

Dear customers, suppliers and friends, As we come to the end of the year, all that remains is to thank you for your support and custom throughout 2023. Christmas Opening Hours & Final Orders Our shop on Kingsland Road will close 2pm on Fri 22nd Dec 2022 & will reopen 9am on Tues 2nd Jan […]

Beginner's Quilting: Attaching quilt wadding and backing

Beginner Quilting: attaching quilt wadding and backing

Welcome back to our mini-series on learning how to quilt. Quilting is becoming more popular again, and I’m so pleased about it. It’s a wonderful hobby, and a great way to use up scrap fabrics. We all need a bit of extra cosiness, and it can help you build your confidence with sewing. You can […]

Beginner Quilting Series: how to sew an ohio star quilt block

I’m not sure there’s anything cosier than a handmade quilt. The layers of soft fabric and wadding stitched together can be very welcome as we move into the colder months – perfect for snuggling up on the sofa with, topping your bed, or even hanging on the wall. Quilting, like many crafts, is becoming more […]

Sewing Your Own Underwear: Is it worth it?

Sewing Your Own Underwear: Is It Worth It?!

I love figuring out how to make things that I thought I’d always have to buy. I’ve been sewing for a while, but I had put things like swimwear and underwear out of my head, thinking it would be too technical. It’s not true! Sewing your own underwear can be great fun, and is a […]

Great British Sewing Bee 2023 Final: Episode recap and sewing inspiration

Great British Sewing Bee 2023 Final! Episode recap and sewing inspiration

This week was the final of the 2023 Great British Sewing Bee! It seems to have come around very quickly. We’ve seen some beautiful and interesting makes this series, and it feels like we have a nicely varied bunch for the final three. I’m going to recap the Series 9 final in this post, so […]

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 9: Utilatarian Week (Semi-Final)

The Sewing Bee: Episode 9 – Utilitarian Week (semi-final!)

This latest week is the Great British Sewing Bee’s semi-final, and the sewists are making all things workwear. Quarter-final week saw Lauren leave the show after a mishap sewing the sleeve of her smoking jacket in fashion icons week, while Asmaa won garment of the week again. She’s on fire! Back to Utilitarian Week! It […]

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The Art of Interfacing Fabric: Elevating Your Sewing Projects

When it comes to creating beautiful and professional-looking sewing projects, the key lies not only in choosing the right fabric but also in using the appropriate interfacing. Interfacing fabric is a hidden hero in the world of sewing, providing structure, support, and stability to your creations. In this post, we’ll explore what interfacing fabric is, […]

Sewing Machine Needles Guide - Everything you need to know - William Gee UK

The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Machine Needles: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re a sewing enthusiast, you understand the importance of using the right tools for the job. One of the most critical components of your sewing machine setup is the needle. Although it may seem like a small and straightforward element, choosing the correct sewing machine needle can significantly impact the success of your sewing […]

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 7: Recap and 90s Sewing Pattern Ideas

Sewing Bee: Episode 7 recap and 90’s sewing pattern ideas!

First off, sorry we missed Children’s Week! We’re back with a longer post for 90s week, including a recap and some 90s pattern ideas. The previous episode saw Fauve leaving, with only six contestants remaining. 90s week recap This episode comes complete with a fabulous 90s playlist, dial-up tones (did anyone else use to sing […]

The Sewing Bee: Episode 5 recap – art week!

This week the Sewing Bee took its inspiration from the world of art. It challenged the sewists to be extra creative as they tackle modernist skirts, painted canvasses and surrealist made-to-measure dresses. Check out our recap for Episode 4 if you missed Reduce, Reuse and Recycle week. Pattern challenge This week’s pattern challenge came in […]

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 4: Recap and Zero Waste Pattern Ideas

The Sewing Bee – Episode 4 recap and zero waste pattern ideas!

It was reduce, reuse and recycle week at the Sewing Bee! I was really pleased to see this theme for the Sewing Bee last week. It’s easy to generate a lot of waste when creating things, but there are things we can do to make sure we create consciously. Have a look at our article […]

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3: Recap - West Africa Week

Sewing Bee: Episode 3 recap – West Africa week

Thanks for joining us on this recap of the 2023 Sewing Bee’s third episode! This week the sewists celebrated West Africa, exploring the iconic batakari, Àdìre fabric and boubous. They were joined by Lagos-based fashion designer Banke Kuku, whose luxury designs have been on the red carpet and catwalk. It was great to see a […]

Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3: Recap and Swimsuit Ideas

The Sewing Bee: Episode 2 recap and swimsuit ideas!

Although the the theme for last week’s Sewing Bee was ‘holiday’, there was no time off for the sewists. Each challenge tested new skills and required both imagination and technical ability. In this post I’m recapping Episode 2 of this year’s Great British Sewing Bee, so don’t read on if you don’t want to know […]

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