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Jenny Éclair to host The Great British Sewing Bee Live Super Theatre  

The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Comedian, writer and TV personality Jenny Éclair is to host the 1,200-seat Super Theatre at The Great British Sewing Bee Live, the UK’s most exciting new dressmaking and sewing event. 

Jenny was the guest host of TV’s first ever Sewing Bee Celebrity Special in 2014 in aid of BBC Children In Need.  A keen stitcher, she enjoys tapestry and is involved with Fine Cell Work, the social enterprise that trains prisoners in needlework.  Sewing even features in her fiction writing in ‘A Slight Alteration’, a dark tale about a seamstress which is part of Listening In, a short story collection by Jenny Eclair based on the BBC Radio 4 series Little Lifetimes.  

“I don’t have space for a sewing machine,” she says, “but I’m in awe of people who can do things like make curtains.  When I was at school, I bailed out after making an apron which took an entire term.”

At The Great British Sewing Bee Live Super Theatre (in association with Sew magazine, Jenny will host two live shows a day featuring Sewing Bee judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young and contestants from past series.  Patrick and Esme will be sharing some of their top tailoring and dressmaking tips and offering a unique glimpse behind the scenes of the Sewing Bee. Then it’s time to experience the thrills, tension and excitement of a sewing room challenge as brave members of the audience and former contestants come together to put their sewing skills to the test live on stage.

There’s still time to apply to enter The Great British Sewing Bee Live Super Theatre live challenge here.  Applications close on 21st August 2017.

The Great British Sewing Bee Live takes place at ExCel London from 21st-24th September 2017 and is a must for everyone with a passion for dressmaking, tailoring, fashion and textiles. The event features over 250+ workshops (in association with Vlieseline and Milward by Groves) and demonstrations (in association with The Sewing Quarter), dressmaking drop-in clinic (in association with Daylight Company), a dressmaking fashion catwalk (in association with Vogue Patterns), garment and vintage galleries (in association with Kennet & Lindsell and The Fashion and Textile Museum), and shopping with over 150 dressmaking and sewing suppliers under one roof.

Tickets are available at or by calling 0844 581 1318.  Advance tickets cost £16.50 in advance (concessions £15.50) with a wide selection of options available.  Advance tickets for the Super Theatre cost £5.00 (Standard) or £8.00 (Premium).