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With Joe Lycett hosting, the remaining home sewers head back in time to the 1970s, attempting to revive the glamorous, rebellious and sometimes ridiculous, style of the decade.

With Joe Lycett hosting, the eight remaining home sewers head back in time to the 1970s, attempting to revive the glamorous, rebellious and sometimes ridiculous style of the decade. This is more than a stroll down memory lane as they tackle the decade’s most fiddly, floaty and anarchic garments.

First up, judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young challenge the sewers to get their groove on with the trickiest pattern so far, flared jeans. Creating the perfect bell-bottomed trousers involves grappling with vintage machines, heavyweight fabrics and taking on such daunting technical hurdles as the zip fly and flat-felled seam, hopefully without getting in a flap. For the transformation challenge, fabric flies and anarchy rules as the sewers let rip with their imagination, turning t-shirts and tartan into provocative punk-inspired outfits in just 90 minutes.

In the made to measure challenge the sewers take on their final icon of 70s fashion, the maxi dress. Working with sheer, slippery fabrics, they must create a form-fitting bodice and floaty skirt that embodies the glamour that makes the maxi dress popular to this day. Who will boogie their way to garment of the week, and for whom will 70s week signal the end of an era, as they become the third sewer to wave goodbye to the Great British Sewing Bee?

59 minutes


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:01

    T. Rex

    Twentieth Century Boy

  • 00:01

    Hot Chocolate

    You Sexy Thing

  • 00:09

    Free, The Free

    All Right Now (Single Version)

  • 00:12

    The Who

    CSI Who Are You

  • 00:16

    T. Rex


  • 00:18

    Elton John

    Honky Cat

  • 00:19

    Deep Purple

    Black Night

  • 00:22

    Brotherhood of Man

    Tell Me Tell Me Tell Me

  • 00:23



  • 00:27

    X‐Ray Spex

    Oh Bondage Up Yours

  • 00:30

    The Stranglers

    No More Heroes

  • 00:31


    Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)

  • 00:33

    The Stranglers

    Go Buddy Go

  • 00:33

    The Damned

    Neat, Neat, Neat

  • 00:35

    Sham 69

    Hurry Up Harry

  • 00:36


    This Town Ain't Big Enough For The Both Of Us

  • 00:43

    Janis Joplin and Her Kozmic Blues Band, Janis Joplin & Kozmic Blues Band 

    Try (Just a Little Bit Harder)

  • 00:49

    Hot Chocolate

    You Sexy Thing

  • 00:51

    Kate Bush

    Wuthering Heights

  • 00:53

    Edison Lighthouse

    Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)


Role Contributor
Presenter Joe Lycett
Executive Producer Susanne Rock
Producer Holly Flynn


  • Tue 26 Feb 2019 21:00
  • Sat 2 Mar 2019 16:00
  • Sat 2 Mar 2019 16:30
  • Thu 14 Mar 2019 08:00

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