Well, that was quite a ride. Having kept the result a secret for the last three months, it’s a bit of a shift realising I can finally talk about it. So if you’ll excuse me for a moment…






Ok, got that out of my system. Much better.

There’s so much to say that I don’t really know where to start. The most important thing is to say an enormous ‘thank you’ for all the support and lovely messages I’ve had throughout the Bee. You lot have made this experience even more amazing than it already was, and believe me that’s difficult.

Also, a huge thank you to my family, without whom, etc etc. My lovely husband, the kids, their dad, and of course Ruth, their incredible stepmum. Everybody pitched in to help out. Oh god – I sound all Oscars-acceptance-speech. Sorry about that.

I’ll leave it at that, but will be back once things have calmed down a bit. And in the meantime, I’ll just leave this here:






  1. Sophie Watkins

    I adore you and the garments you made on the Bee, you’ve inspired me to start sewing 🙂 congratulations, Charlotte!

  2. Gail Bradbury

    I loved your closing speech……..going to use it as my mantra……..thank you so much and congratulations.

  3. I confess. I started watching the Bee because Patrick Grant is easy on the eye! But I quickly got distracted by all the brilliant sewing. Enormous congratulations to you, Charlotte!

  4. peppermintpenguin

    Yay, you are blogging again! I got very sad when I realised I was going to run out of posts to read… whilst being pleased to get up to date. I hope you blog lots, I’ve really enjoyed seeing your makes and reading how they all came about.

    The general consensus amongst my circle is 1. we are happy you won and 2. you are really cool.


  5. Clelia D.

    Congratulations for a well deserved victory!
    I liked most of the garnments you made on the program, but I liked the dresses you were wearing the most, especially your choice of prints!
    I would be interested in knowing how you fit your own clothes – do you work off a dummy with your measurements, off your own block or are you using another method?
    I think I have recognised you wearing the Belladonna dress from Deer and Doe during the semi-final; I made that one, but I had problems adjusting the back panels to fit me, so any recommendations would be welcome!

    • charlottenewland

      Thank you! I fit by making a toile and adjusting – sometimes more than once – until I’m happy. It’s time consuming but really is the best way I think.

      • Clelia D.

        I will definitely try making toiles now 🙂 I will keep an eye out for your future creations!

  6. Andee McKeown

    So delighted you won! Well deserved – especially against such tough competition. Look forward to seeing your creations in the future. Andee

  7. Patti

    I just knew you would win before I saw the first thing you stitched. You are such an accomplished quilter that I never had a single doubt in my mind. The British Sewing Bee has been my favourite program since its first episode but this series was made more special because of having known you and cheering you on each week. When you were announced the winner on Monday night I just punched the air and screamed YES at the top of my lungs. Congratulations once again a win so well deserved. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  8. ✂👗👔 Congratulations 👔👗✂ You have had an amazing journey on Sewing Bee. I have enjoyed watching you so much, thank you. The ups and downs, tears and laughter, fun and fear. You and all the others have entertained beyond belief . I shall enjoy following your blog. Who knows what the future holds.
    Well done
    The best bee won x

  9. Lynsey

    I loved watching you on the sewing bee and I’m so glad you won, it was so well deserved, you were able to do so many different things, my favourite was the alteration round in the final, I loved the LBD and I want one! I have only just found your blog and look forward to seeing future makes. I’m quite new to sewing (2years) and feel utterly inspired to learn more and of course sew more. Thank you

  10. Julie Card

    Congratulations, I’m so glad you won, it was well deserved :).
    I’ve not watched Great British Sewing Bee before, but myself and my Husband were hooked :).
    I loved how helpful you all were to each other, even though you were in competition.
    I must admit you brought a tear to my eye when you said how important Ruth was to you and your children. <3

  11. Aliosn

    A well deserved winner of the bee! Congratulations. I admire your style and the fabric choice of your own dresses! I love the fact you had your children’s step mum as your final model, what a great thing for your kids… Looking forward to seeing what the future holds… Good luck!!

  12. Nicky

    Congratulations you were fab! I haven’t done any clothes sewing for about 25 years when my darling daughters looked like extras from the sound of music wearing dresses and shorts that I made from curtain material…… have inspired me to start again but this time I shall make stuff for me 😀.
    I would also love to know if there is a pattern for the green cardie you wore on the show?
    Thank you for your enthusiasm x

    • charlottenewland

      hahaha! Love the idea of curtain clothes 🙂 The cardigan is the Marion by Andi Satterlund (on Ravelry)

  13. Rose

    Congratulations, well deserved. It must have been so difficult keeping quiet. I would have had to lock myself away from all humanity, my ever present ear to ear grin and squeals of delight would have given me away. I am very happy to have found your blog and have to say I love the new tat.

  14. Janou

    Congrats! Me and the b/f teared up a bit here and there, especially with the bits with Ruth and when the winner was announced. And we cheered when we saw the sewing bee tattoo, it is brilliant and so punny. It was also slightly funny how your teacher side came out here and there 🙂

    I love Sewing Bee in general for not pushing the conflict more than necessary and for showing even brilliant people muck up every now and then (even if it’s often because the time pressure is insane.) I think it’s important to show some things going wrong does not have to be fatal when so many things push contextless perfection.

  15. Many congratulations! Very much enjoyed watching your journey – told my 11 year old daughter quite early on that you would be the winner! Did spend rather a lot of time on Ravelry during the episodes trying to find your wonderful scarf and hat! All the best to you and your family for the future x

  16. jm

    Congratulations! (I was able to watch here in the US from uploads to YouTube.) Throughout the series I was constantly wishing you were my neighbor and I could come over for sewing lessons! I especially loved your explanations on technical details!

  17. Robin

    I’m happy I found your blog today through Cheryl Arkison. I wish it was easier for USA viewers to find the show. Although I know you are the winner, now I know from the comments above, I can watch TGBSB season 4. Congratulations !!!

  18. Wish I’d thought of this sooner, as Twitter doesn’t allow me the space to express these thoughts properly!

    As a divorced mum myself, and one who gets a surprising amount of negativity that I still get on so well with my daughter’s dad, it absolutely made my day to see the great relationship you have with Ruth. Unfortunately I don’t get on so well with his partner (she doesn’t like me for a lot of reasons, some valid and some not so much) but seeing the way you talked about Ruth made me really think about what I could do to improve that for our daughter’s sake.

    That said, I’d already been getting some serious role-model vibes from you; between the help you gave Tracey and Jade in the semi-final, and the hilarious “always classy, Claudia”, you’re most definitely up there with the likes of Atticus Finch, Katniss Everdeen, and Della from “Raised by Wolves” as someone who I wish I was a lot more like. Thank you.

  19. Anne Booker

    The final aired last night here in Australia. Congratulations. I screamed YES, clapped my hands, looked at the cat and yelled “She won”. Well done. As well as your sewing I’ve been admiring your rose tattoo. Wanted to get something but didn’t know what till I saw yours. Have been looking for a pic of it.

  20. Paula

    I know I’m way behind, but the Bee was never aired in Canada … I just finished binge watching all four seasons with my husband. Congratulations on the well-deserved win! I learned so much from you and the show. I may have overcome my fear of sewing garments. (I’m a long-time quilter.) I loved your positive and adventurous attitude and your sense of humour! Do you still quilt? I think we actually met briefly at the first QuiltCon …

    • charlottenewland

      Thanks so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the show. The next season is starting soon in the UK – I hope you can get it in Canada!

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