Great British Sewing Bee 2016 – Episode 1

It returned to our screens again this week, and this year there are 8 episodes!! There is also a new judge to replace May Martin – Esme Young who along with Patrick Grant will guide and whittle the initial 10 contestants down to a final 3 who will battle it out for the coveted title as winner. Each week the judges select Garment of the Week and one contestant leaves the show.

I swiped a bit of a review of the first episode off the Daily telegraph today – it’s a good summary:

The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC Two), back for a fourth series, has all the ingredients required to be an addictive show……

The contestants have been well chosen too, with an even split of men and women and a variety of ages, races and professions represented. I instantly warmed to events manager Angeline, who grew up on a potato farm but got into making her own dresses to wear at air-kissy PR events, and 71-year-old grandmother-of-nine Joyce, who’s been sewing for 60 years. But it was stay at home dad Jamie, from Devon, who triumphed in this opening episode, winning two of the first three challenges (in the third, he messed up – the flouncy A-line skirt he knocked up screamed sale rail).

The judges, designers Patrick Grant and Esme Young (a replacement for May Martin, who’s bowed out), are trendy versions of Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. They’re also a lot softer, more like encouraging parents than reality show meanies, using words like “disappointed” rather than “that looks absolutely flipping terrible”.

I thought Garment of the week was beautiful and I have a feeling the Irish girl Angeline will do very well.  The Charlotte Skirt from By Hand London is a similar pattern if you would like to recreate it yourself and we have some lovely floral fabrics available to make your own version. It would be perfect for a summer party or wedding…

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Can’t wait til next week!!



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