I am sure by now a lot of you will have heard about the new exciting programme that will be starting this Tuesday 2nd April at 20.00 on BBC 2? Well for those that haven’t, the producers of The Great British Bake Off have come up with another quaint old British hobby they have gathered a team together and have created The Great British Sewing Bee. Like Bake Off, The Great British Sewing Bee puts amateur enthusiasts against each other in a highly pressurised setting, the only prize being the prestige of being crowned the winner and a trophy. With Claudia Winkleman presenting the hour long weekly TV show, it begins with eight hopefuls being tested on their sewing and dressmaking skills as they compete to be crowned Britain’s best amateur sewer. Claudia being an unusual choice as she claims,
“When I was asked if I wanted to present a show that would do the same for sewing as The Great British Bake Off has done for cake-making, I was like, ‘What are you talking about? I don’t sew!’
“In the same way that Bake Off hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins aren’t bakers, I am definitely not a sewer, I’m rubbish.”
After reading more it appears that she is a great laugh and brings fun and humour to the show. To read more on what tips Claudia has picked up and how she wants to try them click here.
Judges May Martin, an acclaimed needlework teacher, and Patrick Grant, an award-winning menswear designer.
The First Episode
‘Over three challenges, they must follow a simple pattern for an A-line skirt, transform a high street top by altering the neckline and produce a made-to-measure dress for a model under intense time pressure. The judges, May Martin from the Women’s Institute and Saville Row’s Patrick Grant, scrutinise every stitch as they look out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching. One sewer is awarded garment of the week whilst two leave the Sewing Bee’
Sandra & Ann
Jane & Michelle
Lauren & Tilly
Mark & Stuart
To find out more about the wonderful contestants and read their profile click on the links on their names.
And finally don’t forget to catch the show on Tuesday at 20.00 BBC 2!