The Great British Sewing Bee 2019 – Has it still got the X Factor ?

Its been a long, long wait……..but its now back on, our favourite t.v show, The Great British Sewing Bee !

The usual excitement surrounded the first episode, New Host Joe Lycette, New Contestants and the anticipation of what was to be made together with the emotions of success & ‘that’s not what I intended to happen’.

The first challenge was to make a ‘wiggle dress’ using cotton material……sounds ok ?  but with such a hugging fitting dress the attention to detail must be spot on to avoid a poor fit, getting the darts right is essential.  Janet the retired shopkeeper from Yorkshire was disappointed having not managed to hide the zip on the back, I’m sure she usually can do that in her sleep, and it was just a nervous start with the cameras.

My attention was grabbed by Juliet, the primary school teacher from London.  She has only been sewing for 5 years and…….taught herself from the internet. I have to say I’m not a massive jump suit fan but Juliet’s yellow and black jump suit was fantastic, brave choice of fabrics, contrast of colours and the over all fit and look were very impressive from the sewing newcomer.

At the other end of the scale poor Mercedes will be looking for improvement next week, after her denim skirt didn’t quite happen for her. 

A great first episode, recommended viewing…. can’t help but suspect some of these experienced sewers are just warming up ! Bring on the sewers !


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