At Fabrics Galore HQ we’re trying to contain our excitement about the new series of The Great British Sewing Bee which airs on BBC2 from Tuesday 12th February. What better way to brush off winter sewing doldrums and enjoy the highs and lows as competitors battle it out over the dastardly difficult sewing challenges.
Here are the Top 5 reasons the Fabrics Galore team is excited about the Great British Sewing Bee!
1. Esme's cutting comments
Esme Young has become the Mary Berry of the Sewing Bee, taking over as judge from May Martin since the 2016 Sewing Bee. Teaching pattern cutting at Central St Martin’s, she is a big fabric hoarder buying fabric wherever she goes and always taking sewing with her on her travels. We would dearly love to see her stash! Esme stole her way into the sewing nation’s hearts with her glamorous home-made jackets, her sharp silver bob and her harsh judging. Will we ever forget the moment in the final round of the 2016 series when she commented “I think it fits really well under her arse”? Did you know that Esme will also turn 70 this month and has no plans to retire? Proving you’re never too old to sew!
2. Patrick Grant’s outfits
Savile Row Tailor and Menswear fashion designer, Patrick Grant always looks so stylish and yet relaxed in his trademark suits. Appearing regularly in ‘best dressed’ lists, including GQ’s 50 Best Dressed Men and Esquire magazine’s Most Stylish Men in the World, Patrick is a fashion influencer. He claims to be bored with the recent trend for skinny suits and when relaxing or at his workshop likes to wear oversized chinos and work shirts. He is credited with reclaiming sewing as a masculine activity and the numbers of male contestants have grown over the 5 series. We are not only excited about Patrick’s outfits though – the trailer for this series sees him claim “We have never seen ten sewers as good as this lot” – we can’t wait!
3. Inserting a zip badly and Sewing Evening Wear
So many previous contestants have been undone by the sewing task of inserting a zip that it’s almost a rite of passage now. Who will be the first to succumb? The evening wear challenges always reveal contestants’ sewing skills under pressure as there is nowhere to hide if something goes wrong and the fit has to be perfect if creating a design for a particular model. We are just as excited to see which fabrics they will select for their evening dresses.
Patrick Grant is a big advocate of sustainability in fashion and prizes British tailoring so highly as a well-designed item of clothing will be kept in a person’s wardrobe far longer than a garment put together in minutes and discarded after a few wears. Patrick has hinted that there might be a new challenge week devoted to this issue so watch this space as it is also a subject dear to Fabrics Galore owner Paul’s heart!
5. New host Joe Lycett's jokes
Joe Lycett takes over from previous host Claudia Winkleman and if his announcement statement is anything to go by, you should be prepared for some cracking if not cringe-worthy humour:
“My mum loves this show and she’s bursting at the seams she’s sew excited! Weave talked about it and she says I’m tailor made and I’ll have the contestants in stitches.”
We’re not quite so sure about his first sewing attempt though, he’ll need to brush up to impress Patrick and Esme!
Great British Sewing Bee promotion
The team at Fabrics Galore will be following the new series avidly and will be featuring fabrics for each of the weekly challenges with a nice little promotional discount to celebrate the return of the beloved Great British Sewing Bee! In the meantime, please browse our range of latest fabrics for all your own Sewing Bee projects!