Amateur seamstresses will compete to impress judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young as the Great British Sewing Bee returns to TV screens this week. Since last year, Sara Pascoe has taken over from Joe Lycett, who quit after three series in the role. The comedian and actress took over in last year’s Christmas special.
In the first episode, seamstresses will be asked to create woolen mini-skirts with welt patch pockets before transforming confined indoor outfits into tops suitable for a night out. But when exactly does the series begin?
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When is it?
The great British sewing bee returns to April 27, 2022 at 8 p.m. on BBC One. It will be available to watch afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
Who participates ?
Here is an overview of this year’s competitors:
- Angela, a Lancashire-based NHS health visitor and school nurse who was taught to sew by her mother
- Annie, a Surrey-based buyer for a mainstream fashion brand who rediscovered her love of tailoring during the pandemic
- Chichi, a London-based research analyst with a passion for recycling vintage clothing, from Zimbabwe
- Christian, a department store manager in London who grew up near Transylvania
- Brogan, a Spanish and French teacher from Edinburgh who was inspired to start sewing after watching the very first series of The Great British Sewing Bee
- Debra, an Anglesey-based collector of vintage designer accessories who started sewing when she was just nine
- Gill, a public health intelligence analyst who has been an avid sewer for three years
- Man Yee, a London-based actuary from Hong Kong
- Marni, a Devon vet from Canada
- Mitch, a passionate sewer who runs a college theater in Cumbria
- Richy, a professional baker who likes to knit in his spare time
- Steve, a Newcastle-based running coach who took up sewing during the Covid-19 lockdown
Welsh fans will no doubt be on their way to North Walian, Debra. According to the official website of Sewing Bee: Debra is an active outdoors person who can usually be found sailing or snorkeling in the cold waters of Anglesey with her son and husband, or on a wild and windy day she will get up at 6:30 a.m. for a spin class.
For Welshwoman Debra, her sewing journey began at the age of nine when she made outfits for her dolls. This passion led her to find her way into plus size clothing for herself.
Debra admits to being a bit of a messy seamstress with lots of random fabrics and matching projects everywhere. She prefers to develop her own designs and freestyle rather than rigidly following a pattern. She works for a multinational company and likes to adorn herself with some of her most colorful designer-inspired creations to brighten up the workplace.
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