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This article contains spoilers for The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 2.

the great british sewing bee surprised – and let’s face it, intimidated – its talented designers this week as they were tasked with the very first challenge of creating a pair of high-top sneakers.

Tonight’s episode also featured inadvertent loving banter between presenter Sara Pascoe and contestant Gill, without blushing, and of course, one contestant waved goodbye as they were sent home.

This week’s theme was Sports Week, which kicked off with judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant giving contestants four hours to create a pair of sneakers. They had to be sturdy and portable, with a decent color scheme to boot.

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The tops are constructed on the flat, with competitors starting by attaching the side and tongue to their liners, then joining the sides to the back with the buckle and heel, adding the toe to the tongue, piercing 14 eyelets into each trainer (that’s 28 in total!) and hand sew the uppers into the sole before threading the laces. Simple? Maybe not….

As many sewers struggled with all those eyelets, Sara advised Gill to “really stick it!” — referring to his pen and punch-holes for said eyelets, obviously — before announcing, “Didn’t mean it to look dirty!”

“Look how red I turn!” Gill replied “It’s because you don’t know what’s been going through my head since you said that,” Gill added when Sara admitted she was blushing too.

“Is she trying with me, why is she coming?” Sarah joked.

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As the chaos caused by the challenge ended, it was Angela and Gill who couldn’t finish their shoes in time.

“It looks like a traffic accident,” Patrick said of Angela’s incomplete shoes.

The judges were disappointed that Gill ran out of time as they admired the colors of his shoes.

It was Man Yee who blew everyone away with her stylish pair of leopard print tops, with Patrick loving how she matched the oxblood color on the toes with the color of the print.

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She came in first, followed by Annie in second with her trendy pink pair, and Marnie in third with her sophisticated skater-style shoes.

Unfortunately, Angela came last, followed by Gill and Chichi.

There was no time to lament, as they were off to their second challenge: the transformation of the PE kit. Competitors were tasked with transforming a netball kit into glamorous daytime wear.

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It was Debra’s Zebra’s – the soon-to-be-patented term for her intricate wavy-effect pleats – that really wowed the judges and secured her second place in the challenge.

The top spot went to Brogan, after her pleated mini dress with its artful lines going in different directions wowed the judges (look, it’s sports week after all).

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Marni was back in third place with her very chic and sculptural top with a bow, but Annie came in last place with her flimsy skirt which prompted Esme to observe that you had to wear “a nice pair of panties underneath”. .

While the judges liked that Richy created something different with his pleated shorts, they weren’t convinced by the unusual white patch at the top. He came in 10th. Cristian finished ninth due to his oblique zipper, and Chichi came in eighth.

Finally, it was the Made to Measure Round and designers had to make jackets inspired by their sports heroes.

After Angela’s disappointing pair of “roadkill” sneakers, she was praised for her almost “perfect” Freddie Flintoff-inspired cricket jacket.

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Brogan nailed it yet again with their stunning Team GB jacket, with its signature pop of pink, dedicated to Jessica Ennis Hill. Patrick said it looked like an official Team GB jacket and complimented it on the near-perfect herringbone.

Gill’s gold-tone metal jacket inspired by Olympic boxer Nicola Adams, with lion-print lining, featured “immaculate piping” and was “incredibly well-stitched” according to the judges.

Although Esme spotted some seams that didn’t quite match, Annie’s tennis jacket in tribute to Serena Williams with curved sleeves to match the curves of a tennis ball was also praised by the judges for its smart shape and perfect fit.

Man Yee’s jacket inspired by professional mountaineer Jain Kim with its colorful design to represent a climbing wall was well received by Esme and Patrick, who complimented its precise and successful tailoring.

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Marni was back in shape with her military jacket for Major Heather Stanning, with the judges loving the fabrics, color combination and thoughtful hidden gussets.

Esme and Patrick liked Chichi’s one-sleeve running jacket in tribute to track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner, which also featured a multicolored design in tribute to figure skater Surya Bonaly, but they were disappointed with her wobbly seam on the lace.

Steve, who also designed a jacket for Joyner, was disappointed by a hole in the middle that Esme saw.

Cristian’s dive jacket in tribute to Olympian Tom Daley, himself an avid and confident knitter, has been described as a “modern nod to a dive pool”, but Richy’s attempt at a diving also in homage to Tom, was far too tight on his model. We all loved the zipper with a diver on it.

Unfortunately, at the end of the episode, it was Chichi who was sent home.

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Do you imagine yourself as a competitor to the Great British Sewing Bee? You can apply here until 8 p.m. on May 18. And if you want to hone your sewing skills, check out Prima’s sewing section full of tips, techniques and easy projects.

The Great British Sewing Bee continues Wednesdays on BBC One and you can catch up on iPlayer.


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