This week’s Sewing Bee was about Debra’s Miss Havisham costume

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The remaining sewers tonight sewing bee were tasked with arguably the most imaginative and creative challenge to date; scare the judges – not with wobbly seams or uneven edges – but by crafting a spooky, three-dimensional Halloween costume.

There was something for the whole family as the episode celebrated Children’s Week, which also saw budding dressmakers create a classic kid’s sailor costume in the pattern challenge and turn old-school uniforms into something a six year old would want to wear outside of school.

Angela seemed to have the first sewn task (sorry) as she used to make similar outfits for her five grandchildren (and her own children circa 1988), as did Man Yee, who had recreated sailor suits worn by one of his favorite Japanese anime. characters in adolescence.

To craft a sailor suit worthy of the praise of judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young, the designers had to use a light but also strong fabric, and use a contrasting material for the tie to make it stand out from the rest of the suit.

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Annie was in last place because she used material that was too bouncy and hard to squeeze, and the bottom of her sailor suit was falling off her dummy (who may or may not have had a little nudge from Esme), followed of Gill who had slightly rounded corners of his collar.

Angela was the sixth, as the contrasting lines on her sleeves didn’t have enough impact, followed by Debra’s cheerful creation for which, like Annie, she had used an unsuitable fabric.

Brogan finished fourth as his outfit – although well stitched – was deemed “too busy” by the judges, followed by Marni, who impressed Patrick with her carp print.

Cristian finished second with his popular yellow sailor suit tie, while Man Yee nailed the slip with his white and navy anchor print suit with neat corners, crowning her the winner.

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Next was the transformation challenge, and the sewers had to transform an old school uniform into something a child would choose to wear at home or out with friends.

Angela pulled him out of the abyss with her wide-leg plaid pants that not only have a “chic” but a “really chic” from Esme, putting her in first place.

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Cristian, who appears to be a strong but quiet contender in the competition, impressed with his sleeveless hoodie with side pockets, which came in second. Man Yee rode high in her contrasting color overalls, placing her third.

Finally, it was the Made to Measure challenge, and we couldn’t wait to see what three-dimensional Halloween costumes the talented designers would create. Patrick and Esme said they were looking for a costume that had a sense of humor and was really creepy.

Host Sara Pascoe tried to scare everyone by dressing up as Esme, wearing a gray wig, black-rimmed glasses and a statement necklace. Imagine the double review? Luckily for the sewers, Sara was content to present only.

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After failing the first two challenges, the pressure was on Gill and Annie, but damn it, they both turned things around.

Gill made a Dalek costume for her child model, and the result was amazing. Esme and Patrick loved all the little details like the polka dots and the fantastic 3D structure of the pipe insulation at the bottom of the skirt.

Annie also pulled it out of the bag with her red dragon costume, which impressed the judges with all the intricate detailing on the dragon helmet, with Esme calling it a “successful Halloween outfit.”

Cristian’s clown had Patrick and Esme grinning from ear to ear with his hula hoop waist that gave him “a fun gait,” as Patrick put it.

Angela’s Black Spider was sadly disappointing, as it needed more detail around the arms and web, while Marni’s Black Fairy failed to take off, both literally and metaphorically, as the tube that was supposed to give the appearance of the levitating fairy wasn’t stiff enough to do so.

Brogan cleverly used an umbrella for her bat wings, but the judges didn’t think it looked “batty” enough, more like a party dress with wings.

Say hello to Debra’s Miss Havisham, from the classic novel by Charles Dickens great expectations, what the judges agreed looked really spooky with her imaginative clawed headdress and distressed dress, covering a very beautiful dress sewn underneath. Patrick said he could see it worn on stage in the West End. That’s an even better compliment than Esme’s”really chic.” And it won the award for clothing of the week. Congratulations, Debra!

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We wonder if it will be used as inspiration for Olivia Colman’s Miss Havisham in the upcoming BBC One adaptation of great expectations? We would like to see it.

The judges had to choose either Marni or Angela to be sent home after a surprise turnaround from Annie and Gill, and the sewer leaving the show was Marni.

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Continue next week during Music Week with a bespoke Bowie-themed challenge!

If you want to brush up on your sewing skills, check out Prima’s sewing section which is 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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