The Great British Sewing Bee is back for a second series! The show opened with 10 brand new contestants entering an amazing new sewing room in Metropolitan Wharf in London’s East End, home to the rag trade for more than 500 years, where since the since 16th century ships carrying fabrics from all over the world, sailed up the Thames and unloaded their wares.
Great British Sewing Bee – Series 2 contestants
Cliff is a retired Buddhist prison chaplin who took up sewing three years ago. Cliff loves the concentration of sewing, but admits to fighting an inner battle with his own competitiveness and is not happy if his work is not his best! In the pressure of the sewing room, Cliff takes a moment to centre himself before stitching on!
With big earrings and big talent, Chinelo is a recent graduate from Essex who bought a second-hand sewing machine two years ago and has never looked back. Taught by her tailor aunt, she sews everything freehand, transferring measurements direct to the fabric without a pattern! Will her high-risk strategy pay off?
Mum-of-three Julie is a housing estate officer in West Yorkshire, who began sewing four and a half years ago. She prides herself on her “have a go” attitude and is not fazed by the challenge ahead, though when having to read tricky pattern instructions, quips that her mannequin has more brains than she does!
Hailing from a long line of sewers, Tamara began sewing at age 10. Her great grandmother was a tailor who passed her skills down through the generations. She lives in Surrey with her husband and two kids, and is so obsessed with the competition that she even took her sewing machine on holiday so she could practise!
Learning support assistant Lynda is originally from Wales, but moved to West Sussex to be close to her grandchildren. Lynda is deaf and has a signer with her on set, but plays this to her advantage as it means she doesn’t get distracted by the noise and chaos of the sewing room and retreats into her own world when sewing!
Confident sewer Heather lives in Leicestershire with her husband and Jack Russell. She has been making her own clothes for much of her life. She began sewing because she couldn’t afford to buy clothes but felt it was a guilty secret. However now her skill has developed into a passion and a point of pride!
Hobbling into the sewing room on a pair of crutches is David, a Police Constable at Scotland Yard, who has recently been spending more time at home in Surrey with wife and two children following surgery. He’s the sewer of the family and finds himself doing all the making and mending.
Jenni is a resources manager for a software company in Walsall, who started sewing two years ago to make her own wedding dress – so is not afraid of a challenge! A sociable sort with glossy black fingernails, she is happy to help out the other sewers if she can, and has a young and fresh style when it comes to garment design.
Simon’s job at Bradford Industrial Museum has fuelled his love of fabric. Both he and his father have worked in the mill at the looms, so warp and weft are in the blood. He sews with the cutest ‘tongue out’ level of concentration, and is sure to be a hit with the ladies, not to mention ‘bromance’ potential with judge Patrick Grant!
Cerina lives in Hampshire with her husband, two daughters, two dogs, two goats and gaggle of chickens. She has been sewing for 40 years, a hobby she finds is a great way to unwind from her busy life and get some much needed ‘me’ time. She admits to get bored easily and has lots of UFOs (UnFinished Objects) at home.
Who will sink and who will swim? Who’s the bookie’s favourite? Who do you love, or love to hate? Let us know in the comments below, and be sure to follow along with our live tweets during the Great British Sewing Bee each week using hashtag #GBSB. Let battle commence!