The Great British Sewing Bee is back! Series 4 kicked off last night with 10 fresh-faced home sewers entering the studio. The theme was Basic Construction, however it was deceptively tricky with the sewers required to make a top sewn on the bias and create a chevron pattern down the front and back.
Warning: This post contains spoilers!
This year’s Sewing Bee contestants include the youngest contestant ever on the series, 18-year-old Jade, who sews tutus for her pet bulldogs, Rumana, a junior doctor, who started dress making by creating matching Eid dresses for her Barbie, and Duncan, a Physics and Maths tutor and Vlogger, who took up sewing when he became increasingly bored of the menswear available in shops.
Let’s take a look at what happened in the first episode shall we?
Basic Construction was the theme, with Patrick and new judge Esme chucking contestants in at the deep end. They were tasked with creating a basic top, cut on the bias and with a chevron pattern down the front and back – so not so basic!
Jamie, a stay at home dad, started off by being daring and using georgette, which had the judges feeling both impressed and concerned. Ghislaine, an office manager from French Martinique, had to start her top from the beginning after realising an hour and a half in that her fabric wouldn’t work, and Tracey, a retired primary school teacher, finished her top super quick and had time to sit down and have a cuppa!
Jamie won the challenge with his daring fabric choice paying off and his chevrons matching perfectly.
Next came the alteration challenge, my favourite! They were tasked with turning a monstrosity of a maternity dress, made from lightweight viscose, into something wearable. Patrick and Esme wanted the contestants to be brave and make something imaginative with the large amount of fabric available and show their sense of style.
A lot of contestants like Charlotte, Angeline and Josh, all chose to make skirts however, Joyce decided to make a dress with added godets. The judging for this challenge made for uncomfortable viewing with Esme declaring “I am really disappointed.” She did not hold back!
Tracey was also bold in her design, making a top with lace. However, her bravery did not pay off landing her in 10th place. Jamie on the other hand, once again took the top spot, impressing the judges with how different he made his garment from its original form.
For the made-to-measure challenge they had to make a fitted skirt. During the preview we saw a sneak peek of Angeline’s peplum skirt with Esme saying it was sexy! And it was! Her skirt was my favourite. Rumana’s choice of fabric was beautiful and the finished skirt was very stylish.
The Judges weren’t happy with Duncan’s freehand hemming, and thought Jamie’s ruching should have gone the full way around the skirt, but the overall winner of the challenge was Angeline with her super sexy BurdaStyle peplum no less!
Duncan was unfortunately sent home and we are so sad to see him leave. We will miss his talent and his presence in the studio (as well as his amazing jacket!). As Esme said ‘Keep sewing’ and we really hope he does.