I was delighted to see the return of the Great British Sewing Bee this week. I am not a particularly gifted seamstress although I can run up a pair of curtains and have made some fancy dress costumes in the past but I am a sucker for this programme.
Ten amateur sewers battle it out over 6 episodes to be named "Britain's best home sewer". Claudia Winkleman peers out under her fringe to present the series and it is judged by suave Patrick Grant and Esme Young (who appears to be the dressmaking equivalent of chef Rosemary Shrager).
What surprises me most is that Paul, who wouldn't know his bobbin from his bodkin, is also addicted to this programme. This is a transcript of his text conversation with my daughter this morning. (Paul is in italics.)
“I can’t believe how bad all those blue skirts were! Talk about unimaginative.Yeah, that’s what we thought, worse we have seen. Looks like about four really good contenders though.I think there’s a strong possibility of another male winner.Yes, he (don’t know his name) is very creative and has the finish as well. Thought the garment of the week was very good. The skirt made by Tracy was a sack. She should have gone.Yeah I thought so too but think her top saved her.He (also don’t know his name) made a really ugly skirt but I think that’s just a difference in taste lolHmm, she won’t last long methinks. Flounce love it or loath it.Loath it. I liked the one with the boning.Yep, that was nice.”
A pretty good summary of the episode. Any other Sewing Bee fans out there?