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The Great British Sewing Bee is back

Check them out on Instagram now!


It's finally upon us. The latest series of the Great British Sewing Bee is back on our screens Wed 24 May at 9pm on BBC1.


12 new amateur sewers from across the UK are joining judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant and host Sara Pascoe.


Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine (from L-R Tony W, Maria, Lizzie, Lauren, Catherine, Vicki, Esme, Sara, Patrick, Fauve, Matthew, Gillie, Asmaa, Tony R, Mia) Image credit: BBC1
Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine (from L-R Tony W, Maria, Lizzie, Lauren, Catherine, Vicki, Esme, Sara, Patrick, Fauve, Matthew, Gillie, Asmaa, Tony R, Mia) Image credit: BBC1

Patrick and Esme are already singing the praises of this year's contestants so it should be an exciting series.


So let's meet this year's sewers and get following them on Instagram


Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Asmaa

Asmaa, 46


CARDIFF,

CONSULTANT BREAST SURGEON


Asmaa was born in Iraq.


Her love of sewing comes from her grandmother was a seamstress.


She is a Mum-of-two and makes most of her own clothes.





Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Catherine

Catherine, 34 @catmoomie


WEST SUSSEX,

SENIOR GAMES DESIGNER


BAFTA award-winning video games designer and teaches pole dancing!


Began sewing when she bought her first home.


She has a unique style, which has included making Edwardian-influenced outfits and repurposing dresses into underwear.



Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Fauve

Fauve, 26


SWANSEA,

TRAINEE SOLICITOR


A top golfer, who has represented Wales in the Home Nationals.


Only started sewing five years ago when she joined a sewing class and made a peg bag.


She lives with her mum, dad, brother and nan, where she has a small ‘sewing cupboard’ where she makes

puff-sleeved feminine dresses.


Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Gillie

Gillie, 73


NOTTINGHAM,

RETIRED SECRETARY


Grandmother Gillie is the oldest contestant in the competition.


Started sewing when she was seven and once had a Saturday job at a French fashion house while living in Paris.


Her sewing style still takes inspiration from French designers like Coco Chanel and Yves St Laurent.



Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Lauren

WALSALL,

SALES ASSISTANT


Mum of one


Started to sew with the help of online tutorials when she decided to make a quilted memory blanket using her children’s baby clothes.


She makes clothes for kids and enjoys classic styles in a neutral colour palette.



Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Lizzie

Lizzie, 49


BRISTOL,

GRAPHIC DESIGN CREATIVE DIRECTOR


Lizzie was taught to sew by her mum during family caravan holidays in Wales.


She likes making clothes for her active lifestyle, which involves paddleboarding, cycling, and working on her allotment with her partner, Mick.



Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Maria

Maria, 34


FIFE,

A&E NURSE


Originally from Costa Rica


Maria is a self-taught stitcher and sews to her to unwind after a stressful shift in A&E.


She dabbles in leatherwork and has a passion for making handbags and purses.





Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Matthew

Matthew, 30


PETERBOROUGH,

DANCER AND TEACHING ASSISTANT


Danced at the opening ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympics and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant.


Matthew has been stitching since childhood.

His flamboyant style is influenced by Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen and the glamour of the

drag scene.


Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Mia

Mia, 20


SURREY,

STUDENT


This year’s youngest stitcher


Started sewing during lockdown.


What started as a hobby has now turned into a potential career and she’s since applied to study costume design, which she’s due to start after the show.




Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Tony R

Tony, 53


CORNWALL

POSTMAN


Changed career three years ago


Long-time knitter


Used his wife’s old sewing machine to create a bag for all his needles and wool


Made himself cycling gear and has developed his own wardrobe

influenced by 90’s skater fashion.


Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Tony W

ESSEX,

PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER


The first Sewing Bee series inspired Tony to take up sewing.


He taught himself using vintage ‘easy sew’ patterns before moving on to more complex stitches.


He mainly sews colourful shirts and tailored waistcoats for himself. He’s even made himself a three-piece suit!



Great British Sewing Bee Series Nine sewer Vicki

Vicki, 30 @whatvickimade


LINCOLNSHIRE,

POLICE DESPATCHER


Body positivity advocate


Vicki sews as an escape from her stressful job.


She lives with her husband and two young children, and when they went to Glastonbury as a family last year she made everyone matching outfit


What to expect from Great British Sewing Bee Series 9 ....


A little bird tells us that the first episode will include:

  • the Pattern Challenge - a fresh take on a classic pencil skirt

  • the Transformation Challenge - turn office wear into a completely new garment.

  • the Made to Measure - design an on-trend cut-out dress.

and look out for

  • Utilitarian Week

  • 1990s week

  • West Africa week

  • Art week

  • Made to measure smoking jacket

  • Made to measure trench coat

  • Backpack pattern challenge

  • transformations from

    • a painted canvas

    • cleaning items like mopheads, dusters and rubber gloves


I'm so looking forward to it already. Hoping for some great haberdashery use! Roll on Wednesday 24th !


I'm intrigued by Mia, Tony R and Matthew. What do you think?


Keep colourful.


Alison

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