Hearts were well and truly stolen when The Great British Bake Off hit our screens with its ‘good bakes’ and ‘soggy bottoms’. Now (to squeals of crafty delight!), sewing is stepping into the spotlight in a new BBC Two prime-time show, The Great British Sewing Bee.
The four-part series, presented by Claudia Winkleman, welcomes eight amateurs into the sewing studio where they face three challenges each week under the watchful eyes of the judges: May Martin, veteran seamstress and long-time tutor at the WI’s flagship academy, Denman College; and Patrick Grant, Creative Director of Savile Row tailors Norton & Sons and ready-to-wear menswear brand E. Tautz.
A book of the same name by Tessa Evelegh accompanies the show, featuring over 25 projects, including everything from an ultra-flattering tea dress to a butcher’s apron.
It’s safe to say that the Mollie Makes team will be having a girls’ night in while it’s on.
The Great British Sewing Bee starts on 2 April at 8pm on BBC Two. The book, published by Quadrille, is now on sale at quadrille.co.uk