Mollie Makes meets Ryan, Great British Sewing Bee 3 contestant

We catch up with Ryan, recent Great British Sewing Bee 3 contestant to leave the sewing room to learn his top tips for sewers, his sources of inspiration and more. Want to know how the whiz kid learnt to sew? Read on…

Ryan Great British Sewing Bee

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your first sewing memory/experience of sewing.

Originally from Swindon, I’ve been working as a Theatre Dresser since studying for my A Levels. Both of my nans were quite creative, one was a knitter and the other a stitcher. I could never get my head around knitting but sewing I got the hang of. Even at a young age I was very particular about all my hand stitching being level and precise. Nan would cut up her old pair of her jeans for me to use as fabric – I still have the tiny denim dungarees I made with them!

What’s the best sewing tip you’ve learned from being a GBSB contestant?

GBSB gives you the chance to attempt patterns and garments that you never would normally, it brings you out of your comfort zone but by doing so teaches you more than you ever thought you would; and even when you make mistakes they only improve your future sewing projects. My tip would be to try that new pattern you’ve seen but thought you could never do, even if it takes a week, a month or a year it’s going to make you progress as a sewer.

Please complete: One thing every sewer can relate to… that fantastic moment you walk into a fabric store and suddenly have hundreds of ideas for projects you want to do!

What’s your good read suggestion? Do you have a favourite sewing book or go-to blog where you find inspiration? 

At the moment a lot of iconic menswear figures inspire what I’m making, I think the history behind what we wear is fascinating. I find going to exhibitions to be the most helpful source of inspiration for me, we are so lucky to have such great museums in London. Personally I can’t wait for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the V & A later this year.

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