Claudia Winkleman welcomes 10 more hopefuls as the amateur sewing competition returns, with Patrick Grant being joined on the judging team by Esme Young, co-founder of fashion label Swanky Modes and tutor in pattern-cutting at Central Saint Martins art school in London. Series 4 - starts on Monday 16th May 9pm - 10pm (BBC2)
Sewing Bee Essentials
Episode 1 Summary
The first challenge sees the contestants follow a deceptively difficult pattern for a woman's top made up of four pieces, before they have to transform a maternity dress in just 90 mins and fit a skirt to a real model in the final task.
Episode 2 Summary
Claudia Winkleman sets the remaining contestants three challenges designed to test different fabric handling skills on children's clothing. Firstly, they must carefully follow a pattern to make baby grows from stretch cotton jersey and then show they can handle slippery satin and chiffon by transforming an adult bridesmaid's dress into a garment for a boy or a girl. Finally, they have to create perfectly fitted woollen capes, before judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young decide who leaves the competition.
Episode 3 Summary
Claudia Winkleman welcomes the eight remaining contestants back to the sewing room to take on three demanding challenges related to lingerie. First they follow a pattern for a bra, which proves testing for even the most dexterous of sewers, before transforming charity shop silk scarves into pieces of lingerie and finish off by making luxury robes for their male and female models. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young then decide who leaves the competition.
Episode 4 Summary
Patrick Grant and Esme Young set the seven remaining contestants the challenge of tackling techniques and garment styles from other cultures and continents. They begin with a hard-to-follow pattern for a Chinese qipao-style top that has an asymmetrical neckline, fiddly zip insertion and is made with a fabric that frays, then they are given the task of transforming saris into items of clothing with a distinctly Eastern flavour and by creating West Africa-inspired dresses. Claudia Winkleman presents.
Rewind to Series 3
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