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Time For Some Super Serious Sewing

BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee has its first ever Asian contestant

Posted: 03.02.15

Enjoy watching a televised sew off or even people frantically trying to keep themselves together under a lot of stress, then this is the show for you. The Great British Sewing Bee, presented by the quirky, fun Claudia Winkleman is back for a third series. Ten brand new sewers take on the most demanding sewing challenges yet from creating a stunning summer dress to making a child’s fancy dress outfit. Here to judge the crafters work will be Savile row’s Patrick Grant, showing off his swanky new moustache and the W.I’s May Martin, meaning two pairs of scrutinizing eyes on the lookout for an out of place stitch or a dodgy seam line.

This series, the show has its first Asian contestant, Neela from Surrey. Her sewing repertoire includes both casual wear and special occasion attire for her and her daughters. She enjoys using old saris and has been collecting patterns since she was little, making for a very impressive gathering now. “I’ll make things for my children and myself, mostly for Indian weddings. I have a massive family and we always have family functions. Last year we had two weddings so there is always some event to sew for.”

Neela learnt how to sew by her mother when she was just eight and is keen to pass on her love of the skill as she has proven by teaching her children. “I sew on my own. But when my girls see me sewing, they get inspired and start making things alongside me, which is great.” Their household now contains three sewing machines and in the future they are hoping to create a space that will be exclusively devoted to sewing.

Each week the sewers will take on three different challenges that will test their skills as they use their artistic style to produce or alter items. The new series will begin airing on Thursday 5th February and will once again be filmed at Metropolitan Wharf in London.

Check out Neela’s blog and for more information on the show head here.

Zahra Suleman

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