The Contestants

MEET THE 10 HOPEFULS BATTLING IT OUT TO BE CROWNED 2019 BRITAIN’S BEST HOME SEWER!

 
Alexei   Alexe i  is 36, lives in Leeds and is a Manufacturing Engineer. He started sewing about two years ago and uses his skills as an engineer to make precise garments. His sewing is sometimes hindered by his MS, which affects his right side of the body – so he has learned to use his left hand to work on his creations.

Alexei

Alexei is 36, lives in Leeds and is a Manufacturing Engineer. He started sewing about two years ago and uses his skills as an engineer to make precise garments. His sewing is sometimes hindered by his MS, which affects his right side of the body – so he has learned to use his left hand to work on his creations.

Janet   Janet is 70, lives in North Yorkshire, and is a retired shopkeeper. She was taught to sew by her Italian grandmother. She took a 20-year old break and has recently taken up sewing again and makes for her grandchildren. Janet enjoys refashioning items in her wardrobe Follow her on instagram – @jannisews

Janet

Janet is 70, lives in North Yorkshire, and is a retired shopkeeper. She was taught to sew by her Italian grandmother. She took a 20-year old break and has recently taken up sewing again and makes for her grandchildren. Janet enjoys refashioning items in her wardrobe
Follow her on instagram – @jannisews

Leah   Leah is 43, lives in London and is Practice Director for an architectural firm. She’s another newbie to sewing but says she is a ‘selfish-sewer’ and likes recreating high-end couture gowns for herself, inspired by the fashion magazines. Follow her on Instagram – @sewsewleah

Leah

Leah is 43, lives in London and is Practice Director for an architectural firm. She’s another newbie to sewing but says she is a ‘selfish-sewer’ and likes recreating high-end couture gowns for herself, inspired by the fashion magazines.
Follow her on Instagram – @sewsewleah

Jen   Jen is 49, lives I Glasgow and is and self-employed. Jen owned her own sewing machine aged 14 and loved to up-cycle clothes from charity shops. She recently returned to sewing and enjoys sewing items with a Japanese influence that are neat and structural.  Follow her on Instagram – @jenerates

Jen

Jen is 49, lives I Glasgow and is and self-employed. Jen owned her own sewing machine aged 14 and loved to up-cycle clothes from charity shops. She recently returned to sewing and enjoys sewing items with a Japanese influence that are neat and structural.
Follow her on Instagram – @jenerates

Juliet   Juliet is 33 and a fellow Londoner. She has been sewing for five years and has taught herself to sew watching YouTube videos. Born in Nigeria, she loves African wax print fabrics and bold fabrics nd suing them in her sewing.  Follow her on Instagram – @sewsonatural

Juliet

Juliet is 33 and a fellow Londoner. She has been sewing for five years and has taught herself to sew watching YouTube videos. Born in Nigeria, she loves African wax print fabrics and bold fabrics nd suing them in her sewing.
Follow her on Instagram – @sewsonatural

 
 
 
Sheila   Shelia is 51, lives in Illford in Essex, and is a Care Liaison Officer. Jamacian-born, she moved to the UK as part of the Windrush generation and loves fashion and has been sewing for 40 years, She enjoys enjoys making occasion wear for special events and is inspired by the style of Victoria Beckham and Megan Markle.  Follow her on Instagram – @s.elizabeth.hall

Sheila

Shelia is 51, lives in Illford in Essex, and is a Care Liaison Officer. Jamacian-born, she moved to the UK as part of the Windrush generation and loves fashion and has been sewing for 40 years, She enjoys enjoys making occasion wear for special events and is inspired by the style of Victoria Beckham and Megan Markle.
Follow her on Instagram – @s.elizabeth.hall

Ben   Ben is 31, lives in Edinburgh, and is a scientist but has always been interested in fashion and while at university in Glasgow created all his own fancy dress outfits. Follow him on Instagram – @benmmoore

Ben

Ben is 31, lives in Edinburgh, and is a scientist but has always been interested in fashion and while at university in Glasgow created all his own fancy dress outfits.
Follow him on Instagram – @benmmoore

Riccardo   Riccardo is 37, lives in London, and is a Graphic Designer. Having grown up in Italy, the sewing machine was a firm fixture with his mother creating her own designs. He loves up-cycling second hand garments and his proudest sew was a bomber jacket made from an old sofa! Follow him on Instagram – @rifallo

Riccardo

Riccardo is 37, lives in London, and is a Graphic Designer. Having grown up in Italy, the sewing machine was a firm fixture with his mother creating her own designs. He loves up-cycling second hand garments and his proudest sew was a bomber jacket made from an old sofa!
Follow him on Instagram – @rifallo

Tom   Tom is 27, lives in Chelmsford in Essex and is a Motion Graphics Designer. He has been sewing seriously for three years and loves sewing with bright and garish prints Follow him on Instagram: @tomholmes_daydreaming

Tom

Tom is 27, lives in Chelmsford in Essex and is a Motion Graphics Designer. He has been sewing seriously for three years and loves sewing with bright and garish prints
Follow him on Instagram: @tomholmes_daydreaming

Mercedes   Mercedes is 57, lives in Brighton, and is a School Reprographics Technician. She was taught to sew by her grandmother and as a teenager she realised that sewing could help her create her own style. She says she is no longer fashion-forward and describes her style as comfortable with a hint of Brighton chic Follow her on Instagram – @ohsewthatmercedes

Mercedes

Mercedes is 57, lives in Brighton, and is a School Reprographics Technician. She was taught to sew by her grandmother and as a teenager she realised that sewing could help her create her own style. She says she is no longer fashion-forward and describes her style as comfortable with a hint of Brighton chic
Follow her on Instagram – @ohsewthatmercedes

 

*All images courtesy of Love Productions

Julie Bonnar