Sew Gifted: Bespoke Tailor and Designer Patrick Grant

And sew it begins… The Great British Sewing Bee is back for a fifth season.  New to hosting this season is award winning comedian Joe Lycett alongside esteemed judges from previous seasons Esme Young and Patrick Grant.

Young opened her first clothing shop in London in the 1970s with her designs appearing in Vogue, The Sunday Times and Express and worn by the likes of Julie Christie and Grace Jones. Alongside Young is fashion designer Patrick Grant, owner of bespoke tailor Norton & Sons and creative director of major British brand E. Tautz & Sons.

Grandparents NZ had a Q&A with Grant to find out more about what to expect on The Great British Sewing Bee this season and what never goes out of style.

Contestant Leah with judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young

What can we expect to see this season of The Great British Sewing Bee?
You’ll get to meet the amazing Joe Lycett who is hilarious, kind, and an absolute dream to work with. He has taken over from Claudia and brings a whole new energy to the sewing room. Of course 10 brilliant contestants, technically the best standard we’ve ever had, but also such great flair and personality in their makes. And we’ve a whole week dedicated to the issues of sustainability in fashion called Reduce Re-use Recycle, something both Esme and I feel incredibly strongly about.

You have been a judge since Season 1, is there one contestant or dress/pattern that has stayed with you?
There are a few standout moments for me over the years; Neil’s kilt was pretty amazing, technically incredible, and as a Scot I couldn’t fail to love it. Charlottes alteration in the semi final of series 4 was a standout because it was the moment so really let her hair down and we saw her true potential. But the final is this series is my all-time favourite moment, it was just so joyous.

What do you think will never go out of style?
Well, style of course. Fashions come and go but great personal style will always transcend trends. And it doesn’t matter what it is, as long as the way you dress reflects your personality you’re always going to look and feel amazing in your clothes.

You can catch The Great British Sewing Bee on the Living Channel — Tuesdays from 2 July, 9.30pm

Picture Shows: All Sewing Bee competitors, judges and presenter Joe Lycett group portrait. Standing from Left to right: Sheila, Jen, Mercedes, Alexei, Joe Lycett, Riccardo, Tom, Janet, Ben, Leah, Juliet. Sitting from left to right: Esme Young, Patrick Grant.

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