The Great British Sewing Bee - Season Seven
In the seventh season of The Great British Sewing Bee, 2021, Joe Lycett hosts and Savile Row's Patrick Grant and fashion designer Esme Young of Central Saint Martins, judge the contestants. In this season the audience learned that Grant played U21 rugby, went to boarding school in county Durham and has studied material science, and that Young sat on a balcony with David Bowie during Notting Hill Carnival.
Historical details were provided by fashion historian Amber Butchart, Paul Gorman, Meredith More of the V&A, Martin Pel of Brighton Museum, textiles historian Valerie Wilson, fashion curator Circe Henestrosa, fashion historian Darnell Jamal Lisby,
The challenges included a shell top (a sleeveless, collarless blouse), paper bag shorts, a Bakerboy cap, a Breton top (the 21 stripes are said to represent Napoleon's victories over the British, a part of the French naval uniform since 1858, but popularised by Coco Chanel), a child's romper suit, an English waistcoat using fabric recycled from other garments, a man's flannel shirt, a satin and chiffon dress inspired by the one worn by Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing, a pair of Oxford bags, and a child's bridesmaid dress.
The contestants' designs were illustrated for the show by Suzie Kemner aka Suzie London.
The contestants in The Great British Sewing Bee Season Seven were:
Adam - Adam Brooks, a cruise ship entertainments director.
Damien - Damien Wilton, a 39 year old IT installation engineer and Bolton resident who famously declared he "would rather be cold than wear a scarf".
Jean, an art psychotherapist and one of seven siblings, who has a passion for travel.
Julie, a resident of Rotherham.
Rebecca - Rebecca May, a 23 year old teacher, living in Scunthorpe.
Serena, a 21 year old medical student in Edinburgh.
In the final, Rebecca adapted McCalls sewing pattern M7683 to create her made-to-measure red carpet dress from a Scuba fabric.