There is a lot of conversation going on about this sewing programme being televised here in the UK, on all the sewing forums and through blogs. Of course everyone has their own opinion on the show, some good, some negative.
I am avidly following it and enjoying it, the contestants personalities are slowing opening up, and I have now got my favourites to win, sadly they have started with 8 contestants each having limited time limits to make garments and they are eliminating 2 a week. It all seems abit rushed and I would have preferred it if one person a week left and the series was longer.
I have a few points about the programme. Firstly they have 8 people who are sewers, ranging from 27 - 81 years of age. Some have sewed all their lives, some not, also one makes soft furnishings, not dressmaking. I cannot see how this is a fair contest.
Also, at the end of the 2nd episode the judges could not decide which participants should leave. One judge chose Tilly with her sewing skills, and the other judge wanted Stuart who was showing improvement through the contest Surely they should know what they are looking for, improvement, sewing skills or creativity.
I just find it send mixed messages. "Its not very creative" said one Judge to Ann who added a checked bias cut pockets to her skirt. Maybe not creative but it showed off her sewing skills working with a checked fabric on the bias isn't an easy task, see what I mean!
All the same a great idea for a programme especially if you enjoy sewing.