One of our favourite TV shows starts filming again at the end of the month; it is of course The Great British Sewing Bee! There has been a shock announcement about the new series, however; we are now being told that May Martin will not be returning to our screens.
Although no word has yet been given on the reasons for May Martin’s departure from the show, we have been reassured that Patrick Grant will remain as a judge and it will still be presented by Claudia Winkleman. All of them team members here at Croft Mill will be sad to see May go, in fact we can’t imagine the show without her.
So who be the new judge of The Great British Sewing Bee we hear you ask? Because surely they cannot be leaving Patrick on his own…. Though we wouldn’t mind being the ones to keep him company.
Well from what we know, the new judge is Esme Young, a graduate of the highly acclaimed Central Saint Martins. In 1972 she and a few other graduates founded Swanky Modes; originally a small shop selling their own designs made from vintage fabrics. The pieces were often ‘one offs’ or made to order, as demand for their designs grew in 1978 they joined the ‘London Individual Clothes Show’ and showed there seasonally.
Since her days at Swanky Modes, she has also worked as a costume designer for major film titles including ‘Trainspotting’ and the yet-to-be-released ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’ so you may see some of her creations on the big screen soon.
Although we love May Martin, Esme does seem to have lots of skills relevant to The Great British Sewing Bee… from sewing and designing clothes to working under pressure and to tight deadlines. There has yet been no word of when this series will be on our screens but we are keen to meet Esme Young and see the talent on display this year.
What are your thoughts on May’s departure?