How I celebrated the Sewing Bee final
Well, who saw that coming?!
You have to believe me when I say I didn’t. I was up against two extraordinary stitchers and to even be stood there in the room, after seeing 7 of my buddies depart, I really felt like I was already a winner.
For the sewing bee final night we went to our local pub in the village, I’d been prepping for a couple of days getting a projector and some speakers from my friend Mike, ironing a tablecloth as a screen, running 20m of coaxial cable through the hallway etc etc. The set up was going a little too well, until 18:30 on the night itself, when I could get every channel tuned in except BBC2, I mean seriously though gimme a break!!!! Fortunately with a few tweaks we managed to get it going. thank goodness, because I really didn’t fancy making that many phone calls.
Gems would never let a celebration go by without a cake and oh my this was some cake! I had my wonderful sister-in-law, Becca, to thank for this fantastic Great British Sewing Bee collage reflecting the last 6 weeks in fondant icing.
Now all dolled up, kids in bed, we were back to the pub to meet our 40 friends and family. Now it’s a strange concept watching yourself on TV, let alone having loads of mates watching you watch yourself on TV. There was so much ooh-ing and ahh-ing throughout, it felt like fireworks night.
Obviously the point when I came 3rd in the asymmetric blouse challenge sent a wave of “oh well, never mind, at least he made it to the final” around the room. Maybe, now would be a good time to get a refill…
Next up was the alteration challenge. It felt like a shame to chop up such a beautiful dress, I really wanted to do it justice. I remembered seeing a beautiful, hemline rolling like waves when researching “Avant Garde”. Why not try and recreate that in 90 mins!!!
In all honesty thats one of the outfits I’m looking forward to seeing again, I was pretty chuffed with it. I know a lot of people were wondering where was Neil going with the “Skanklet”, he’d obviously listened to previous weeks and seen that people had received plaudits for radical transformations…and his was certainly radical alright. But what an absolute corker Lorna did on that challenge, very Issey Miyake.
So from 3 to 2, I felt the mood in the room lift, and what better way to keep it going than to introduce the awesome Mrs C as my model. Everyone was so ecstatic to see her on the big screen, I think this got one of the biggest cheers of the night. Gems definitely gave me strength in the sewing room, she kept me on track. As she does in normal everyday life. You know what they say, behind every good man is a good woman. Well thats very true in our case, after all without her I wouldn’t have even entered.
The final dress was inspired by a picture I’d seen a couple of months before, I couldn’t recall where, but I had an image in my mind and was sure I could make it work. It was fantastic to hear all the comments and buzz in the room as we watched me stitch, I could sense everyone was in anticipation waiting to see how Gems looked, what with her new big hair-do and all.
I wasn’t disappointed, there were loads of cheers and a few gasps. I felt so very proud. Gemma looked stunning. With the catwalks done (and very well done too) it was time for the big announcement. There certainly was a huge buzz in the sewing room now all the Bees had returned, the warmth and love just came flooding back.
I think I was so at ease on the day because although I knew I’d done my best, I was so ready to shake Neil or Lorna’s hand as they really are both exceptional.
Now for the big moment, Claudia: “And the winner of this years Great British Sewing Bee is…<extremely massively long pause>….Matt”.
Well believe me when I say the noise in the pub was deafening, everyone was whooping and hollering. I couldn’t look around the room at everyone because I know I’d look goofy or cry or something, so I just had to stay focussed on the screen and enjoy the sound.
I couldn’t quite comprehend that was it, it was over, Gems & I had kept our secret for 9 months and now was the time to celebrate, and boy did we celebrate!!
Before I sign off, I want to give a massive shout out to my fellow Bees, we are an extremely close group and we were made so strong in the sewing room. To Annie, Alex, Neela, Amanda, Ryan, Paul, DEBORAAAAH, Lorna and Neil. Missing y’all already!
Huge thanks to everyone who has taken the time to send me a kind, heart felt message. We have read each and every one, I am trying to get through all the replies.
AKA Winner of the Great British Sewing Bee 2015