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BBC Two announces new competition 'The Great British Sewing Bee'

BBC Two has announced details of its new competition series 'The Great British Sewing Bee'.

The show will be similar to the channel's popular 'Great British Bake Off'. The show will aim to find the best amateur sewing enthusiast just like Bake Off.

"The series will represent a version of the already successful series The Great British Bake Off” reads the show's Facebook page, “and it will be broadcast in March-April 2013.”

The show started filming last October. Applicants were asked to detail their experience in clothing, tailored items, accessories, home projects, quilting and customising, etc .

A Facebook post by one of the contestants read: “We were filmed at Rotherwick Village Hall [in Hampshire] recreating a wartime make do and mend WVS session.”

Claudia posing

Claudia Winkleman will present the show with encouragement and advice to the contestants. Stepping into the judges shoes is the Womens Institute dame May Martin and Savile Row designer Patrick Grant.

Winkleman commented on her new role:”It might not be the next craze and nobody might watch it but I'm proud to be involved in it.”

Before 'Bake Off' I went to Tesco and bought cakes but now I can make my own – now I feel the same way about my kids' clothes and me.

I made a little navy round neck cut-off tops that look amazing and you would trawl Bond Street for and spend a fortune on – and they fit so beautifully.”

A BBC source said: “We've had such success with The Great British Bake Off that we wanted to see just how creative Britain could be. We feel that sewing could become the new national pastime.”

The Great British Bake Off will return for a forth series in the autumn.

Will you be getting your needle and thread on the ready?

- The Great British Bake Off
- Claudia Winkleman

Written by: MatthewWarcup
Feb 27th, 2013, 10:14 am

Images courtesy of The Mirror

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