A baker boy cap, popularised by the drama Peaky Blinders, set the standard for week three of The Great British Sewing Bee.
All the talented contestants, including East Yorkshire’s very own Cathryn Tosler-Waudby and Andrew Aspland, impressed the judges last night.
Hull maths teacher Andrew was the least fazed by the fiddly pattern challenge, being the only sewer to have made hats before.
But when his soft tailored cap – dubbed “the hoodie of the 19th century” by host Joe Lycett – came under scrutiny, judge Esme Young attacked the hand-covered button that topped off the design.
“I wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley on a night,” said Andrew. “Not only did she destroy the button, she pulled it off the hat as well.”
At the opening of the BBC One show, Andrew had said Gent’s Classic Week suited his style but he hoped pride would not come before a fall and, as the stitchers all began to struggle with their hats, he admitted: “I’ve left myself short of time.”
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After the three hours given to create the hats from 19 pattern pieces, judge Patrick Grant said: “There are one or two that look half-baked.”
Patrick liked Andrew’s choice of colours and “very good” alignment of the cloth pieces but felt it was and untidy sew that earned Andrew only seventh place.
Former dinner lady Cathryn, from East Yorkshire, was placed fourth for her “good-looking hat”, according to Patrick.
The next test of their sewing skills saw the stitchers transforming second-hand men’s suit jackets and blazers into a woman’s garment, with Cathryn saying: “Repurpose, recycle, I am very up for that. I love the idea that something can be something else.”
In the 90 available minutes, Cathryn fashioned a little tunic dress out of her old jackets, but Patrick thought there was “too much going on” with it and Esme said: “It doesn’t look very thought-out to me.”
The creation gave Catherine ninth place and Andrew fared only a little better in eighth spot with his skirt made from four sleeves, laced together with contrasting cord.
It was looking like only three of the contestants were safe, not including Andrew or Cathryn, as the stitchers went into the final made-to-measure round, fashioning a casual utility jacket with at least three pockets for a real male model.
Andrew’s metal worker-inspired jacket in orange and blue twill jacket had no fewer than eight pockets, while Cathryn’s design, with a fun contrast fabric under the collar, was inspired by her son Shaun, who was an air cadet.
Appraising the emerging creations, the judges said Andrew’s jacket looked “far too small”, while Cathryn was hammering in fasteners, saying: “I am not an aggressive person, honestly.”
Of Cathryn’s design, Esme said: “I really like this fabric and I love that you have made the under-collar vibrant and bright.” Patrick said the garment was “neatly sewn”.
Patrick said of Andrew’s creation: “You had a great big issue with the size of this jacket but you recovered it and pretty well.”
Esme thought Andrew’s jacket was “great”.
Both East Yorkshire stitchers now go forward to week four – International Week – of the ten-week contest to find the UK’s best amateur sewer.
The Great British Sewing Bee airs on BBC One on Wednesdays at 9pm.