Great British Sewing Bee’s Andrew de Hull sews final stitch as he is knocked out of the show


Andrew Aspland of Hull sewed his last stitch in The Great British Bee last night after her party dress failed to find favor with the judges.

The bumpy seams and detachable knots, one of which fell off a sleeve as the dress was modeled in the BBC One show’s finale, destroyed the popular math teacher.

With Judge Esme Young known as a fan of big statement bows and fellow Judge Patrick Grant declaring himself “less fond” of the color purple, Andrew said when creating his bespoke velvet gown: “Little bows and purple, I’m going to look for a real winner from the judges, right? ”

Earlier on the show, Andrew, 54, was placed third of the six remaining stitchers in the tough pattern round to create a flannel shirt in the style of the traditional North American lumberjack, even though his collar was “very. messy “and he had been having trouble matching the fabric on the front.

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And it did even better in the makeover cycle, when the seamstresses were tasked with creating any garment from a maximum of five scarves.

Her “medieval” dress created in 90 minutes, which the judges agreed would be “a good disguise in Sherwood Forest”, earned her second place, being all the more impressive, they said, because the lace-up back he had created with the undone thread of one of the scarves.

Andrew’s festive winter evening gown, which he thought had an ecclesiastical vibe – “we live in a parsonage, so everything has an ecclesiastical feel” – also gave him problems with the darts in the back, which ‘he struggled to make symmetrical.

After the halfway bow fiasco, Patrick also noticed pleats around the dress’s zipper, but added that while he didn’t like purple, Andrew’s creation had a feel royal.

“It wasn’t very good, was it?” Andrew said upon learning he was following another East Yorkshire candidate, Catherine Tosler-Waudby, as she left the sewing room.

“I’m a little upset, but it was my time this time,” he said. “It was great getting to know these guys, they have so much talent and knowledge between them.

“It’s going to be a bit painful to leave everyone, but I’m proud of myself and it’s been a really great experience, a chance of my life.”

Patrick said, “Your terrible fatherly jokes will be missed. I’m really sad to see Andrew go, he’s been such a happy personality in the sewing room, but today his generally impeccable sewing skills have just given up on him.

Andrew at work on his bespoke creation, a festive winter evening gown in purple velvet
Andrew at work on his bespoke creation, a festive winter evening gown in purple velvet

Another Humber-area contestant, Rebecca, 23, a supermarket worker from Scunthorpe, will advance to the show’s quarterfinals next week.

The Great British Sewing Bee continues Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on BBC One.


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