Great British Sewing Bee reveals celebrity winner of 2023 Christmas special

The beloved Great British Sewing Bee made a festive return with the Celebrity Christmas Special, hosted by Kiell Smith-Bynoe from Ghosts and a former Christmas Sewing Bee participant. In the one-off episode aired on December 21, musician Toyah Willcox emerged as the winner. Joining her were comedian Jessica Knappett and actors Kerry Godliman and Hammed Animashaun. The festive sewing challenge began with the contestants crafting sturdy and festive Christmas stockings.

the great british sewing bee christmas special 2023

Judges Esme Young and Patrick Grant thoroughly assessed and critiqued the contestants’ creations, adorned with festive decorations. Jessica claimed the top spot in the Christmas stocking challenge, crafting a special stocking for her daughter. Toyah secured second place, followed by Hammed in third, and Kerry, whose improperly ironed embellishments led to her finishing last.

The second challenge brought unexpected difficulties, especially for Jessica, as the sewing quartet faced a transformation test. They were tasked with upcycling old puffer jackets into Christmas food-themed children’s fancy dress costumes. Kerry excelled with her impressive Brussels sprout dress, securing victory. Toyah followed closely with her Vivienne Westwood-inspired honey-glazed punk carrot costume, complete with safety pins and crystals, showcasing a “bad attitude.”

the great british sewing bee christmas special 2023

Hammed created a purple Christmas sweet dress, securing third place, while Jessica landed in fourth with a Brussels sprout jacket that appeared somewhat forlorn without leaves.

In the final task, where contestants crafted made-to-measure festive outfits, the sewers showcased diverse styles and fits. Jessica opted for a Christmas tree dress, Hammed chose a West African red and gold tunic, Kerry presented an elevated co-ord with diamond-like buttons, and Toyah donned an icy blue princess gown.

Toyah’s hooded dress impressed the judges, ultimately earning her the trophy in this year’s sewing contest. After her win, she exclaimed, “It’s the best Christmas present ever! I’ve loved every minute, the stress included.”

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