Great British Sewing Bee: Patrick jokes about 'evil' challenges
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The Great British Sewing Bee judge Patrick Grant, 49, has dodged the blame for the notoriously tough challenges on the BBC series. The Scottish fashion designer and businessman instead suggested that his co-star Esme Young, 72, is often at fault for the more “evil” tasks that contestants face on the show.
Patrick made the light-hearted comments while chatting on a Facebook Live with Singer Sewing Machines UK today.
Giving fans an insight into the next series of the popular programme, Patrick divulged: “We had a meeting yesterday to talk about challenges for the new season and we’ve got a big meeting tonight for a couple of hours to go through the challenges.
“We’ve got to try and finalise the challenges by Friday.”
Quizzing Patrick on the process, host Howard chuckled and asked: “Is this where you try to come up with something particularly evil?”
Patrick quickly exclaimed: “No! I mean, Esme comes up with evil things.
“But we’re trying to set challenges that are challenging, obviously, we’re trying to set challenges where we think we’ll see something from the sewers that we haven’t seen before in the series.
“We want to see spectacular stuff.”
Patrick then referenced the episode of the show that aired back in May, which showed him, Esme, and host Joe Lycett, watching the sewers making outfits inspired by the life and art of legendary Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
He continued: “I think Frida Kahlo worked really nicely because for many people, they didn’t know her as an artist.
“So the sewers went through a voyage of discovery and it’s the way I work, and I think it’s the way Esme used to work before she was teaching.
“When you begin a collection of clothes, you start with an idea, I mean, that’s why I’ve got shelves of books and bits and pieces.
“Something will give you that spark and from that little idea, you start to build out that idea.”
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It comes after Patrick opened up about his tough year, as he described having a “hellish six months”.
Posting in view of his 60,000 Twitter followers, the star spoke out ahead of the beginning of the latest series.
Speaking back on April 14, he penned: “I’d had the most hellish six months of my life.
“Then I got on set with Joe and Esme and this year’s adorable contestants and all the bad things just went away.
“Hope you had as much fun watching it as we had making it. #SewingBee”
He also shared a selfie featuring himself, Esme and Joe in the studio.
While the judge didn’t elaborate any more on what he was talking about, he was inundated with support following the post.
Outside of his role on The Great British Sewing Bee, Grant is the director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row.
He also runs clothing lines E. Tautz & Sons and Community Clothing as well as textile manufacturer Cookson & Clegg.
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