Who left the sewing bee last night? The series is in its 9th season

Here's who was eliminated from The Great British Sewing Bee last night...

The Great British Sewing Bee Season 9 cast
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If you're wondering who left The Great British Sewing Bee last night then you're probably not alone as we see if your favourite is still there.

It's been a year since The Great British Sewing Bee crowned its 2022 champion and the 2023 season of the BBC sewing contest is well underway after it returned to screens in May, bringing with it the judges’ critiques on everything from hems to darts, embroidery and much, much more. 

Sara Pascoe made her return as presenter for a second year running, after previous host Joe Lycett left the Sewing Bee ranks and departing the sewing room where The British Sewing Bee is filmed.

And with the latest episode of the season hitting screens last night, we reveal who left The Great British Sewing Bee and how can you catch up on all you’ve missed if you didn't catch it. 

Who left the Sewing Bee last night?

Lauren, a sales assistant from Walsall left Sewing Bee last night after failing to impress judges with her sewing skills after being tasked with making garments inspired by history's most influential fashion icons. In her exit video, Lauren said, "I have never felt more proud of myself."

The eighth episode of the ninth season aired last night - each contestant was tasked with digging into old time Hollywood glamour with a dress similar to Audrey Hepburns breakfast at Tiffany's in the Pattern Challenge. In the Transformation challenge was inspired by Esme. And in the Made to Measure task, the sewers had a go at making smoking jackets for which Asmaa was awarded garment of the week for the second time for her "smoking hot" smoking jacket.

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Sewing Bee shared, "It was a pleasure having you in the sewing room, Lauren. Your eye for fashion and impeccable sewing were a joy to see!"

Who won the Great British Sewing Bee 2022?

It was Annie who won The Great British Sewing Bee 2022, impressing Esme and Patrick with her sewing creations. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young were given the huge task of deciding on the Sewing Bee champ for 2022. 

After taking on the challenges of creating a party dress out of material scraps from previous weeks as well as a red-carpet worthy jumpsuit, it was a close call between finalists Brogan, Annie, Debra and Man Yee. 

Fans rushed to social media to react to the Sewing Bee results, thrilled to see Annie take the title. 

One wrote, "They were all great but pleased Annie got the win, well done!"

"Delighted for her. All four finalists were so talented and all so deserving of their place in the final. Annie just seemed to grow in confidence over the weeks and showed such an amazing eye for style and finesse. ❤️," added another thrilled viewer. 

"Stunning victory - beautiful, eye catching designs. This has been the best Sewing Bee so far with the very best winner❤️," one more agreed.

Sharing what she's taken away from her time on Sewing Bee and encouraging other amateur sewers to take the leap, Annie said, "I would say to anyone who wants to apply for a future series, to just go for it, put yourself outside of your sewing comfort zone, trust the process and you won’t regret it."

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Where can you watch The Great British Sewing Bee?

You can watch The Great British Sewing Bee's latest series by tuning in each Wednesday at 9pm on BBC One, or head to BBC iPlayer to catch up on every episode. If you've missed any instalments (or any of the previous series) never fear! Each of the Sewing Bee episodes become available to watch via BBC iPlayer, as are series one to nine and the 2020 seasonal specials.

Anyone who's eager to learn how to make a patchwork quilt, patchwork cushion, or a pretty patchwork oven glove then this show will be up your street. Take inspiration from these novice sewers as they pull out all the stops to wow critics with their new designs, using the best fabrics and attention to detail to make garments that will be remembered.

The next episode [episode nine] is set to to air on 19th July and it will be the semi-final with the four remaining sewers tasked with putting the fun into functional fashion for Utilitarian Week.

The Pattern Challenge will see sewers tussle with trench coats, 'clean up'  in the transformation using cleaning items like mops, and labour over Made-to-Measure as contestants will hope they can be promoted to the final.

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Who won The Great British Sewing Bee - The Great British Sewing Bee Esme Young and Patrick Grant

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But if you've already raced through all the Sewing Bee content already, then there are loads of other creative shows on iPlayer to get stuck into as you wait for the next series. Whether it's the delicious treats in Great British Bake Off, the extraordinary restoration talents showcased in The Repair Shop and new show The Speedshop, there's nothing like a challenge to get viewers hooked.

Sewing Bee contestants 2023

Twelve home sewers started out the series and each week a contestant will be eliminated, but the full line up is as follows:

  • Tony, a postman, from Cornwall.
  • Vicki, a police dispatcher, from Lincolnshire
  • Mia, a student, from Surrey
  • Asmaa, a consultant breast surgeon, from Cardiff
  • Lauren, a sales assistant from Walsall [Eliminated week 8]
  • Lizzie, a creative director, from Bristol [Eliminated week 7]
  • Fauve, a trainee solicitor, from Swansea [Eliminated week 6]
  • Tony W, a teacher, from Essex [Eliminated week 5]
  • Matthew, a dancer and teaching assistant, from Peterborough [Eliminated week 4]
  • Maria, a A&E nurse, from Fife [Eliminated week 3]
  • Gillie, a retired secretary and HR manager, from Nottingham [Eliminated week 2]
  • Catherine, a senior games designer, from West Sussex [Eliminated week 1]

How to apply for The Great British Sewing Bee 2024

Inspired by the amazing garments and creativity of this year's Sewing Bee contestants? Then you might just be wondering how to apply for the next series of the hit BBC competition show. Applications for Season 10 have now closed. If you have your heart set on applying for future series and you're 16 or above and a UK resident, it might be worth keeping an eye on the BBC website’s Take Part page as soon as the next series arrives. 

It's here that applicants this year were advised to head to complete the online application form for the next series, or to request an application form to be posted to them if they could not apply online for any reason.

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Selina Maycock
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Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)