There was an anxious moment last night when Jade Earley’s Uckfield fans heard Sewing Bee judges considering her elimination from the TV competition.
It was the fourth round with seven contestants remaining and Jade came sixth and seventh in the first two challenges.
Fortunately her efforts in the Made to Measure section were enough to save her and Jade was obviously relieved as she said at the end of the show that she had feared hearing her name.
Jade said: “I can prove myself next week and put absolutely everything I have got into it.”
The first challenge of the night was to make a tight fitting Chinese style top with Mandarin collar and Jade’s was described as having a “wobbly” front while the zip wasn’t in the right place.
Next came the International Alteration Challenge when the contestants had to make Eastern-inspired clothing from a sari. Jade had a problem with the fit of her harem pants.
• Eighteen-year-old Jade is the youngest-ever contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee. She is a swimming instructor and student who likes to sew clothing for her entire family, including herself, her younger siblings, dad, and even her dogs.
Jade’s work has previously featured on the Uckfield News website. Her Christmas tree dress was displayed in the window of Josefina. She has also made ballgowns and even neckerchiefs for the family’s bulldogs.
Jade lives in Ridgewood with her parents Nyree and Mark, sisters Jema and Joolz and her brother Joel. More of her work can be seen here: Spikey challenge for teenage dressmaker from Uckfield.