Uckfield’s Jade Earley won Garment of the Week for the second time running in BBC 2’s Great British Sewing Bee last night.
Not only that, the 18-year-old from Ridgewood also took first place in the alteration challenge when she created a child’s bomber jacket out of a 1980s ski suit.
It was the quarter finals of the competition which has been running for six weeks. Five contestants remained when Jade pulled her best set of scores out of the hat.
It was a tough week with the sewers having to work with Lycra as they created active-wear.
The first challenge was to make a men’s cycling top with the tricky technical fabric, which stretched in all directions and was easily pulled out of shape. Jade came fourth with her top.
The judges loved the shape of Jade’s 80s bomber jacket for a child. “It just has a great feel to it. It is a really, really, good alteration,” they told her.
Jade was thrilled to get her first number one.
When she went on to claim garment of the week for her yoga outfit, which was made in Lycra, like the first challenge, Jade said: “It’s bonkers isn’t it.”
She was told the fit was brilliant and the overall impression was “spot on” and she had produced a “very professional piece of sewing”.
• Jade 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 New website. Her Christmas tree dress was displayed inthe window of Josefina. she has also made ballgowns and even neckerchiefs for the family’s bulldogs.
She 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.