Uckfield’s Jade Earley achieved perfection in the Great British Sewing Bee last night and was awarded Garment of the Week.
The 18-year-old girl from Ridgewood was in trouble before the final Made to Measure round of the competition, one of three in the danger zone, but she wowed the judges with her tailored jacket.
They loved the fabric and style, said it was really spot on and epitomised the era, fitted really well and was well matched.
Judge Patrick Grant said the jacket was simple so had to be perfect. He told her: “It’s exceptional.”
The 1960s was the theme for week five of the Sewing Bee and six contestants remained.
Jade came fifth in the first challenge with her monochrome dress, sewn on a vintage machine. The zip was “not great” and the dress “lacked crispness”.
She came fourth in the alteration challenge and her skirt and top were “liked a lot” but contained too many elements of the Mac that was being altered.
In the final judging Patrick said Jade had pulled herself out of the mire and her jacket was contender for garment of the week.
She was over the moon – as was her mum Nyree when told in a phone call – that she had indeed won that honour with her “perfect” jacket.