Here are The Great British Sewing Bee contestants of 2022

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Photo credit: BBC

Rejoice crafters, as The Great British Sewing Bee has confirmed its batch of talented home sewers taking part in this year's series.

The competition is set to return to our small screens very soon, which will see the 12 contestants making creative garments under the watchful eyes of judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young.

The contestants are: Man Yee, Annie, Cristian, Brogan, Mitch, Marni, Steve, Debora, Richy, Gill, Chichi, and Angela.

Man Yee was taught to sew by her aunt when she wanted to dress as an anime character for Comic Con, and her home is filled with over 50 plants, being a member of her local plant club.

Photo credit: James Stack
Photo credit: James Stack

Marni was born in Canada and is a Canadian First Nation member of the Maliseet tribe, and has been sewing for 35 years.

Mitch taught himself to sew by reading books and studying online videos and loves a loud and lairy fabric.

Richy enjoys creating historical garments, often burying himself in books or heading to a museum for research.

Steve took up sewing as a lockdown hobby and now sews for at least two hours a day.

Gill started sewing when her husband bought her a machine three years ago and makes clothes for herself, her family and even her greyhound, Maureen.

Photo credit: James Stack - BBC
Photo credit: James Stack - BBC

Debra began sewing aged 9, and is inspired to sew by designers like Erdem, Gucci and Chanel.

Cristian grew up near Transylvania as one of six children, and learned to sew by watching his mother making her own garments.

Chichi enjoys using recycled fabrics and transforming vintage clothing, and loves animal print.

Photo credit: James Stack
Photo credit: James Stack

Brogan got into sewing after watching series 1 of Sewing Bee as a child, and loves to make clothes for her sausage dog, Roger.

Photo credit: James Stack - BBC
Photo credit: James Stack - BBC

Annie says she was inspired by her grandmother to start sewing, and currently works as a buyer for a high street fashion brand.

Angela has 50 years of sewing experience, and won an award for her work as a school nurse during the pandemic.

Sara Pascoe will be taking over from fellow comedian Joe Lycett as host, announcing in a statement: "I'm so inspired by creativity and skill and I am *deeply* in love with clothes so I can't think of a happier place to be."

Sara is joining returning judges Saville Row's Patrick and Central Saint Martins's Esme.

A teaser for the new series reads: "First, for the Pattern Challenge, they must produce a wool mini skirt with piped patch pockets.

"For the Transformation Challenge, the task is to turn lockdown loungewear into a going-out top for an adult, and in the Made to Measure, the sewers must perfectly fit a wrap dress to their model.

"One sewer gets off to a flying start, being awarded Garment of the Week, while another's hopes are dashed as they become the first to be sent home."

The first episode of the new series will sees judges Patrick and Esme ask the contestants to create a capsule wardrobe consisting of three items.

We can't wait!

Great British Sewing Bee returns to BBC One on Wednesday 27 April at 8pm.

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