I want to be Ann Rowley when I grow up

Have you heard about The Great British Sewing Bee TV show? It’s currently airing on the BBC, and features 8 sewists working through a series of challenges that are then judged by a Savile Row suit maker and a long-time sewing teacher. It’s basically everything I always wished Project Runway could have been – not a focus on reality-show backbiting and silly rules, but a look at the creative process and the details of designing, fitting and sewing a garment.

The first episode is currently up on Youtube for those of us outside the UK who don’t have access through the BBC. I thoroughly enjoyed it. One of the reasons I really loved it was that one of the contestants is Ann Rowley, who’s been a long-time member of Pattern Review and in particular Stitchers’ Guild/Artisan Square. Anyone who’s spent much time on SG has read Ann’s fabulous advice and seen her amazing garments, and she’s even more delightful on film than she is on a message board. There aren’t always a lot of positive depictions of older people in the media, and it’s encouraging to think that if I’m lucky and work hard I can be half as talented and half as gracious as she is at her age, and still involved with something that allows her to be creative and engaged.

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One thought on “I want to be Ann Rowley when I grow up

  1. I loved watching the Great British Sewing Bee..I hope they continue the series (there was a hint that they might…) Ann is so precise! She is my favorite contestant..though I really like Mark as well…Actually..they are all really fun! Have you seen all of the episodes yet?

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