The Great British Sewing Bee 2014: Start Date and Series 2 Contestants Lineup Revealed

Image Credit: BBC/Love Productions/Charlotte Medlicott

The Great British Sewing Bee, 2014, Series 2 contestants: (Left to Right) Julie, Lynda, Heather, Cerina, Simon, Chinelo, David, Tamara and Jenni – Image Credit: BBC/Love Productions/Charlotte Medlicott

With series 2 of The Great British Sewing Bee coming soon to BBC Two, here’s our first look (above) at the 2014 line up of contestants.

Returning to host the show will be Claudia Winkleman, with experts May Martin and Patrick Grant again on hand to judge the creations.

The start date for the new series has now been set for Tuesday, 18 February, 2014 at 8:00pm on BBC Two. Season 2 will run for a total of 8 episodes.

The first show will test the contestants on the three core fabrics in a dressmaker’s cupboard: cotton, wool and silk. In the surprise pattern challenge, the sewers must create a simple tunic top from straightforward cotton. For the alteration challenge, a plain high street woolen skirt must be dramatically altered within a 90 minute time limit. Lastly, the contestants must then create a made-to-measure silk nightgown.

In the meantime, here’s the latest trailer to get you in the sewing mood: