So, the Sewing Bee is over for another year! Great news – in as much as I can sit down in front of the telly again without shouting and the judges at regular intervalls or biting my nails about topstitching ;-).
What did you all make of it? I had a quick browse through the web and most commenters seemed very pleased with how things have gone.
I have to admit I didn’t enjoy this series as much as the two before. To be honest, I felt they had taken it down the TV entertainment jungle a bit too much for my taste.
For one I didn’t like the emphasis on having to do things fast, fast, fast all the time. It may well be the case that professionals have to work under incredible time pressure – but GBSB is about amateur sewing and why should an amateur activity have to conform to the same madness as the world of work? I get that it makes for more competition, but to me, having to sew a chiffon blouse in, what, 2 hours?, is the sewing equivalant of having to eat a dish of maggots for the viewer’s delectation.
Also, as the weeks got on and the contestants more professional I found myself disagreeing sometimes with the judges about their technical judgements. Sometimes the topstitching was “really very very good”, sometimes ” a little bit wonky”, sometimes “not quite even enough” – when it looked near identical to me.
Also, personally I don’t like the fact that the winner is announced only on the strength of the last garment. I do agree that Matt’s dress was the best by quite a way. But then, clearly, the contestants design and practice their garments at home, they know or at least strongly suspect who to make them for, so I don’t know that making one rehearsed garment well makes for the best amateur sewer. So I would prefer it, if the overall performance were taken into consideration as well when deciding on the winner. The way it is now it’s as if one Garment of the Week determines the overall decision.
So, am I alone in thinking that GBSB has been disney-fied a bit too much? That the comments about straight or wonky top-stitching don’t always bear a relation to reality? That maybe making something well rather than fast might be more inspirational? That altering old curtains/80s dresses/old sports gear into some crazy one-wear-wonder gets a bit boring after a while?
Do I, in short, just not get TV entertainment?
What are your thoughts?
PS: Will I watch the next series, if there is one? Absolutely! GBSB still is one of my TV highlights, inspite of my misgivings!