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Behind the Seams: The perfect gift for fans of The Great British Sewing Bee

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Ik hou niet zo van het ruwe papier dat gebruikt werd maar voor deze prijs kan je niet alles verlangen en het doet natuurlijk niets af aan de inhoud. To see Esme becoming a TV star in her 70’s and being a mentor and inspiration to sewers is really wonderful .

The ’90s saw a career move into costumes for films, where she designed outfits for Trainspotting, Bridget Jones’s Diary and The Beach, before she moved onto the small screen herself. While he is the dapper, sartorially precise voice of the pairing, she's always had a cheeky glint in her eye, and the occasional allusions to her past career and life made me reach for this book - I listened to her read it herself via Audible.

It's packed full of surprising references to musicians and other artists - I don't know why I'm surprised, but it's maybe because Esme looks so prim and proper and she is so clearly not. Her own voice comes over very strongly, and she had a most interesting life: at the forefront of fashion in the 60s and 70s with her Swanky Modes, a tutor at Central St Martins, and then a judge on Sewing Bee. She's good at recognising the contribution of others to her success - not always the case in autobiographies - and it's a book I'd enjoy reading again.

I found that the need for sewing tips should have been put at the back of the book instead of in between the chapters. Her whole life has revolved around fashion and creativity and her enthusiasm for her subject leaps out of her autobiography. A celebration of a creative life lived differently, Behind the Seams is a reminder that it's never too early, or too late to pick up a needle and start stitching in a new direction. Her cheeky wit and flare for the unusual explain the transformation challenges in the show but also show her dedication to being one step ahead of the trend.You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. It must have been a tough and difficult time - she does admit to being scared - but this was a feel good book.

I read most of this Sunday and finished it bank holiday Monday in bed with a tea, and it was like I’d spent time sitting with Esme listening to her chat about her interesting and packed life!

I'm so glad I've delved deeper into Esme's life with this book, it makes the Sewing Bee even more enjoyable. I read this book in a day because it was exactly what I knew it would be - fun, interesting and hypnotic. I had no idea who Esme Young was, I got the book as I enjoy crochet, crafting and occasional sewing, and I thought there might be some good tips on sewing/clothing repairs. Personally, I think that the true essence of a person is one who has made relationships and continued those relationships for years. She's honest and warm-hearted, she's highly individual - has been all her life, has stuck to it too - and as such my admiration for her rocketed.

I felt, as a reader, almost as though she was sitting with me, telling her story - it's that immediate. I could have taken it easy, and continued to teach at college part time, and make costumes for the rest of the time… but where would be the jeopardy in that. Their clothes were out there, just at a time in the early 70s when people were looking for out there, and when punk was just around the corner (Esme and the gang were at the heart of this, and it's the bit of the book that I hoovered up, it brought so many evocative memories of myself in those days and my early attempts to create something a bit out there to wear . I adored the autobiography of Esme Young of The Great British Sewing Bee; it’s surprising, funny, and warm.I love The sewing Bee, and love Esme Young who is a judge on the program, but the book was disappointing. I don't watch the sewing bee, but this was a book club choice and I enjoy a good autobiography, which this was not. I especially loved reading the sections where she said about the films she had worked on, and one of my favourites being Bridget jones Diary with that classic bunny girl outfit! From Swanky Modes and its place in fashion history to Sewing Bee and its place in our hearts, this is wonderful. Like many, I was first introduced to Esme Young via the Great British Sewing Bee, where she is a judge along with Patrick Grant.

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