Juliet Uzor has become the youngest ever winner of the Great British Sewing Bee after impressing judges in the 2019 final – and viewers reckon it was by far and away the right call.
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The 33-year-old was heartwarmingly earnest and emotional as she beat out fellow finalists Riccardo Guido and Leah Nicholls.
“I never win anything!” she told the camera after her name was announced by host Joe Lycett. “I’ve never won anything, ever! I’ve had to fight for a lot of things, and really, really work hard. I can’t believe it!”
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Juliet won over the judges by crafting a waistcoat and a stunning red evening-wear dress – and fans took to Twitter to celebrate her win, echoing Uzor’s own emotional reaction and declaring that it was richly “deserved”.
— Sewing Bee (@sewingbee) April 2, 2019
“Emotionally drained after watching the final of Sewing Bee!” @ChippieC04 wrote. “Well done Juliet, thoroughly well deserved. I cried almost as much as you!”
— Christine (@ChippieC04) April 2, 2019
@IMadeItCrafts added: “In awe of her skill and what a showstopper finish, designing and making such a beautiful evening dress in six hours. Loved that she included pockets… practical as well as glamorous.”
Huge congratulations to Juliet – 2019 Sewing Bee winner ! In awe of her skill & what a showstopper finish, designing & making such a beautiful evening dress in 6hrs. Loved that she included pockets .. practical as well as glamourous. #inspiring #sewingbee #cantwaitfornextseries pic.twitter.com/QEp1cqxfoA
— I Made It Crafts (@IMadeItCrafts) April 3, 2019
And there was plenty more praise where that came from…
Really hope Juliet wins; cool, calm, creative, brilliant ????#sewingbee
— Campvans2 (@campvans2) April 2, 2019
Well done Juliet! Thanks for a great series #SewingBee I always learn so much.
— Vicky (Mooniiplaits) (@moonii__) April 2, 2019
— Sarah (@MrsB_UK) April 3, 2019
— Welshllyfrgelloedd (@Welshllyfrgell1) April 2, 2019