With more than 2,400 entries received, our stellar panel of judges certainly had a tricky
task to crown the Dressmaker of the Year. However, after several hours mulling over fabric
choice, technical skills, creative innovation and wearability, the scores were totted up and the
verdict we've all been waiting for was reached. Without further ado, we're delighted to announce
our category champs and – drum roll please – this year's overall winner!
Super smocker Darlene wowed the judges with a little girl's frock, complete with sweet puff sleeves and an embroidered neckline. Darlene's incredible attention to detail led her all the way to a nail-biting final, before the judges unanimously chose her as our well-deserved winner.
Oozing forties glamour, this bottle-green dress caught the judges' eye from the start with its simple yet authentic style. The design is stitched to flatter with a dainty peter pan collar and delicately pleated bust.
Queen of refashioning, Marlies made this trend-setting bomber from two old dresses and a blazer – even the zip and pockets had been recycled, too! The judges loved the originality of her design, and her powerful choice of prints.
Mother of five, Clair entered a heart-meltingly sweet ruffle dress, modelled by her daughter. Made using glow-in-the-dark fabric, the fully-lined design combined tiered ruffles with adorable bows – fit for a little princess!
This fabulous quilted jacket immediately caught the eye of costume designer Ray Holman, who loved Elizabeth's authentic choice of fabric and buttons. It represented our everyday category perfectly – a comfortable well-made classic that can be worn with any outfit.
After promising to make her daughter's wedding dress, Karen painstakingly documented the process of creating this showstopping gown over two years. The judges were blown away by the technical skills involved and all agreed the bride looked simply stunning!
Showstopping queen of the sequins, the Strictly head costume designer and commercial seamstress certainly added sparkle to our dream team.
Beloved former Sewing Bee sensation and Sew columnist, Stuart brought his passion for textiles and crafting innovation to the judges table.
Our first Dressmaker of the Year, refashion queen and blogger supreme. Portia’s know-how and competition insights made her a true asset to our panel.
As the costume designer on BBC Doctor Who, Ray oversees the creation and construction of every character's garments. His sharp eye meant each garment was put through its paces.
Following her mother’s footsteps into dressmaking, TV presenter and author Debbie used her stitching knowledge and technical flair when picking this year's line-up of winners.