Previous Winners

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!

2019 Judges

Our stellar line-up of judges were blown away by your heart-warming stories, incredible creativity and stitching
finesse, and they certainly had a tricky time narrowing it down to just one garment.
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    Vicky Gill

    Showstopping queen of the sequins, the Strictly head costume designer and commercial seamstress certainly added sparkle to our dream team.

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    Stuart Hillard

    Beloved former Sewing Bee sensation and Sew columnist, Stuart brought his passion for textiles and crafting innovation to the judges table.

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    Portia Lawrie

    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.

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    Ray Holman

    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.

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    Debbie Shore

    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.

A big THANK YOU to Kennett & Lindsell who kindly donated their wonderful mannequins for the day

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