The Essential Sewing Guide to Clothing Ownership, Upkeep and Customisation
Matt Chapple, the UK's top amateur stitcher and winner of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee 2015, shares everything you need to know about repairing and maintaining your attire.
Matt Chapple is the UK's top amateur stitcher, having recently being crowned winner of the BBC's Great British Sewing Bee 2015. He learned his core skills in the Army at just 16 years of age and now applying his knowledge to create more modern garments for the home and his family. Matt was a vehicle mechanic in REME by trade and applies an engineering approach to his sewing.
In February 2015, Matt was announced as a contestant on the third series of the Great British Sewing Bee. Fast becoming one of the staples of the UK TV calendar, and hosted by Claudia Winkleman, the BBC show regularly attracts 4 million viewers. Series Three was filled with drama and surprises. Matt was initially seen as an outside bet for the GBSB crown, The Guardian describing him as a 'maverick' for using stone weights instead of pins, but Matt made it through to the final and saving his best stitching for the final garment, he successfully took the title of King Bee, becoming the first ever male winner of the show.
On the back of his exposure on the Great British Sewing Bee, Matt has launched a creative lifestyle blog sewwhatsnew.co.uk featuring stitching & making ideas for the whole family. Sewwhatsnew.co.uk has an engaged and growing audience.
Matt has made numerous appearances on television & radio and is also experienced at event speaking. He is soon to feature on the line up at the BBC Car WC Fest events in the North & South, where he will bring together his love for cars and sewing by making a leather racing jacket for presenter Chris Evans. The