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BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee - Castleford’s Julie Gromett is overnight sensation

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Programme Name: The Great British Sewing Bee - TX: n/a - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: Julie - (C) Love Productions - Photographer: Des Willie

An Airedale housing officer has become an overnight sensation after starring on a TV sewing show.

Julie Gromett, 51, was one of the contestants on the Great British Sewing Bee until she got knocked out on Tuesday night.

The grandmother-of-one has been dubbed “interesting and amusing” by The Times while The Daily Mail has referred to her as an “unruly working class Northerner”.

Mrs Gromett has had online messages of support from around the world following broadcasts of the BBC 2 show.

Mrs Gromett said: “I never realised that the interest would be so widespread.”

The mum-of-three said: “I watched it last year. I thought I can do that. I filled out an application form quite halfheartedly. I was interviewed, screen tested and set sewing challenges.”

She won through but the housing officer only took up sewing four years ago when her daughter Gracie took up ballroom dancing and costumes became too costly.

Mrs Gromett added: “I learned to sew out of necessity rather than a burning desire. I instantly became hooked.”

She bought a sewing machine and enrolled in the Sew Classy course in Ferrybridge.

Then Mrs Gromett started making her own clothes. She is a big fan of braces and brogues.

She added: “I make everything. My style is quite different in what I wear.”

The TV show’s judge, Savile Row designer, Patrick Grant told her: “The main thing I like about you is you have a style all of your own.”

The compliments have kept on coming at home with some of her tenants saying they felt really proud of her.

She added: “People are asking me to sign the Great British Sewing Bee book - I’m only a Cas lass.”

Mrs Gromett, who is planning to launch her Tweedy Gromett blog imminently, added: “I don’t know where it will take me. I didn’t realise I was going to be such a phenomenon.”

“I’ve got a passion for writing so I’ve got a blog going live next week.

“My writing is quirky, upbeat and humorous. I hope people will enjoy it.”

The Great British Sewing Bee, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman, is broadcast on Tuesdays at 8pm on BBC 2

Previous episodes can be viewed on the BBC’s iPlayer on the programme’s home page. www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03myqj2

 

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