Duston-born woman named winner of The Great British Sewing Bee

Heather Jacks with her winning gown on a model
Heather Jacks with her winning gown on a model

A Duston-born woman says she is feeling “amazing” after winning a national television sewing contest.

Heather Jacks, aged 56, was last week named winner of BBC Two’s The Great British Sewing Bee.

Ms Jacks, who now lives in Lutterworth, with her husband, Andrew, said: “Watching the show last year I kept saying that I could do all the challenges the contestants were doing, so my husband encouraged me to give it a go.

“I wouldn’t call it life-changing but the whole experience was absolutely lovely.

“The only thing I had trouble with was using waterproof and stretchy fabrics as I have never used them before. The pair of leggings I made were awful.”

Following her success, Ms Jacks, who works professionally as a dressage horse trainer, wants to open a 
service that will teach dress-making to young people for free.

She said: “Sewing is a fundamental skill not taught these days, but once you have it, it’s there for life.”