In the new ‘Apprentice’-style show, Thelma will teach 15 traveller girls how to create the outlandish dresses featured in the Channel 4 documentary last year, with the eventual winner bagging a permanent job in her Liverpool boutique, Nico.
Thelma told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “We will have a little factory and I will train the girls up. Gypsy girls don’t normally have jobs but with me they have a chance to see how their dresses were made.”
However, if ‘Big Fat Gypsy Weddings’ star Sam Norton’s wedding attire is any indication of what’s to be expected in the new series, the dressmaking newbies will have their work cut out.
The 17-year-old’s wedding dress weighed in at a colossal 196lbs, and was fitted with fairy lights and robotic butterflies.
Under order of Thelma, the bride’s “something new” turned out to be a fire extinguisher – just in case Sam’s over-the-top dress exploded.
Thelma said at the time: “I am still worried about the fire issue so we’ve decided we will take a little fire extinguisher with us just in case. All that combustion, it could just go up in flames.”