Simplicity star sewist blogger challenge
I'm a judge!

Blog / 25 March 2015

Have you seen the new exciting sewing challenge going on right now on the interwebs - The Simplicity Star Sewist Blogger Challenge?

I’m feel very privileged to have been asked to take part on the judging panel along with Claire-Louise Hardie - the sewing super woman and Author of the new Sewing Bee Book, Fashion with Fabric. Joining us will also be vintage Life Magazine editor, Rachel Egglestone - Evans and Simplicity’s resident sewing expert, Wendy Gardiner.

The competition is being hosted online by Simplicity Patterns with the winners receiving a year’s worth of sewing patterns – wowsa!

To take part all you have to do choose a pattern you’d like to make from the three categories: Best Dressmaking Project, Best Vintage Make or Best Newcomer. You can see a full description of them in this link.
Then get creative and put your own spin on the design!

This New Look pattern is the basis for the Best Dressmaking Project Category. It's such a classic shape and you could take it so many ways. More summery with a medium weight cotton, or more transitional with a light weight wool and a silky lining.

This Vintage Simplicity Pattern is the basis for the Best Vintage Make Category. I love the shape of the sleevless one. The shoulders extend just that little bit - almost making a subtle cap sleeve but without having to set anything in. We've got the most gorgeous swallows fabric that would drape beautifully in this pattern (adds to 'to sew' list).

And finally for the Best Newcomer Category is this lovely little gathered skirt. This would be perfect in one of our linen mix chambray fabrics.

Just email, requesting a copy of the pattern you’d like to complete. Once you’ve mastered your make, post a picture of your completed Simplicity project on your blog, letting your readers know that you’re taking part in the challenge by displaying the Simplicity blogger badge.

Then email over your make to or tweet @SewSimplicity with the hashtag #Simplicitybloggerchallenge, by the competition closing date: 31st May 2015.

I can’t wait to take a look at all the completed projects! I love to see different interpretations of the same base pattern and you know there will be no two the same!

Along with the other judges I’ll be casting my eye over all the makes, short listing my favourite projects from each category and choosing the three winners.

I can’t wait to see what you make!
Happy Sewing!