Simplicity blogger competition

I love seeing what other sewers have on their sewing table and being allowed a sneak preview into ‘work in progress’ shots, not just the finished articles. I therefore thought I would quickly share what my next make will be – a kind of before and after perspective!

I am planning on entering the Simplicity star sewist competition, details of which can be found here. The closing date is the end of May so I really need to get my skates on! When I first saw the competition advertised a few months ago I saw that it is only open to bloggers. At that point I didn’t have a blog so although I had thought about starting a blog at some point, it was definitely a big incentive I needed and gave me a push in the right direction to start mine! So now I have my lovely blog I can enter!!

There are 3 categories to enter in, each having its own pattern for you to make your own version of. I have decided to enter the ‘Best dressmaking project’ category which involves making a garment from the New Look 6145 shift dress pattern.

I haven’t quite finalised which version of the pattern I am going to do but I have my fabric, it’s been washed and have a couple of ideas to get going.

This is what I am working with…..



2m floral fabric

1m grey fabric

22″ invisible zip

New Look 6145 pattern

It has been one of my plans to make a toile for my next make (test version of the garment in cheaper fabric or muslin, that you can make adjustments to and improve the fit before you cut into your final fabric). I have recently had a couple of fitting issues particularly across the back of the neck/shoulders area. Unfortunately time is of the essence with this one so am going to try and do a ’tissue fit’ first and accurately measure myself against the pattern in this area. If I need to do some adjustments I will aim to do these before the finishing stage! Fingers crossed.

So anyway, less chatting, more sewing…here goes….!!

Until next time


Happy sewing!


Lorna x

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