dressmaking · Vintage style

Simplicity Sewing Challenge Prizes and Knitting and Stitching Show Treats

Hello and welcome to my blog!

I haven’t had much time to sew recently as I am extending my kitchen and it has reached a particularly disruptive stage. Unfortunately, this has meant some of my pre-Christmas sewing projects have fallen by the wayside, including my Christmas party dress 😦

However, I do have some exciting news and some crafty purchases to share with you. Earlier this year I entered the vintage category of the Simplicity Sewing Challenge and I won! I still can’t believe it as there were some fantastic entries. You can read more about my entry here.



My prize was a year’s supply of sewing patterns and I had great fun choosing 12 patterns from the Simplicity, Newlook and Burda ranges. As an admirer of vintage style I mainly selected designs from the Simplicity reproduction range, which comprises patterns from the 1930s to 1970s reproduced to fit the modern woman.


I also chose two contemporary designs which I couldn’t resist. The first is a Simplicity amazing fit wrap dress. I love the fluted sleeve option and I hope, if I make this in the longer length, it will have a 1940s vibe. The Burda jersey top, meanwhile, will become a wardrobe staple I’m sure as I’m always on the lookout for fitted tops to tuck into circle skirts.

You may have noticed that there are only eight patterns in the photograph. I know a girl can never have too many sewing patterns but my stash is getting out of control. I decided it would be better all round if I asked my mum and friend Rosie to choose two patterns each. My mum chose an elegant Burda Top and some classic trousers. Rosie, meanwhile, selected a pair of Simplicity amazing fit trousers and a Peplum top, which hasn’t arrived yet. I can’t wait to see what they make!


I’m really looking forward to making up some of these patterns in the New Year – I already have the fabric for the 1940s day dress!

And here it is …ta da!

How beautiful is this fabric? I bought it at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate last month for just £4 per metre. It’s a viscose with a lovely drape so I think it will work really well.

I bought quite a lot of fabric at the show this year, including a few pieces which I plan to make Christmas presents out of if I have time. I obviously can’t show you these but I can show you this amazing ponte from Girl Charlee.

I think I paid £18 for two metres of this one. It’s so soft and warm and should make an amazing Coco dress by Tilly and the Buttons.

Next up is some vintage viscose fabric from TIL the Sun Goes Down. I paid £5 for one metre and I hope to make another Clara Bow Blouse if I have enough fabric.


I also bought some dogtooth print fabric from Lilli Fabrics. Again I paid £5 for one metre. I think this will make a nice pencil skirt.


And finally I bought a small piece of sari silk. I love the peacock print and hope to finish the raw edges with a rolled hem to create a pretty scarf for my hair.


And that’s all folks…

Thank you again for visiting my blog!

Love Lizzie




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