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Designer Spotlight: Simplicity’s plus-size trailblazer Ashley Nell Tipton

Ashley Nell Tipton recently won the 14th series of Project Runway, but has long had a passion for fashion. Hailing from San Diego, she was taught to sew by her late grandmother, before going on to design a plus-size clothing range from her garage, whilst juggling two jobs. What a lady!

‘I struggled finding clothing that fit me and my personality’, Ashley says. ‘There was just not enough effort put into this industry, so it motivated me to keep going.’

These days, however, Ashley is a major fashion influencer and designer in the curvy community, fuelled by a desire to create clothing for plus-size women. Have a peek at Ashley’s Instagram page to follow her success.

Championing independent designers: Simplicity & Ashley 

Taking advantage of her creative genius, here at Simplicity we are thrilled to be collaborating with Ashley. In this post, we will be showcasing some original Ashley Nell Tipton plus-size sewing patterns! What better way to find clothing that fits your personality, than to create your own?

These Simplicity patterns have all been designed with curvy customers in mind, from coats to bodysuits. Ashley’s fashion revolution is all about demonstrating that full-figured women shouldn’t have to ‘settle’ for average, boring clothing – so don’t be shy and get creative with these Simplicity patterns.

Wrap up

Stylish collarless trench coats, ideal with the winter season approaching! Personally, we think Simplicity 8472 looks great in pastel shades.

Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity pattern

Beautiful bodysuits

These are so versatile – great for either a casual daytime look, or for a night on the town. Pick up Simplicity’s 8344 pattern to recreate the look.

Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity pattern 8344Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity pattern 8344

Dressing up

Bodycon dresses in either one or two pieces, Simplicity’s 8345 pattern is very on trend, with colour and fabric blocking options to flatter curves.

Ashley Nell Tipton Simplicity 8345 pattern


A really inventive way to make the above pieces go further – use sheer or lace fabrics for Simplicity’s 8471 pattern to create this outer layer dress for a stunning look for a special occasion.

Ashley Nell Tipton 8471 Simplicity


We’d love to see your take on these Simplicity makes! Head over to Simplicity’s Twitter, Facebook or Instagram page, to show us your sewing snaps.