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May Sewing Challenges!

It’s the beginning of May and we’re really enjoying seeing so many of you joining in with some of the fun sewing challenges this month. One of our favourites is Me-Made-May organised by blogger Zoe Edwards. It’s is a challenge designed to encourage people who make their own clothes to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe. Most sewists share their me made wardrobes on social media to take stock and appreciate what they’ve made so far. Use #MeMadeMay2019 to get inspired and share your own makes.

Another challenge we really like is Sew Together For Summer. This is a community based challenge to encourage and support sewists of all skill sets to complete a specific garment type. This year it’s all about the one piece! So think of Jumpsuits, Dungarees, overalls, boiler suits, catsuits etc. Use #SewTogetherForSummer join in on the fun and to enter the competition.

We’ve gathered some lovely wardrobe staples if you’re interested in expanding your every day handmade wardrobe, perfect for Me-Made-May! And scroll down for one piece inspiration so you can join Sew Together For Summer!

Pattern: New Look 6107.

This pattern comes with lots of options for you to mix and match a Spring/ Summer wardrobe. The lovely button front blouse comes with different sleeve and neckline variations, and the pencil skirt gives you two length options.

Pattern: Simplicity 1107.

A beautiful top made for knits and wovens! It can be made with several variations including sleeveless, with or without side and back contrast, short contrast sleeves or half sleeves with front lace overlay as pictured above.

Pattern: Simplicity 1110.

A summer must have: a tiered skirt! This skirt can feature three tiers with yarn pom trim, lace overlay, or high low hemline. You can also use two tiers in knee length or mini.

Pattern: New Look 6035.

Another incredibly versatile pattern, perfect for building up your me made wardrobe! Sew the jacket with or without pockets and add a beautiful sleeveless top and a pair of trousers or skirt to finish your outfit.

Pattern: New Look 6413.

Go for a very stylish and chic jumpsuit with this beautiful V-neck design and front zip. This jumpsuit has sleeves in two lengths and tapered legs.

Pattern: Simplicity 8178.

This jumpsuit pattern has a cross-over bodice, elasticized waist and slim or wide legs for a chic, easy to wear look. To complete your outfit the pattern also includes a cross-over style dress plus a jacket with notched collar.

Pattern: Simplicity 8606.

This pattern could not be more fitted for the Sew Together For Summer challenge! You get the choice of a jumpsuit, short romper and wrap dress all in one pattern. The jumpsuit has a flutter sleeve and the short romper has long sleeves and a ruffle detail at the hem. Very on trend!

Pattern: McCall’s M7632.

We love this very chic jumpsuit pattern. It would make the perfect wedding guest attire! The pattern comes with two different length options and you can choice from different necklines too.


Don’t forget to share your latest makes with us on social media using the hashtags #simplicitybyme or #mccallsbyme. We can’t wait to see what you’ve been making. There are prizes to be won each month too!

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