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Having received an impressive number of Simplicity entries in last year’s inaugural challenge, we’re once again on the hunt for the UK’s most creative stitchers in this year’s Simplicity Sewing Challenge, calling on enthusiasts to sew up a storm in the quest to be crowned a winner.





After listening to enthusiasts calls for Simplicity to widen the competition to include all stitchers and not just bloggers, this year’s challenge means that all stitchers can get involved, with five categories available for sewing enthusiasts to enter.

Best Dressmaker

Allowing you to create a gorgeous garment that fits like a glove, Simplicity’s Amazing Fit 1458 pattern, which features specially designed patterns and silhouettes to suit differing body shapes, allows stitchers to add their own spin on this classic dress.


The pattern can be adapted to suit any style, whether through the choice of fabric, trimmings or by adding additional features – such as collars and sleeves.

Best Vintage Make

Allowing you to add a fresh touch to a retro sewing pattern or fully embrace a vintage classic, Simplicity’s chosen project is the very chic Simplicity 1365 pattern.


This 1970s top is the perfect addition to your Summer wardrobe, helping spice up your style with a vintage top design, with collars and a sweetheart neckline.

Best Newcomer

Choosing a sewing pattern that is simple to complete yet detailed enough to show your signature style, Simplicity’s 6346 pattern, is a perfect choice for any novice who has been sewing for less than a year and is looking to showcase their skills.


This flared skirt pattern includes midi length or mini skirt options, with button front closure and zip detailing.

Best Childrenswear

Calling on stitchers to show their take on this adorable Simplicity make, pattern 1206 marks a new category for the Simplicity Sewing Challenge, for stitchers looking to create an outfit for their little one.


The pattern includes a dress with or without overlay, a vest and a smart two-piece trouser set, with a bow tie – perfect for a family gathering.

Best Blogger Feature

A big supporter of sewing bloggers, Simplicity’s Best Blogger Feature sets out to reward amazing write ups. Stitchers can enter using any of above patterns, with the Simplicity panel judging posts on how informative and visual they are, as well as how fabulous their make is!


Your challenge is to use the above patterns as a basis for your own bespoke creation.

Using the pattern as your foundation, go wild with fabric, colour, nips here, tucks there and feel free to accessorise to the hilt!  Whether fabric is your forte or your signature style is more haute couture, simply show us what you’re made of and stamp your very own style on these patterns.




Heading up the superstar judging panel is May Martin. With over 40 years sewing experience, May is well known for her stint on the popular show The Great Sewing Bee, as well as her sewing workshops – teaching at Denman College at the Women’s Institute Academy since 1995, where she specialises in garment making and home accessories.  May will be casting a trusted eye over all the creative projects, to ensure that the chosen winner has the sewing credentials needed to be awarded the prestigious prize.


Returning to the Simplicity judging panel for 2016 is Lauren Guthrie, finalist on the first series of the popular Great British Sewing Bee, owner of haberdashery and sewing school Guthrie & Ghani and author of ‘Learn to Sew with Lauren’. Lauren is set to offer her years of experience and love of all things creative to pin point the sewing superstars.

Also set to return to the judging panel is Thrifty Stitcher Claire-Louise Hardie, author of “The Great British Sewing Bee- Fashion with Fabric” and experienced Theatrical Costumier. As a sewing producer on the Great British Sewing Bee, Claire-Louise knows what it takes to sew fabulous makes under pressure – making her a great choice for choosing Simplicity winners.

May, Lauren and Claire-Louise will also be joined by SEW Magazine editor, Lorraine Luximon, who will be using her knowledge on all things sewing to find the most inspired sewing project and spot a winner from amongst the crowd.

Completing the judging panel is Rachel Pinheiro, a self-confessed sewing fanatic who details her love of crafts on her blog House of Pinheiro. With a great eye for fashion and photography, Rachel will be using her years of blogging to find the very best creative minds.



As well as being crowned a Simplicity Sewing Challenge winner and seeing their creation live on the newly refreshed www.simplicitynewlook, the winners will also become the centre of a social media campaign and receive a year’s worth of sewing patterns, along with trimmings and other crafty items.

The chosen five winners will also be invited to become VIP Simplicity bloggers, offering up their advice and sewing wisdom on Simplicity’s Sewing Circle blog.



Simply email Simplicity at [email protected], requesting a copy of the pattern you’d like to complete and your address and size details. We’ll send out your pattern free of charge so you can get cracking and let your creative juices flow.

To enter, post a picture of your completed Simplicity project on your blog or send us pictures of your make to Simplicity’s Twitter or Facebook page. Remember to use #SimplicitySewingChallenge

If you’re entering the ‘Best Blogger Feature’, then you’ll be judged by how informative and visual your write up is, so remember to send us a link to your post.

Then simply email the link to the Simplicity email address [email protected]. Entries must be received by the competition closing date: 31st August 2016.

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