Hello friends! I wrote this post to be published while I am moving house (because that is like happening today!!!) but have to add in before this post starts how overwhelmed I am with all of your wonderful warm good wishes after my last post. You are all so lovely for sending me such luck & support for treading my new path. It has been amazing reading them and I have felt so reassured by those of you who have done the same thing and have no regrets! I haven’t been able to reply to them (busy getting move & work business sorted) but wanted to say a huge big thank you – I read them all & each one has made me smile and feel incredibly lucky- feeling your hugs. Right gushing with happiness is over….onto what I set out to do with this particular blog post!!!
Remember that my prize for winning the Simplicity Star Sewist blogger competition was a year’s supply of sewing patterns from Simplicity New Look? Well I am about reveal my choices and explain my decisions. It took me forever I have to say- numerous sittings (some very late night) , hundreds of cups of tea (and hot chocolate on the late nights) & who knows how many custard creams….
I was allowed to choose 12 patterns -what joy! But I wanted to avoid going for the shiniest patterns that maybe had the most attractive pictures – but turned out to replicate patterns I already have (& let’s be honest, I have so many patterns. The hard truth was revealed when coming to pack them all away with some form of clear out only to find my ‘don’t need to keep’ pile was too big for a quick ebay session – I would need weeks!) OK I digress a bit, apologies. So I looked very carefully at the line drawings of patterns that spiked my interest to ascertain whether they were worthy of being added to my prize. What could they offer me that i didn’t have already? Did they bring joy? Did they bring potential new learning? Let’s see … in a very random order (except for the last) …
Some of these might surprise you! First up Simplicity 1502
Why I hear you ask? Well it’s been one of those patterns that I have kept returning to. I particularly like the idea of the lace yoke with shorts. In silk perhaps? Sort of grown up but cute at the same time. I might also make the nightdress for someone I know ….
Some activewear I thought I could learn from made Simplicity 1111 another pick.
It has a cute racer back top/ dress & is described as having a built in bra which I interests me the most. I have plenty of leggings/ shorts options already especially Fehr Trade patterns, but sometimes a basic pattern for shorts could come in useful too.
New Look 6351 was another early choice in my deliberating.
OK, I was taken in by the stripey top, that hooked me at first. I am not often drawn in to drawstring waists (see what i did there?! 😉 ) However I could see wisps of potential in the jacket – a nice casual summer layer (probably with a stripey tshirt it’s true).
A knit shift dress called out to me when I was scrutinising line drawings. New Look 6298
This is a raglan sleeve shift dress (Easy too !) & just looks such a winter favorite. i can imagine it in some ponte or something chunky – i really do like the fabric in the photograph- it looks so cosy!
Onto some reproduction vintage patterns now. I could have gone all out crazy & just stocked up on vintage frocks. Would you have expected this of me? Well, I can be sensible sometimes. And these choices were all joy evoking it is true. The practicality of halter neck tops ? I think so ( maybe in the summer, not now) – these ‘1970s vintage’ halter tops were just too awesome to ignore & could conceivably get enough use (maybe in my new life of travel) . Simplicity 1365 it is.
My fave? View B with the collar. Talk about sassy.
Another choice from the reproduction vintage line is Simplicity 1197.
Let me explain. 1960s. That coat. Need I say more? (Do I have a thing for raglan sleeves?)
Oh my gosh I am really excited by this next one too. Yes, a vintage pattern these separates are just too romantic for words. Simplicity 1166, a 1950s pattern with a flared button up skirt and ‘bra top’ (another one for my exotic travels) plus a blouse –
but look more closely at the line drawing.
I thought it was a batwing however those sleeves are really interesting me …& I can really see me wearing it with that style of skirt.
Here is my most frivolous vintage choice- a 1940s dress with a beautifully gathered central yoke. I have never sewn anything like this before. Simplicity 1777 can be made out of all sorts of fabrics but as well as crepe, satin & velvet you can also make it in ‘matte jersey’. Hmm I thought. Very interesting to try this out at some point.
This is my final choice from the vintage section & it was because I was a. curious & b. knew that i did not have anything like this already. from the 1960s then this is a Jiffy pattern with an interesting combination of front gathered yoke and cross over straps. Simplicity 1101.
Don’t you think it’s cute?
My next choice was a very practical one – more leisure wear, specifically a front zipped hoodie. I thought it would teach me the best way to insert a centre front zip without me experimenting.
New Look 6142 is his & hers, so maybe, one day, i will make my boys their own hoodies as that is still a key element in their wardrobe, supplemented these days with sweaters I hasten to add. it’s not all sweatshirting in their repertoire.
Yes, i think I can learn something from the hoodies – the side pockets look interesting too.
And then there are these Amazing fit straight leg trousers, Simplicity 2860.
I know. How many trouser patterns does a girl need? I am planning to work on my custom pattern but after my first Perfect Fit trouser experience I thought I could learn more & that I could cross reference to a different cut with the aim of my own trouser block, but with the benefits of these brilliant Perfect Fit & the tips within (will they be the same ‘Perfect Tips as for Simplicity 1696 I wonder?)
But I have saved the equivalent of the catwalk wedding dress as the finale. Will I ever have a ‘do’ to attend? Will this style become out of fashion even if an invite does materialise? I don’t know, but I confess this was one of my easiest choices out of the 12. Simplicity 1099 is a Project Runway pattern & I love its decadence!
Can you imagine making & then wearing a full length full skirt like that royal blue number (all 7m of it oh yes please!) But I also like that it’s separates & that long slim skirt is also pretty awesome with asymmetric pleating. On the tops i think I would be tempted with the double layers – transparent upper layer with a slim fitting ‘bra top’ underneath. Or even one of the 1970s halter necks from Simplicity 1365 up there. With the collar. Too much sass for words.
So that was a minor expedition through the Simplicity New Look collection (now in my collection). Did you enjoy it? Have I got a good balance between practical and downright once in a blue moon in my dreams? It has been fun looking at them all again because i can tell you that so far I have not made any of them up. Which will be the first? Oh I don’t know!!!
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