‘The World’s Greatest Dog Show’ kicked off yesterday! A celebration of all things canine, the first Crufts show took place in 1891, over 120 years ago. The show was named after its founder, Charles Cruft, who first started making a living selling ‘dog cakes’!
These days, Crufts celebrates all aspects of dogs; from working dogs, to the dog show, to dog accessories. If you have a furry friend, why not get into the spirit of things and stitch up a dog coat? We’ve got patterns for all shapes and sizes – read on to find out more.
Keep your pooch snug until the weather warms up with Simplicity 8277 – complete with fleece hats.
Get creative with Simplicity 1239. Suitable for small, medium and large dogs, these all feature hook and loop tape closures for easy dressing.
Protect your four-legged friend against wet and cold weather with Simplicity 3939 – experiment with colours and fabrics to get a unique look.
Although the weather these past few days may not feel like it, we’re now officially in the first month of spring! With March’s arrival comes a very important day – Mother’s Day, on Sunday 11th. If you’re thinking of making something handmade for Mum, you’re in the right place!
With the temperatures taking a dive, a lovely scarf would make a fabulous gift! We’ve got plenty of patterns to inspire you, but one of our favourites is Simplicity 8273. Complete with hat and gloves, choose a cosy fabric to make the most of this pattern.
If your Mum enjoys a more luxe look, why not try Simplicity 8530? Choose from either a faux-fur scarf or stole for an extra-special gift.
Is your Mum a keen stitcher too? Why not stitch up something to help organise her craft room? With Simplicity 1079, create hanging storage, as well as storage cases and bags.
If she’s more of a techie-lover, try Simplicity 1339 for phone, tablet and e-reader covers. These look fantastic with bright, bold fabric!
Of course, not forgetting new mothers this March - try your hand at one of our baby patterns, to make something special. Stitch up an adorable baby grow with Simplicity 8030, or a beautiful outfit for the special day with Simplicity 8346.
From Céline to Balmain, fringing has been seen all over the SS18 catwalks. With spring officially arriving next month, time to get our wardrobes in order!
If you want to get swish for next season, look no further. We’ve included a few of our favourite patterns below, so you can nail the textured look. With killer kimonos and swinging dresses galore, all we need now is some sunshine…
New Look 6378
An easy kimono pattern, this includes a long version as pictured or a short kimono with fringe hem. All you need is some floral fabric to be festival-ready!
Customise this jacket with lace, ruffles – and of course, fringing! Try contrasting fabric for a bold look.
New Look 6445
Not forgetting younger stitchers! Create a kimono with fringe trim, and a top with lace hem with this pattern.
This gorgeous halter dress is bang on trend. Perfect for beginners, this pattern will teach how to apply a bias hem, make an elastic casing and apply that all-important fringe trim!
Ready to dive in? Share your snaps with us when you’re done, with the hashtag #SimplicityByMe
As you may have spotted this week, our Instagram page has been taken over by Mimi G, one of Simplicity’s fabulous guest designers! We’ve been talking design inspiration, Mimi’s favourite patterns as well as hosting exciting competitions and Q&A’s.
Award-winning stitchy expert Mimi has been blogging about all things sewing-related for years now, gathering a huge following on social media, and even featuring on Project Runway Junior in the US! She can list ‘Best Latina Blogger’ and ‘Essence Top Ten Must Follow Instagrammer’ among her many accolades – and here at Simplicity, we love working with Mimi and seeing what stunning designs she creates.
With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at some of our favourite Mimi G pattern designs.
One of Mimi’s all-time favourites, Simplicity 8516 is the perfect starting point for a pair of jeans – especially as there is a Sew Along video to guide you along the way!
Overalls and knit tee
One of Mimi’s highlights as a designer was creating Simplicity 8354 with her daughter – who also happens to be the model for this pattern!
A fabulous choice for both regular and plus size, Simplicity 1016 can be worn both as a coat, but also a cape! AND it’s currently in the sale – what more could you ask for?
Find out more about Mimi, in February’s Sew Magazine!
Sew chats to blogger and Simplicity designer Mimi G about her fabulous pattern collection.
After the huge buzz of Dressmaker of the Year 2017, Make it Today magazine is launching next year’s competition! Here at Simplicity, we’re so excited to be sponsoring, with our very own category this time round.
Last year there were over 1200 fabulous entries, and this year we can expect even more, with six categories up for grabs;
It couldn’t be easier to enter - simply submit up to five photos of your garment, which must be taken against a plain white background. We recommend modelling the garment, and finding good lighting! Read Sew Magazine’s full list of tips here.
Portia Lawrie, last year’s Dressmaker of the Year winner, will be amongst the star judging panel along with Vicky Gill, Strictly head costume designer, and Stuart Hillard, Great British Sewing Bee personality.
There are also some amazing prizes up for grabs – the overall winner will receive a Janome atelier 5 sewing machine, an Adjustoform mannequin and more, with prizes for category winners, and two free Simplicity patterns for every entrant.
And the best part? You can enter as many times as you like. Here are just two of the fabulous entries so far from Simona and Melanie.
So what are you waiting for? Hurry and enter here – entries close on 9th March 2018.
As we’re sure you’re aware, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! Whether you’re hunting for the perfect gift for a loved one or some crafty accessories to finish with, we’ve got it covered – what better excuse to get creative?
A handmade gift
Why not go all out this Valentine’s Day with matching outfits? Snuggle into matching onesies or pyjamas – ideal if you’re planning a night in on the 14th.
Why not make like our Vintage Ambassador The Crafty Pinup and stitch up a heart-shaped apron? If you need a little helping hand, you can find her blog post and sew-along video here.
It’s all in the detail
If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touches for a gift or outfit, why not try our craft accessories? We have an iron-on heart appliqué, or alternatively a breast cancer heart appliqué with studs – 10% of all sales of this item go to Breast Cancer Care.
Whatever you make this Valentine’s Day, we’d love to see! Share with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram – and be sure to use the hashtag #Simplicitybyme!
Make it Today magazine’s Dressmaker of the Year competition is well and truly under way. If you’ve missed the buzz, don’t worry – there are just over five weeks to go until the competition closes!
We’re extremely proud to be sponsoring the competition here at Simplicity, with our very own category this time round, as well as Everyday, Occasion, Upcycling, Vintage and Children’s wear. There were over 1200 amazing entries last year!
It couldn’t be easier to enter - simply submit up to five photos of your garment, which must be taken against a plain white background. To win you’ll need to wow the stellar judging panel, which includes;
Portia Lawrie, last year’s Dressmaker of the Year winner
Vicky Gill, Strictly head costume designer
Stuart Hillard, Great British Sewing Bee personality
There are also some amazing prizes up for grabs for the Simplicity category, including 10 Simplicity sewing patterns, a bundle of gorgeous sewing fabric from The Craft Cotton Co, a selection of vintage-inspired Simplicity gift items AND a Simplicity Satin 197 with silver panel!
The best part? You can enter as many times as you like. So hurry and enter here! The competition closes on Friday 9th March.
Are you a dressmaking newbie? Do you know someone who’s just started out their stitching adventure? You’re in the right place! Here at Simplicity, we like to think that lots of people made New Year’s Resolutions to start a sewing hobby. But getting going can feel daunting at first – which is why we wrote this handy blog post, filled with tips for sewing beginners! Read on to find out more.
Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Our first tip is to take your measurements each time you start out on a sewing project, to make sure that your sizes haven’t altered. Doing this can avoid a real headache further down the road. Another thing to bear in mind is that being a size 8 on the high street isn’t the same as a size 8 in the world of sewing – so always remember to choose your pattern size by your measurements, rather than the number listed.
Writing down everything you will need beforehand will help you get organised. Make sure you’ve got all the essentials; fabric scissors, a tape measure, thread, pins etc. Every Simplicity pattern comes with a sewing pattern guide, which has helpful instructions when it comes to measuring and getting started – make sure it’s stress-free by planning first!
When it comes to your first sewing machine, rushing into making a decision is the worst thing you could do! Be sure to choose a reputable brand – this means that sourcing any spare parts should be easy! If your wallet can stretch to it, a computerised model is great for beginners - with automatic settings for length and width to suit the stitch you choose, it’s a great helping hand to those starting out.
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