Simplicity is celebrating its 90th year which is just amazing that home sewing is still a thriving business. To celebrate they’ve set us UP folk the challenge to sew up one of their patterns by 15th September and blog about it. I chose the dressmaking challenge because I really loved the lines and shape of the pattern. Also with so many pieces to the bodice I though there was real room for interpretation.

In terms of fitting I originally cut a 16 to make a toile but joyfully found that was too large so graded down. I think I was more like a 12 by the time Id finishes fitting it. Check out my cracking 70s vibe toile.

After my toile came the real thing. Straight off I was thinking clean lines and a nautical theme. Having banned myself from polka dots last year (it got a bit out of hand) I’ve moved onto a striped fabric obsession.

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