Simplicity Patterns are Great for Beginners

I am over the moon to have won the Best Newcomer category in the Simplicity Sewing Challenge 2016. This prize was awarded for my Alice in Wonderland skirt from Simplicity Patterns New Look 6346. As the lucky winner I received a selection of 12 Simplicity New Look patterns of my choice, along with a lovely bundle of colourful notions.


Simplicity Patterns are laid out in a detailed step-by-step format that make them ideal for beginners. There are literally hundreds to choose from on the Simplicity New Look website. Here you can find Simplicity, New Look and Burda patterns along with a selection by specific designers, such as Cynthia Rowley.


The next pattern I plan on attempting is the Burda Young B6800, which is a short and fitted jacket. I have a lovely silvery fabric that I think will look good made into a jacket of this style, so fingers crossed it works out! I’m going to make version A, without the belt, as I think the belt gives it a younger look that is more suited to a teenager than a 30-something. I love the striking look of this pattern, with the asymmetric zip-fasteners and lapel collar.

Simplicity Patterns B6800 Short Fitted Jacket

Simplicity Patterns B6800 Short Fitted Jacket



There are Simplicity Patterns for Men, Women, Children, Fancy Dress, Crafts, Home, Uniform, Stuffed Animals and pretty much anything you can think of. I had a great time browsing the site and choosing the 12 patterns as my prize. I took my time and got distracted by many of the lovely styles and designs, but finally opted for a selection that included some coats/jackets, simply because these are the item I most want to get good at making. I also chose a couple of little girl patterns and a few beginner’s patterns that included women’s tops in styles that I’m likely to wear and a pair of trousers. I’m going to thoroughly enjoy working through each and every one of these patterns over the coming months.


For anyone looking to learn to sew choosing patterns can be a daunting prospect, particularly as there are so many to choose from. Simplicity Patterns have an ‘easy-to-sew’ label on their simplest range, which is a great starting point for newbies.


One of the ‘easy-to-sew’ patterns that caught my eye is Simplicity 8218, which features a fur gilet (option D), which I plan to make in a leopard print faux fur fabric.

Simplicity Patterns 8218 Easy to Sew

Simplicity Patterns 8218 Easy to Sew



I also chose Simplicity 1363, which is an Easy-to-sew top with a high low hemline and options for short raglan sleeves. I will enjoy making this one in cotton and hopefully it will make a flattering summer top.

Simplicity Patterns 1363 Easy to Sew beginners newbies sewing

Simplicity Patterns 1363 Easy to Sew for Beginners

As a beginner myself, I’ve found that sizing is one of the biggest sewing factors to get to grips with. I now measure myself in all the usual areas before each project (bust, waist, hips). I also try to measure a ready-to-wear garment that I already own and that is similar to the one I am about to make. If it is made in a similar style and fabric and has a fit that I am happy and comfortable with, then these measurements are likely to be very useful for getting the fit that I desire. So then I compare the two sets of measurements and keep them in mind when constructing the garment.
The pattern size in a pattern is never identical to your ‘ready-to-wear’ size. If you are a size 8 in High Street clothing, you could well be a size 12 in a sewing pattern size. Even more so when it comes to vintage patterns. This is why measuring yourself carefully is so important before you go to the time, cost and trouble of sewing up a garment.
It can be a little disheartening to begin with but you shouldn’t let this distress you, the British High Street sizing is ridiculous nowadays and it’s never the same in two shops. At the end of the day, a well fitting garment, will be far more flattering to your figure, than the fact that it is a particular size.
I’ve found Simplicity Patterns are great for beginners because there is a such a wide range to choose from, the easy-to-sew range is simple to follow and the styles are modern and can be tweaked to suit your taste and style.

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