Simplicity Star Sewer – 2286 Skirt  
I came across this challenge and thought why now have a go, so I emailed and they emailed back saying the pattern was on its way………..

The challange is for :

Best dressmaking project

The pattern in question for this category is the NewLook shift dress 6145, showcased in the Simplicity catalogue in chic check print.
This simple interpretation offers bloggers the opportunity to let their imaginations run wild, through their choice of fabric, trimmings or styling, with the dress able to be adapted to various sleeve lengths and necklines.

Best Vintage Make

Allowing you to add a modern touch to a retro sewing pattern or fully embrace a vintage classic, Simplicity’s chosen project is the gorgeous 1364 sewing pattern.
This 1960s inspired top offers a variety of finishes, from an effortlessly stylish sleeveless top to an elegant below elbow length top, allowing you to choose the pattern that suits your signature style best.

Best Newcomer

Choosing a sewing pattern that is simple to complete, Simplicity’s It’s So Easy 2286 sewing pattern, is a perfect choice for any novice who has been sewing and blogging for less than a year and is looking to showcase their skills.
This basic skirt should only take an intermediate sew-er a couple of hours to complete, leaving plenty of scope for hours’ worth of embellishments to turn this stunning staple into a sensational, stand out statement piece.

I went with best new comer because even though I have sewn clothes before I have not made many adult cloths and would like more experience before I start making more complicated items.

It arrive so did the fabric I ordered, so after some shopping, tiding up and a lovely cuppa with my eldest daughter who came to visit I decided to start the skirt.


Pattern all ready to go, fabric has been pre-washed, dried and ironed……good to go!!!!

Once the fabric was all cut I decided to overlock the edges before I started putting the skirt together.



 The only thing that got me say arrrhhhhhhhh lots was the gathering!!!! I’ve gathered before no problems but no not today I tried the sewing two lines process the gathered foot process etc nothing worked so after lots so unpicking 😒😒😒😒 I gathered by hand ..yes by hand!! It took a bit longer but no longer than all the unpicking I just did ! 


 Once the waist band was sewn on it looks just as good as if I had sewn it by machine, I think anyway.

And here it is  




modelled by my beautifully skinny daughter xx ☺️☺️

Thank you Jess xx

Please let me know what you think.
Thank you x 🌸🌸