Win a Bundle of Simplicity Sewing Patterns and Sewing Book

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This amazingly generous prize from Simplicity includes the May Martin Edit – a collection of Simplicity patterns handpicked by the Great British Sewing Bee judge herself, as well as Simplicity’s Simply the Best Sewing Book, covering all the need-to-know basics, from understanding patterns to advice on creating the ultimate fitted garment, top tips for working with difficult fabrics and even four easy-to-make projects.

If you haven’t had the courage to try dressmaking before, this could be the perfect opportunity to get started.

Included in the May Martin Edit:

simplicity 2247

The first sewing pattern to make it into May’s selection is pattern 2247, a pretty dress suitable for both a day out and a special occasion. Part of the Amazing Fit range, this dress is made up of individual pattern pieces, helping to create a perfectly bespoke fit.

2451 simplicity skirt

Also included is Simplicity’s retro 1590 blouse, a gorgeous pattern for vintage lovers, with a simple but stylish peplum design, making it a timeless design, as well as Simplicity’s ‘Easy to Sew’ 2451 skirt pattern, offering four different styles – including a classic pencil skirt with added pleats and pockets.

1254 simplicity roll neck coat

Completing the May Martin Edit is Simplicity’s 2369 pattern, a perfect project for jersey fabrics with wrapped pleated fronts on the top and dress create flattering lines, as well as the Simplicity 1254 coat, with a dramatic over-sized collar that can be worn as a shawl or hood for extra warmth.

may martin edit simplicity sewing patterns



To win this prize, all you have to do is comment on this post to tell us what you love about sewing and handmade clothes, then log in below and follow the instructions on the competition widget. There are lots of ways to get more entries!


Simplicity May Martin Edit

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  • February 19, 2016


    I love being able to customise patterns to fit my own size and style.

  • February 19, 2016


    I love making clothes that fit and flatter.

    • February 23, 2016


      I love being able to customise a style that I like so that it fits me perfectly and also choose the colour and fabric that I prefer.

  • February 19, 2016


    I can’t always find things I like or in the right colour, so being able to make clothes exactly as I want them is fantastic.

  • February 19, 2016


    Being able to make something in a fabric and style I like, rather than what the clothing stores tell me I should be wearing

  • February 19, 2016


    Great competition, perfect for inspiring new (and not-so-new) dressmakers

  • February 19, 2016

    Tina Briggs

    Sewing my own clothes is all about getting the right fit and something unique for me. In a dress I have made myself I don’t have to worry about someone else turning up in the same outfit…

  • February 19, 2016

    Becky Harris

    I love handling and choosing the right fabric for a given pattern.

  • February 20, 2016


    I love all the fabric choices you can use

  • February 20, 2016


    I love making clothes that fit my shape. And making them in any print I want.

  • February 20, 2016


    I love to make a garment that fits, using quality fabric and patterns and giving a unique quality to my wardrobe.

  • February 20, 2016

    Anna Keeton

    I love having a hobby that helps me unwind after work

  • February 20, 2016

    Julie Knight

    Custom fit in styles, fabric, and patters that flatter me!! That’s what is wonderful about sewing one’s own clothing! Plus it’s a relaxing and fun hobby!

  • February 22, 2016

    Cailin Harris

    Making my own clothes is a great way to express my individuality and creativity. I can be frugal by up-cycling some retro designs and custom fit them to my size.

  • February 22, 2016


    Being able to adjust patterns to be exactly how I want them

  • February 22, 2016

    Destiny Collins

    Because I can make them unique to fit me with materials and extras I like, which you cant in a get with a shop bought item, plus the fact they have been hand sewn rather than by machine also makes it better as well kmowing you have acheived it all on your own.

  • February 23, 2016

    Sarah D

    Making things exactly the way I like them.

  • February 23, 2016

    Josie Ray

    I’ve only made a couple of simple things so far so for me it’s about learning a new skill that I’ve always wanted to do.

  • February 23, 2016

    Gaynor Marshall

    I love making things that are unique to me whenever I want.

  • February 23, 2016

    Gaynor Marshall

    I love making things that are unique to me.

  • February 23, 2016

    Marella cairns

    I love the creativity, being able to make something that no one else will ever own, in couloirs and styles that I love.

  • February 23, 2016


    I love being able to create my own fabric either by printing, dying, or manipulating it to make my own unique, one of a kind pieces.

  • February 23, 2016

    Teresa Davies

    Sewing your own clothes means you can have something that it completely unique, guaranteeing that no one else is wearing the same thing. It also means you can make items that fit your unique body measurements.

  • February 23, 2016


    Since giving up smoking and putting on lots of weight I find it difficult to find clothes I like in styles I like so I started making my own again and re-discovered just how satisfying it is to put on that finished garment once the last thread has been snipped 😃

  • February 23, 2016


    I love the coat pattern especially. So I fine sewing my own clothes lets me expand my imagination. Ive always followed trends but like to out my own twist on things. ..Im also quite skinny…so petite waisted and tall enough for extra length in trousers…so its easier to make things to fit me than bought ready made. Usually; bought clothes end up too short in the leg…or too big in the waist…what can I say…Im a total fusspot ha ha…I need a little simplicity in my life!

  • February 23, 2016


    I’m quite slim and petite so I find it hard to find clothes that really fit me, being able to make my own clothes catered to my specific measurements is great, and I love the sense of accomplishment when a piece is completed, like, I made this!

  • February 23, 2016


    Handmade clothes mean I can dress originally in clothes which fit my short stature.

  • February 23, 2016

    Samantha Stanley

    I’ve had my eye on that Retro blouse pattern for a while! Maybe I could win it?

  • February 23, 2016


    I love being able to create my own ‘look’ – who wants to look like everyone else?!! And what else am I going to do with all this fabric I’ve accumulated?!!

  • February 23, 2016

    Cherry Hurren

    I enjoy choosing fabrics, and making items to fit myself. It feels rewarding to wear a item that I have made myself.

  • February 23, 2016


    I love handmade clothes because I can make them fit PERFECTLY! (and its a good excuse to buy more fabric)

  • February 23, 2016


    I love fabric and creating things from it. It’s great going to an event or wedding and knowing you aren’t going to bump into someone in the same dress. I also love making baby clothes and know they won’t get given the same outfit from someone else!

  • February 23, 2016

    Katy M

    I love being able to create things that I’ve dreamed up myself!

  • February 23, 2016

    Maralyn Smith

    The best thing about making your own clothes is that they are unique to you. You can customise them as you want and use so many different fabrics to make them individual. Not just that – it’s great when people compliment you on what you’re wearing and the look on their faces when you tell them that you made it !!

  • February 23, 2016


    I love being unique with my style. Wearing something I made that is like no other is awesome! Being unique gives me the ability to be as creative as I want to be. I love it when i can say “I made it! “

  • February 23, 2016


    The latest fashions without supporting unethical sweatshops or spending lots of money either, the best fit, mix and match if two different sizes top/bottom. The right lengths, quality fabric.

  • February 24, 2016


    I love being able to get the perfect fit! No more frustration at ill fitting clothes :)

  • February 24, 2016


    I’ m new to sewing and it is the satisfaction of learning something new that enables me to be creative and express myself in a far more meaningful way than going to a shop to buy a ready to wear item. Also taught myself to knit this year and both hobbies allow me to practice mindfulness whilst creating something beautiful.

  • February 24, 2016


    I just love the feel and smell of new fabric and the magic that happens when odd shaped pieces are sewn together to make a whole garment.

  • February 24, 2016

    Angela Foster

    I love the whole process from choosing the fabric and the pattern and then fitting it to my body to create the perfect fit. It constantly amazes me to watch a flat piece of fabric become 3D, movable, shimmering , and part of my personality. Thats it really, the garment becomes a part of who I am.

  • February 24, 2016

    Julia Walton

    I would love to win this prize because I did metalwork and woodwork at school and never learned to sew clothes! I think home sewn clothes will be great as you can ensure a perfect fit, and choose exactly the fabrics and styles to express your own personality.

  • February 24, 2016


    I love being able to make things I want to wear, rather than being limited to the choice in the shops, and I enjoy the whole process from fabric to garment.

  • February 24, 2016


    The sense of accomplishment after making something for yourself is amazing, you have created something unique, that fits well (which I NEVER find in shops!) and is just ‘you’ !!

  • February 24, 2016

    Helen M

    I love making clothes that are completely unique, and no one else will be wearing :)

  • February 24, 2016

    Lesley Bambridge

    As a homemaker, I love to make dresses and aprons, although I have a lot to learn. I love the feel and cheerfulness of cotton prints and I love the way home-made sewing feels different when you wear it.

  • February 25, 2016

    Sarah Cooper

    The way I can express myself through creating something totally unique to me.

  • February 25, 2016

    Annette Haden

    I love sewing it’s great way to spend spare time making clothing that fits and personalising clothing.

  • February 25, 2016

    Kira Withers-Jones

    I like being able to alter patterns to fit my shape and to have something that other people don’t have.

  • February 25, 2016

    jo shrew

    i love that it’s always different. so many people now just buy off the peg and look the same

  • February 25, 2016

    Charlotte Blakey

    I love creating something unique :)

  • February 25, 2016


    I love making dresses with my 4 year old daughter. It’s our time together. It’s nice to have clothes no one else has.

  • February 25, 2016

    vicky myers

    I find sewing relaxes and inspires me, it feeds my creativity and nourishes me

  • February 25, 2016

    Karina Westermann

    I love being able to express my style in something that fits!

  • February 25, 2016

    Ginny Mitchell

    I love opening my wardrobe to see clothes that I want to wear, in colours and prints that I love, and that fit me properly. I also love having a pastime that is engaging and fulfilling and results in garments that are wanted and worn.

  • February 25, 2016

    Donna C

    I love being able to wear something that’s one-of-a-kind! The shock on people’s faces & compliments when I tell them my outfit is handmade is a fab feeling too!

  • February 25, 2016

    Teresa Bettelley

    I really enjoy the whole process of making my own clothes- finding a pattern, a gorgeous print on some fabric, the challenge of making a flat piece of fabric into a garment, and finally wearing a piece of clothing that only fits me, and no one else will ever have!

  • February 25, 2016

    Ree Saheid

    I love being able to make my own clothes because I can make things for perfectly and modify patterns/styles to my own unique tastes. Plus there’s the fun of looking at and choosing from hundreds of different fabric patterns, types, colours, prints etc.

  • February 25, 2016


    I’m a tricky shape so it is hard to get shop bought clothes that fit and flatter me. By making my own I can tweak the fit (the most important thing in my case), choose fabrics I love and know that I’m not going to turn up at work other a party to find someone wearing the same outfit. What’she not to like?

  • February 25, 2016


    I love starting with a pile of otherwise useless fabric and trim and finishing with a practical item someone will love.

  • February 25, 2016


    Being able to make clothes that fit! Oh, and to be unique 😊

  • February 25, 2016

    Elizabeth Silverton

    I don’t have to put up with almost right, unpick and redo to get it just right. (We are all different!) Nobody will have the same truly unique clothes.

  • February 25, 2016


    I love seeing the smiles on peoples faces when I’ve made them something well fitting and unique to them. Love wearing things you will not see on someone else :D

  • February 25, 2016

    Kathy E.

    Sewing is my passion. I think about it all the time and some of my happiest times are in my sewing room, creating away! Handmade clothing is a special hobby because one can create such individuals looks with the fabric choices, patterns and details. The pieces can be altered to fit perfectly and patterns can be interchanged to fit the style of each person. When sewing clothing, you can be assured that no one else will be seen with the same garment! It is truly one of a kind!

  • February 25, 2016


    I’m still learning but love it that I can make unique clothes to fit

  • February 26, 2016

    Lynn Potts

    I am a bit addicted to buying fabrics, and being to make exactly what I want with the stash that I have

  • February 26, 2016

    Laura Pryke

    I love finding and experimenting with vintage fabrics – one of my favourite skirts is made from vintage curtains I picked up for £1.75 in a charity shop!

  • February 26, 2016


    As a seamstress I love creating new dresses and altering patterns to make something that little bit special. Being a shorter lady I’ve always had to be a bit creative when making my own dresses, skirts and blouses to wear. I have piles of beautiful fabric’s just crying out to be made into something special to wear.

  • February 26, 2016


    I love making unique and original clothing that reflects who I am. Choosing my own fabrics and patterns makes that possible.

  • February 26, 2016

    Claire Sutherland

    I started sewing about 9 months ago. Love learning a new skill and having something wearable that I am proud of as a result xx

  • February 27, 2016


    I love to sew my own clothes as they fit better than rtw..

  • February 28, 2016


    I love choosing sewing patterns to create clothing that actual fit and I enjoy the whole sewing process.

  • February 29, 2016


    I love fabric! Making my own clothes allows me to buy and wear all the fabric I can’t resist buying! It would be a shame if it all stayed in a box!

  • March 2, 2016


    No two garments look the same although everyone using the same pattern. Everyone brings their own uniqueness to the design even if they don’t change anything about the pattern.

  • March 3, 2016

    nicki marsh

    I am so uninspired when clothes shopping to see a whole rack of the same thing. Handmade is a great way to express your individuality.

  • March 3, 2016

    Hazel Fisher

    I love being creative and making things. It’s relaxing doing something practical with my hands and it’s good having a sense of achievement when a project is finished! It can be difficult buying clothes I like, so if I make them I can choose a style a like, with fabric I love and end up with something unique. I like that I can make clothes that fit too – I haven’t made many clothes yet though, so this is something I’m still learning how to do better!