Something cheeky up for grabs!
***PLEASE NOTE THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED***
I interrupt normal service to bring you pictures of bums. I’m sure many of you will have seen the above ‘Tennis Girl’ image before, but did you know that the white tennis dress worn by the model was home-made using a Simplicity pattern? The pattern was Simplicity 8203.
The ‘Tennis Girl’ herself was 18-year old Fiona Butler, but both the dress and the tennis racquet belonged to her friend Carol Knotts, who had made the dress for herself using the Simplicity pattern. Fiona asked her friend if she could borrow the dress and the racquet in order to pose for the photograph, taken in 1976, by Martin Elliot, Fiona’s boyfriend at the time. The photograph first appeared in a Silver Jubilee calendar in 1977, and then went into widespread publication in 1978, when it sold more than two million copies worldwide. The ‘Tennis Girl’ shot has been recreated by a series of household names over the years – from pop princess Kylie Minogue…
Both the dress and the racquet used in the iconic photograph are set to be auctioned today, Saturday 5th July 2014, the day of the Wimbledon women’s single championships, for a reported £1,000-£2,000 price tag.
Although the original pattern is now out of print, Simplicity have released a number of similar styles over the year, such as the simple to sew Jiffy 1356 pattern, the ‘Amazing Fit’ Simplicity 2404, and Burda’s 6918 pinafore summer dress. Simplicity have very kindly sent me the first two of these patterns to give away to one of our readers!
I’m pretty intrigued by this pattern – it looks like fun to make! It’s a completely reversible wrap dress with no closures to sew. I really like the version shown on the pattern envelope. The copy I have been given is H5 size (US 6-14, EURO 32-40, FR 34-42).
I also have the Simplicity ‘Amazing Fit’ 2404 up for grabs.
Again this is size H5 (US 6-14, EURO 32-40, FR 34-42). The pattern envelope doesn’t sell this dress too well, but look at the line drawings at the bottom and you’ll see what a lovely design it is!
If you would like to win one of the patterns, please leave me a comment below, telling me which one you like best. Please make sure you enter your email address. I’ll post to anyone anywhere in the world. You’ve got just under a week to enter – until Friday 11th July at 12 noon UK time. I’ll pick a winner at random and announce it shortly after.
If you want to recreate the ‘Tennis Girl’ look with either of these patterns, you’ll have to shorten them considerably! Thankfully, Simplicity didn’t demand that I recreate the look in order to give away the patterns!