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Simplicity Pattern Giveaway!

September 13, 2013

Earlier this year, Simplicity contacted a few sewing bloggers asking them if they’d like to host a giveaway of two of their patterns, and I wanted to be able to host a giveaway here at Thread Carefully, too, so I contacted them and asked them if they’d send me some patterns, and they were only too happy to oblige!

I had a hard time choosing the patterns, to be honest because of the sizing!  A lot of Simplicity patterns are issued in two different size ranges, and I was concerned about excluding some readers from the giveaway based on the size that I had chosen.  Soooo, I opted for the following multi-size patterns:

First up, Simplicity 1612 (size AA 10-18) – a pattern specifically designed for knit fabrics!


I love the cut-out back on this design and the plunging front, and the other view is really cool and quite unusual.


It looks awesome as a maxi dress, or a knee-length dress.  The Amazing Tara Cat recently made this dress – you can see her maxi version here if you haven’t already.  It is lovely!

Next up is New Look 6587 (size A 8-18) – a simple shirt dress pattern with lots of cute variations.


This is a really versatile dress and shirt dresses are just a classic wardrobe staple in my opinion, whatever your style.


So – what do you need to do to win one of these patterns?

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which pattern you would like to win, and what occasion you might wear it for (or tell me where you would wear it).
  • Follow me on Twitter (@tabatha_tweedie) and Simplicity too (@SewSimplicity) if you don’t already, and then tweet ‘I want to win a @SewSimplicity dress pattern from @tabatha_tweedie on Thread Carefully – do you?’

You can do either of these, or both to double your chances!  I’ll post anywhere in the world.  Please make sure your contact details are attached to your profile thingy so that if I pick your name I can contact you easily.

The giveaway closes a week today, on Friday 20th September, at 21:00 London time (GMT + 1:00).

I’ll pick the two winners out of a hat, or a cup or a bowl or something…

Good luck!

  1. smallmole permalink
    September 13, 2013 1:14 pm

    I like them both! An excellent choice, and both totally different to anything I’ve ever made before. The shirt dress would be practical and stylish – always an advantage on the school run – and the other pattern could be just what I’m looking for for my sister’s birthday party

  2. September 13, 2013 2:00 pm

    The New Look pattern for me! I’d wear it when out browsing thrift shops for vintage fabrics on a weekend 🙂

  3. September 13, 2013 2:06 pm

    I would love the shirtdress! It is a classic indeed, and I already have a few others planned, but this one would be a welcome addition!

  4. September 13, 2013 3:59 pm

    I really like the new look pattern! I would wear that dress everywhere, I love to wear dresses to work, and model A would be perfect. Thank you for the chance to win!

  5. lynl permalink
    September 13, 2013 6:27 pm

    I would love the New Look shirtdress! I think a shirtdress is so versatile…wearing around the house on the weekend or in crisper, classic fabrics for work or church! I’m a stay-at-home mom and I love clothes that can make me look pulled together with very little effort! Good luck to all and thanks for this fab giveaway!

  6. Debbie Davidson permalink
    September 13, 2013 7:39 pm

    I would love to win the New Look 6587. It is perfect for my winter holiday wardrobe.

  7. Simona permalink
    September 13, 2013 8:06 pm

    I like the 1612 dress. so lovely. done both follow you and sewsimplicity 🙂

  8. September 13, 2013 9:17 pm

    I LOVE knits and seem to sew with them a lot so I love #1… And #2- well it is a darn good looking shirt dress so it would be great too! I follow you and sewsimplicity! 😀 ~Laurie

  9. Sherri permalink
    September 13, 2013 10:13 pm

    I would love to win the new look pattern. I’d wear it to work.

  10. susan permalink
    September 14, 2013 11:02 am

    Id love the simplicity pattern and I would make a maxi to wear to evening cocktail s by the pool when on holiday s next month

  11. Mild Peril permalink
    September 14, 2013 8:59 pm

    I’d love, love, love the Simplicity 1612 pattern. And I’d probably make version A for work, which might not be a thrilling answer but at least I can manage some spreadsheets while looking pretty damn fabulous,

  12. September 15, 2013 4:19 am

    I love the shirtdress and have plans to make one with a mini houndstooth I got recently in a fabric swap with green buttons.

  13. September 15, 2013 11:30 am

    I’d love the shirt dress pattern please – always looking for the perfect shirt dress pattern! I would make a polka dot version which would be for smart everyday wear, worn with my clogs.

  14. September 15, 2013 9:56 pm

    Thanks for doing this, it’s made me sort out my twitter account, which has been on my mind for ages! I would love the shirt dress, have loved the idea of making one of these since I started sewing and love version E! I like the idea of a heavy red version for Christmas…thinking ahead…or a grey with brown tartan for autumn….ooooo I’m going on the hunt for some!

  15. September 16, 2013 12:14 am

    I’d love to be entered for 1612 – I’d definitely make a couple of the shorter versions as svery day dresses – too many of the things I’ve made so far just aren’t really for everyday wear, I need more me-made things to wear regularly! I loved Taracat’s version of this too. Off to tweet you now too 🙂

  16. joellestlaurent permalink
    September 16, 2013 6:47 am

    i’d love the new look pattern! i’m currently obsessed with shirtdresses…. i’d wear it to work, or on the week ends! shirtdresses are perfect everyday wear

  17. September 17, 2013 9:55 am

    I would love to win the simplicity pattern 1612. I have just started to sew with knit and I am always looking for nice knit patterns, so tis one is perfect! I would like to make the dress for Christmas – with all the eating going on the jersey will at least stretch over the belly, hihi!

  18. Karen permalink
    September 17, 2013 11:41 pm

    I would love the New Look pattern, very retro! I might just have to do a Mad Men Halloween theme party and wear this dress, it’s very Betty!

  19. September 18, 2013 5:28 pm

    1612 looks like the perfect holiday dress!

  20. Megan permalink
    September 18, 2013 9:38 pm


    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win one of these beautiful designs. I am really interested in the shirtwaist dress as my wedding next year is a retro garden party theme and myself and my sisters are D.I.Ying the bridesmaids gowns. We all settled on a shirtwaist with simple lines and full skirt, each in a different colour (trying to settle on a colour with three very opinionated sisters was a nightmare!!).

    This dress pattern is pretty much exactly what we were hoping to find!

    I really hope to win, but if not, thanks for the chance to enter

    Love, Megs xxxx

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