Announcing: The Royal Wedding Sew-Along Contest!


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You all have been working so hard on your creations for The Royal Wedding Sew Along and we’re so close to the finish line. (Harry and Meghan’s wedding day of May 19th is almost here.) You’ve inspired all of us at Simplicity and McCall’s so much we’ re holding a contest so we can give away some really great prizes. Here’s what you could win!

  • a NEW Brother SB8000 sewing machine worth $1,579USD!
  • Your choice of five patterns from current McCall’s brands and Simplicity brands. Value of up to $100USD!

Once you’ve finished your dress/outfit, post your make on social media and add the hashtag #royalweddingsewalong to your caption (your own Instagram account, McCall’s and/or Simplicity’s Facebook pages, The Royal Wedding Sew-Along Facebook Group, and Twitter) any time between now and May 18th, 2018. Posting it one place on social media, such as Instagram, is enough, as long as you’ve included the  hashtag #royalweddingsewalong. Note: You have up until May 18th to enter so it’s not too late grab one of our current patterns and make something to enter.

Our panel of judges from Simplicity and McCall’s will choose the best makes from the submissions. So what criteria will we judge on? A combination of:

  • execution
  • fit
  • choice of fabric
  • representation of the sewer’s own style
  • photography of the finished piece


Qualifying garments are those sewn from a current pattern from any of the five participating brands: Butterick, McCall’s, New Look, Simplicity, or Vogue Patterns. Pattern tweaking is allowed, as long as the judges feel the basic overall design of the pattern is still recognizable. For example, making a  neckline a little less plunging or a sleeve longer or shorter for your tastes is fine with us.

Tip: Taking a good photograph—preferably one that’s shot outside in natural light—will show off your creation the best. The judging team appreciates photos with a real person modeling the pattern, so we can see how it fits and looks on you, though we will definitely consider dress form photos.

There will be ONE grand prize winner and FIVE runner ups! The grand prize winner will receive the Brother SB8000:

This Simplicity® Limited Edition sewing and embroidery machine is simply unique! With a total of 336 embroidery designs, 136 built-in and 200 on CD, you are bound to transform your clothing into unique pieces of art. The 5″ by 7″ embroidery frame give you plenty of room to embellish anything from home décor items to your favorite jeans. Try personalizing your finished projects by applying classic monograms or applique designs with the included BES® Embroidery Lettering Software 2. Features such as advanced needle threading system, automatic thread trimming system and adjustable machine speed allows for an easy and effortless experience. The SB8000 Sewing & Embroidery machine is simply unique!


The five runner-ups—one chosen from each of the five participating brands—will receive their selection of five current patterns from Butterick, McCall’s, New Look, Simplicity, or Vogue Patterns. A value of up to $100!

 See, isn’t this an easy contest to enter?! We can’t wait to see your submissions! Don’t forget to include the hashtag #royalweddingsewalong. The winners will be announced here during the week of May 21st.

Click here to read the official rules. Good luck!

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Royal Wedding DIY: Make Your Own Fascinator

In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been busy making outfits for the Royal Wedding Sew-Along. The big day—May 19th—is almost here! It’s not too late to consider adding the perfect accessory for your ensemble. The fascinator is more prevalent in the UK than it is here in the States (we only tend to see women wearing them to things like the Kentucky Derby),  but we’d get behind a movement to start wearing them again. They’re cute and perky, right?!

Royal Wedding fascinators
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Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on your first fascinator. Just make it yourself! Here are four examples of easy fascinators that can be made with a little sewing or a little gluing.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Pillbox Fascinator above was made using Yaya Han’s fascinator pattern for McCall’s. M7643 features five designs; we made View D with a contrast veil and chain detail on the front.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Flower Fascinator is so simple to make—no special bow-tying skills required. Click here for complete how-tos.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Ribbon Infinity Fascinator comes together really quickly. Perfect for beginners! Click here for instructions.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Sparkle Fascinator calls for pretty ribbon and no more than beginner-level skills. Find the directions here.

Have you made or worn a fascinator before? Leave us a comment and let us know! #RoyalWeddingDIY

Royal Wedding Sew-Along: Still Sewing!


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Hi guys! Hope you all had an amazing week of working on your sew-along creations. We’re still working on our garments but right on track with the schedule! Official contest rules will be coming very soon so keep an eye out for those.

Time to check in with our sew-along blogging team:

Brittany is showing us how to install a zipper in her vlog this week for Butterick B5850 so if you’re having zipper woes watch below! 

Rachel is continuing on her pattern hacking adventure by doubling the sleeve on her jumpsuit version of Simplicity 8292.


Lindsay is attaching the lining to her bodice in her latest vlog for for New Look 6526.

Allie is also showing us how to install a zipper on her make of McCall’s pattern M7864.

Monica’s fabric has finally arrived and is posing a bit of a challenge for her. Check out her post to see what she’s cooking up with Vogue Pattern V9292

Just a quick note to emphasize again that participation in the Royal Wedding Sew-Along is not limited to these five patterns. In fact, you can sew in the sew-along and enter the contest (details coming soon) as long as you’re making a CURRENT pattern from Butterick, McCall’s, New Look, Simplicity or Vogue Patterns.

Have you joined our Royal Wedding Sew-Along Facebook group yet? It’s the best place to meet your fellow sew-alongers and share your progress. And don’t forget to use the hashtag #royalweddingsewalong when you share on social media. More next week and a contest. Stay tuned!