First Come, First Served…


So I’ve sailed through the first week of my RTW fast. It wasn’t especially taxing given the business of going back to school and my son’s birthday which have both easily kept me out of temptation’s way. It’s a small step, and no doubt by the end of the month I’ll be finding things a lot more difficult, but it’s a step in the right direction…

However just fasting alone is not helping to shift the excess amount of clothes already in my wardrobe and other accumulatedΒ stuff around the house. I realised that I needed to rid myself of some unwanted patterns back at the start of the Summer, when I cleared myself a new, sewing space. So here’s the first batch, up for grabs, free of charge, to anyone who wants them πŸ™‚ I’m happy to post out anywhere (again free of charge) as a thank you for all the enjoyment I get from interacting with you all. So shout up if you fancy a particular pattern and I’ll allocate them to the first person to indicate an interest in the comments below. I’ll allocate them one per person, unless of course there’s no other takers for said pattern and then I’ll be happy to send two, so if you like you could mention a second just in case. I’ll leave it open until Wednesday…


First up is Simple Sew’s Two-in-one Skirt Collection. Designed for ‘adventurous beginners’, it comes in UK sizes 8-16. This is a lovely pattern and if I didn’t already have myΒ trusty BHL Charlotte then I would have had a go at this. But the latter fits so perfectly that I have no need of another.


Secondly there is Simplicity’s K1620 in U.S. Sizes 10-18. A lack of any definition around the waist area means that this is never going to get made by me, despite its multiple options.


Ditto this third pattern: NewLook’s K6145. It also strikes me as being pretty similar to a dress version of Tilly’s Coco top which I already have. This one comes in U.S. Sizes 8-18 and is labelled as ‘easy’.


I love this fourth pattern up for grabs, but despite the lovely illustrations on the cover, the photos of it made up in the accompanying magazine confirmed my suspicions that its high neckline would be totally unflattering on my short torso and slightly larger bust. It’s Simple Sew’s 2-in-1 Halter-Neck Dress & Blouse and comes in UK sizes 8-20. It’s labelled as a ‘beginner level’.


And last but not least is NewLook’s K6181 Workroom from Project Runway. The long length of the maxi version would drown me and the shorter version doesn’t appeal either, far better for it to find a new home. It comes in U.S. Sizes 8-18 and although it doesn’t have a difficulty label that I can see, I suspect it’s pretty easy.

All patterns came free with various magazines and are unopened. I’m aiming to post this around 9pm tonight as this is, according to my insights page, my most popular viewing time. So if you can see anything that takes your fancy then shout up and help me clear some space πŸ™‚


43 thoughts on “First Come, First Served…

  1. I would love K6145. I am liking K1620 also but maybe someone else would like it.
    Thank you so much. Am more than happy to pay for postage x

  2. Yup! Fab idea! We must buy the same magazines, I’ve all them too, but am looking out for the lottie blouse (missed that monthπŸ˜•) if anyone’s reading and fancies swapping…… πŸ˜€

  3. What a lovely idea – thank you, but truth-be-told, should be doing the same thing meself! Congratulations on surviving your first week! One small step for woman, one giant leap for clearing the closet! 😘

  4. K1620, please? It says adventurous beginner……….well, I’m always up for an adventure! And I’m ready for pants; these look relatively simple. Thank you for the opportunity!! (or perhaps I should say diolch!)

    • Thanks Linda, it seemed a nice way to thank people for their friendship on here πŸ™‚ They’ve all gone but one which I’m waiting to hear back about from one reader who wanted something else. If she doesn’t want it, you’re more than welcome to it as you’re next in line. I’ll alert you beforehand next time I put another batch up so you’ll get a head start next time if not…

      • Ok, we don’t have that one here. We have BurdaStyle but the pages with patterns on them have so many lines my eyes and brain hurt trying to figure it out. Perhaps once a year you might see a real pattern included with a sewing magazine. (I hope this makes sense, I’m having trouble commenting with my mini IPad!) πŸ˜€

      • Makes total sense, I was struggling with mine earlier… Yes, UK magazines have really come on recently. This particular one is now edited by a fairly well-known blogger (Amy of Almondrocks) and already it’s made a real difference to the featured patterns – more casual, every day options which is great. Have only ever tried one Burda pattern and it was a case of never again, I totally understand where you’re coming from on those lines… πŸ™‚

    • πŸ™‚ Seems to daft to hold on to patterns I’m never going to use and as I’ve yet to come across any patterns on sale in any of my local charity shops, I really didn’t want them to go to waste…

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