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Hello & welcome to my blog where I will share an insight into my life, values and behind the scenes of Just Sew Helen.  

This blog will show you the topics that inspire my small business including my love of sewing & dressmaking, hand embroidery and my exclusive baby loss & remembrance gifts. Underlying the creation of Just Sew Helen are women's health & pregnancy loss issues.

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Simplicity Turns 90 Sewing Challenge - Deciding to Enter

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Entering the challenge #SimplicityTurns90 JustSewHelen.com

Before we went on our summer family holiday I came across the Summer Challenge that SimplicityNewlook is hosting to mark 90 years of Simplicity Sewing Patterns. I briefly read the details and decided that I wouldn't have enough time to make something due to being away for a couple of weeks.

The prize, however, really interested me & kept popping into my thoughts. It would be nice to win sewing patterns and other bits & bobs but the part that grabbed my attention the most was the winner being invited to become a VIP Simplicity Blogger - I could really see myself fulfilling this role given the opportunity.  I have done dressmaking since a young girl and although my niche is now bereavement gifts incorporating embroidery & applique, I do still make clothes for myself.  This website in its current format will also enable me to pursue the role. 

I love my job as a midwife and thrive on the contact with families. However, it can be physically and emotionally draining caring for couples experiencing difficult news regarding their baby's condition/health.  I also perform detailed fetal cardiac ultrasound scans which require in depth concentration for long periods of time.  I have been a midwife for nearly 24 years and do find myself thinking about other opportunities, especially sewing.

I read the details of the challenge again whilst we were away and started thinking that I may well have time to make something. If I can choose the pattern and fabric and get them ordered so that they are delivered by the time we get home from our break I could use my days off to start sewing, giving me just 4 days to complete the items.  If they can do a dress in a few hours on GBSB I'm sure I can do one in a few days :-)

I spent the next couple of hours searching ebay for fabric and then got side tracked by Pinterest whilst looking for current trends. I can get lost in Pinterest!

I chose Newlook pattern 6390 in the Best Dressmaker category and then considered many different styles & fabric choices. I was keen on using vintage fabric to make the dress and it is likely that there is some in my mom's stash but as my first day off is Monday, I really needed a definite piece of fabric to be able to start straight away. Therefore, I have chosen a vintage style but with modern fabrics & I finally hit 'Buy Now' and ordered the fabrics & notions that I needed.

Fingers crossed the pattern, fabrics and notions all arrive on time. I should have gone with my gut feeling when I first read about the challenge - but then I probably wouldn't have come up with the design that I'm happy I've settled on.

More information about the challenge can be found here. The challenge can be followed on social media using the tags #SimplicityTurns90 & #SummerSewingChallenge

Next up - the fabrics and style chosen.

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