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Debbie Grogan of Sheffield shrugged off the disappointment of being stood up by her husband, to land the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ prize at Ripon’s Ladies Day fixture.

Is your sewing machine gathering dust in a corner?

Did your best intentions of making your own clothes go skew-whiff?

Then step up to The Star’s sewing challenge.

We’re looking for three women willing to thread their needles and attempt to make a dress in a day.

Seamstress Gill Walker, who now runs her own sewing classes in the city, promises it’s possible.

“Under my guidance, you will learn valuable new skills and have a new dress to show for it,” says the former John Lewis sewing machine demonstrator, who has a classic shift dress pattern ready and waiting.

The pattern can be adapted to suit your shape and size – the neckline, sleeves and skirt shape. Readers will get to model their finished frocks in a Star women’s feature on dressmaking.

The sewing session and photo shoot will take place at Bank Street Arts in the city centre, 10am-5pm on Tuesday, July 5. You will need to be available on that day and to provide, with Gill’s guidance, up to two metres of fabric. You’ll also need matching thread and a sewing machine - and, says Gill, you need to have at least read the instructions and know how to thread it!

We’re looking for women of different ages to take part. Write to Jo Davison, The Star, York Street, Sheffield S1 1PU or at jo.davison@thestar.co.uk explaining why you’d love to make a dress in a day, including your name, age and daytime telephone numbers by this Friday July 1.

Two in a row for ‘stood-up’ Debbie

Debbie Grogan of Sheffield shrugged off the disappointment of being stood up by her husband, to land the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ prize at Ripon’s Ladies Day fixture.

Debbie, aged 46, pictured left, said: ‘I had arranged to meet my husband Steve at the course but, due to business commitments, he couldn’t make it.

‘This is the second year in a row he has done this to me. It is proving to be a lucky omen though, because last year I won the prize for the best hat.’

Debbie, a regular race-goer and one-time racehorse owner, won a two-night stay at the Swinton Park Hotel in Masham, a new hair style and a manicure, plus £50 of betting vouchers.

She qualifies for a place in the final of the Best Dressed Lady Racegoer in Yorkshire at Doncaster Racecourse on September 8, during the St Leger Festival.