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navy and white polka dot print viscose shirtwaister

Navy and White Polka Dot Print Viscose Shirtwaister

Sandra visiting the shop on a super sunny day wearing her light and breezy navy polka dot viscose shirtwaister dress. The pattern is McCall’s 6891 and has various length and sleeve options.  I suspect every girl needs one of these dresses, right?

viscose 'learn to sew' halterneck girl's dress

Butterfly Print Viscose ‘learn to sew’ Halterneck Girl’s Dress

Madeleine overjoyed with her butterfly print viscose halterneck dress made by Granny, Alisa. The Pattern is ‘learn to sew’ McCall’s 7589 as Alisa has had time out from sewing and needed to ease herself in gently, she was back for more fabric the following week so I think it worked!

floral stretch cotton sateen wide leg trousers

Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen Wide Leg Trousers

Aiste is showing off her fabulous wide leg trousers made up in floral print stretch cotton sateen using Burda vintage (re-published) pattern #6966, she used the narrower of the two options. The fit of these trousers is fantastic -partly due to the elastane content of the fabric but also because, for some reason, Burda trouser […]

Big digitally printed tulips on polyester twill a-line skirt

Big Digital Tulip Print Poly Twill A-line Skirt

Jacoba did an excellent job of making up this big digital tulip print polyester twill fabric into a simple A-line skirt. Lots of people are scared of big prints but when used carefully they are stunning.

rose print on black and white spotty stretch cotton sateen dress

Rose Print on Black and White Spotty Stretch Cotton Sateen dress

Jacoba in red roses on black and white polka dot print stretch cotton sateen dress. We’ve said this before and we shall say it again, Stretch Cotton Sateen is a girl’s best friend when it comes to shift dresses. You can look smart AND be comfortable! 👍 😀

pink floral and spotty cotton brocade dress

Pink Floral and Spotty Cotton Brocade Dress

This is Sophie who has a degree in Costume Design and keeps turning up at the shop with friends and family working out what she will make next. She is quite an inspiration. The pattern was drafted herself and is using a cotton brocade which is heavy enough to hold shape but drapey enough to swing […]

Purple Faux Fur Short Jacket

Purple Faux Fur Short Jacket

This luxurious Purple faux fur jacket was made by Pauline using Butterick 6328 pattern, which is illustrated here as overshirts but as you can see works very well in faux fur. The pattern is unlined but Pauline wanted lovely yellow satin inside so she drafted a lining pattern by the following method. The neatest and […]

green PVC peplum skirt

Bright Green Laminated PVC Peplum Skirt

Back when The Great British Sewing Bee were after applicants for the next show (before they went and upset the BBC) Pauline was rather hoping to get on it, and being the kind of person who will happily sew brown tweed and bunny print cotton most of the time she thought she better widen her […]

Watermelon print Cotton A-Line Dress

Watermelon Print Cotton A-Line Dress

Pauline made this delicious summery watermelon print cotton up into this great a-line dress from McCall’s (M2401). The cotton is pretty lightweight (somewhere between a lawn and a poplin) and could have got away with no lining but Pauline went for the smarter option and lined it in cotton voile.  

jersey mock wrap top and maxi skirt

Jersey Mock Wrap Top and Maxi Skirt

Sue had never sewn jersey before so approached this project with a little trepidation, a few days later she was showing off her skills with both the white wrap top made in cotton and elastane jersey and the maxi skirt made in multicolour digital print lightweight viscose and elastane jersey. I think it is fair […]

Spring Green Cotton Jersey with inset Lace T-Shirt

Spring Green Cotton Jersey with Inset Lace T-Shirt

Jane B made this fresh and lovely spring green cotton jersey top with lace inset on the shoulder. She used Butterick 6418 view D – made longer – but bound the neckline as it would not have worked simply turning a hem over.  Very pleased with it! 👏

waterfall hem jersey tunic top in magazine print and stripes

Waterfall Hem Tunic in Magazine Print and Stripes Viscose Jersey

Wendy visited the shop all the way from Welsh Wales to check us out ‘in the flesh’ (we don’t think she was disappointed). We couldn’t resist getting a photo as she was wearing this fab tunic Katherine Tilton for Vogue patterns. We love the combination of the two prints which just look spectacular together. Thumbs […]

Silver Stretch Brocade Fitted Shift Dress

Silver Stretch Brocade Fitted Shift Dress

Frances made up this fabulous silver grey stretch brocade shift dress for her sister who was needing an outfit for her son’s wedding – she didn’t want anyone else to turn up wearing the same dress! She knew what she wanted and was delighted with the result (Obv!) The pattern was copied from a dress that was bought […]

Pink and Turquoise Spotty Raincoat

Pink Spotty Kid’s Raincoat

Anna from I ❤️ Sewing made this funky little fully lined spotty raincoat from laminated cotton and finished it off with snap fasteners

digital print meadow floral cotton canvas skirt

Meadow Digital Print Cotton Canvas Ruffle Skirt

Ann came in smiling wearing this skirt that gets her stopped in the street to ask her where it’s from 🙂 Made from meadow print slightly brushed cotton canvas with just a centre back seam, elasticated waist and a ruffle hem. It only took an afternoon which is fairly impressive, until you see every single […]

Wide Leg Crepe Simplicity Trousers

Floral Print Wide Leg Trousers

Here we have Lyn who only nipped in to replace some fabric that was spoiled by a bad iron but was collared for a photo on the way wearing her Simplicity floral print polyester crepe trousers that look both smart AND comfy.

Grey stripe velour hooded sweatshirt made by Pearl at the Steiner School

Grey Stripe Velour Hooded Sweatshirt

Pearl made this grey stripe velour hooded sweatshirt at the Steiner School, great care was taken lining up the pocket so the stripes stayed straight, which can’t have been easy in this fabric but she did exceptionally well 🙂 👏 👍

washed heavy linen green coat

Green Linen Coat with Grosgrain Trim

Bess made this heavy washed green linen coat on a weekend retreat by staying up practically all night for two nights and not skiving at all. She had even come prepared with her two grosgrain trims sewn to each other already and the pattern fully adjusted to fit and toile tweaked. The linen had been pre-washed […]

Raspberry Heavy Washed Linen for Mother-of-the-Groom Dress

Raspberry Heavy Washed Linen for Mother-of-the-Groom Dress

Here is Andy (the Mother of the Groom) wearing a fabulous raspberry heavy washed linen dress made for her by Anna Ash of  I ❤️ Sewing . The pattern is Vogue V1410 which has a wrap front rather than a front opening. The whole point of dressmaking is making exactly what you want* so of course these details are […]

floral viscose twill jumpsuit

Floral Viscose Twill Jumpsuit

You know those days when you make something and you decide it is a mistake so you hide it away, and then a few days/weeks/years later you try it on again and decide actually it’s fine? This is one of those projects. Pauline came into the shop wearing it and it looks fab (we were […]

cars and landscape print cotton shirt

Cars and Landscape Print Cotton Shirt

Another superb shirt made by Rachel and modelled here by Luke. Again the fabric is a quilting weight cotton which is great for casual shirts. There is a light knit interfacing in the collar, cuffs and front placket.

Digital print viscose jersey wrap t-shirt

Digital Print Viscose Jersey Wrap T-Shirt

Jane busy sampling wearing her digital print viscose jersey mock wrap t-shirt made by Bess. The Pattern is Kay Unger for Vogue V1519 which has a cap sleeve, Bess used the sleeve off another top (that just so conveniently fitted) so as to have a longer one. As it was quite a complicated design and […]

pink felted wool kimono coat

Candy Pink Felted Wool Coat

Lauren made this amazing kimono sleeved coat for her final year degree show using pink felted wool coating. It’s tied together through oversized eyelets, has an extended hem at the back and an embellished shawl collar. Soooo beautiful!

Printed pajamas in brushed cotton

Printed Pajamas in Brushed Cotton

Two little sweeties here (like butter wouldn’t melt) wearing their printed brushed cotton pajamas made by Aiste. Love the funky flared cut. 

Wool Tweed Ulster Coat

Blue and Red Wool Tweed Ulster Coat

Emma from Sweden is wearing her classic wool tweed 1970’s ulster made from the wonderful navy wool tweed she bought in the Autumn. She also made her dog a matching coat! 🙂 She loves the fabric! The pattern is Very Easy Vogue 8699 from the 1970’s, (see picture). She made the coat a bit longer […]

Plummy Pink Wool Melton Coat with Shawl Collar

Plummy Pink Wool Melton Coat with Shawl Collar

The lovely Wendy with her plummy pink shawl collar jacket-weight wool Melton coat. It is super soft and lightweight, the lightness is continued with wool wadding in the collar and front facing. It is lined in jacquard coat lining, and there are tailored shoulder pads to add shape and help with the structure. There were a […]

Roy Wood stage coat in bottle green and wine red wool crepe

Roy Wood Wool Crepe Stage Coat

This bottle green wool crepe coat with wine red cape was made by Catherine Davis as a remake of an original stage coat worn by Roy Wood (from Wizard & Electric Light Orchestra). Time was limited and decisions over the colours had to be done on the telephone which is not something we recommend but […]

Blue Cotton Lace Shift Dress

Blue Cotton Lace Shift Dress with Sleeves

Julie at her daughter’s graduation wearing the navy lace shift dress she made with fuchsia pink lining (the Champagne was made in France). This looks like a very simple dress that is easy to make but as with many simple things, the devil is in the detail and Julie has become an expert on fitting dresses beautifully […]

best dressed lemon curd pots in town

Best Dressed Lemon Curd Pots in Town

To suggest lemon curds can’t go on the catwalk would be discrimination against lemons, and these hats in yellow and multicolour underwater print cotton are fabulous.

Jacquard wool mix jersey batwing asymmetric dress

Jacquard Wool Mix Jersey Batwing Asymmetric Dress

Aiste playing with jersey again here with a jacquard weave heavy wool mix knit. The pattern was taken (and modified) from a purchased top. The fit is fabulous – this is why we love jersey! and the asymmetric cut makes it interesting from all angles.

green floral viscose elasticated waist dress

Green Floral Viscose Elasticated Waist Dress

Kitcat in the shop for the holidays wearing her elasticated waist viscose dress made by Jane using Burda pattern 9367 (age 9). Jersey bias was used for the elastic casing and was set lower so the fabric blouses up. a drawstring was added to the front and the same jersey bias was used to case […]

Multicolour digital print poly lightweight jersey skirt

Multicolour Digital Print Poly Lightweight Jersey Skirt

Aiste had a moderate case of P.S.F. (phobia of stretchy fabrics) which we said was irrational and she should get over it. So she did. This is her first attempt at sewing jersey – possibly not the easiest of choices but The Girl Did Good, the stitching is beautiful and we think this might be […]

pleather bootleg trousers

Black Pleather Bootleg Trousers

Did you know you can sew yourself sassy? Rachel couldn’t help but wiggle and saunter about in these leather look trousers she made using a viscose stretch trousering with a PVC coating. They make her happy therefor we are happy 🙂

best dressed mannequin in Totnes

Floral Print Polyester Twill Dress

Here we have the headless beauty Molly the Dolly modelling the kind of dress only mannequins can model -namely that pins are poked into her at strategic places to hold it just so. Don’t do this at home kids 😉 The fabric is an amazing polyester twill that has wonderful saturated colours in the floral print. It […]

green proofed linen raincoat with pixel daisy organic cotton lining

Green Proofed Linen Raincoat

Miaow wearing the proofed linen raincoat made for her by Jane using #32 Ottobre pattern from the winter 6/12 catalogue. It is lined in pixel daisy print quilting weight organic cotton (which adds a reasonable amount of weight). It has been top stitched with pink thread (two standard threads through the same eye of the needle), Also […]

Vinyl records print man's shirt

Vinyl Records Print Shirt

Rachel made this fabulous vinyl records print shirt for Luke, perfectly matching everything, of course. Shirtmaking is an art Rachel has mastered to a tee. The fabric is a quilting weight cotton which is on the heavy side for a shirt but great for casual (and fun!) projects. There is a light knit interfacing in the collar, cuffs […]

1970's Simplicity Jumpsuit

1970’s Denim Jumpsuit

Pauline made this fabulous denim jumpsuit using a 1970’s jumpsuit pattern from Simplicity (3322), she used a soft medium weight linen mix denim with floral painted buttons and hand embroidered pocket details.

ditsy floral print wool challis dress

Ditsy Floral Print Wool Challis Dress

Pauline looking smart and fabulous in wool challis using the classic sleeved shift dress from McCall’s (2401). The dress is lined in Venezia. Belt, Shoes and Smile Pauline’s own.

bunny print cotton shirt

Rabbit Print Cotton Shirt with Concealed Buttonhole Band

Pauline made this sweet bunny print shirt with printed quilting weight cotton. It is a Butterick pattern (6324) that has minimal/confusing instructions (it is clearly the instructions at fault and not the readers!), so Pauline came a bit unstuck working out how to do the concealed buttonhole band, but she got there in the end […]

60's inspired red and white checkerboard dress by LG worn by HRH Duchesse of Cambridge

Red and White Checkerboard Suiting Dress

Fit for a Princess. Spotted in the Torygraph on 15th March 2017. 60’s inspired dress made by Eponine –I hasten to add the red and white checkerboard suiting was bought from LG at source, not from us, but it is the same. Sooooo Coool!

Fairy Tale Print Cotton Shirt

Sugar Plum Fairy Tale Cotton Shirt

Rachel made this fabulous cotton shirt for her son Luke. Rachel is applying for title ‘Queen of shirt making’. This fabric is quilting weight which is great for a slightly heavier warmer shirt (and also happens to have the wackiest prints). Thank you Luke for modelling for us, much appreciated!

geometric floral print slinky and crepey jersey dress

Navy and Purple Geometric Floral Crepey Jersey Dress

Julie at the Keep on Sewing weekend course wearing her navy blue crepey jersey dress with purple and white geometric print. She says she hasn’t stopped wearing it – it packs well and can be dressed up or down (it even goes with slippers!).

Blue big spot print modal and elastane jersey dress

Big Blue Spot Modal and Elastane Dress

Susie terribly pleased with her spotty modal and elastane lightweight sweatshirting jersey dress -it has a great swing to it and has started Susie on a quest to find lots more jerseys with a similar medium weight like this. Watch this space!

pink and grey wool tweed skirt and black and white spotty knot top

Pink and Grey Check Tweed Wool Skirt and Black and White Knit Top

From the South of France we have the wonderfully gifted teacher, Brigitte, in her new skirt made out of pink and grey check wool tweed and Chantal in her black and white spotty heavy cotton and acrylic knit top. Bernie (not pictured) lets them look at her Cloth Club fabrics and they all add their orders to hers. 

pink tweed coat on top of the devon cliff

Pink Wool Tweed Casual Jacket

Bess on top of the South Devon Cliffs wearing her fabulous pink tweed jacket that was made by Jane a couple of Birthday’s ago and still going strong. The lining is chartreuse satin lining on the sleeves and multicolour chevron printed cotton (quilting weight) for the body. The collar and facings are red jumbo corduroy because […]

paisley print babycord dress

Paisley Floral Print Cotton Babycord Matching Top and Skirt

Marion again, this time in a floral and paisley print cotton babycord top and skirt. All of us at Stone Fabrics are loving the scalloped hem and pattern matching. Made and designed by Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead). Soooo Clever!

floral cotton drill dress with cut out detail on back

Floral Cotton Drill Dress with Cut-Out Detail on Back

Marion here wearing this super fitted stretch drill dress with lovely cut out detail on the back. She cheats by getting the uber talented Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead) to design and make it up for her (I must say if I had a Dawn I would too). There is a danger with […]

wool challis skirt with artificial petal embellishment

Blue Wool Challis A-Line Skirt with Scattered Artificial Petals

Bess made this skirt on a bit of a whim – the wool challis had been in her stash for some time (if you have ever worn wool challis you will understand why she stashes it). The petals mysteriously turned up in her handbag the morning after a somewhat riotous wedding and have been hoarded […]

cat lady printed vinyl rucksack

Cat Lady Print Vinyl Rucksack

Bess made this rucksack for her niece, Miaow using an existing bag as a rough pattern. She blocked the vinyl onto a lilac showerproof fabric before constructing the bag – as the bag has all the seams on the outside this meant it was instantly lined -yay! The seams were bound in red ottoman bias […]

zip off peplum pencil skirt

Panelled Pencil Skirt with Zips and Removable Peplum

Aiste wearing her Black Watch tartan check panelled peplum pencil skirt she designed at college. The skirt has a central panel that can be unzipped and swapped for contrasting panels and the peplum is removable. The skirt was designed to a brief for sustainability allowing the wearer complete freedom to change colours and silhouette using minimal […]

lulu-shannelle-dress-2

Grey Bouclé Tufted Tweed Dress with Velvet Gimp Trim

Jane made this “Channel” inspired dress using a LG tufted bouclé mixed fibre tweed for her daughter Lulu. The pattern is a discontinued Mizrahi vogue pattern that has been altered by adding a sleeve. The whole dress was quilted to purple silk habotai lining – Jane cut all the pieces bigger and recut after the quilting […]

paisley print stretch velour dress

Paisley Print Stretch Velour Dress

Linda was waiting in for a delivery and thought she’d make a dress for Hogmanay… as you do. So here is what she made. It’s a New Look 6000 pattern with the gathered side made here in stretch velour. Isn’t it amazing? 

super woman princess dress

Red, Blue and Yellow Princess Dress

Bess was supposed to be making a princess dress for her niece Eloise but it kind of mutated into a Wonder Woman dress instead. This is what happens when you sew with no real idea of what you are making! The skirt is made up of many layers of tulle with a Venezia lining, the bodice […]

gold lamé jersey leggings

Gold Lamé Jersey Leggings

Jane made these gold lamé leggings for her grandchildren Kitcat and Miaow because every 7 year old and 9 year old needs gold leggings. Of course they do. She was surprised how easy it was to sew – we don’t usually buy this kind of ‘fancy dress’ fabric, but we made an exception for this […]

pink tulle tutu with sequins

Pink Tutu with Sequins

Bess made this pink tutu for her niece Amélie (who is 16 months) for Christmas, numerous layers of tulle were gathered and pleated (there is a few layers of cream underneath), and then fitted to a silk dupion waistband and drawn in with elastic. Then, Christmas being Christmas and the bling level needing to be […]

Pale pink tulle ballerina tutus with feathers

Pink Tulle Tutus with Feathers and Sequins

Bess made these two tutus for her nieces Kitcat and Miaow with a loose brief of Nutcracker in mind. There are a gazillion layers of tulle gathered and pleated and sewn onto a silk dupion elasticated waistband and embellished with feathers and sequins.  3 colours of tulle were used to get a greater depth to the […]