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Liberty Alice in Wonderland printed cotton Lawn Dress and Shirt

Liberty Alice in Wonderland Print Cotton Dress and Shirt

Kitcat and Miaow visiting Granny (Jane) at the shop wearing their matching Liberty tana lawn Alice in Wonderland print dress and shirt. The pattern is Burda 9417 (as seen already for school shirts), they tie in at the back. Jane didn’t use any interfacing for the collars, the sleeves puff with elastic in the hem. […]

Navy corded lace shrug with scalloped edges

Navy Corded Lace Shrug

Debbie modelling her shrug made using navy corded lace with scalloped edges.  She was very pleased with it as it really updated a dress she had had for a long time.  She drafted the pattern using a short sleeved shrug she already had as a pattern. Debbie had to do a bit of juggling with the scallops and hand stitching […]

lion print fleece romper suit

Lion Print Romper Suit

Awwww! Jasmine’s nephew wearing the romper she made him using lion print polar fleece. Soooo cute!!!  

stretch needlecord skirt

Navy Stretch Needlecord Asymetric Skirt

Daiga wearing her lovely navy stretch needlecord skirt made from the 9/2013 Burda Magazine model 103. She said it was both lovely to work with and wear!

Italian linen with crewel embroidery shift dress

Brown Crewel Embroidered Linen Shift Dress

Clair is Sunny Cadiz wearing her crewel embroidered Italian linen shift dress (her tried and tested pattern which Jane helped to fit many moons ago). We can’t emphasise too much how useful a good basic dress pattern is! Whilst linen is notoriously creasy these heavy embroidered linens really don’t crease badly at all.

christmas reindeer print cotton and elastane jersey nightie

Christmas Reindeer Print Cotton Jersey Nightie

Kitcat modelling her christmas reindeer printed cotton jersey nightie in the shop. Made by Jane, it has raglan sleeves and jersey binding around the neck. Everything was sewn on the overlocker apart from the hems and the binding. Made using Butterick 5129 (now discontinued but you can sometimes find them)  

christmas tree print cotton and elastane jersey nightie

Christmas Tree Printed Cotton Jersey Nightie

Miaow wearing her Christmas tree printed cotton jersey nightie in the shop. Made by Jane, it has raglan sleeves and jersey binding around the neck. Everything was sewn on the overlocker apart from the hems and the binding. Made using Butterick 5129 (now discontinued but you can sometimes find them)  

neon green pvc strappy top

Neon Green PVC Strappy Top

Pauline saw this green PVC and had to make a top for her friend, Davinia in it. So she did! There was a certain amount of swearing involved –she now knows what a teflon foot is and when you want to use it –but anyway she did it so Hoorah!  

cloud print cotton and elastane jersey pyjamas

Cloud Print Cotton Jersey Jimjams

Sol here again proudly wearing his cloud print cotton and elastane single jersey pyjamas made by mum, Pauline. Finished with 1″ Elastic on the waist and a smile  

fox print cotton and elastane jersey

Squirrel Print Jersey Jimjams

Pauline made these pyjamas for her son, Sol, out of squirrel print cotton and elastane single jersey. They are finished with 1″ elastic on the waist.

Gold silk twill bow-tie

Gold Silk Bow Tie

Pauline made this bow tie out of gold twill silk for her son (Magnus) to match his father’s at a wedding. Altogether now! Awwwwwwwww!  


Taupe Brown Boiled Wool Long Skirt

Marlene visiting the shop in her fabulous light weight wool mix boiled wool skirt. She used her standard a-line skirt pattern but had to take it in a bit due to the stretch in the fabric. Then she finished the hem with bias binding after trying (and failing) to hand stitch the hem. It’s unlined […]

Pink Chanel type tweed shift dress

Pink Chanel type Tweed Shift Dress

Nicola wearing her fabulously fitted pink Chanel type tweed dress. It is interlined in silk organza and lined in Venezia lining so is lovely to wear, and despite being sleeveless is lovely and warm.    

geometric print cotton and elastane t-shirt dress

Geometric Teardrop Print Cotton Jersey Child’s Dress

Frances made this dress for her grand-daughter to go to the school Oscar awards. It’s an easy pull on dress using McCall’s Pattern 7079 and made with a t-shirt weight cotton and elastane single jersey. It’s a good idea to stay the shoulder seams with a bit of tape on t-shirts and dresses, you can […]

Child's fur coat with bunny rabbit print lining

Child’s Fur Coat with Bunny Rabbit Print Lining

Jane and Elwen made this sooo sweeet fur coat using Burda 9501 pattern, They lined it in bunny rabbit print quilting cotton and used toning toggle buttons. There is no interfacing -not even on the button holes which Jane insists is fine and they didn’t need it. She can break the rules because she has […]

hand embroidered children's drawings onto wool tweed skirt

Hand Embroidered and Painted Wool Tweed Skirt

Bess used her 5 and 8 year old niece’s fabulous drawings as inspiration for the embellishment on this wool tweed A-Line skirt. First she used white fabric paint and then embroidered using a heavy thread and added beads and sequins. It was all done by hand as the tweed is quite a loose weave and […]

Lurex and polyester brocade zipped bodice

Brocade Zipped Bodice

Lulu wearing her cloqué brocade bodice made by Jane. It is lined in cotton poplin as we needed something a bit beefier than normal lining to protect her sensitive skin from the lurex. The neck and armholes are bound with jersey bias. Because the zip needs to be open end and colours are limited the zip […]

orange bouclé wool mix knit braced skirt

Orange Bouclé Wool Mix Knit Braced Skirt and Jacket

Holly made this tangerine orange cotton wool and viscose mix bouclé heavy knit from LG as part of a Plymouth College of Art Fashion project to make a ‘skirt’ and cape as part of her university project. The not so practical skirt has large pockets – the entire front and back panels, braces to hold it up and […]

plasticised linen jacket

Plasticised Linen Vogue 9035 Jacket

Sarah made up Vogue 9035 jacket pattern in this funky plasticised lightweight linen. She has used the reverse of the fabric for the cuffs and the hem panel on the back. Very clever!

turquoise blue linen short wrap skirt

Blue Short Linen Wrap Skirt

Clair in Sunny Cadiz (okay, not sunny right now but it usually is!) wearing turquoise blue linen wrap skirt. The brown legs help. Fabulous.

printed linen shift dress

Printed Linen Shift Dress

Christie wearing her classic shift dress in this fabulous soft printed linen print. A well fitted shift dress is hard to beat, eh?  

floral stretch drill vogue 8998 dress

Floral Stretch Cotton Vogue 8998 Dress

Maxine wearing her very first sewing project using a floral printed cotton and poly mix stretch drill with Vogue 8998. This is the perfect fabric for a structured dress such as this. We think this girl will go far!

hand painted brown linen dress

Brown Hand Painted Linen Dress

Lesley painted this brown linen dress using iridescent Markal Paintsticks and an Amy Butler stencil. I need to get myself some of those!

aeroplane printed viscose dress

Aeroplane Printed Viscose Dress

One of Pauline’s very first makes – a fab green aeroplane print viscose lawn made up in this simple, light and airy pattern.  

blue and cream bunny rabbits printed cotton bag

Bunny Rabbits Printed Cotton Bag

Bunny Rabbits and all sorts of animals printed quilting weight cotton big bag with Japanese Cotton contrast handle and rim… and a flash or red on the lining  Made by Pauline.

green shirting weight Irish linen dress

Green Irish Shirting Linen Fit and Flare Dress

Elwen wearing her green Irish shirting linen dress to her brother’s graduation ceremony. She used Burda 6758 which she altered only in the bust (to make bigger), took in on the nape of her neck (it was gaping) and shortened it a bit (which was surprising as Elwen is tall). The bodice is lined in […]

silk damask Ralph Rucci Dress

Duck Egg Silk Damask Ralph Rucci for Vogue Dress

Suzanne from Cyprus celebrating her son’s wedding (he’s the one holding the flowers) wearing Silk Damask made up in a v-neck flared dress by Ralph Rucci for Vogue (V1381). This pattern is not simple – there are quilted yokes and bands, an attached belt with some tricky rouleau to tie it together —all in a fabric that doesn’t easily yield. […]

dobby cotton school blouses

White Dobby Cotton School Shirts

Kitcat and Miaow all ready for school wearing their blouses made by Jane and Elwen in dobby weave cotton voile. The pattern is Burda 9417, there was an awful lot of ‘awwwwww! soooo sweeeeeeet!’ coming from the sewing room when they were making these, especially those cute little puff sleeves. Kitcat has little black and […]

Reversible A-line cotton lawn skirt

Reversible Cotton Lawn and Linen Skirt

Chandra wearing her beautifully made reversible cotton skirt using a Liberty archive printed lawn on one side and plain blue linen on the other. The pattern is by Sew me Something and is called “Viola”.  

hand sewn Alice in Wonderland silk shirt

Hand Sewn Silk Chiffon Shirt

Ruscha sporting her hand sewn silk chiffon shirt, which we at the Stone Fabrics headquarters are in awe of. She insists that it didn’t take that long to make and is a more enjoyable way to sew (she can sit in the garden and tinker away without noise). However it was made it is amazing. We love […]

floral stretch cotton sateen shift dress with cap sleeves

Blue Floral Stretch Cotton Sateen Shift with Cap Sleeves

Jane at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition flaunting her floral stretch cotton sateen dress. The pattern comes from her block -which if you look at flat on the table looks absolutely barmy but fits her fabulously so don’t argue- Symmetrical, she is not! The dress is lined in Venezia and there is a concealed zip up […]

spotty cotton shirt and rococo printed stretch denim skirt

Spotty Summer Shirt and Printed Stretch Denim Skirt

Jane’s daughter Jessie wearing her LG polka dot printed cotton short sleeve shirt and her Rococo printed stretch indigo denim skirt. Jane wasn’t sure her 40+ year old daughter would want daisy buttons but she did. The skirt had to be taken in a bit because that denim is quite stretchy. The pattern for the shirt […]

anatomical printed viscose lawn top

Anatomical Printed Viscose Lawn Top

Anne Marie made this anatomical printed viscose lawn top to keep cool for her holidays. She used Simplicity pattern #1107. Because the fabric is very light she lined it in a fine cotton lawn.

balloon digital print jersey panelled dress

Digitally Printed Balloon Jersey Panelled Dress

Bess wearing her digitally printed cotton jersey dress made using her (much repeated) panelled dress pattern-this normally has waist seams but she omitted them so as not to cut up the balloons too much. As the pattern is normally used on woven fabrics she also pinned out the little bust darts as they were unnecessary in […]

tractor printed fleece jacket

Tractor Print Fleece Jacket

Jenny made her grandson Owen this fab tractor print fleece jacket using the Burda pattern 9425. Being as Owen thinks Tractors are the best thing since sliced bread we think this has made her No1 Granny.  

embroidered and hand painted Italian linen shirt

Hand Painted Linen Shirt

Jane’s shirt made up once again in an embroidered and hand painted Linen from Italy. Jane was pleased with how economical this shirt was, getting all of it out of a metre (the facings were cut from the unpainted selvedges) -handy when the fabric is £85.00mt!

ultramarine blue ponte roma jersey peplum dress

Ultramarine Blue Ponte Roma Persey Peplum Dress

Lesley made this ultramarine blue Ponte Roma jersey dress with a peplum. The pattern was Simplicity Project Runway 1650.  This pattern wasn’t lined, but she preferred a fully lined dress so did it with a polyester Tricot (knitted) lining.  Lining  a dress like this gives it a more professional finish as it meant the armholes and neck could be […]

Liberty archive print cotton lawn reversible shift dress

Reversible Cotton Lawn Shift Dress

Elwen with her Liberty archive printed cotton lawn shift dress that reverses to show lime green organic cotton. It chucks over her head so there’s no need for a zip. The printed side is longer than the green side so with a reasonable hem you see a border of print when worn on the green […]

daisies and sequined grass embellished cotton piqué coat

Embroidered and Embellished Cotton Piqué Coat

Bess made this turquoise cotton piqué coat for a wedding, wanting something very plain that would go with all her dresses. All the best laid plans and all that – Bess HATED it plain (felt like a doctor’s coat), so cut up some daisy trim and sewed them all over, and couched some yellow vintage […]

Floral digital printed cotton canvas shift dress

Floral Digital Print Shift Dress

Jane wearing her floral digitally printed cotton dress. This cotton is a light canvas type with a soft brushed finish. The pattern is Jane’s block which just has bust and waist darts so the pattern is minimally cut. The dress is unlined and has an invisible zip.    

embroidered and hand painted Italian linen dress

Possibly the Poshest Embroidered Linen Dress in the World

Jane’s amazing embroidered Italian Linen dress. This fabric is hand painted on top of the embroidery and doesn’t come cheap –it’s enlightening to discover what things cost when they are made properly and the artisans are paid a fair wage. With such an amazing fabric you only need a very simple shift pattern, Jane used her block which just […]

digital printed cotton drill trousers

Digital Printed Floral Cotton Trousers

These fabulous floral cotton trousers were made by Claire who came to the shop with her friend and spent 2 hours poking about in all the corners (We welcome anyone who is brave enough to do that). They came armed with lists of things they wanted to see and seemed to leave with a whole […]

viscose cowl neck top

Lilac Printed Viscose Cowl Neck Top

Elaine wearing her printed viscose cowl neck top (Butterick 4132). She put a brooch on the cowl to weigh it down nicely but for the next one she will put a curtain penny weight in the facing. These tops drape beautifully in a fluid fabric like viscose and to add to the drape the fabric is […]

lion print cotton t-shirt and panelled cord skirt

Lion Print Cotton Jersey T-Shirt

Elwen wearing her lion print cotton jersey T-Shirt using the Burda 6820 pattern. I’m pretty certain this print is more effective at cheering oneself up than any prescribed drugs, she was definitely very pleased with herself the day she came into work wearing that. Worn with a panelled mini skirt made using remnants of cotton needlecord. […]

hand painted spotty Irish linen skirt

Hand Painted Spots on Irish Linen Skirt

Not content with the £33mt fabulous blue Irish shirting weight Linen, Bess (with clearly too much time on her hands) hand painted spots all over it before making up this much loved A-line skirt. There are belt loops sewn around the top and a length of picot edge petersham ribbon added as a belt. The skirt is […]

blue floral print stretch cotton shift dress

Blue Floral Stretch Cotton Dress

Gill from classes wearing her floral stretch cotton dress. This stretch cotton is not quite as heavy as a stretch cotton sateen so it was deemed necessary to line it, she used Venezia because this dress was made for holidays in sunnier climes.

stripe double jersey acrylic mix Coco Dress

Printed Double Jersey Shift Dress with Sleeves

Jan made up this brilliant “Coco” dress (from Tilly and the Buttons) using an acrylic mix double jersey printed with an irregular abstract stripe. This jersey has only a little stretch in it – much like a Ponte Roma jersey. We love the way she has managed to match those stripes at the side seams […]

viscose and ramie John Kaldor printed dress

Floral Printed Linen and Viscose Dress

Ann from classes wearing her floral printed ramie and viscose mix shift dress with frill hem. Ramie is a natural fibre similar to Linen, like linen it breathes well so is excellent to wear in the heat.

sea green stretch cotton piqué pleated dress

Sea Green Stretch Pique Pleated Dress

Helen made this fabulous pleated dress for an afternoon tea get-together in London. She’d had a bit of a slump before this with a couple of disastrous projects and this put a proper smile back on her face (yay!). She used sea green stretch cotton pique with daisy trim decorating the hem. The pattern is McCall’s […]

Laurent Garigue bouclé knit Chanel type Jacket

Black Wool Mix Bouclé Chanel Jacket

Tracey (in French France) made this fabulous boxy Chanel type jacket using the wool and cotton Laurent Garigue bouclé knit. She quilted it by hand (as per tradition) to black Venezia lining and used lead weighted piping on the hem to make it hang nicely.

black and white spot print cotton 60's mini dress

Black and White spotty 60’s Mini Dress

Elwen sporting her unlined LG black and white spot print cotton 1960’s mini dress, made for a party in which she was supposed to dress in the decade she was born. Either Elwen has aged incredibly well or she cherry picked the decade because she fancied this print. The cotton is a lovely poplin weight […]

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Yellow Brocade Tom and Linda Platt Dress

Lulu wearing her Tom and Linda Platt (Vogue 1348) yellow and turquoise poly/lurex brocade dress, made by Jane. The pattern has box pleats with bizarre instructions (Jane followed them once then did the rest her way). It has a concealed zip, silk underlining and velvet ready made piping around the armholes and neck. There is a petticoat in […]

cotton drill fluted hem bellville sassoon skirt

Blue Digital Print Cotton Drill Fluted Hem Skirt

Rachel wearing her blue digital print skirt with a fluted lowered hem at the back, this skirt works in both soft drapey fabrics as well as this stiffer cotton drill. The pattern is a Bellville Sassoon for Vogue, now discontinued but you might find it on the world wide interweb, V1296. Use the heavy cotton or […]

triple crepe coat and dress

Triple Crepe Coat and Dress

Margaret is wearing a polyester triple crepe shift dress with matching lined coat. Triple crepe has a fantastic weight and drape to it, it’s not the easiest thing to work with but hangs beautifully (you need to make sure you have it absolutely square before you start as it is easy to pull it off grain).  […]

Cream Linton Tweed Coat

Sequinned Linton Tweed Chanel Style Coat

Bess went to Vegas to see her Sister get married (Johnny Cash came back from the dead to marry her). Of course she needed a new coat but Vegas being Vegas sequins were in order, albeit subtle and rather stylish ones woven into a fabulous Linton Tweed. The tweed was quilted onto silk organza to […]

Desigual inspired brocade embellished coat

Brocade Desigual Inspired Coat

Lulu wearing her Desigual inspired coat made by Jane using an assortment of brocade suitings, odd buttons and various trims. She used an old Vogue pattern (V2005) which has been made up a number of times for Lulu in various fabrics and always works. It is lined in vivid chartreuse green satin lining with a […]

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