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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!

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 […]

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.  

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 […]

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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!

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!

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

black and white silk organza halter-neck wedding dress

Floral Embroidered Silk Organza Halter-Neck Wedding Dress

Sue looking STUNNING in Greece getting married, wearing the dress she made using fabulous embroidered silk organza.  Sue slightly amended the Vogue Original pattern so she could make best use of the scalloped edge, removing part of the lining to allow for 180” of skirt material being gathered into 27” (few sleepless nights there) but all in all, […]

cobalt blue polka dot needlecord tunic

Blue Polka-Dot Needlecord Tunic

Susie wearing her super cobalt blue polka-dot printed cotton needlecord tunic pattern made from the indie pattern company Wiksten Tova. 

red and jade abstract printed linen and viscose tunic dress

Red and Jade printed Linen and Viscose Tunic Dress

Jacoba on the amazing Wahiba Sands in Oman wearing her printed linen and viscose tunic dress – the perfect fabric to cover up yet remain cool in the blistering heat. Look at that blue sky ~looks out of window at drizzle ~ look!   And here, just because the sand is amazing, a photo sans Jacoba.

hawk birds digital print viscose maxi dress

Hawk Digital Print Viscose Dress with Velvet Bodice

Anna from Munich (brightening up a dull day in Totnes) wearing this fabulous maxi dress. It was made up in digitally printed viscose lawn and velvet for the bodice, the pattern was taken from a dress bought in the market.  

kitsch cat digital print jersey dress

Kitsch Cats Print Jersey Dress

Kitcat wearing her terribly kitsch cat digital print cotton and elastane jersey long sleeved dress (made by Jane). The pattern is Burda 8455 but Jane pieced together the yoke and hem so as not to cut up the print. Kitcat is such a squinge it is cut to age 6 but lengthened in sleeve and […]

red scuba jersey Chado Ralph Rucci dress

Red Scuba Jersey Chado Ralph Rucci Dress

Jacoba triumphant in her Chado Ralph Rucci dress made up in red scuba jersey, she said it’s been great to do some sewing again. The (minor) changes made to the pattern were raising the front slit by 2 inches, omitting the front panel pockets (didn’t want the extra bulk), and also slightly changing the curve on the shoulders. She said […]

light blue cotton broderie anglaise panelled dress

Light Blue Broderie Anglaise Panelled Dress

Bess wearing her super summery light blue broderie anglaise cotton dress at the Pimm’s stall at the village fête. The dress is her same Jaeger dress pattern with the neck cut lower and lined in ivory cotton lawn. The neck is piped with red satin piping (made with a super lightweight bias binding and piping […]

stretch denim 1970s shift dress

Vintage 1970s Denim Dress

Lulu in her vintage 1970’s dress made in stretch denim with a lime green wash. Accented with patch pockets, the dress is unlined and has bias binding around the armholes/neck. She made this maybe… 15 years ago? So doubly vintage then! Dresses in fabrics like classic denim that fit well will never go out of style.  

purple stretch cotton piqué dress

Purple Stretch Cotton Piqué Panelled Shift Dress

Bess was looking at this purple piqué for well over a year before she decided she was able to wear purple, and is rather loving the extra colour in her wardrobe. The pattern is a long tried and tested pattern she took from a Jaeger dress (seen here in many guises). This time it is unlined […]

stretch tulle lace maternity dress

Cream Daisy Lace Maternity Dress with Pink Yoke

Clair made this cream daisy lace maternity dress with pink linen viscose yoke for Rosie for a Scottish high summer (ha ha) wedding… on the morning of the party! The toile had been sorted out previously (see pic below in embroidered linen and viscose). The pattern is a 80’s /90’s vintage McCall’s pattern found on Ebay.

pink sequinned tulle dress. Back view

Pink Sequinned Tulle Dress with Georgette

Michaela made this fabulous pink sequinned dress for one of her clients, it has a v-neck, a lovely georgette pointed collar (on the back) and georgette sleeves.

3d floral print stretch cotton sateen

3D Floral Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress

Shirley made this fabulous 3d printed stretch cotton sateen up into a shift dress, it is lined in Venezia lining and the neck and armholes are piped very thinly in black.

cat print cotton jersey dress

Cat Print Cotton and Elastane Jersey Dress

Marion on her silver wedding anniversary cruise wearing her fun and easy cat print cotton jersey dress designed and made for her by the genius Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead).

kerry-silk-crepe-dress

Green Lace Print Silk Crepe Dress

Kerry wearing her green lace print silk crepe de chine princess line dress using Simplicity 2247, which she said she would not make again in such a delicate fabric but we think it looks fabulous. Hems were hand rolled.

Geometric print Cotton needlecord dress

Geometric Print Needlecord A-Line Dress

Daiga made this aqua, brown and chartreuse green geometric print cotton needlecord up into a great retro inspired dress for a nine year old and embellished the seams and front with lace and does up with a concealed zip down the back.  

digital floral print jersey a-line dress

Multicolour Floral Digital Print A-Line Dress

Daiga made this floral digitally printed viscose jersey up into a fabulous dress for a 6 year old using simplicity 1146. The neckline is embellished with diamanté (what little six year old doesn’t love a bit of bling? And what mother doesn’t love a dress that can be screwed up into a little ball but […]

maxine-grey-dobby-dress

Grey Cotton Dobby Voile Dress

Maxine came to the shop with her bag stuffed with nearly finished projects and wearing this fabulous creation. Made using a Marcy Tilton for Vogue pattern (9171), it’s a shirt/tunic which she has lengthened a bit. The fabric is a grey dobby cotton lawn. Isn’t it lovely?  

cammie-houses-dress

Turquoise Houses Print Pleated Dress

Cammie came to the shop with a sewing bug after making up this fabulous cotton voile dress. She used Simplicity 1873 and lined it in cotton lawn. Well done Cammie! It looks ace!  

celia-floral-stretch-sateen-dress

Rose Print Stretch Cotton Sateen Cap Sleeve Dress

Celia looking stunning in her rose print stretch cotton sateen dress made using Burda pattern 6920 (slightly lengthened). The dress is unlined as the fabric is already quite structured. Celia loves these stretchy cotton prints, as they are so easy to make up and fit beautifully.

celia-linen-mix-floral-dress

Floral Print Cotton and Linen Flared Dress

Celia showing off her floral print linen and cotton flared dress made using New Look pattern 6390 (lengthened a bit).  It is fully lined in cotton lawn and has an invisible zip in the back.  

eloise-cord-dress

Corduroy and Cotton Jersey Circle Dress

Eloise modelling her bright blue jumbo cord dress with jersey circle inserts and inseam pockets. Made by Aunty Bess who would really like one for herself but suspects she’s too big.    

bess-birdie-dress

Aqua and Black Frigate Bird Dress

Bess made this super fine linen dress with black bird print for her holiday in Tobago, it’s made using her basic block with just the shaping from bust darts and a centre back seam. Nicknamed the frigate bird dress as the print is similar to the ubiquitous birds of the Caribbean. It is unlined and the neck is […]

blue Irish linen smock dress

Blue Irish Linen Smock Dress

Elwen ready for her travels in her blue Irish Linen shirting weight smock dress. The yoke is a batik printed cotton. Armholes and neck are bound with bias and there is no zip.

Bess wearing black circles lace dress holding a glass of bubbly

Black Guipure Lace Dress with Cream Silk Lining

Bess enjoying a glass of bubbly wearing her black guipure lace dress which was lined in cream silk rep suiting. The pattern is her very basic dress block that only has bust darts and a centre back seam for shape. It’s tricky to tell in this photo but the lining is 3″ shorter leaving the […]

Grey Jersey Victory Dress

Grey Jersey Victory Dress

Kate outside the shop wearing her Grey Cotton mix jacquard jersey ‘Lola’ dress made from a Victory pattern. It has fabulous deep pockets that go all the way round the side seams. The neck, hem and cuffs are all finished with cotton ribbing.

White embroidery on black cotton lawn dress

Black and White Embroidered Cotton Dress with 3/4 Sleeves

Gill from classes in her black and white 3/4 sleeve dress adjusted from her block, It is lined in cotton lawn and has a concealed zip down the back. This dress bears very little resemblance to the original McCall’s pattern M2401 but that’s what it is.

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.

Pink Chanel type tweed shift dress

Pink cardigan jacket type Tweed Shift Dress

Nicola wearing her fabulously fitted pink cardigan jacket 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.