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multicolour parrot print cotton canvas print dress kwik sew K4097

Multicolour Parrot Print Canvas Dress

The wonderful Julie cheering up a decidedly grey day with this amazing parrot print heavy cotton canvas made up into the Kwik Sew K4097 dress. We love it. We love it!  

needlecord shirtwaister dress

Navy Blue Needlecord Shirtwaister

The lovely Sandra here modelling her navy blue needlecord/babycord cotton shirtwaister with matching classic marble effect buttons. The pattern is McCall’s 4769. She is really please (as she should be) and has had a lot of wear out of it 😊).  

red and cream spotty silk twill shift dress

Red and Cream Spotty Silk Twill Shift Dress

Petra sent us this pic of her dress made up using spotty silk twill from LG. You will notice the spots are arranged inline rather than offset which makes them a super finnickity to match but she did it really well. She said: A week ago I googled dress fabric shops in the uk and […]

royal blue wool crepe shift dress with sleeves

Royal Blue Wool Crepe Shift Dress

I know we always say this but is there anything out there better and more versatile than a wool crepe? Here we have Bernie (from French France) at her son’s wedding (in the UK) wearing this lovely shift dress expertly fitted by Bernie’s teacher Brigitte. The pattern was out of the Burda magazine (and they […]

seaweed and underwater print child's sundress and matching sun hat

Child’s Cotton Dress and Matching Hat

This is Christine’s Granddaughter Georgia, who was nearly 5. She’d just been to stay, and as soon as her parents had dropped her off she wanted to ‘do sewing – a hat and a dress!’ They found a lovely free bucket hat pattern online – from Oliver + s – a PDF, a first for […]

embroidered denim Cleo by Tilly and the Buttons dungaree dress

Embroidered Denim Cleo Dress

Heather in the sunshine wearing her lovely embroidered denim Cleo dress by Tilly and the Buttons. Sooooo Good!  

geo print cotton needlecord dress

Geo Print Cotton Needlecord Dress

Marion wearing her mauve and blue geometric print cotton needlecord shift dress with short sleeves and princess seams. made and designed by Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead)

multicolour stripe pattern dress

Multicolour Stripe Stretch Cotton Dress

We have been looking at this stretch cotton sateen multicolour stripe for a while thinking “something FANTASTIC could be made out of this”, and here we have the proof. Marion, with her dress made and designed by the clever stick Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead). We love the chevron detailing on the back, and […]

linen colour block shift dress

Colour Block Shift Dress

Pamela sent us this photo after a season of wearing this self proclaimed favourite dress made up from her stash of heavy linen. Aside from the generally pleasing aesthetics of a colour block dress you get to do some quality stash busting. Win/Win! For the best results use like fabrics (weight/drape) and make sure they […]

green and black spotty ponte roma jersey long sleeve dress

Spotty Green Ponte Jersey Dress

Patricia working in the shop wearing her fabulous cut and super comfy long sleeve ponte roma dress. (Pattern cut herself)

tulip statement print poly twill taffeta shift dress and wool crepe bolero jacket

Tulip Print Shift Dress with Wool Crepe Bolero Jacket

The lovely Anne here in full glory doing the Mother of the Bride thing wearing this statement tulip print poly twill taffeta dress and classic wool crepe bolero jacket. Anne had help matching the tulips at a sewing class in Bath (the pattern is Vogue 8997). The wool crepe in the bright pink for the jacket […]

silver satin prom dress with guipure lace

Silver Satin Prom Dress with Guipure Lace

Penney made up this dress for her daughter Rosie using silver satin and overlaid on the bodice with silver guipure lace, originally the plan was to have the lace all over but they opted (quite rightly, we think) to stick to just the bodice, even though Penney had already matched up all the pieces (doh!). […]

white broderie anglaise embroidery dress

White Broderie Anglaise Shift Dress

White Broderie Anglaise embroidered cotton dress made by Jane for Lulu using Vogue pattern 1942 (discontinued). IT is trimmed with turquoise blue satin bias, soft cotton bias and piping around the neck, and lined in cotton voile.    

peacock print cotton jersey dress

Peacock Print off the Shoulder Dress

Aiste made this most fabulous green peacock print cotton and elastane jersey made up with black ribbing on the neck and cuffs (cut on the fly – as is Aiste’s speciality)

brown geo floral babycord shift dress with sleeves

Brown Geo Floral Babycord Shift Dress with Sleeves

Marion wearing her super dress made with brown and yellow geometric floral print cotton babycord, there are clever princess seams that are piped and curve out to the side seams below the waist, which is a very flattering design feature. Made and designed by Dawn Hooper of Hardy and Hooper (Maidenhead)

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 […]

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 […]

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).