Cocktail (Glass) Dress


FDCDA64C-E443-43F4-A081-60E7660AF3D3This is another dress made to wear at my son’s wedding in Greece. The fabric was bought in the spring Knitting & Stitching Show from Stitch Fabrics – it’s a crisp cotton with cocktail glasses all over it


Who could resist a cocktail ( glass) fabric for a dress?

I bought my standard 2 metres for dress stash fabric and searched for a simple sleeveless dress pattern amongst my many patterns ar home.

I chose New Look 6020 based on its simple lines, but also influenced by the many versions Roisin ( Dolly Clackett) had made in a variety of interesting fabrics. Version B looked like an interesting neckline with the little notch detail, and the V back is hopefully going to be ideal for Greek heat.


I have made up a couple of New Look dresses in the past and have found that they are pretty true to size. I did however spend time with the help of my sewing teacher refracting the princess seam bodice to get a better bodice for for me. This not involved my usual adjustment of shortening the bodice length, but also taking a little length out of the above bust area and width out of the back. I made up a sheet toile to check the adjustments , and given they seem to have worked, this may be my go to starting point for future princess seam bodices!

The bodice has a nice crisp outline created with a facing not a lining. I twin needle top stitched around the sleeves and the waistline

Whilst I am not usually a fan of side zips, I decided to stick with this, but following advice , make sure that it was low enough under the arm that the top of the zip does not irritate when wearing.

There isn’t much else to add about the construction of this dress. It’s pretty straightforward. The little notch at the front of the bodice neckline is a nice little detail, and the panelled skirt gives a lovely flare/ fullness without bulk at the waist.


Panelled skirt

Love the deep v-neck back

Aperol spritz anyone?

This dress actually ticks two challenge boxes. #2019MakeNinehad the requirement for 2 dresses for my son’s wedding. I’ve also recently decided that #off with her stash is highly appropriate for me. The fabric was bought on 28 February 2019 so that counts!

Toaster / Linden sweatshirt

I finally got round to using a beautiful quality sweatshirt fabric I bought from Sewisfaction over a year ago ( November 2017 to be exact) . I went to the shop when I was staying in Reading to care for my parents. Nikki / Itchycoopark23 ( local to the area) took me there., and I couldn’t resist this fabric.


It it really is beautiful quality – as were all of Sheona’s fabrics. I loved the potential reversible nature of the pattern, and always intended to make a sweatshirt with it.

Having made a few Lindens recently and a couple of Sew House Severn Toasters in the past it seemed a safe bet to combine the two to create  a sweatshirt


So I have:

The Toaster  v1 body

A longer length and no band hem as my previous Lindens

The Toaster V1 sleeves and cuffs

A scoop Linden neckline

And of course the play with the fabric reversing


Sleeve and cuff

The neckline

I am very happy with the end result






4F68BB6E-2FA1-4B55-B276-3DD637D9010Eand it also ticks one of the boxes on my #2019makenine


Dare I admit this fabric was up on my 2018 challenge too? Anyone else guilty of hoarding beautiful fabric because they don’t want to spoil it?  So glad I finally did though- now I can wear it and enjoy it!


2019 Make Nine plans and thoughts


Looking back at my #2018MakeNine I had a number of reflections

Make Nine 2018

1. I like having a plan , even if I don’t stick to it!

2. Combining intended fabrics from my stash with patterns gave focus to using my stash and worked – even if sometimes it was the fabric I made, not the pattern.

3. A January decided nine WILL change. Inevitably it reflects my current intentions, needs and ideas. By mid year ( and onset of better weather) this changes, new patterns and revised requirements/ events mean new priorities.

So my thoughts on my selection for this year are to acknowledge right up front that this reflects my hit list NOW. I won’t make all of these but will revise some half way through the year. I will also include slots which are event based, even if fabric / pattern are not yet decided, if I know these are a requirement.

First  – without the fabric


The top right reflects the requirement for a Great Gatsby dress for a fancy dress engagement party in January.

And  the bottom left and middle are places for as yet undetermined dresses- one for a relaxed cocktail reception and the other for a Mamma Mia style wedding both in Lemnos Greece . Yes my son and his girlfriend are getting married in August ( it will be HOT)   I am planning to make something for myself but am currently still searchinG for pattern inspiration. And I haven’t even got to the fabric shopping yet! Yes glee- I reckon this warrants specific fabric purchasing not stash busting.

Other  items ( from top left)

A cord pinafore dress. This has been an intention since November. Better get on with this before winter is over,

Cord dress (TAB)

More knickers after the success of attending a course in 2018

Yes, the Hvaar jacket – again

Another Toaster sweater using my long hoarded fabric from Sewisfaction

Another man’s shirt. This may be a formal shirt again, or a informal short sleeved one with a Greek design for my son.

I have attempted to add fabric from my stash ( or spoon flower in the case of the Greek themed shirt) wherever I can to create the final 2019 Make Nine plan.


So only fabric required is for the bottom line. If I only buy 3 pieces of fabric in 2019 that would be amazing…..