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The Cocktail Hour blogger tour – Rachel

We are delighted to be taking part in the The Cocktail Hour sew-along, organised by McCall’s. If you want to find out a bit more about it then check out our blog post to see who else is taking part. This is the second year of a campaign to help raise money for The Eve Appeal charity, which funds research for the detection, risk prediction and prevention of all five gynaecological cancers. Money from the sale of each pattern goes to the charity and last year they raised over £8k. This year hopefully we will raise more!

It is a tough job to follow on from Kate’s amazing Vogue® Patterns V8943 make from a couple of weeks ago… When I first saw the list of patterns I was immediately drawn to making V1471because of the fitted waist, long sleeves and the fact that the pattern is suitable for stretch fabrics. After making my first stretch velvet dress last year for a Christmas party, I really wanted to make something else from a similar fabric.

It took me no time at allto choose a fabric because I have had my eye on this luxury Master velvet fabricfrom Fabric Godmotherfor absolutely ages. At £21 a metre though I knew it had to be a REALLY VERY special project!!! Looking at the pattern pieces I also decided I could probably squeeze it out of 2m as it was 150cm wide, so I took the risk and just bought 2m. The fabric is sooooo velvety and having not made anything floral for a while, I was looking forward to embracing the deep, dark floral trend that can be seen everywhere at the moment.

Luscious moody florals!

I should probably say at this point that, like me, you are probably looking at this dress and thinking, my goodness it does look like it might be a bit revealing in the bust area and after a few of the signature Eve Appeal cocktails, the risk will be even higher!!! To make the dress a bit less revealing I decided to draft my own neckline pattern piece, which also doubled up as a way to bind the edges without needing to line the bodice. I wanted to keep the v-neck shape so I made sure that the neckline pattern piece was in this shape.

I also did my usual FBA and eased in the fullness into the side seams, which is quite simple to do with a stretch fabric. The sleeves were a little bit long for me too, so I shortened those. I decided to leave off the skirt ruffle and just have a one-piece skirt so as not to obscure the pattern on the fabric. As the jersey fabric was a nice quality, gathering the skirt didn’t work quite as well because it was a bit bulky so I decided to put in some pleats at the front instead.

Here is the finished dress! I really enjoyed making this dress and it’s great for a night out sipping cocktails, I will definitely be making it again.

If you are inspired to join in with Cocktail Hour, check out the full collection of patterns here. To find out what everyone else is making as part of the blogger tour, check out the amazing list of makers below. Chat about what pattern you want to make in the forum.

1. Winnie Longhurst

Scruffy Badger

3rd March


2. Kate Underdown

The Fold Line

10th March


3. Portia Lawrie


17th March


4. Rachel Walker

The Fold Line9

24th March


5. Wendy Gardiner


31st March


6. Abigail Dyson

The Crafty Pin Up

14th April


7. Lucy Regan

Sew Essential

28th April


8. Fiona Parker

Diary of a Chainstitcher

12th May


9. Nina Chang


26th May


10. Jen Sanders


9th June


11. Charlotte Powell

English Girl at Home

23rd June


12. Elisalex de Castro Peake

By Hand London

7th July


13. Kerry Patterson

Kestrel Makes

21st July


14. Gabby Young


4th August


15. Abigail Norton

Sew Abigail

18th August


16. Karen Ball

Did You Make That?

1st September


17. Rachel Wain

Rach Against The Sewing Machine

15th September


18. Elle Harris

Sew Positivity

29th September


19. Rachel Pinheiro

House of Pinheiro

6th October


20. Amy Thomas

Almond Rock

13th October


21. Jane Marland

Handmade Jane

20th October


22. Jennifer Walker

Ginger Thread Girl

27th October


23. Marie Koupparis

A Stitching Odyssey

3rd November


24. Elena Rosa Brown

Randomly Happy

10th November


25. Laura Clarke

Sew for Victory

17th November


26. Janene Spencer


24th November


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