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the cocktail hour – sip & sew

hi everyone!

today i’ve got a special project to show you.  it’s a super fancy jumpsuit that i’ve made to support the eve appeal.

i was asked to be involved with the cocktail hour (the theme for this year’s project) earlier in the year and said yes straight away – i loved seeing everyone’s posts from last year’s big vintage sew along.  the whole sip & sew cocktail hour is in with conjunction with butterick and the eve appeal is a gynaecological cancer research charity who do amazing work.  it’s sad to say we probably all know some who has been affected by a cancer of this type, so supporting the charity is something important for everyone.

we were sent a catalogue of patterns to choose from and i can’t say what is was that made me pick the jumpsuit (9160)… i think maybe because it was a bit different to the other patterns.  what i don’t think was a good idea was picking something with trousers because i’d never made any trousers before now!


i loved the short sleeved cross over top, but i was unsure about the trousers.  i’m not as comfortable with something form fitting on my bottom half so i was going to swap the trousers out for a skirt, but then i remembered about the culottes that came with love sewing magazine a couple of months ago!   they are butterick b6178.  i decided to do my first ever pattern mash up… again, not sure what made me think i could do this easily!  i chose view D.


i sat on this idea for ages until a couple of weekends ago until i realised how close my deadline was, eep!  i managed to talk to lucy at sew essential at the sewing weekender. sew essential’s warehouse is about 40 minutes from my house and i knew they stocked fabric that would be perfect for this.  lucy very kindly opened up the warehouse for me on a saturday morning and i chose my fabric.  the lace is this john kaldor tocca, and the twill is this dynasty two way stretch.  it was just the dark blue colour that i had in mind and the two looked perfect together.

i did a toile of both the culottes and the bodice, and the fit was good on both.  the mistake i made was not to join them together, i just assumed that it would work.  more on that in a minute!

i used the scallop from the edge of the lace as the pattern said to do the fronts and the sleeves.

when i put the culottes and the bodice together, i tried it on and i would say there was a fair amount of uncomfortableness in the crotch area, haha.  i ended up dropping crotch seam about 2 inches, which has made things better although i do think i could do with maybe another inch just to make things that bit more comfortable.  then i decided that it would look a little more “put together” with a waistband, which i now wish i had interfaced. it’s not the end of the world though!

once i put the waistband on, then the zip in, i checked the fit… and realised because i’d lengthened the bodice due to the waistband, so i had to unpick it all and take an inch of the waistband, then put it all back together again!

but now it’s the right length and all is well in the world.

showing off the culottes, haha.

i basted the lace down along the edge as without it the lace was flopping around a bit too much.  i hope you can see the effort that i went to here to pattern match my lace! haha.

every piece of the lace and lining had to be basted together by hand, and i had to thread trace all the construction points too.  that took a long time, let me tell you!  it hasn’t completely put me off sewing lace, but i think i’ll save the next time until i make my wedding dress one day.

so there you go, there’s my cocktail hour outfit!  i might wear this to a wedding i am going to tomorrow… there will be more pictures appear if i do!

as part of the cocktail hour, every one of the patterns sold as part of the cocktail hour will raise money for the eve appeal.

i also have a copy of the jumpsuit pattern to give away!  if you fancy trying your hand at sewing lace, then leave me a comment on this post or instagram telling me what your favourite song to dance to with a cocktail in hand is!   mine is probably something from the 90’s… i’m going for whitney houston – somebody who loves me!

there’s still plenty more posts to look forward to by some very talented people, here’s a list of each blogger taking part in the sip & sew cocktail hour:

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 Line

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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