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The Eve Appeal Cocktail Hour – V1415

Ahem . Hello, it’s me again. Like the veritable bus – nothing for absolutely ages then three come at once.  So how did I manage to be the first blogger in the fantastic themed appeal this year for the Eve Appeal charity? I think I felt I should not allow myself a long deadline, plus I wanted to make myself something wintry & that would not be helpful writing about it in the summer.

Last year the blogger tour raised lots of money for The Eve Appeal through pattern sales and awareness of women’s cancers in the sewing community. 

 Last year’s appeal was all around vintage sewing patterns , this year it is ‘The Cocktail Hour’ running from approx. March-November. McCalls have chosen a selection of their favourite Vogue Patterns suited to sipping cocktails. The idea, like last year, is that they are asking sewists all over the country to make one of the patterns, which will raise money (through the sale of each pattern) and awareness for the Eve Appeal charity

There is a festival of patterns – check them out here.

Now arguably I have gone off piste. When you look at the adorable patterns that I could have chosen you may have picked out a classic dress for me, indeed that would have been me in my comfort zone. And there are a few dresses I considered. However, this time I was driven by something different – what about some dressy trousers? Well, the pattern that enabled me to make some dress trews was Vogue V1415 – two cuts of trousers and two tops. It was the cowl necked top that drew my attention – and folks, it can be made out of a knit.

There is just something of the sci-fi about it though … don’t you think?

So my vision was to make a pair of black dressy trousers with the cowl neck top. Maybe play around with it to suit my form if need be.

The online store I immediately thought of for unusual evening fabrics was Croft Mill and it didn’t disappoint. I hunted down some tame gold lame – what does that term conjure up for you? I remember using the term ‘gold lame’ to encompass everything I wouldn’t be seen dead in as I would never have dressed up to go out, let alone in something shiny! But hey ho, times change! I occasionally have the option to dress up & wowser, I have my own gold lame!  I catch myself brewing a bit of Shirley Bassey (on a good day), or failing that, Spandau Ballet ….(please tell me you know what I’m talking about…)

I love the dress trousers – they are also made from Croft Mill fabric –black chino fabric with 3% lycra– I wanted black with a tad stretch (to enable them to fit when my body moves between sizes). The slight sheen on the chino fabric is nice, but to elevate it to posh, I sewed some velvet ribbon along the side seams, like men’s formal trousers (or guardsmen’s trousers if you like).

 

This involved moving the zip to the back and making sure to sew the side seams first & attaching the ribbon before sewing up the rest of the trousers.  I needed to sew two lengths of ribbon either side of the side seam so that I could include a little side split at the ankle.  Incidentally, I did baste the trousers to make sure the fit was OK before sewing on the ribbon (unpicking the basting to leave just the side seams sewn to make a flat stretch of trouser to attach the ribbon.)

Now, V1415 has cigarette trousers as one of its variants, but since I know the Sew Over It Ultimate Trousers always fit me, I compared the two patterns and based my trousers on the tried & tested Ultimates.

Now the gold lame…..what do you think? I was all prepared to customise it as I wasn’t sure if the asymmetric hem or tunic style would suit me so I played around with it once the sleeves and the cowl were installed. I took some pics to show what I was thinking. I also cut the length longer than the pattern so that should I cut it across horizontally, it already hit hip length.

 

Take One- the slightly longer than the pattern version:

Take Two: With a gathered side

Take Three: As if it was cut horizontally at the hip

In the end I think I made it up much as the pattern designed, but what do you think?  I have not ruled out later changes….

Top tip – with this gold lame you really don’t want to be pinning it in places where the pin holes will show, so to play around with hem lines I used sellotape inside to fix the hem temporarily so that I could get an idea of what I wanted.

This ensemble is a quick make- & bear in mind that the world of cocktail dress sewing is usually a long path, sewing V1415 is a swifter option!   I overlocked much of the top (the lame is a jersey don’t you know). And as it is a loose fit, the hems (sleeves, hem & cowl hem) are sewed with a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine.

Flat felled seam

The pattern has the odd flat felled seam which is a nice touch (eg at the back of the cowl). Altogether a designer feel (& it is a designer pattern from Tom & Linda Platt).

Oops. it seems to have got caught on my a*$3 again

Hey guess what? Vogue McCalls will provide a copy of this pattern as a giveaway for one lucky reader – just register your interest in a comment before midnight GMT Saturday 18th March 2017 & I will pick a random winner.

And as it is cocktail hour there is a special cocktail (which I failed dismally to make- mine is a poor fake hiding behind Star Wars straws.   I may have reached the early sewing deadline, but getting the provisions for the cocktail in time did not get fulfilled in the badger burrow, but the recipe is:

  • 2x sugar cubes
  • 6 x fresh raspberries
  • 2 x lime wedges
  • 2 shots of vodka
  • crushed ice
  • Ginger beer
  • ‘Slim Jim’ glass

Method:

Place the sugar at the bottom of the glass then add the raspberries and the squeezed lime wedges.

Mash the ingredients together, crushing them to puree the raspberries, before adding the vodka.  Add the ice to 3/4 full, stir to distribute the fruit & top up with ginger beer.

Garnish with a lime wedge to the side of the glass & a freesh raspberry.  Add two [Star Wars] straws and enjoy!  Chin chin!

So there is a big campaign around this and you can join in- why not host your own cocktail party?

The hashtag is #sipandsew The general hashtag for the McCalls social media accounts is #McCallUKMakers. Their social media accounts are: TwitterInstagram

The Eve Appeal lives on social media hereTwitterFacebook and Instagram – so if you get making one of these patterns be sure to let everyone know !

Want to know who else is taking part in this ace campaign?  I have no idea who is making what….keep tuned for some amazing creations from some of our favourite sewing bloggers:

2. Kate Underdown

The Fold Line

10th March

http://thefoldline.com

 

3. Portia Lawrie

Makery

17th March

http://www.makery.uk

 

4. Rachel Walker

The Fold Line9

24th March

http://thefoldline.com

 

5. Wendy Gardiner

Butterick

31st March

http://mccallpatternuk.sewdirect.com/

 

6. Abigail Dyson

The Crafty Pin Up

14th April

http://www.thecraftypinup.co.uk

 

7. Lucy Regan

Sew Essential

28th April

http://www.sewessential.co.uk/blog/

 

8. Fiona Parker

Diary of a Chainstitcher

12th May

http://chainstitcher.blogspot.co.uk

 

9. Nina Chang

Thumblenina

26th May

http://thumblenina.wordpress.com

 

10. Jen Sanders

Gingerella

9th June

http://gingerella.wordpress.com

 

11. Charlotte Powell

English Girl at Home

23rd June

http://englishgirlathome.com

 

12. Elisalex de Castro Peake

By Hand London

7th July

http://byhandlondon.com/blogs/by-hand-london

 

13. Kerry Patterson

Kestrel Makes

21st July

http://www.kestrelmakes.com

 

14. Gabby Young

Gabberdashery

4th August

http://www.gabberdashery.com

 

15. Abigail Norton

Sew Abigail

18th August

http://sewabigail.co.uk

 

16. Karen Ball

Did You Make That?

1st September

http://didyoumakethat.com

 

17. Rachel Wain

Rach Against The Sewing Machine

15th September

http://rachagainstthesewingmachine.co.uk

 

18. Elle Harris

Sew Positivity

29th September

http://www.sewpositivity.com

 

19. Rachel Pinheiro

House of Pinheiro

6th October

http://houseofpinheiro.com

 

20. Amy Thomas

Almond Rock

13th October

http://almondrock.co.uk

 

21. Jane Marland

Handmade Jane

20th October

http://www.handmadejane.co.uk

 

22. Jennifer Walker

Ginger Thread Girl

27th October

http://gingerthreadgirl.co.uk

 

23. Marie Koupparis

A Stitching Odyssey

3rd November

http://www.astitchingodyssey.com

 

24. Elena Rosa Brown

Randomly Happy

10th November

http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com

 

25. Laura Clarke

Sew for Victory

17th November

http://sewforvictory.co.uk

 

26. Janene Spencer

Ooobop

24th November

http://ooobop.com