Rach Against The Sewing Machine | #SipandSew campaign

The Cocktail Hour blogger tour returns, and sees 20 designs chosen from McCall’s Vogue Patterns range for a new social sew-along; encouraging all those sewing enthusiasts-cum-bloggers (and we know you’re all out there!) to start creating their masterpieces; all in the name of charity! We’re very fortunate that through our partnership, McCall will be making a donation for every pattern sold to help protect women of today, and women of the future against gynaecological cancers.

Fresh off the machine…

Rachel Wain, whose blog Rach Against The Sewing Machine guides us through her own adventures in dressmaking, crochet, and knitting amongst other creations. She has been sewing for nearly three years (self-taught), starting just after Series 1 of the BBC programme, The Great British Sewing Bee ended where her enthusiasm has continued to grow. So much so, she recently took part in McCall Pattern’s campaign #sipandsew in aid of The Eve Appeal – where she blogged about her experience.

Rachel chose Vogue pattern #9160 for her creation!

Rachel says she’s not quite sure what made her pick the jumpsuit creation, but cited that it was because it was a bit different to any of the other pattern designs on offer. However she readily confesses that “What I don’t think was a good idea was picking something with trousers…because I’d never made any trousers before now!” – whilst Eve wouldn’t recommend this approach, we commend Rachel for attempting something out of her comfort zone and excelling!

She loved the short sleeved cross over top, but was unsure about the trousers and as a consequence ‘sat on this idea for ages’ – but Rachel persisted. It meant that the lace and the twill (which is a two-way stretch) helped her to create just the right shade of dark blue that she had in mind, confessing that the two looked perfect together.

The complex design of using lace took Rachel numerous attempts to put together, but this hasn’t dampened her spirits to work with the fabric in the future, ‘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.’

#TeamEve are certainly pleased that Rachel didn’t let this deter her and that she likes her creation. So a huge THANK YOU Rachel for supporting The Eve Appeal by taking part in the #SipandSew campaign.

If this has peaked your interest, and want to know how Rachel created this particular fashion item, find out more via her blog post dedicated to her creation and the campaign.

Remember to keep checking #TeamEve’s blog as we profile more of the bloggers as the Tour goes on, and remember ladies, if this has inspired you to start making your own cocktail dresses tag us on social media using @eveappeal on TwitterFacebook and Instagram alongside the hashtag #sipandsew.