Cheers for New Years challenge inspirations

Hello everybody, and welcome to the first Monthly Stitch challenge of 2016! Are you excited? Because we sure are! ūüôā

Since this challenge kicked off on New Years Day, it’s all about raising a glass in toast to 2016, and making a garment inspired by your favourite beverage. Whether it’s a glass of bubbly or a cocktail for New Years parties, a warming mug of hot chocolate or coffee, or a refreshing ice-cold glass of juice or iced tea, now’s the time to celebrate it.

Unsure where to start? Here are some ideas!

Kicking off with celebration drinks, and the most classic of all – champagne. You could go elegant and fabulous, making a glamourous dress or a slip in a champagne-coloured satin charmeuse. Pair it with a glamourous vintage-inspired dress such as this lovely McCalls number or an elegant slip and you’ll be right at home raising a flute of bubbly!


Or go for more fun, party drink styles – how about a mojito? Here’s some pineapple mojito fabric, in a raspberry colourway. Pair it with a fun party dress such as this retro-inspired Butterick one. Go all-out and use a fun print for the main fabric, or be a bit more toned-down and save it for a fun splash at the back neckline.




Wine more your style? What about a gorgeous wine-red ponte? There are so many things you can do with ponte! Casual? Dressy? Corporate? Pick a style that matches your favourite wine-drinking activity.

Wine Ponte de Roma -

Wine Ponte de Roma –


How about beer? You could have a lot of fun with this beer signs fabric! If the print is too much for you, what about using it for a fun bag such as the Makers Tote by Noodlehead?




Moving on to the non-alcoholic beverages, and one of the most consumed ones in the world – tea. You could let the pattern be your inspiration and use one of the tea-themed styles from Colette, such as the Sencha blouse.

Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns

Sencha blouse from Colette Patterns

Or go for something quite different and have fun with a tea-themed applique motif!

Tea time sew-on appliques – Minerva Crafts

Just like there are cat people and dog people, there are also tea drinkers and coffee drinkers. For those of you who prefer coffee, how about a coffee bean fabric? Wear your love for your beverage on your sleeve!

Daily Grind Coffee Beans in brown –

Or for a more subtle take on the theme, pair a coffee-coloured knit with a cozy cardigan, such as the Sophie cardi by Muse Patterns.




Prefer a long, cool drink, such as fruit juice? There are plenty of fruity options out there! Whether it’s fruit coloured, or fruit prints, there’s something for everyone. Two that jumped out at me were an orange printed fabric (orange juice is a classic, after all!) and a green apple fabric. (It’s even scented, so you can smell like apple juice!)



So many beverages! Which will you choose to be inspired by for this months challenge? What are you planning to make?

13 thoughts on “Cheers for New Years challenge inspirations

  1. Pingback: Monthly Stitch Challenge: January – Cheers for New Year! – enchantedbybooks

  2. Pingback: Coffee flavoured Victoria | applebymakes

  3. Pingback: Desert Sunset Bra | Sew Pretty in Pink

  4. Love this! So many great suggestions in this post too…where to start?? This sounds like fun, and an enjoyable way to get back in the swing of sewing routines this year


  5. I’m new to this (discovered it through Andi at sew pretty in pink) and I’m super excited about it! I’ve had an idea brewing for about a week now and found the pattern a couple days ago. I have an idea for fabric, too. Canterbury wait to get started!!


  6. I have some great beer mug fabric and since both my son and brother are craft beer drinkers I was thinking maybe now would be the time to make them bowling style shirts with a solid black and that beer mug fabric! Happy New Year!


Comments are closed.