rachagainstthesewingmachine

a blog about my adventures in dressmaking, crochet, knitting and anything else i try to make.

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hello readers, are you still there? haha.  it has been a long flipping while since i blogged any sewing, especially something new or different from my usual comfortable/relaxed/slouching around style! i have a dress which i’d hoped would be a wearable toile to show you today, but i think i’m going to call it a successful finished garment rather than a toile, because i’m really pleased with it. it’s a

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all my monetas!

hi everyone! it’s the moneta party this weekend, yay!  can you believe it?!  abigail elle and i started talking about this almost 9 months ago so for the time to be here is so exciting! in preparation, i thought i would show off all (well, most!) of the monetas i’ve made! i know i’ve got two more somewhere.  i just don’t know where they are… i’ll blame the house move!

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Moneta Party Sponsors!

Hi everyone! The discount for Minerva Crafts might be ending today but I’ve got something to tantalise your tastebuds to see who we’ve got giving you wonderful bunch some prizes… I’m sure you’ve seen Elle’s post about how the party is working but I thought I’d do a little re-cap. Once the party has finished on Sunday 26th February, we’ve got 9 main sponsors who are picking their favourites.  The

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moneta party – tips for sewing with jersey.

Hi everyone! I hope you guys are all as excited as we are about the Moneta party! Today I’ve got some tips about sewing with jersey that will hopefully help you feel confident enough to tackle jersey if you haven’t already. I think jersey/stretch fabrics have got a real bad rep!  They’re not difficult to work with, not even a little bit, and I couldn’t imagine not sewing with them

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Moneta Party Details!

After the sneaky peaks we’ve put on instagram, you’ll have probably guessed that a #MonetaParty is coming! Myself, Elle and Abigail have teamed up to form a trio of sewing super powers called The Triple Stitchers! If you joined in with the #InternationalAnnaParty that Elle and her two friends ran in summer 2015, you will be familiar with how the party worked.  If you are new to the concept, or

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grainline linden sweatshirt

hi everyone! two blog posts within a week is super unusual for me but i just couldn’t wait to share this with you! i think everyone has made one of these now, it’s the grainline linden sweatshirt. i made this sweatshirt out of 1 metre (!!!!!) of fabric that was 60inches wide. it’s a loop back sweatshirt fabric and it came from leicester market when i went last year with

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sewing room planning

hey sewing friends! i’ve decided that i’d really like to sort my sewing room out in 2017.  it’s not going to be an over night process but i thought i’d better start putting some ideas together somewhere! here’s a picture of  my room at the moment: messiest ever, haha. i feel like pinterest would be good for this but i really hate pinterest.  there are such an unreasonable amount of

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i finished knitting something! my robin jumper

hi friends! well hasn’t this post been a long time coming. in april 2o14, i started knitting a jumper.  i carried on knitting that damn jumper until april 2016.  now it’s december 2016 and i’m blogging about it.  i couldn’t really blog about a knitted jumper in summer now, could i? it’s the robin jumper, which can be found here on ravelry.  i saw this jumper on one of my original

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the foldline wish list!

hi everyone! long time no blog, hope everything is good with you all! i haven’t done any sewing since i made the monet-a-storia dress.  things have been pretty out of sorts at home and at work.  we had a death in the family which has been really horrible, i’ve never really known anyone die before. i’ve also got SO much on at work right now, helping co-ordinate a building move which

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monet-a-storia

hi all! hope everyone is enjoying the unexpected october sunshine. this sunshine makes today’s make look a little silly because it’s very much an autumn/winter dress. also i realise you can see the reflection of all my washing in the window behind me. well at least if my mom reads this she’ll see that i do actually put washing outside, haha. it’s an astoria jumper with a moneta attached. AND

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