rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

simplicity 6468

hey everyone! i’m showing you a bit of a fancy pants make today; my version of simplicity 6468. a few months ago simplicity asked me if i would like to review a couple of patterns for them.  my cousin is getting married in april; i thought it would be a nice occasion to make a dress for, so i chose 6468 as i liked the look of the floaty sleeves

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isca shirtdress

oh boy do i love this dress. if i had to restrict myself to 7 words, those would be them!  however it’s my blog and i’m generally quite a wordy gal, so i’ve got many more than 7 words to say. i’ll start by saying i won this pattern, along with a book about printing fabric by zeena, in a competition marilla & zeena ran in late december.  the book is

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vogue 9275

hey everyone! so you might have seen my instagram post about reviewing the vogue 9275 coat in january’s issue of sew now magazine – exciting!  i’m here today with the full blog post to accompany the article; forgive me if i’m repeated a bit of what i wrote there! i wanted to make the coat version of 9275 ever since i saw kate from the fold line wearing her monochrome

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sew over it doris dress

hey sewing friends,   i’ve got a new pattern to show off today!  well, i say new, but i’ve had it in my stash since august 2016..!   it’s the sew over it doris dress.  i love the 90’s vibes that this dress has got, and i have been waiting for the right fabric to make it with.  when i went to doughty’s with elle a couple of weeks ago,

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interchangeable separates

hey everyone,   man what a busy few weeks it’s been since i posted last.  i’ve been sewing quite a bit but really haven’t had much spare time to get around to taking pictures.   i had to make some time to do pictures this morning though as i’ve done a pattern review for a magazine – exciting!  i can’t show you what i made yet, but the post will

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simplicity 1314 – workwear

hi sewing fans! WELCOME TO OCTOBER!  finally, autumn is here and my soul is happy.  autumn is my absolute favourite season; those beautiful leaves, cosy jumpers and all important nights of knitting & crochet, curled up on the sofa with a blanket.  perfection! i’ll drag myself out of my day dream now and tell you about my latest makes; two version of simplicity 1314.  it’s actually the only pattern number

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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

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the big stitch!

hey everyone, have you heard about a project called The Big Stitch? the british heart foundation launched this initiative on july 1st (i’m late with my post! forgive me, kittens have taken over my life) and the idea is to go and buy something from one of their shops, and use your refashioning skills to make it into something wearable, thus giving it a new lease of life! you can

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kielo wrap dress

hey sewing fans, it’s been a while! i’ve been sewing lots, just not blogging lots.  i was sitting on an interview panel at work so frantically made myself some new clothes to wear, so i’ll be putting those on there in a different post. today i’m showing you my first version of the kielo wrap dress.  the fabric i’ve used was a cotton jersey that i bought from ebay.  i

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seamwork reggie dress

hey everyone, i was in two minds about posting this today; a new dress seems a bit petty to be talking about after the terrible incident in manchester.   however, i decided that it’s best to carry on, even though it might not be top priority, because terrorists want to disrupt everything and i don’t really want to cave. so on to nicer things, my latest make – the seamwork

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