rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

Posts by rachel

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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my kelly anorak

hey everyone! i can’t quite believe i’m writing this… i made a coat!  i’m so pleased!  i feel this needs a pre-warning, this post contains a lot of words and a lot of pictures!  there also may be some chalk residue left near my poppers too haha. this is the kelly anorak from closet case patterns. the pattern was released ages ago, and i loved it when i first saw

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a superswanky linden

hi everyone! i’m blogging a make today that i am in loooooove with. it’s another linden sweatshirt, but this time in a gorgeous atelier brunette dazzle night sweatshirt jersey from Cotton Reel Studio.  laura got in touch with me when the shop first opened and asked if i would like some – how could i say no?!  unfortuantly the fabric i had is sold out now, but they have so many

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vintage shirt dress – take 2!

less than a week later on from making my first vintage shirt dress, i’ve got another one.  what can i say, once you find a pattern that you like and that fits you well, why shouldn’t you have more than one?! this time i used fabric from sew essential.  they have so many cute cottons that would be lovely for making this dress, they sell the pattern too! i’m ashamed

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sew over it vintage shirt dress

hey sewing fans! i hope everyone is having a lovely week so far and had a weekend full of sewing.  or at least something fun! i spent my weekend in a manic panic on saturday morning as we had our assessment to see if we are suitable to adopt kittens from the cats protection.  we frantically tidied, cleaned, dusted and polished the entire house for the visit, only for the

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McCalls 7381

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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