rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

Category Dressmaking

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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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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