rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

Category Dressmaking

inari tee dress

hey everyone! hope you’re all doing well and enjoying life.  i’m back today with a new found favourite dress, although it’s not a new pattern; the inari tee dress by named clothing. this dress can be made in a woven or a knit, but you know i love jersey, so i went with this beautiful denim-esqu blue ponte from guthrie and ghani.  i went along to their 5th birthday party

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deer and doe myosotis dress

hey everyone, after the heavy topics of my last blog post, i’m here with something that could be as equally miserable haha. this is the dress i made to wear to my grandad’s funeral.  so yup, could be pretty miserable.  even though that’s the first time i wore it, i knew it would be an every day dress for me, so fear not, it’s not just a post about a

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mccalls m7595 and some rambling.

hey everyone, it has been a while since i posted anything here.  it’s coming up to the two year anniversary of us living in our house and therefore two years since my blogging output started slowing down.  it’s time for an overshare; brace yourself. moving out was such a big deal for me financially; i went from having my wages basically just to fund my fabric habit, to them funding

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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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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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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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