rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

Category Dressmaking

tania culottes

this is a new experience for me – I finished these in about 3 hours, and I didn’t make any mistakes! I actually didn’t use my seam ripper!  I’m overly delighted I actually read the instructions properly haha. I’m not sure the fabric is drapey enough for the culottes, but that said I didn’t pre wash the fabric (I KNOW UGH) so they might slack off a bit after a

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reglisse dress and a walking foot

well this dress has been a couple of weeks in the making…     i planned to finish it across a saturday and sunday, but then i got shall we say, rather inebriated two weekends in a row and just didn’t have any sewing energy left in me on the sundays!       i bought the fabric for this while i was in london a couple of weeks ago.

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archer appreciation (but in may, not december)

i’m late to all the sewing parties because i haven’t been doing this whole making my own clothes thing long.  i’ve been mooching through blogs and seeing all the amazing archer shirts that were made during the sew along, i felt very left out and decided to make one immediately!   i downloaded and printed my pattern from Grainline Studios, and set about finding fabric to make it with.  

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pre-archer post

I’ve finished sewing my archer shirt! I’m so excited! just waiting for my press stud/popper pliars to arrive so I can put my purly poppers on, then it will be completed properly. until then, here is an “in progress” picture. I was attaching a sleeve here!

dinosaur dungarees, a teeny sewing space and planning a trip to london…

  i love these little dungarees!   i made them for my nephew, can’t wait to see him in them.  bonus points of being an aunty – all the joy of sewing baby clothes and having cuddles but without all the responsibility of round the clock child care! the pattern is from the great british sewing bee – sew your own wardrobe.  i omitted the side buttons.  i couldn’t work

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sureau dress – deer and doe

  i’m super excited about writing this – i have loved making this dress!   i first saw the sureau dress on google AGES ago, and bought the pattern maybe two months ago.  i bought the fabric to make it with at the sewing for pleasure show at the NEC in birmingham in march, and since i finished those stupid blankets, i had the time this weekend to get some good sewing

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uh oh, new look pattern sale splurge…

I’ve just spent £21 in the new look pattern sale, oops! considering all the patterns were half price, I’ve saved SO much money. I’ve bought 6 different ones, some skirts, some dresses and also loungewear (oooo!). the loungewear pattern has been purchased with my boyfriend in mind, he likes to lounge, hehe. can’t wait for them to arrive, I will blog all about them then! and then when I go

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“these things take practice, rach” – the colette hawthorn dress.

hawthorn dress by colette        1) i am happy with this dress  2) i was not happy with myself when i was making it    my big problem is fitting; when will i learn to cut the size 8 top and 12 bottom?! i really want to go on a fitting/adjustment type class but i can’t find one available around where i live. anyway, the dress.      

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#1 – my first week in (mostly) uncharted waters

my first post, eek! i tried starting a sewing blog on tumblr but i don’t think many people use it, so now i’m trying to figure this out. can we mention ‘other’ blogs?  i don’t know blog code. i bought my first “good” sewing machine last week, i was a bit apprehensive about buying one because the last time i tried anything to do with one, i just got very

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