rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

Category Dressmaking

coco, a new autumn favourite.

hello!   today, i have something cute (in my unbiased opinion!) to share with you, my coco!   i bought my fabric from minerva crafts, they sent fantastic email updates (and tweets!) and the fabric was here within a couple of days of ordering it.  in all honesty, the green looks like a much brighter green on the website, but i still like it.  bit more autumnal that i anticipated.

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finished! deer and doe – datura blouse

hello!   here is my datura blouse, in the best fabric everrrrr.     for my birthday i had a voucher for guthrie and ghani.  i knew i wanted some liberty fabric but hadn’t really had time to go over and have a proper mooch around.  then lauren posted a picture of the new season liberty stuff, and i spied KEVIN.  yep, that is genuinely the name of this fabric!

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finished! capital chic – white russian

  hey everyone!       i actually have a real garment post to share with you after like a month of not finishing anything!   my sewing machine has been out of action because it keeps shredding the top thread.  i’m not sure why.  after some help on instagram, it’s been suggested there might be a problem with the bobbin.  i’ve made sure a million times that everything is

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poorly sewing machine

oh internet, I’m full of woe. my sewing machine is broken 🙁 it keeps shredding the top thread, then because it’s shredding it, the thread keeps snapping!  I can see some thread wrapped round a part inside, took off some of the casing (as much as I dared!) and got some out but there is still a fair bit stuck, I don’t even know how it got trapped there. now

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finished – a stripy colette moneta, a sewing related discovery and a birmingham sewing meet up

hi everyone!   after my success of the first moneta i made the other day, i thought i would make another one!  it’s the first pattern i’ve done that with so far.  probably because it’s so quick to make!   this time i chose a lighter knit fabric from ebay.  the quality isn’t wonderful, but what did i expect for 3 metres for £11 eh.  my thread was cheap too.

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blouse making day at guthrie and ghani

on friday, i went to a blouse making day at guthrie and ghani, the lovely sewing shop ran by lauren from series one of the sewing bee.  it’s in moseley which is the cutest area, and the shop is so lovely.  the workshop area is a really bright spacious place.  there were 6 of us on the course, and the small number of people meant lauren was on hand whenever

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finished! my new favourite dress, moneta.

bonjour everyone!     i’ve been quite for a couple of weeks, my hayfever is killing me and after 8 hours struggling at work i just don’t feel like doing much when i get home.  however, after seeing all the pretty moneta dresses popping up every where, i needed to make one for myself.     here it is!       i got the fabric from calico laine, i

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clemence skirt – love at first stitch

like everyone else in the sewing world, I bought myself a copy of Tilly’s love at first stitch a couple of weeks ago. I saw the clémence skirt and knew I wanted to make it.    now I’m back from my hols I need something to sew (obviously!) so decided to make the clémence skirt to wear out for my other half’s birthday meal on Friday.    I took a

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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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