rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

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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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sewing room planning

hey sewing friends! i’ve decided that i’d really like to sort my sewing room out in 2017.  it’s not going to be an over night process but i thought i’d better start putting some ideas together somewhere! here’s a picture of  my room at the moment: messiest ever, haha. i feel like pinterest would be good for this but i really hate pinterest.  there are such an unreasonable amount of

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the sewing weekender!

hey everyone! so we’re nearly a week on from the sewing weekender now, and i am still tired.  a two hour drive, whole day of sewing, eating, drinking, chatting, drinking some more, then a whole day of listening to some great people, a quick round off-trip to the pub then another two hour drive really took it out of me! *takes a deep breath* i drove elle, bianca (on instagram

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sewing things from my grandma

hey! just a quick one today to show you some sewing notions i’ve just been given by my nan, which belonged to her mom. my dad’s mom’s mom (just going to go with grandma from this point onwards!) used to be a dancer.  she made outfits for her and my great-grandad to go and compete in competitions in swishing around in home-sewn dresses! i may have inherited the love for sewing, but

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kelly skirt

hey everyone! so since i blogged last (ages ago, right?!) we’ve moved into our first house, yay!   which makes this skirt the first thing made in my sewing room! there’s decorating to do in there, and i need to get a new table etc and get some fun storage, so i’ll do a whole post about it once it’s all done. on to the sewing! this is the kelly

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let’s go to the rag market!

hi everyone! sorry the blog’s been a bit quiet recently, i feel like i’ve got a lot going on and in all honesty i can’t be bothered to take pictures of myself lol!  i have been making things and i will post again soon with some finished makes. on 30th July there’s a few people going to the rag market in birmingham and i thought i would throw the invite

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sewing weekender

eep, i’m so excited about the sewing weekender, i had to write a little post about it! since april i’ve really been trying hard not to spend any unnecessary money because of the house.  turns out if you go and see a house that’s more expensive than deposit you have saved and fall in love with it, it’s very hard not to put an offer in and then live on the

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life before sewing…

hi all! i went to a sewing meet up yesterday, organised by lucy at sew essential.  we got to go to their warehouse and buy things (which is a sewist’s second favourite thing aside from actual sewing, yes?) and then went for a lovely afternoon tea where there was lots of tea (hot choc if you’re me!) and cake. stole this pic from instagram! while we were eating said cake,

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stitches 2016

hiya! a couple of weeks ago charlotte from english girl at home asked me if i wanted to go to the stitches show with her at the NEC.  it’s a trade show where people show off their stuff and then people that own shops buy their things! or if you’re me, wandering around wishing you could buy things and blagging a free thimble.  oh yeah. the day started with a

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leicester market

hi everyone,   i thought it was too much to post on instagram, so here are the details of a little fabric shopping trip if you fancy tagging along:   10am meet at leicester train station on 6th Feb, it takes 10 minutes to walk to the market from the station according to google maps. we’ll leave the train station around 10:30am – should give trains enough times to arrive

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