rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

blog hop!

hey everyone!   i’ve been nominated by mel at made by melanie to take part in the blog hop – thanks mel!   so without further ado…   why do you write?   i started my blog so i had somewhere to display my makes in an effort to “keep me on track”.  i’ve got a habit of getting involved in hobbies and makes then i just forget about them.  or

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musing about advancing my sewing skill set…

this is a text heavy post, it’s mostly me thinking outloud, so read at your own peril.   i’ve been sewing seriously since january.  i bought myself a “real” sewing machine, a janome 525s, and haven’t really looked back.     i starting sewing things i’d seen on other people’s blogs that i liked.  for instance, the colette hawthorne dress; i look at that now and i hate it, it

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sewbrum!

yesterday, i went to my first ever sewing meet up!   charlotte from english girl at home arranged it.    i was quite nervous because i didn’t know anyone at the meet up.  luckily i’d put the feelers out on instagram and a few people replied, yay!  i pottered about with alex, megan and victoria who also didn’t know any body either.  yay for being alone! haha.   first stop

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two cocos and a white russian

the title of this post sounds like some awful joke is about to be told…    sorry to let you down,  no jokes here.   in fact, what i have to show you is my most productive week ever in terms of sewing.  not even a full week, six days, i’m giving myself credit where credit is due!   i’ve made two versions of tilly’s coco and another capital chic

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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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wedding bunting!

hi everyone!   i’ve been waiting to blog about some bunting that i made for a wedding until i had some pictures of the bunting “in action”.   my cousin’s best friend got married last thursday, and i was asked to make the bunting for the decorations.  oh the pressure!   my cousin bought lots of half metres of different peaches and mint greens with different patterns from ebay.  they

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organising my sewing things…

hello internet!   it was my birthday two days ago (yay!  i’m now the ripe old age of 23) and i got some money from various aunties, uncles and family friends, so i thought it called for some sewing shopping.   i went to my favourite sneaky hidden shop, and picked up a couple of things.  a pink chalk wheel, some thread to make my sew over it 1940’s tea

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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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