rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

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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my extended absence explained…

well, i have the best news to share…   i have finished the crochet blankets for my cousin.     nothing feels better than getting to type that sentence!       i have been working on them since december, so you’re probably getting the gist of how fed up i was doing them.     so here, the finished products…     my parent’s carpet looks like such a

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thomas bear

warning – not a dress making post!     in december, i saw the christmas edition of the Great British Sewing Bee.  Anne (the cutest lady, in the world, ever) made this teddy bear, and i wanted it.  however, at £40 i did not want to splurge that much so tried to forget about how lovely he was.     then the other day at work, i got a promotion

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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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only a quick knitting post

here’s a scarf I’m re-knitting for my boyfriend. I cast on too many stitches the first time I knitted it (36) so it was too wide therefore too short. so I’ve unravelled it and taken it down to 27 stitches and I’ve started again. it’s just KKP, I think it looks ace!  make sure you’ve cast on a total number of stitches that can be divided by 3 🙂 it’s

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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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