rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

fabric shopping in london

after hearing all the hype about goldhawk road’s fabric shops, I decided to take a trip to the capital to see what it was all about. I mentioned to my mom (patron saint of sewing help) that I was going to go down, and she decided to come too. I’m glad she did, it was nice to have someone to say “ooo I love this!” to. I wasn’t disappointed! there’s

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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!

demotivated..

I had a bit of a rubbish night last night in terms of making things! I’m knitting the robin jumper after seeing it on foursquarewalls. I love the style, it’s just like a ready to wear one I was going to buy last year (but didn’t, it was around £45, too much for knitwear!). I’d knitted the neckline, and done the first stripe, then realised I had gone wrong. the

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two posts in the same night?!

two posts in the same night, it’s a bit extreme.  however, i am SUPER excited about all things sewing, and seeing as no one else I know feels the same passion for sewing as i do, i’m putting it all on the internet as you do. i’ve just been on a bit of an ebay binge. after booking train tickets to go to london in a couple of weeks for

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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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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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