rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

sewing for a boy, what?!

hey internet. just a quick one today, because i’ve only done a little bit of sewing. james ordered a couple of tshirts from america (probably a year ago now) and when they arrived they were too big.  when tshirts with sleeves are too big, it’s not cool.  however, when the tshirts have their arms removed, they become oversized vests, and apparently that is cool, and that is where me and

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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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caravan craft

hiiiiii everyone. I’ve been on holiday, yay!  not that there was a blog absence, because I don’t blog too much haha. I went away with my boyfriend, James. we were supposed to go to turkey but after because of a massive balls up at the passport office (THANKS GOVERNMENT) with lots of stress/lots of tears from me/arguing from me/angry rages from me, we didn’t get James’s passport in time and we

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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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archer appreciation (but in may, not december)

i’m late to all the sewing parties because i haven’t been doing this whole making my own clothes thing long.  i’ve been mooching through blogs and seeing all the amazing archer shirts that were made during the sew along, i felt very left out and decided to make one immediately!   i downloaded and printed my pattern from Grainline Studios, and set about finding fabric to make it with.  

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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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