rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

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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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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