rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

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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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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