rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

colette rue

hi everyone! i’m so so excited to show you what i’ve made today, so that means quite a long post! a few months ago, colette put out a post asking for pattern testers.  i filled in the form and forgot all about it.  a week or two ago, meg from colette got in touch asking if i wanted to make up their latest dress pattern!  i immediately said yes and couldn’t

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the sewing weekender!

hey everyone! so we’re nearly a week on from the sewing weekender now, and i am still tired.  a two hour drive, whole day of sewing, eating, drinking, chatting, drinking some more, then a whole day of listening to some great people, a quick round off-trip to the pub then another two hour drive really took it out of me! *takes a deep breath* i drove elle, bianca (on instagram

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sleeveless moneta 2!

hi everyone! when i like something i don’t mess around, so here’s my second sleeveless moneta, haha. i thought it would be really nice to take pictures outside in the sun, but it turns out my hair is casting a shadow over my face in all these pictures, haha. i got the fabric when i went to the rag market with a few friends at the end of july.  jenny

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sleeveless moneta

moneta; i like this dress sans sleeves. i’ve made the colette moneta a million times (okay maybe 8 times), and each time i like it more and more.  it was the dress that ignited my love for jersey, which i have probably mentioned before. this one is made in a light weight jersey that i got from girl charlee uk.  it was in the sale and i had a voucher

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sewing things from my grandma

hey! just a quick one today to show you some sewing notions i’ve just been given by my nan, which belonged to her mom. my dad’s mom’s mom (just going to go with grandma from this point onwards!) used to be a dancer.  she made outfits for her and my great-grandad to go and compete in competitions in swishing around in home-sewn dresses! i may have inherited the love for sewing, but

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kelly skirt

hey everyone! so since i blogged last (ages ago, right?!) we’ve moved into our first house, yay!   which makes this skirt the first thing made in my sewing room! there’s decorating to do in there, and i need to get a new table etc and get some fun storage, so i’ll do a whole post about it once it’s all done. on to the sewing! this is the kelly

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triple hemlock

hi everyone! i’ve been making but not blogging.  boo!  today i have a day off work, and i actually decided to take pictures, yay! i’ve made three hemlock tees (i just typed grainlock initially, haha) in the last couple of weeks.  it’s a free pattern that you get when you sign up to the grainline studio newsletter.  it’s a one size only pattern, which is meant to be oversized.  for

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let’s go to the rag market!

hi everyone! sorry the blog’s been a bit quiet recently, i feel like i’ve got a lot going on and in all honesty i can’t be bothered to take pictures of myself lol!  i have been making things and i will post again soon with some finished makes. on 30th July there’s a few people going to the rag market in birmingham and i thought i would throw the invite

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sewing weekender

eep, i’m so excited about the sewing weekender, i had to write a little post about it! since april i’ve really been trying hard not to spend any unnecessary money because of the house.  turns out if you go and see a house that’s more expensive than deposit you have saved and fall in love with it, it’s very hard not to put an offer in and then live on the

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me made may!

hey everyone! it’s may 31st – the end of me made may! how did you do?  i actually managed something home-made every day! when i started sewing i got SO obsessed with sewing blogs and seeing the me made may posts and wondered if i would ever do it. last year i probably had enough clothes to just about do it, but i definitely gave up haha.  this year, i

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