rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

sewing room planning

hey sewing friends! i’ve decided that i’d really like to sort my sewing room out in 2017.  it’s not going to be an over night process but i thought i’d better start putting some ideas together somewhere! here’s a picture of  my room at the moment: messiest ever, haha. i feel like pinterest would be good for this but i really hate pinterest.  there are such an unreasonable amount of

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i finished knitting something! my robin jumper

hi friends! well hasn’t this post been a long time coming. in april 2o14, i started knitting a jumper.  i carried on knitting that damn jumper until april 2016.  now it’s december 2016 and i’m blogging about it.  i couldn’t really blog about a knitted jumper in summer now, could i? it’s the robin jumper, which can be found here on ravelry.  i saw this jumper on one of my original

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the foldline wish list!

hi everyone! long time no blog, hope everything is good with you all! i haven’t done any sewing since i made the monet-a-storia dress.  things have been pretty out of sorts at home and at work.  we had a death in the family which has been really horrible, i’ve never really known anyone die before. i’ve also got SO much on at work right now, helping co-ordinate a building move which

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monet-a-storia

hi all! hope everyone is enjoying the unexpected october sunshine. this sunshine makes today’s make look a little silly because it’s very much an autumn/winter dress. also i realise you can see the reflection of all my washing in the window behind me. well at least if my mom reads this she’ll see that i do actually put washing outside, haha. it’s an astoria jumper with a moneta attached. AND

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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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