rachagainstthesewingmachine

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

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leicester market

hi everyone,   i thought it was too much to post on instagram, so here are the details of a little fabric shopping trip if you fancy tagging along:   10am meet at leicester train station on 6th Feb, it takes 10 minutes to walk to the market from the station according to google maps. we’ll leave the train station around 10:30am – should give trains enough times to arrive

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the new john lewis haberdashery

hi everyone! on tuesday myself and my very good friend melody from work took the afternoon off to go around the rag market and the new john lewis haberdashery.  i bought fabric and wadding to make myself a new ironing board cover (exiting, i know.  someone slow me down) and some buttons for a shirt i’m making for james.  the main event of the day was john lewis, so i have

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it turns out tuesdays are the best rag market days…

hi everyone!   I’m sorry I’ve been a bit quiet of late, my pretty-much-mother-in-law got married a couple of days ago and I’ve been spending lots of time with her making things like a table plan, 15 button holes, putting 50 favour bags together… you know, all that fun wedding craft! I loved it and it just makes me want to get married so I can make lots of lovely

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no-sew-zone

hi everyone,   my life has been a bit of a no-sew-zone recently and i hate leaving my blog as a “silent” space, so i thought i would update you on some projects i’m hoping to complete when i get back into things again!   i recently had a fabric clear out on instagram and managed to get through quite a bit that was taking up all the room in

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shopping in london again

hi friends!   today i’m showing off my purchases from my third trip to goldhawk road, with a little bit of walthamstow thrown in.   i went with one of my friends from work who is also way into sewing.  i’d heard lots about walthamstow and the man outside sainsburys so we went to check him out first.  he had lots of fabric but not looaaadssss that i loved.  however

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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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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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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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