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When I bought fabric for my daughters shirred dress I decided that it would also be useful practice to make a dress for myself following the adult version of the pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric book. (OK, so I’ve had my daughter asking me for years why I don’t wear dresses more often, and I succumbed!). As such, I also bought 2m of some very cheap striped navy and white cotton (or poly cotton?) with the intention of turning it into such a dress. Six-months down the line, and I actually started this project. When I showed my husband the material to ask whether the stripes should be vertical or horizontal, he laughed, and said that it didn’t matter, as I was going to look like a deck-chair either way, so now it’s the deck-chair dress!Continue reading

The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Some days you just feel like the luckiest person in the world, and I’m sorry to say everyone, but today is MY day to feel like that 🙂

Why, you may well be asking yourself, am I so confident that today is my day? Well, it’s because I was lucky enough to win a signed copy of Wendy Ward’s Beginners Guide to Dressmaking!

Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking, signed copy

Signed by Wendy Ward 🙂

First and foremost, I need to say a big thank you to Wendy Ward and to ScruffyBadger for selecting me to be the winner.

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32 New Sewing Machine Feet

As I discussed, I recently discovered that I wasn’t the owner of an invisible zip foot. I decided that the purple skirt was going to have a properly invisible zip, so I resolved that progress on the skirt was going to stop until I had said foot. Having a brother machine, my first step was to search online for a brother invisible zip foot. Finding this foot at approximately £12 I was hovering over the “buy” button, when I spotted a set of 32 presser feet, including an invisible zip foot for approximately the same price.Continue reading

Bright Pink Lawn

Wow! What a glorious couple of days we’ve been having here in the UK (I hope it’s the same wherever you are). Added to the weather, I also have a new washing machine! OK, so I know what you’re thinking “what on earth has this got to do with sewing?”Continue reading

Me in my purple skirt

As I discussed in the previous post I have recently made the A-Line tweed skirt from the Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric book.

GBSB Fashion with Fabric book

Great British Sewing Bee Fashion with Fabric Book

Construction of the skirt was pretty straightforward – I sewed the side seams, pinned the back seam, and then pinned and sewed the darts. I then cut out and constructed the lining (black viscose that was on sale at sewoverit). At this point I was ready to tackle the invisible zip. Now then, when I bought my machine, it came with a zip foot, and up until this project, I had assumed it was an invisible zip foot. I have used it in the past to put in invisible zips, and to be honest, not been all that chuffed with the result.Continue reading

Me & my skirt

Up until now, you would be forgiven for thinking that I only sew for one person, but in reality, I’m quite a selfish seamstress. I really want to be sewing things for myself. The first project I have sewn for myself in a long time is the Great British Sewing Bee A-Line Tweed Skirt. Given my desire to make sure that every project challenged me, what was the novelty about this one? Well, there were a few things that I thought were novel (and I was right) I have never made a lined skirt before, so that’s a definite novelty, and I’ve also never sewn woollen fabric before, so that’s also a novelty. Continue reading

Lots of Projects

Why do I do this to myself? Sewing is supposed to be something that relaxes me, it’s supposed to be my bit of “me-time” in amongst the two young kids, full-time job and building site of a home. So in amongst all that, why do I give myself so many sewing projects and so many unrealistic deadlines?Continue reading

Cushion cover in crushed purple velvet

Oh wow, this is where I achieved one of my goals without even realising it! Ever since my children were born, I wanted to make something for them that they would want to keep (hopefully forever and ever and ever). A few months ago I was planning on throwing out a purple crushed velvet shirt that was 20 years old. Up until recently, anything that’s worn out either gets turned into dusters, or dust sheets for occasions when we’re painting / plastering etc. The thought of turning things into something else never quite crossed my mind. This is, however, probably because we’ve been living in a building site for years, so smart clothes become DIY clothes, and by the time they’re not good enough for DIY, they’re no good for anything else other than dusters either.Continue reading

Great British Sewing Bee Books

Like most British sewists (I prefer sewers (sowers) but as you’ve probably just noticed, when it’s written down, it doesn’t sound so great in your head – I don’t think I want to be known as a sewer, even though I sew!) I have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of GBSB 2016. Since watching the first series, I’ve been hooked, but every time it’s on, I wonder whether I’d really like to take part.Continue reading

Owl Pyjama Top

Having successfully completed the pyjama bottoms, I set my sights on the New Look Pyjama 6090 top. Fearing that all over owls would be a bit much, I used some plain cream cotton of similar weight to the owl material for the body pieces, and used the owl material for the facings and arms. Again, I opted for French seams, for the straight seams (side seams for the bodice, and seams down the arms.)Continue reading