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Fabricate Autumn/Winter 2018/19 Inspo

Sep 27 2018 0 Comments Tags: autumn/winter 2018/19, autumn/winter lookbook, fashion inspiration

Brrrrrrr…!  The weather has certainly turned (boo!) which means one thing; we can make things for our autumn/winter wardrobes without sweating like beasts in our sewing rooms (yay!!!) I thought I'd help you along a little bit and share with you some of my fave pieces on the high street at the moment and which patterns and fabrics to use to make something similar.  Think of me as your own personal Fabricate Gok Wan, if you will. Look No. 1: Animal Print This is HUUUUGE this season. My advice?  Be careful!  I love an animal print but it is so...

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How to Make Your Fabric Go Further (Sorry, Mr Accountant!)

Aug 16 2018 2 Comments Tags: Fabric Waste

Am I the only who gets infuriated over how much waste fabric is left at the end of making a garment?  Maybe it’s my Yorkshire blood that makes this grate even more.  Throwing good money (or even better fabric) away is not part of the Yorkshire psyche I’m afraid, but I’ve found that it’s occurring more and more lately and it is très annoying. Take for example, one of my beloveds; the Willow Tank/Dress by Grainline Studio.  The fabric requirements on the pattern calls for around 2m of 150cm wide fabric to make the dress, however with a bit of...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Seren Dress

Jul 02 2018 0 Comments Tags: Seren Dress, Sewing Pattern Review, sewingseren, tilly and the buttons

Before we start, you must remember this - your fabric width MUST be at least 130cm wide for the knee length version or 150cm wide for the midi length.  Anything less just ain't gonna cut it because of the flare of the skirt! Now that's out of the way, let's move on to the nitty gritty...I am not a "flouncy" person.  Anything with a flounce I tend to steer well away from.  I recently bought the Sew Over It Lucia pdf top, which is an off-the-shoulder flouncy number, but I fully intend on making it sans flounce, thereby making my...

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Sewing Pattern Review: Tilly and the Buttons Stevie Dress/Top

Jun 29 2018 2 Comments Tags: Sewing Pattern Review, sewingstevie, tilly and the buttons

  I've been seeing little teasers for this pattern for a while and have been eagerly anticipating its release, as the last couple of Tilly patterns have been more for those with a bit of sewing already under their belts whereas this one is aimed at uber beginners, and let me tell you - I don't think you'll be disappointed with it! This pattern features a couple of variations, so you can make it as a top or a dress and there are a couple of different ways to fasten it - a neck tie, which is something you don't...

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A Phoenix Rises from the Ash Jeans

May 19 2018 3 Comments

Now, I'm sure there are more than a few sewing bloggers out there who make out that sewing life is a whole lotta rosy...the birds chirrup away outside a sun-drenched sewing room whilst the sewer in question manages to churn out an endless array of perfectly made garments.  Well, fellow sewer, I am here to tell you that that is a bare-faced lie!  Sewing is not all sunshine and roses, sometimes it gets dark.  Very, very dark.  Especially if you mistakenly make a pair of skinny jeans using a denim with the WRONG AMOUNT OF STRETCH!!!!!!  EPIC JEANS FAAAAAAAAAAIL!!!!  What...

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Keep Calm & Kalle On

Apr 12 2018 1 Comment Tags: Closet Case Patterns, Kalle Shirt Dress, Kalle Shirt Dress Review, Sewing Pattern Review

Closet Case Patterns: Kalle Shirt/Shirt Dress Sewing Pattern Review Ooh, I do love a good shirt dress. Depending on the style and fabric you choose, they are perfect for any occasion.  So far I've made a Tilly and the Buttons Rosa dress from a lightweight printed denim, which is just perfect for wearing day to day, and also a Deer & Doe Bluet dress from Atelier Brunette lawn, which is fab for going out for a meal or drinks.  Next up, I wanted to give the Kalle shirt dress a go after seeing all the lovely results on Instagram and...

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