Archive for the ‘sewing’ Category

Summer of 2011


Yep, this is the rate at which I am posting here. I still can’t believe I haven’t put this up, I was so pleased with this project at the time. Another eBay find (you would never have guessed…) – the skirt was massively big and unflattering in its original incarnation so I doctored it. At […]

Straight from the wardrobe of a Warner Brothers studio on Los Angeles (I am not kidding!), I present to you the Spot My Suit: The first person to identify it in an upcoming movie or television series wins a cookie! I  promise the photo was less blurry a minute ago… but I think you can […]



I am back! And I am proud to present Sewing Project no. 2. I’ve been needing a new coat for a while. The lining in my old one has shred to tatters, and, more difficult to redeem, the outer fabric has also begun to show its age. After a whole winter of searching, I finally […]

Hint: this is not the way 😉 I had great fun with it though. It reminded me of doing my geometry homework in primary school, except I had better tools to work with then 😆 The book is standing in for a triangular ruler, and as I later discovered, my ruler and the B&Q tape […]

My first ever complete sewing project: ta-da! I loved the top on the Selfish Seamstress, and she very unselfishly shared the pattern here. I made it up in a rayon jersey. Comparing it with the original version, I would prefer to use a double knit if I make it again – the drape of the […]

Hemming a skirt


I found this skirt in an Oxfam store. As usual, it came up too short on me. But now I know how to lower a hem! (You don’t really need a sewing machine for this, I just hadn’t thought of working this out until I got interested in dressmaking.) It was going swimmingly until I […]

Meet François!


His name is really Franz, but he fancies himself a bit French. I picked him up on freecycle, after keeping an eye out for weeks. The previous owner warned that the bobbin thread skips stitches but I am welcome to try and make it work. I took it apart last Friday, and after I cleaned […]

Why sew?


Fit. Most people complain that ready to wear clothes are designed for figures that are thinner and taller than the average. I am thinner and taller than the average, and I still have a hard time finding clothes that fit! Bust lines are generally too high and deep, sleeves and hemlines are too short, or […]