Simplicity 9182
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by almondrock
1w ago
Hello everyone! In case you missed it, I set myself a little task to keep pushing my style choices with new silhouettes every few makes to see if I find something I love. Spoiler alert: I’m not really sure it worked with this make. The project has all the markings of things I like. A ..read more
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How to sew satin fabric
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by almondrock
1w ago
Previous Next Satin is a luxurious and elegant fabric that is often used in party clothes and formalwear. However, it can be difficult to work with due to its slippery texture and tendency to fray. Here are some tips for sewing with satin: Follow a nap layout: Satin can shine differently and colour appear different ..read more
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Simplicity 8843
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by almondrock
1w ago
Today I’m sharing a long overdue finished make! I made this jacket early in the year and then totally forgot to put it online. It’s the perfect rainy day jacket because it’s waterproof and so bright, it’s like instant sunshine! Simplicity 8843 is an easy to wear, drop shoulder jacket with drawstring waist, 2 styles ..read more
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How to sew sweatshirt fabric
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by almondrock
1w ago
Sewing with sweatshirt fabrics can be a bit challenging, as they are typically made of a combination of cotton and synthetic fibers, and can have a stretchy texture. Here are some tips to help you sew with sweatshirt fabrics: Use a ballpoint needle: Sweatshirt fabrics are knit fabrics, and can be easily damaged by a ..read more
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Wild Horses McCall’s 7948
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by almondrock
1M ago
Sometimes you see a fabric and you think wow. I love it… then, you stumble across the designer dress and you say, oh yes I like that!! This Zadig and Voltaire dress is £755 featuring a beautiful handkerchief hem, shirred sleeves and button neckline. It looks like it’s been made out of crepe but the material I found was a satin replica without the brand name featured on the fabric. It’s also much brighter as satin is great for taking colour, which is more my style. So I bought 2 yards of the dark navy (it was sold in 1 yard or 1.5 yard increments and also comes on a white base) then reached f ..read more
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Simplicity Raincoat
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by almondrock
3M ago
Today I’m sharing a long overdue finished make! I made this jacket early in the year and then totally forgot to put it online. It’s the perfect rainy day jacket because it’s waterproof and so bright, it’s like instant sunshine! Simplicity 8843 is an easy to wear, drop shoulder jacket with drawstring waist, 2 styles of patch pockets, optional hood and choice between zipper front or popper front. Watch the video sewalong for this pattern on YouTube. I chose to make a mix of views A and B – with the pockets of view A and the zipper front of view B. As you can see I omitted the drawstring as I pr ..read more
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Charteuse M7974
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by almondrock
4M ago
Chartreuse is one of those colours that scares people. It’s slightly acidic looking but I find it so vibrant and exciting. Fun fact!! The colour actually comes from the alcoholic drinks. Green Chartreuse gets its color from chlorophyll, whereas Yellow Chartreuse gets its pigment from saffron. Both colors are naturally occurring. The two shades then worked their way into fashion, art and design. Read this amazing post about the bonkers history of the “elixir of life”. It was big in 1937, and again in the sixties. And it was a favorite of midcentury-modern trendsetters! Another reason I love i ..read more
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McCall’s 8256
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by almondrock
5M ago
Morning everyone. A quick post from me today! I recently went over to the Love Sewing offices to chat with the new Editor Michelle and photograph my version of M8256. This is a Learn To Sew level 1 pattern for a super blousey top with gathering into a neat bias neckline. There are raglan sleeves in three styles and an option to make a cami top. I made view D but cut the sleeves short. They’re a little less full than the view B sleeves that way. I also used thicker elastic for a chunkier cuff effect. I’m pretty pleased with the size S but could have still gone down to size XS as it’s very ov ..read more
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S9492 Birthday Dress
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by almondrock
5M ago
Hello everyone! For newcomers around here, I have a long tradition of making myself something nice for my birthday. It isn’t always something super fancy by the way… but this one is quite the stunner. My husband and I went out for dinner on my birthday to a nice French restaurant in Ilkley (with a couple of drinks afterwards) but I didn’t get chance to take proper photos until now. The fabric is the star of the show. This fully embroidered linen fabric has sweet white daisies on a black background. It’s medium weight and it washed absolutely fine, but I did trim a few fuzzy threads for neatne ..read more
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S9491 Birthday Dress
Almond Rock
by almondrock
5M ago
Hello everyone! For newcomers around here, I have a long tradition of making myself something nice for my birthday. It isn’t always something super fancy by the way… but this one is quite the stunner. My husband and I went out for dinner on my birthday to a nice French restaurant in Ilkley (with a couple of drinks afterwards) but I didn’t get chance to take proper photos until now. The fabric is the star of the show. This fully embroidered linen fabric has sweet white daisies on a black background. It’s medium weight and it washed absolutely fine, but I did trim a few fuzzy threads for neatne ..read more
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