Seams and Stresses

Old Makes: Merida (Butterick B4827)

I made this a few years ago now, and I think it was one of the first non-simplicity patterns I made. This was back in 2015, right in the middle of my 'year-from-hell'. I did a lot of sewing in... Continue Reading →

TV410:The (real) Fabric Awakens

After that slight diversion from the original Polonaise with the Mockup (which became my new outfit for World Book Day), it's back to the actual dress. Now, the fabric I'm using is a taffeta-type fabric. It's really nice but it's... Continue Reading →

Old Makes: Cloak and …Dagger?

I've been a little busy this week to finish off the world book day outfit, so I thought it was time to put up another throw-back of some old makes! This is kind of a theme post rather than anything... Continue Reading →

TV410 Mock-up: Attack of the Lace

Just a very quick post containing the outfit with the trims attached. It doesn't look that inspiring on the dress form, but that's partly because the front fastenings aren't done yet - oops! I'll try to get that done tonight... Continue Reading →

TV410: Mock up – The phantom trimmings

Ok, so I haven't put the trimmings on, and I'm not attaching the bustle to the rest until I've done that, but otherwise this is just about done: Not including the trims or the price of the pattern (as the... Continue Reading →

TV410: The mockup – Return of the…glitter?

The last few days have been very busy, so very little in the way of sewing happened, though on Wednesday I had a brainwave. After trying on the mock-up on Wednesday night it became evident that the mock-up was an... Continue Reading →

TV410: The Mock-up Strikes back

Anyhow, following on from the post I made about the background behind my decision to make the polonaise, the weekend was spent working on the pattern itself. Truly Victorian Patterns are a completely new experience to me - completely different to... Continue Reading →

TV410: 1873 Polonaise – Background

Every so often I come up with a plan to make something pretty darned cool. My last project on that scale was the electric corset, previously I've done such things as my Mary Poppins outfit or my Sweden Dress. This... Continue Reading →

Past makes: Burda 7880

I made this particular pattern in August 2015, about 2 weeks before Asylum. I had previously seen it made by a friend of mine when I was living in Sweden, and I had always thought it looked rather gorgeous.  In my... Continue Reading →

My Sewing Machine(s)

I love Sewing Machines. They're amazing pieces of kit. My current Sewing machine is a Singer 160. I purchased her in 2012, as a gift to myself to congratulate myself on a) graduating from university and b) starting my first... Continue Reading →

Past Projects: New Look Dresses

All has been a little on the quiet side the last few days in the sewing department. I've slowly been finishing off the bias binding on the corset. I've also been busy sorting out my measurements and cutting paper templates for my... Continue Reading →

Every Day I’m Bustling

Ahhh, my bustle. I actually started on this one right at the start of January, but had to leave off to order the boning to go inside it. I got the instructions on how to do this from here. Overall... Continue Reading →

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