Seams and Stresses

Past Projects: The Retro-archaeologist

Retroarchaeology: the art of putting things in the ground for future archaologists to find. This dress was based primarily on a concept which I stole (borrowed actually) from the wonderful Dr Geof, who created the marvellous Retroarchaeologist's patch which has... Continue Reading →


Past Makes: Mary Poppins? (Butterick B4954)

I made this set back in late 2014/early 2015, using a strange suedette fabric. I still have a lot of that fabric (the reason why will become clear later) Anyhow, this set consists of a skirt and a jacket, and looks... Continue Reading →

Simplicity 1080

I've been a bit quiet recently. Sorry about that - I've been trying to catch up on an essay and had a few very busy weeks at work. This weekend, however, I decided to have a bit of a play,... Continue Reading →

Sew not much is really happening right now in the seamstressing department…

After the polonaise(s) finally were complete last week, I've been a bit lax on the sewing. For the most part, the sewing machine has been silent whilst I've worked on getting my computer working properly (spoiler: it hates me, and... Continue Reading →

TV410: The Last Polonaise

And the Polonaise is finished! Huzzah! There will be a later blog with photos of it being worn, but for now you'll need to be content with photos of Matilda the Mannequin wearing it. Anyhow,  with the exception of a... Continue Reading →

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 →

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