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Helen Parker  My adventures in sewing 👧💖✂

Super busy week this week with little time for sewing. Just got the zip and hem to do on this dress for a party in a few weeks. This dress was supposed to be one from my make nine but we had a fall out before I even started so I made this "Kimery" instead- Kim bodice from @byhandlondon and Emery skirt from @christinehaynes It did mean that I didn't have to buy any fabric and because it's not a new pattern, I've got enough time (and fabric) to make a matching clutch bag. I got this fabric from @amilliondresses destash. I hastily made a bag for a friend and then panicked I would have enough for a dress but there has been plenty. Love it when that happens 😊💛 #byhandlondonkim #emerydress #sewing

🤔🤔I'm pondering over getting an overlocker. The fuss pot in me would like the neat seams I could make and I'd love to give knits a go. Any advice would be much appreciated. John Lewis have this one that comes ready threaded which means you can get going straight away. They tell me it's a popular choice.🤔🤔

Rachel Whiteread is one if my favourite artists. The Tate are showing work inspired by her and I love this one and well, its dressmaking pins 💞📍 #Repost @tate (@get_repost)
Today’s #RachelWhitereadInspired artist is object arranger @witenry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
‘This piece is inspired by Rachel Whiteread’s drawings. By using overlapping lines, she creates a sense of space from their progression across the picture plane, a technique which offers the drawing added depth. In my piece, I used sewing pins to replicate this technique, overlapping the pins to add a sculptural sense of volume to an otherwise flat design’ - Adam Hillman ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
This week we hand our Instagram feed to four creatives who will be sharing their work inspired by #RachelWhiteread at Tate Britain. Follow along and share your own inspired work using #RachelWhitereadInspired for the chance to be showcased in a Tate email newsletter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
See #RachelWhiteread’s work at Tate Britain until 21 January 2018.

And here's my plans for 2018! 1) I want to make some sort of shoulder bag. The squiffy sling by @sewingpatternsbymrsh is my fave at the moment. 2) @colettepatterns laurel is a pattern I downloaded ages ago but haven't found the right fabric for 3) I'm still on a mission to find my perfect sleeveless dress, this may be it! 4) something for little Miss P 5) @namedclothing inari tee dress. I've ordered some Ponte Roma which I'm hoping will be suitable to make this and my first go with stretch fabric! 6) @closetcase.patterns Kalle shirt dress. 7) A Mcalls dress for a party I have coming up. 8) another @jenniferlaurenhandmade laneway dress 9) another @simplesewuk Grace dress, this time the round neck version with the gathered skirt. Will be interesting to see how what I want to sew now transfers to what I actually make. I change my mind so much! I'd also like to use a lot of my leftover fabric up. #nextnine2018 #sewingplans #2018makenine

Thinking about my plans for next year. The ideas I made for this year didn't really go to plan. I'm constantly changing my mind of what I want to make so it doesn't surprise me. Repeated 2 if the dresses lots. Didn't try quilting. The bag, I decided not to make as you need a non directional fabric which I didn't have. The skirt i decided wouldn't suit me and the Mortmain dress, I traced and got no further 🤔. Now onto 2018 😊 #sewingplans

My #bestnine2017 😃👗✂️ Thanks for all the likes and the tips along the way xx

And heres Miss Ps Xmas dress! We both love this Xmas unicorn fabric by Rico from @sewmesunshine.uk. I got this prima pattern from a charity shop and cut it rather than traced it. This is the 3rd year of using it and I've got away with just lengthening it each year! Can anyone recommend an alternative for future makes? #christmasdress

Christmas dress! Love this Dashwood Studios Nordic Animals fabric I bought from @littlemissmoosey. Sewing pattern is #simplicity2444. Inspired by @smileandmake dress in this fabric. Happy Christmas Instagram friends! #christmasdress #dashwoodstudio 🦌🦊🐰❄

Well, today just keeps getting better! I've seen a few posts on here where @adamrossfabrics have been like the fairy godmother sending customers free fabric. Never thought I'd be one of them! How ace is this? One of my favourite colours to wear too. Thank you so much. Looking forward to seeing the new website 😊

I finished work yesterday for Christmas so it seemed a good chance to wear this. This was my first Xmas dress I made (two years ago) from a not Christmas-dinner-friendly polycotton. Complete with my Secret Santa reindeer slippers. 🌲🎄🌲 #byhandlondonanna #annadress #christmasdress #christmassewing

Have never got my head round pattern matching so I don't bother trying. This 5 legged deer though 😂. Hoping to get this Xmas dress finished tonight. Just the hand sewing left. Love a bit of hand sewing in front of the tv. #patternmatchingfail #xmasdress

Count me in! #stoffstilcompetition
Love the swans and the sausage dogs the best!🤞 #Repost @stoffstil (@get_repost)
✨ COMPETITION✨ We want to spread the christmas joy🎁
You have the chance to win this big pile of stretch jersey (7 kinds - 1,5m of each)

How to enter:
1. Make sure you follow us @stoffstil
2. Regram this picture
3. Include #STOFFSTILcompetition in your post

Psst... maybe you have a sewing-enthusiastic friend who'd love to hear about this competition too? So feel free to tag in the comments below👇
We'll announce the lucky winner on December 24th 12:00 (CET)


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