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Orchards dress

I can’t remember when I decided to make this dress or that I would use this fabric for it, but it feels like it’s been in the planning for quite some time. Having afternoon tea to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary in August seemed like the perfect occasion to wear it, so I added it to my list of things to sew during July (I never like to rush these things!)

Ellsworth shirt

I really fancied sewing myself a Merchant and Mills Ellsworth shirt this summer, but the paper pattern was out of stock everywhere for absolutely ages! Yes I am very aware I could have bought and printed the PDF, but I just like paper patterns, OK?

Quilted jacket – my technical challenge!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that after watching the Great British Sewing Bee I set myself the challenge of sewing the same quilted jacket that the contestants were tasked to make in Series 8, episode 4.

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