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Amanda Bloore
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Retro Butterick - B5748
I've had this pattern for a while and have plans to use some lovely Liberty fabric to make the dress.  However, after having a look at the measurements given for the pattern and the fact that I really didn't fit a particular one, I decided to make a practic...

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GBSB Walkaway Dress - Butterick B4790
So after watching episode three of the third series of the Great British Sewing Bee I decided that I had to hunt down the pattern for the 'Walkaway Dress'.  So named, because according to the original pattern's instructions you can make the dress in a morni...

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Simplicity 2549
After some rather fruitful visits to Wolverhampton's fabric market (Tuesday mornings) I had added some lovely lengths of fabric to my stash.  With numerous weddings this year I wanted a dress pattern that would be suitable.  The Simplicity 2549 view A fitte...

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August's Garment: Dress 'H' from the Stylish Dress Book
August's garment wasn't supposed to be a dress - I have a blouse that I started and have abandoned for the time being.  It seems that I have to take into consideration my size 12 hips even when making a top - I cut out a size 8, after taking bust measuremen...

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GBBO Week Four - Baked Alaska
Apologies for those eagled eyed readers who have spotted I have missed out Bread Week - I wasn't particularly inspired to make any of the bakes, especially after a previous year's 8 plaited loaf , ciabatta bread just didn't have the same draw . . . However,...

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GBBO - Week Two - Florentines
So week two of the Great British Bake Off was Biscuit week - I decided to attempt the technical challenge of Florentines.  I found my recipe on page 98 of The Great British Bake Off: How to Bake The Perfect Victorian Sponge and other Baking Secrets . As sug...

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July's Garment - Summer Maxi Dress
Although slightly on the late side - July's garment was started and finished one Saturday in July.  My sewing machine and I trekked down to London for a sewing class with Chinello from the second series of the Great British Sewing Bee. The class was a lesso...

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GBBO - Week One - Swiss Roll
So Great British Bake Off was on our screens again last week - hurrah!  I am again going to try and bake something GBBO inspired every week, fingers crossed I can keep up. Week One's signature bake was a Swiss Roll - as the number of series increase I find ...

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June's Garment - Holiday Shorts
I decided that I wanted a bit of a challenge for June - so thought that making a pair of shorts would be suitably challenging (zip fly, button hole, pockets).  I found this Burda pattern for ladies shorts and from looking at the photo thought that I would b...

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Bonus May & June Garment - Sew Mag Drape Top
This top certainly wasn't planned and if I had stuck to my April's resolution it shouldn't have even happened! In April, I decided that as crafty magazines are so very expensive, that instead of treating myself to the occasional magazine I would instead buy...
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