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Strangely Enough, My Final Post


So, instead of doing a year-end review, I’m doing an end-end-thing. This will be a much more personal blog post than usually, but I want to give some sort of explanation before I stop posting here all together.

I’ve been very busy this past autumn, and as usual this means that I’ve been a very bad blogger. But to be quite honest, I’m not sure if I ever have been a very good blogger. I wanted to, that’s for sure, but I could never find the time or the bother to be the eagerly-and-often-posting-tutorial-making-every-single-detail-explaining-blogger I wanted to be. And in a way that’s maybe just not me.

At heart I’m very much a minimalist. Whenever I write fiction, it’s fiction condensed to its shortest form, as my dear sister from Such Wanderings will know. So really, I’m just not suited for long and detailed explanations about what I did and how (she said, while explaining in detail).

This past year has been awesome, and I fully intend for the new one to be just as great, if not better. Possibly the biggest reason for why this autumn has been both exciting and exhausting (and why I haven’t been blogging much at all) is that, as part of our studies, me and a classmate of mine started a small clothing company, called Roina Clothing. You can check out our facebook page here.

Needless to say, we still have a lot to do (webshop, marketing etc. etc.), but still, superyay! This project explores many of the things that have sparked my interest over the years, the biggest one being the issue of ecological clothing, which is very close to my heart.

So, I hope you understand a bit better why I’ve decided to stop posting on Sadie The Sewing Machine. We all need to decide where to direct our ambitions, and blogging is not mine. I will however, start an online portfolio of sorts somewhere (will post a link when I’m ready). So if you want to know what I’m up to, sewing-wise, you can head there. And I will keep stalking around wordpress as a reader of blogs, same as usual. Maybe I’ll even get back into blogging at some point in the future, who knows.

But for now, thank you so much for reading, commenting and liking over the years, and a happy new year to you!


– Sadie


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New Banner/Header!

So I made a new header for this blog. The grey one had been a bit bland to me for a long time, since the “grey phase” I had for a while has been gone for a looong time :D But now everything is new and fresh and I’m happy.

The background for the banner is a weird necklace/headband thing that I crocheted using a sort of popcorn stitch. I haven’t quite decided if I want to wear it or not, but I like the texture.


I also considered using an embroidered flower I did on a kimono I made, but while taking photos of it I realized that I only ever teased that project, but never showed finished thing.

So here’s the kimono (been used as a dressing gown for a while now, so not really in prime-posting-condition, but…):


I used the same tutorial as Catherine Daze, adjusted to my measurements. The fabric was less than ideal though, a bit too stretchy.


The embroidery itself was based on something I found by googling “traditional Japanese embroidery” (seriously pretty stuff, by the way), or something along those lines. The end result was good, though in hindsight I can’t really think of why I decided to use so much time on something so everyday as a dressing gown :D But I suppose it was good practice, at least. I should do more embroidery anyway, it’s very relaxing.

– Sadie

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Wow, have I been a lazy blogger lately! But to be fair on myself, I haven’t been lazy at all. Who knew making a wedding dress would take so much time and effort, right? :D

But I promise there will be updates on that, as well as other things, in the very near future. There might even be a tutorial or two :)


– Sadie





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School Update

Hey all!

If you read this post, you know that I’ve started the process of becoming a professional dressmaker! I’ve been at my new school for a little over a week now, and its been really exciting and generally awesome :)
The things/techniques we’ve started out with has been fairly basic, but I’ve already realised that I’ve seriously been doing some things the long way round, so I’m really really really looking forward to what I’ll learn once we get to the difficult stuff.

I also made a kimono dressing gown thing, but I’m thinking of doing some embroidery on it before showing it to you (even though I cursed sewing by hand to the deepest pit of hell after I’d finished boyfriends suit, it seems I just can’t stay away :D).


– Sadie


The suit was finished in time (mind you, very barely) for Boyfriend’s brother’s wedding, and everything went wonderfully. Pics soon!

– Sadie

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