Julia writes a blog about the ideas and development of her childrenswear range and also her ongoing handmade wardrobe, having set a target of only making clothes and not buying any in January 2014 you can read about her makes, successes and failures. Posts are smattered with tips and links of discovered sources.
We've just had a lovely sunny weekend and it feels like Spring is most definitely here! So it doesn't seem so appropriate to be posting a blog post about a cosy sweatshirt dress. But as I've made it I'm going to share it anyway! This was a design I wrote as a project for Sew Now … [Read more...]
Between teaching, freelancing and the school run I am often busy writing projects for one or two of the national sewing magazines, which I love doing. Sometimes I submit ideas if I think I have a project that would work for a particular magazine and sometimes I am set a brief. At the end of last … [Read more...]
Sewing with jersey/knit fabrics has become more and more popular, understandably so, there are lots of garment styles that are super quick to sew. There is some sympathy on fit with stretch fabrics too. These are two qualities that make sewing jersey/knit garments quite an attractive prospect … [Read more...]
A couple of weeks ago I shared some of my latest handmade wardrobes makes which included my upcycled patchwork jeans. There was nothing really wrong with the jeans before I started chopping them about, apart from they were just quite plain and boring! I've been admiring patchwork denim for a while … [Read more...]
Words I would use to describe my Mum...Kind, loving, caring, supportive, non-judgemental, patient, calm, thoughtful, considerate, practical, clever. There's quite a long list of wonderful characteristics I remember about my Mum. Many of which she demonstrated to me as my first sewing teacher when I … [Read more...]
It has been quite a while since I posted about my handmade wardrobe, not because I have stopped making my own clothes, far from it. It was over three years ago that I set my one year challenge of only making my own clothes and not buying any. I completed two years before relaxing the rules, and even … [Read more...]
There are two things I seem to say quite a lot. One is "I feel very lucky to teach sewing classes"...because I bloomin' love it! And secondly "people who sew are always lovely"..it is true, I meet lots of people who come to my classes and people in the industry and they are always nice people! The … [Read more...]