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Posts by Julia Claridge

Call out for sewing pattern testers.

sewing pattern testers - Bobbins and buttons

I am on the search for a couple of new sewing pattern testers. Over the last couple of years I have been busy designing and publishing some of my designs as sewing patterns. I work with a lovely team of testers most of which have tested all my patterns from the very first one. However…

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The Essential sewing kit list.

The Essential sewing kit list. I originally thought about writing this post for beginners. People who might have been lucky enough to receive a sewing machine for Christmas or are just planning to get stuck into sewing as a new hobby this year. When thinking about what you need to get started I realised it…

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Decorative patchwork mug wrap tutorial – handmade gifts.

Decorative patchwork mug wrap tutorial. I always like to try and make as many Christmas gifts as I can, especially when it comes to small tokens of appreciation for people like my kids school teachers. This year I was inspired by watching the school teachers in the playground with their hot drinks in the morning…

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Testing the new Frances leggings pattern.

It was a few weeks ago that I launched my latest sewing pattern. Frances is a classic snug fitting kids leggings pattern. As usual I asked my trusty team of pattern testers to try out the pattern and let me know their verdict before going live with the pattern. I wanted to add a leggings…

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Viva La Vida – #therefashioners2018 #inspiredby

Phew!…Here is my last post about my Refashioner entry 2018. Squeezed in just before the deadline! I chose Frida Kahlo and one of her outfits as my inspiration after visiting the exhibition at the V&A. Her style is iconic and has had an undeniable influence on fashion and trend in recent years. Aside from her…

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An evening-wear Huipil – #therefashioners2018

An evening-wear Huipil - #therefashioners2018- Bobbins and Buttons

This is my third blog post relating to my Refashioner competition entry. Not my final post yet!… I know… there is loads, it was way to much to write as one blog post. I was determined to make the best use of the materials I used for my main entry. Ideas popped up for all…

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When Hugh Hefner met Frida! #therefashioners2018

therefashioners2018 Frida Khalo by Bobbins and Buttons

I recently published my official entry for the Refashioners competition 2018. My inspiration was an outfit worn by Frida Khalo. I used two saris and a poncho for the outfit. Naturally because I was using saris there was a lot of fabric left over. In fact I don’t think I had realised just how much…

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Take 2 saris, Frida and #therefashioner2018 competition.

This is my entry (well first and main part of…) for this years Refashioners competition. If you haven’t already come across the Refashioners competition you can read all about it over at The Makery. There is also still time to enter…if you’re very quick! I first came across this competition last year and I love…

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How to line straps for dungarees – tutorial.

How to line straps for dungarees. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to line straps for dungarees. I am using the Mary pattern to show the technique. This technique might be useful to line dungaree straps if you are using a bulky fabric such as heavy weight denim, corduroy or any…

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