Sustainable wardrobe challenge – Ruth Brown

Sustainability Bobbins and buttons

Last year I made the move to focus more on sustainability and bring this in as a core value of my business. The climate crisis is no secret, the clothing industry is one of the  largest culprits of negative impact on the environment. I think sewing can go along way to make a difference whether…

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How to re-hem a garment by hand.

How to re-hem a garment by hand

How to re-hem a garment by hand. If a garment becomes damaged or stitching comes undone its easy to give up on that piece of clothing and either throw it away or give it to a charity shop. Either way it will be destined for landfill if it is damaged. In many cases garments can…

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How to start making your own clothes.

Bobbins and Buttons pattern range

How to start making your own clothes If I was to pull a positive out of the last two years I would probably have to say the amount of people who have had a go at sewing or reconnected with sewing. My classes since lock down ended have been full of new sewers or sewers…

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The Energy pattern range – Violet leggings.

Violet leggings pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

A global pandemic definitely makes you view life through a different lens! Despite the warning signs on the news, it was such a jolt to go into the first lock down. I felt it was like watching an accident happen. Knowing there was nothing you could do about it, then trying to pick up the…

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Karen’s denim Millie dress.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Denim Millie Dress Hi everyone, I’m back on the Bobbins & Buttons blog today to talk to you all about my new Denim Millie Dress.  I made a summer version last year when I pattern tested for Julia. I fell in love with the shape and design.  It has some really lovely features, including wide…

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Testing the Lewis dress and top pattern.

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

I just managed to squeeze publishing the Lewis dress and top pattern into 2021. The Lewis pattern had a huge amount of testers, it was so great to see so many very different versions from one pattern. As always there was a lot of invaluable feedback about the pattern from a great bunch of testers.…

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The shape of things to come – Plans for 2022

Bobbins and Buttons patterns

“I want to inspire and teach people who care about humankind and our environment to sew their own clothes. I will offer sewing patterns with styles for all the family that  practically and stylishly meet lifestyle needs. Teach classes and make tutorials to further support the patterns and garment making in general. I will offer…

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New pattern – The Lewis dress and top

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Button

My latest new pattern is the Lewis dress and top. This started life in response to the Alice dress that I created for the Project run and play collaboration about this time last year. During the testing process a few of the testers said they would love it in ladies sizes. The response I got…

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New pattern – The testers Millie dresses and tops.

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

My latest sewing pattern is Millie, which offers two dresses and a top. The development of this pattern suffered a string of delays that almost put me off publishing it this year. However the feedback and photos from the testing group restored my faith. Their versions also made me realise that the pattern is actually…

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