Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Testing the Lewis dress and top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | January 22, 2022
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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

By Julia Claridge | January 7, 2022
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“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…

Lewis pattern from Bobbins and Button

New pattern – The Lewis dress and top

By Julia Claridge | December 11, 2021
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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…

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

New pattern – The testers Millie dresses and tops.

By Julia Claridge | October 29, 2021
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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…

Vogue 9328 from Bobbins and Buttons

A long sleeved Vogue 9328

By Julia Claridge | October 15, 2021
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I wasn’t sure if I would have time this year to make myself a new dress for my birthday. I started this tradition when I turned 50, however I’m not being too strict with myself about this tradition. The dress I made last year was Vogue 9328, I made the version with a soft fluted short…

Millie pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

A new ladies dress and top pattern – Meet Millie.

By Julia Claridge | October 1, 2021
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My latest new pattern is Millie. The Millie pattern is a ladies pattern which offers two dress styles and a top version. It also has lots of hack potential too. I started developing the Millie pattern much earlier in the year with a plan to publish it during the summer. However the pattern became a…

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A review of the subscribers free boxy top pattern variations.

By Julia Claridge | September 17, 2021
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I recently published the last in my series of free boxy top variations. Over the past twelve months newsletter subscribers have been able to download the pattern pieces to adapt a basic sleeveless boxy top pattern into all these versions…. My initial idea for this series was to offer my newsletter subscribers an extra bonus…

Subscribers free pattern from Bobbins and Buttons - the dress hack

Subscribers free pattern – The lined dress hack.

By Julia Claridge | September 4, 2021
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This is the last in my first series of patterns that are free to subscribers. Throughout the series I have based all the designs around a simple dart free boxy top pattern. For this version I am hoping to encourage you to have a go at a simple hack. With this hack you can adapt…

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Karen’s jacquard fabric longline jacket.

By Julia Claridge | August 14, 2021
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Hi everyone, I hope you’re doing really well.  I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by!  This blog post has been a long time coming. So I am really glad I have finally got to the point of being able to share my latest make for the Bobbins & Buttons blog with you.…

Jayne dress pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

New pattern – The testers Jayne dresses.

By Julia Claridge | July 31, 2021
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A few weeks ago I launched my latest new pattern the Jayne dress. As always the pattern went out to be tested by a group of testers. This always offers the valuable feedback needed to make the final tweaks and amendments before publishing the pattern. It is great to see how the testers interpret the…