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A review of Vogue 9021 dress pattern.

By Julia Claridge | March 6, 2021
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This weekend is my 12th wedding anniversary, needless to say there is no night out planned!! I thought I would share a make from over a year ago when I did go out. This is a dress I made for my latest big ‘O’ birthday! I’ve since decided to make this a thing. On the…

Bobbins and buttons free pattern

Subscribers free pattern – Frill sleeve – How to make:

By Julia Claridge | February 26, 2021
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This months newsletter subscribers free pattern is a simple adaptation to the 3/4 sleeve version. The addition of a deep frill using existing pattern pieces.  Adding the frill gives the style an airy spring feel. As usual the details for how to download the pattern are published in the newsletter with the current password. The…

Morgan jeans review by Bobbins and Buttons

A Morgan jeans review

By Julia Claridge | February 20, 2021
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After making the Closet case Ginger jeans I was very excited to get stuck into making the Morgan jeans. They didn’t disappoint! The boyfriend fit is probably more my shape, because I love easy, comfortable clothing even when I’m dressing up I prefer to wear clothing that doesn’t feel to restrictive. Despite the instructions saying…

Lynn sweatshirt hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Lynn hack 11 – Creating a neck facing.

By Julia Claridge | February 12, 2021
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This month’s Lynn sweatshirt hack turns the sweatshirt style into a simple top ideal for lighter weight jersey fabrics. I chose to make this in a viscose French terry which has a lighter drapey handle compared to the cotton French terry. How to make: Start by making a pattern for the neck facing. Trace the…

Theodor pattern hack from Bobbins and Buttons

Theodor pattern hack – Adding mini ruffles to the sleeve.

By Julia Claridge | February 6, 2021
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This is a tutorial showing how to add mini ruffles through the sleeve of the Theodor sweatshirt pattern. It would also work on the Lynn sweatshirt or any other raglan sleeve style too. You can play around with the size, amount and placement of the ruffles for different effects. For this version I made the…

George sewing pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

The testers makes – George pattern.

By Julia Claridge | January 30, 2021
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At the end of last year I launched four new sewing patterns including the George sewing pattern in collaboration with Project run and Play as part of the Lounge Library collection. As always my patterns went through testing by a fab group who test most of my patterns. They are an eagle eyed lot and…

Lining the Yvonne coatigan pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

How to line the Yvonne coatigan.

By Julia Claridge | January 23, 2021
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This is a tutorial to show you how to add a lining to the Yvonne coatigan pattern. Adding a lining to this simple edge to edge coatigan style definitely routes it in the jacket or coat category. I chose to make my version in a knitted coating fabric. In hindsight this would have worked really…

Lynn hack 10 – A sporty version.

By Julia Claridge | January 16, 2021
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This month I am giving the Lynn sweatshirt sewing pattern a sporty hack. This is a quick hack that adds an extra sporty edge to the simple sweatshirt shape. Having a sweatshirt to quickly throw on before or after exercise is so useful. Especially at the moment during lockdown when most of our exercise is…

Boxy top patterns free from Bobbins and Buttons

A review of 2020 – New patterns, sewing and lockdown!

By Julia Claridge | January 9, 2021
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For my first blog post this year I am taking a look back at 2020. There is no doubt that the year will be indelibly marked in everyone’s memory for ever more. In many ways it was such a terrible year. It would be easy to recount the misery of a global pandemic and all…

Subscribers free volume sleeve boxy top pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Subscribers free pattern – Volume sleeve boxy top – How to make:

By Julia Claridge | December 18, 2020
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This months subscribers free pattern is the addition of a volume sleeve. I made this in a star burst sequin fabric to give the style some seasonal sparkle. This version has a lined bodice and unlined sleeves. This is a useful technique that you can apply to other patterns if you are using a sheer…