Theodor dropwaist dress hack Bobbins and Buttons

A Theodor drop waist dress hack.

By Julia Claridge | March 28, 2020
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Are you following along with the current season of Project run and play? I am really enjoying following this burst of creativity especially during these difficult times. Last year I was very excited to be one of the contestants, it was great fun being part of the competition. I opted to make or use all…

A wearable Charlie Caftan toile.

By Julia Claridge | March 20, 2020
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It is such a scary and crazy time at the moment that has thrown everyone’s reality into turmoil. In difficult times I think it is really important to look for the positives and look forward to getting to the other side of the situation. Social media and the internet is a double edged sword. It…

Lynn pattern Bobbins and Buttons

Lynn pattern hack – 1, fluffy cosy sweatshirt.

By Julia Claridge | March 13, 2020
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This is the first in a series of hacks for the Lynn sweatshirt pattern. I have already published a couple of posts with ideas for the Lynn sweatshirt. It was these that inspired this idea. I have a few more hacks for the Lynn sweatshirt lined up, it made me wonder if I could post…

Dorothy pattern hack - Bobbins and Buttons

How to pattern match and adjust the Dorothy pattern for a border print.

By Julia Claridge | February 28, 2020
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I have recently been collaborating with Makower UK fabrics, showcasing their beautiful craft weight cotton fabrics being made into some of the styles from my sewing pattern range. Most of the Makower UK collections feature a border print design which is just asking to be used on the Dorothy dress. The Dorothy dress skirt is…

Testing the new Emily pattern.

By Julia Claridge | February 21, 2020
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Testing the new Emily pattern. A couple of weeks ago I launched the long awaited Emily pattern. I seemed to have been permanently side tracked last year and taken away from developing the patterns I wanted to. This year I decided to try harder to stick to my plan…so far so good. As usual a…

Rebecca’s embroidered Mary dress.

By Julia Claridge | February 14, 2020
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For my first blog post I have made a Mary dungaree dress for my six-year-old. The pattern age range is 1 – 12 years and comes with pocket options, you can choose a top front bib pocket or two curved hand pockets, on the front or back, or all of them at once if you…

Meet Emily the new ladies dungaree dress pattern.

By Julia Claridge | February 7, 2020
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The Emily pattern is here….finally!! This pattern started life a long time ago but seems to have taken a very long time to get to this point. Nevertheless it is HERE. Emily is an A-line dungaree style dress. The Mary dress’ big sister. Just like Mary this is a pull on style, no zips to…

Meet the new bloggers network.

By Julia Claridge | January 31, 2020
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Ever since starting to produce the Bobbins and Buttons range of patterns I have always worked with a group of ladies who have tested the patterns for me before they go out into world. As a designer this really is an invaluable part of creating a pattern. No matter how careful I think I have…

Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips.

By Julia Claridge | January 17, 2020
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Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips. This is a straightforward Lynn sweatshirt made in stretch velvet without any alterations. I decided to write a post about it because I wanted to mention stretch and how it affects the fit. I made this version in lightweight polyester stretch velvet, which has around 50% stretch, the…

fabric notbook with pen holder tutorial

Fabric notebook cover with pen holder tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | December 20, 2019
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Every year I like to create a handmade gift as a thank you and Christmas gift for my kids teachers and teacher assistants. The intention is always to make it early enough so I can share the idea as a tutorial here on my blog, then you could make some too. As usual I missed…