Julia writes a blog that includes free projects, sewing techniques and her ongoing handmade wardrobe.
This is a project I wrote for Love Sewing magazine a while ago. It has also been a firm favourite in class. I have seen lots of different versions being made from craft bag versions in bright funky prints to mock suede and corduroy simple lined versions and others like this in plain or printed … [Read more...]
Here is an outfit that I made last year and has only just hit the blogging list! The top is a project I wrote for Sew magazine that you can make without a pattern. Its a simple make that features gathered cuffs, nicely catering for the volume sleeve trend that started last year. I made this in Lady … [Read more...]
Last week I launched my second dressmaking pattern - a girls dungaree pinafore dress. Part of my plan for my dressmaking pattern range is to include patterns for all the family. I started with kids patterns as I have a good selection that I designed for classes and have been using since the … [Read more...]
Its really important to me to test my patterns thoroughly before having them printed and going live. I think no matter how careful I feel I have been to dot all the i's and cross the t's I may have missed something or could perhaps have done something better or clearer. I am constantly on a mission … [Read more...]
Here it is the long awaited next Bobbins and Buttons pattern. Tried, tested and ready to go....well almost... its at the printers! You can pre-order your paper copy here, it will be winging its way to you by 16th April. The download version will also be available very soon too. Mary is an … [Read more...]
It was a couple of weeks ago that I shared my vintage black velvet cocoon coat that pushed in front of this one in the making queue. I had already started this grey one and it was going really well so I decided to rustle up another in black velvet to wear to Christmas parties. The velvet version … [Read more...]
This weeks sweet class treats are these yummy Easter themed chocolate brownies. I know there is just about to be more chocolate than you can shake a stick at, but what the hell! Chocolate brownies are always a good recipe for school holidays to get the kids involved with too! This recipe is from … [Read more...]