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…

Subscribers free sewing pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Subscribers free pattern – Open tie back boxy top.

By Julia Claridge | July 24, 2021
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This month newsletter subscribers can download the additional pattern pieces needed to turn the free basic boxy top pattern into this open tie back version. This top is lovely and cool to wear. Even though it has an open back, the panels are stitched in at the shoulder seams so it will keep you cool…

Jayne dress sewing pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Introducing the Jayne pinafore dress sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | July 2, 2021
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This week I launched my latest new pattern. The Jayne pinafore dress. The Jayne pinafore dress pattern is a ladies sewing pattern. It is a pull on A-line dress style that fastens at the shoulders with buttons. The size range for the pattern is size 6- 22. Like many other designers I am looking at…

Frill detail square neck top pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

Subcribers free pattern – Square neck, frill detail boxy top.

By Julia Claridge | June 25, 2021
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For newsletter subscribers this month the additional pieces that are free to download will turn the basic boxy top pattern into a square necked version with a frill detail. The details for how to download the pattern pieces are published in the newsletter. These are the instructions for how to make this version. Body measurement…

Vogue 9328 sewing pattern review from Bobbins and Buttons

A review of Vogue 9328 sewing pattern

By Julia Claridge | June 19, 2021
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I made my version of Vogue 9328 sewing pattern for my birthday last year. Its a new tradition I started the year before, to make myself a new dress for my birthday! I spend the majority of my sewing time making versions of styles I am developing for my pattern range. Much as I love…