Julia writes a blog about the ideas and development of her childrenswear range and also her ongoing handmade wardrobe, having set a target of only making clothes and not buying any in January 2014 you can read about her makes, successes and failures. Posts are smattered with tips and links of discovered sources.
Summer is here!! Well school summer holidays are here. It's not exactly been the warmest weather here in the Midlands. Perhaps you are lucky enough to be going to some far flung tropical corner of the world where the sun is properly shining. If you are you might like to make my super easy no pattern … [Read more...]
Last week we celebrated my daughters eighth birthday, which of course meant party time! A few years ago my sister said to me I had made a rod for my own back by creating elaborate birthday parties. She was indeed right! The minute one of my kids is nearing their birthday they begin asking about … [Read more...]
This is a pattern that I self drafted and has evolved from a top pattern that I developed a few years ago. It has definitely become a 'go to' pattern for both tops and dresses. I love the variety of prints available in good quality craft cotton, you can give a simple shape like this a totally new … [Read more...]
I have quite a minimal tool box when it comes to sewing equipment. I'm not really one for gadgets and gizmos. Though there are several items that as a sewer you can't live without....scissors, tape measure, pins and needles, ruler and fabric markers. When it comes to these items I am happy to … [Read more...]
I finally got round to making up some fabric I've had for a long time. Its a gorgeous natural linen fabric with self colour embroidery all over it. I bought it from Montreux fabrics when they came to Sew Sociable. At the time their fabrics were not available to buy other than at events (like the … [Read more...]
A few weeks ago after writing a couple of articles about how and when I started sewing it occurred to me that my kids are now similar ages to when I first fell in love with the sewing machine. Though they have both used my sewing machines they hadn't up to this point made anything more than a … [Read more...]
There are always lots of great sewing challenges happening on social media, most of which I either spot too late or just don't have time to take part in. But I have decided to take part in this years's Vintage pledge run by A Stitching Odyssey, who has clearly laid out the rules of the challenge on … [Read more...]