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Lynn pattern hack 4 – Appliqued stripe French terry- tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 27, 2020
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This months Lynn hack is probably my fav to date. It was fun to make, it feels creative, stylish and super wearable! I used part of the beautiful orange blossom print from a Lady McElroy linen blend fabric to create an applique on this stripe French terry. I think it gives the sweatshirt a summer…

A self drafted summer trapeze dress.

By Julia Claridge | June 20, 2020
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This trapeze dress is another of my makes for last year’s big summer holiday to Greece. Not that I’m reminiscing about holidays and the freedom to travel that perhaps we once took for granted!! It is always good to look back and remember good times. I quite like how handmade clothes are a bit like…

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Karen’s Rosa dress review.

By Julia Claridge | June 13, 2020
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Hi everyone, It’s Karen from Sew Little Time – I’m very excited to be able to share my first pattern and fabric review with you for the Bobbins and Buttons blog. Earlier this year I selected the most luxurious and soft Lady McElroy needlecord fabric from Julia and had already decided what pattern to pair…

A Charlie Caftan for low key evening wear.

By Julia Claridge | June 6, 2020
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Wow how the weather can change! Last weekend it was pretty much a heat wave! It inspired me to finally put away my winter woolies and dig out all my summer clothes. I do this seasonal wardrobe swap around twice a year as I don’t have enough wardrobe space to keep everything out all the…

Rebecca’s suede scuba Amelia bomber jacket.

By Julia Claridge | May 30, 2020
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My Suede Scuba Amelia Bomber Jacket As soon as I saw Julia post this suede scuba fabric, I knew it would make a fab bomber jacket, and luckily Julia agreed. The fabric is a navy-based scuba with a leaf print, its 95% polyester and 5% elastane (weight 290gsm) and it feels like suede to touch.…

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Testing the Yvonne coatigan pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 23, 2020
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A few weeks ago I launched the Yvonne coatigan pattern. A simple edge to edge jacket/cardigan style with a choice of sleeves and pockets. As always the pattern was thoroughly tested by a lovely bunch of ladies who then gave me invaluable feedback. I took all the feedback on board and made adjustments to the…

Lynn pattern hack – 3 – Easy jumper dress.

By Julia Claridge | May 16, 2020
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This is the third in my series of Lynn sweatshirt hacks. I did the same hack on the Theodor sweatshirt for my daughter. A bit of twinning was always going to be on the cards! There will definitely be more of these, I love how this worked out and it is a perfect easy to…

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Introducing new sew-alongs.

By Julia Claridge | May 10, 2020
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Ever since the start of lockdown and the temporary end of my sewing classes I have been saying I would offer some sew-alongs for my sewing patterns. I had begun to build a library of techniques as video tutorials with the help of Dean Leivers before lockdown. However in the absence of my classes, I…

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Introducing Yvonne the latest sewing pattern – A ladies coatigan style.

By Julia Claridge | May 2, 2020
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A new arrival to the Bobbins and Buttons sewing pattern range! This is the Yvonne coatigan style. Yvonne is a relaxed fit coatigan style. A cross between a coat and a cardigan. A style I find really practical and useful when the weather fluctuates between warm and cool within a few hours, as it often…

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Free nappy cover pattern sizes 0-3 months to 3 years.

By Julia Claridge | April 17, 2020
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This is a free downloadable pattern and tutorial for a nappy cover ages 3 months to 3 years. This is the perfect partner for dresses like the Lillia Rae or the Rosie pinafore. These dresses are perfect for little ones to wear in the summer, a matching nappy cover makes a cute finishing touch.