Julia writes a blog that includes free projects, sewing techniques and her ongoing handmade wardrobe.
Last week I wrote about making this dress pattern that came free with Simply sewing magazine. I made some amendments to the last dress after I finished it because the fit wasn't quite right. I made the same amendments to the pattern and cut this one out. I repositioned the darts just by … [Read more...]
As the theme of the week is a romantic one, I thought I would share this fun tutorial for how to add heart shaped pockets to your Rosie pinafore dress. Materials: Fabric - 2 x 20cm square for outer 2 x 20cm square for lining. Templates: heart shaped pocket … [Read more...]
This pattern arrived with Simply Sewing magazine at the end of last year. It looked like the perfect 'dress up' or 'dress down' type of dress that I wanted for various Christmas get togethers. I have definitely recently become more in favour of comfy and relaxed clothes for what ever the … [Read more...]
This was almost an abandoned project. In the icy cold weather about a year ago I had a plan to make a fleecy hat and scarf. I began working on them but didn't really like the way they were turning out, the whole idea was about to get shelved for a rework at a later date when two of my customers fell … [Read more...]
This is a great way to use up left over pieces of jersey from previous projects. Jersey fabrics tend to be really wide, after cutting a top or dress I often find there are large chunks of waste down the side of the fabric. Good quality jersey fabrics are quite expensive so I thought it would be good … [Read more...]
Here is another make that's been sitting in my blogging queue for a little while... When Sew Me Something bought out this pattern I decided I had to make it ...after all it had my name on it! Apart from it being called Julia I do love a slouchy comfy top, especially one with as much style as this … [Read more...]
It's easy to think if you want to add length to a dress or top that you can just add a few centimetres down from the hem, in some cases this does work. However if you have a shaped hem or have a hem facing, adding length to the bottom edge of your garment may be more tricky and might mean you need … [Read more...]