The coat

My handmade wardrobe – The coat – January 2016

By Julia Claridge | February 11, 2016
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This is the January post, however it is a bit past the end of January now! I have been super busy writing magazine projects and planning, organising, scheduling and generally working things out, I have sore finger tips from typing and therefore I am a bit late writing my monthly blog posts. I am very…

kids wardrobe - proud mummy

The kids wardrobe – proud mummy – December 2015

By Julia Claridge | December 30, 2015
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This months issue of Sewing World magazine was very exciting, it not only featured my ladies linen apron dress, which is one of my fav projects for the magazine, but it also featured the first installment of my bridesmaid dress. The bridesmaid dress is part of a trio of projects the next installments with coordinating…

handmade wardrobe - hello

My handmade wardrobe – hello – December 2015

By Julia Claridge | December 29, 2015
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The end of this month marks the end of the second year of my handmade wardrobe blog!! I think I am now firmly routed into making my own clothes. But have I made any purchases of ready made clothing over the past two years?……….No! My rules allowed me to buy hosiery, lingerie and footwear but…

the shop

The shop is officially open!!- November 2015

By Julia Claridge | December 1, 2015
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This month after many weeks, several months and a few years of sorting out, planning, pondering and working I finally launched my kids clothing range as part of my online shop.  I tied the online launch in with an open evening held in Leicester upstairs at The Globe pub.  So it seems like a good time…

handmade wardrobe - getting organised

My handmade wardrobe – getting organised – November 2015

By Julia Claridge | November 30, 2015
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I had a major big sort out this month which took priority over any blog sewing. I do often have little sort outs that include shuffling a few pieces of fabric into a box and marking it ‘projects in progress ‘or turning out a couple of boxes that have been ‘discovered’ by searching for something!…


My handmade wardrobe – bewitched – October 2015

By Julia Claridge | November 7, 2015
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This month I was busy creating a family of Halloween costumes, this time including mummy and daddy!! The theme was The Wizard of Oz, you can read all about how this came about in my kids wardrobe blog post published earlier this week. Anyway, I was to be the wicked witch of the East. For…

trick or treat

The kids wardrobe – trick or treat! – October 2015

By Julia Claridge | November 2, 2015
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Yes I know another month of dressing up fun and not serious business sewing! I just can’t resist and the kids love it. Last year we went out trick or treating for the first time. Its not something I am particularly passionate about neither is Halloween on the whole. However last year we were invited to…

change of season

My handmade wardrobe – change of season – September 2015

By Julia Claridge | October 3, 2015
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Some big excitement to report this month….I was asked to feature in the ‘We Meet’ article published monthly in Sewing world magazine, of course I was very flattered and agreed! The article is not all about my handmade wardrobe, more an over view of all Bobbins and Buttons sewing activity, inspiration and tips. However I am…

Making memories

The kids wardrobe – Making memories – September 2015

By Julia Claridge | September 29, 2015
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The focus for kids clothing in September has very much been the other main event of the year! Joseph’s 4th birthday party! The usual sewing for business took second place for some of September while, I stitched costumes, back drops and generally created a super hero themed birthday party fit for a 4 year old…


My handmade wardrobe – shifty – August 2015!

By Julia Claridge | September 5, 2015
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I hereby promise not to start any more projects until I have finished some half finished ones!!! And definitely not buy any more fabric until the stash has seriously diminished …to almost nothing!!! Its heading speedily towards the end of year two of my handmade wardrobe. I am really pleased to not have bought any…