wedding outfit

25 minute coat and the rest of the wedding outfit.

By Julia Claridge | May 1, 2017
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A few weeks ago me and my hubby were invited to a wedding. It has been quite a while since we went to a wedding so I needed something to wear! As it was in March the weather can be a bit unpredictable and usually fairly cool so the outfit needed to include a coat. Ever since…

sweatshirt dress

My handmade wardrobe – sweatshirt dress #sewthelove

By Julia Claridge | April 24, 2017
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We’ve just had a lovely sunny weekend and it feels like Spring is most definitely here! So it doesn’t seem so appropriate to be posting a blog post about a cosy sweatshirt dress. But as I’ve made it I’m going to share it anyway! This was a design I wrote as a project for Sew Now…

pinafore and tops

Sew Now pinafore and tops #sewthelove

By Julia Claridge | April 17, 2017
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Between teaching, freelancing and the school run I am often busy writing projects for one or two of the national sewing magazines, which I love doing. Sometimes I submit ideas if I think I have a project that would work for a particular magazine and sometimes I am set a brief. At the end of…


What is Elastane?

By Julia Claridge | April 10, 2017
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Sewing with jersey/knit fabrics has become more and more popular, understandably so, there are lots of garment styles that are super quick to sew. There is some sympathy on fit with stretch fabrics too. These are two qualities that make sewing jersey/knit garments quite an attractive prospect especially if you have limited time or like quick…

patchwork style

How to customise your jeans – patchwork style -tutorial

By Julia Claridge | April 2, 2017
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A couple of weeks ago I shared some of my latest handmade wardrobes makes which included my upcycled patchwork jeans. There was nothing really wrong with the jeans before I started chopping them about, apart from they were just quite plain and boring! I’ve been admiring patchwork denim for a while so I decided to…


Happy Mothers Day…A dress my Mum made.

By Julia Claridge | March 26, 2017
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Words I would use to describe my Mum…Kind, loving, caring, supportive, non-judgemental, patient, calm, thoughtful, considerate, practical, clever. There’s quite a long list of wonderful characteristics I remember about my Mum. Many of which she demonstrated to me as my first sewing teacher when I was a young child. It’s no secret that I started my journey into…

coat, top and jeans

My handmade wardrobe – A new coat, top and jeans rework!

By Julia Claridge | March 19, 2017
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It has been quite a while since I posted about my handmade wardrobe, not because I have stopped making my own clothes, far from it. It was over three years ago that I set my one year challenge of only making my own clothes and not buying any. I completed two years before relaxing the…

World book day costumes!

By Julia Claridge | March 9, 2017
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After last years World Book Day disaster when I was ready with a costume but then the school didn’t do the dressing up thing I got myself a bit more organised this year….starting with checking the school calendar to see if it was happening!! ..and it was. This year I had not one but two…

kids sweatshirt and slim fit joggers

Handmade kids sweatshirt and slim fit joggers

By Julia Claridge | January 18, 2017
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I am super excited (and a bit nervous) about the launch of my first sewing pattern which is only weeks away…hopefully! Depending on what my lovely group of pattern testers have to say. But obviously I can’t launch one pattern and leave it at that, so I’ve worked out a bit of a plan of…

no pattern top

Easy lace panel no pattern top tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 28, 2016
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It is the season for socialising! Much as I love working on something elaborate, the reality of the Christmas season is life is super hectic, trying to squeeze in shopping, school plays as well as extra socialising. As I am keen to stick to making all my clothes, anything new has to be super easy…