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When Hugh Hefner met Frida! #therefashioners2018

By Julia Claridge | October 22, 2018
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I recently published my official entry for the Refashioners competition 2018. My inspiration was an outfit worn by Frida Khalo. I used two saris and a poncho for the outfit. Naturally because I was using saris there was a lot of fabric left over. In fact I don’t think I had realised just how much…

Take 2 saris, Frida and #therefashioner2018 competition.

By Julia Claridge | October 19, 2018
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This is my entry (well first and main part of…) for this years Refashioners competition. If you haven’t already come across the Refashioners competition you can read all about it over at The Makery. There is also still time to enter…if you’re very quick! I first came across this competition last year and I love…

How to line straps for dungarees – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | October 12, 2018
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How to line straps for dungarees. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to line straps for dungarees. I am using the Mary pattern to show the technique. This technique might be useful to line dungaree straps if you are using a bulky fabric such as heavy weight denim, corduroy or any…

Testing the new Lillia Rae sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | October 5, 2018
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A few weeks ago I published the pdf version of my new simple dress sewing pattern for girls. Lillia Rae is a super simple dress sewing pattern for girls from as young as 3 months old. The pattern offers two lengths, a dress length and a tunic length perfect to wear with leggings. The style…

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Introducing Frances – snug leggings pattern for babies to tweens!

By Julia Claridge | September 28, 2018
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The next new pattern is here! Meet Frances a leggings pattern for kids. Leggings are an essential addition to our little explorer’s wardrobes. They are so versatile and easy to wear. My little girl lives in her leggings. Whether worn with a sweatshirt or under a dress or tunic top there are never enough pairs of…

Handmade trapeze dress Bobbins and Buttons

Charcoal self drafted linen trapeze dress and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 14, 2018
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A few weeks ago I shared my white linen maxi trapeze dress. The maxi version was a bit of a whim really as I liked the idea of it but wasn’t sure if I would actually wear it. This version was already on the agenda, a shorter length in a neutral colour. I was pretty…

Introducing Lillia Rae – New girl’s flutter sleeve dress sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | September 7, 2018
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We haven’t quite given up on summer here at Bobbins & Buttons! The latest pattern to be added to the Bobbins & Buttons collection is Lillia Rae. A little girl’s flutter sleeve dress. It has the option of two lengths for a shorter top version which looks great with leggings and a below knee dress…

P.E bag tutorial Bobbins and Buttons

How to make a P.E bag tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 31, 2018
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P.E Bag tutorial In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a simple sturdy lined P.E bag. These P.E bags are essential school requirements and really useful if you have a child who does after school sports activities too. I originally made both my kids these bags using this method when…

How to make a no pattern dress to fit your size – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 23, 2018
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No pattern dress tutorial In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make this no pattern dress. You will need to take a few measurements then you can either draft your own pattern that fits you or you can draw the dimensions directly on the fabric. Measuring up: Start by taking a few…

Canvas work necklace and a white floaty linen dress.

By Julia Claridge | August 16, 2018
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My latest make at my embroidery class is this canvas work necklace. I joined an embroidery group about a year ago. My first make an embroidered crazy patchwork bag wasn’t something I would have chosen to make but I learnt a lot in different ways by making it. Since this bag I have embraced all new…

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