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My handmade wardrobe – A coat- February 2015!

By Julia Claridge | March 2, 2015
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OK technically my year of not buying any clothes and only making them is over and I achieved my goal. So now I can stop making clothes to blog about ..right!? Well the thing is….. I love my handmade wardrobe so much, making clothes is great, having clothes that fit is great, having gorgeous fabric…

problem solving

My handmade wardrobe – problem solving!

By Julia Claridge | January 29, 2015
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Well here it is…. the first month of freedom, no rules. Free to buy clothes. I completed my challenge. So January 1st I polished my credit card, popped on my most comfortable shoes and set off for a day at the sales to stock up on a whole new wardrobe of clothes and just went…

The kids wardrobe

The kids wardrobe – The beginnings!

By Julia Claridge | January 26, 2015
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I started my business Bobbins and Buttons around two years ago. Pretty much all aspects of the business were inspired by my kids. From wanting to have flexible time through to inspiration for projects. It was fairly early on that I started developing children’s clothing styles as projects for my sewing classes. It was always…

handmade wardrobe year - December

My handmade wardrobe year – December!

By Julia Claridge | December 31, 2014
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Here its is one WHOLE year tomorrow since I wrote a post that I planned to only make my clothes and not buy any! Each month I have written a post about how I’ve got on, I am very pleased to say I have not purchased one single item of clothing. This month my only…

handmade wardrobe year - November

My handmade wardrobe year – November

By Julia Claridge | December 8, 2014
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Nearly at the end of a whole year of only making clothes and not buying any. I am happy to report not a single ready made garment has be purchased! This month I dug out my stock pile of M&S classic cardies for a bit of upgrading. They are all the same so I wanted to…

handmade wardrobe year - October

My handmade wardrobe year – October

By Julia Claridge | November 6, 2014
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The end of month 10 of only making clothes and not buying ANY!! I am so happy that I have managed to achieve this plan. With the end of the year in site I feel positive that I won’t be buying any ready made clothes, in fact I feel very happy the way it has…

handmade wardrobe year - September

My handmade wardrobe year – September

By Julia Claridge | October 7, 2014
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For the month of September I decided to take some time out from actual sewing and do some sewing planning. The thing about making all your own clothes is you do have to plan ahead a bit. With the change of seasons imminent it seemed a good time to pull out the stash and the unfinished…

Big Textile

The Big Textile show – part three!

By Julia Claridge | October 4, 2014
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This is the last part of my report from The Big Textile Show. It did turn out to be a much bigger report than I first thought and by this point in the weekend I was on a mission with about an hour left before the show closed I could see I might not get finished…. The Silk…

Big Textile show - part two

The Big Textile show – part two!

By Julia Claridge | October 3, 2014
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The end of my part one blog post was pretty much the end of my first day at the Big Textile show. Day two I meet up with some of my fellow Sew Sociable team members including Sarah from Crafty Sew and so who was running a workshop to make a fabric and bead necklace. Sarah…

Big Textile show - part one

The Big Textile show – part one!

By Julia Claridge | October 2, 2014
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Big up for the Big Textile show! What a great weekend, it really wasn’t long enough! This fabulous show is credit to the organiser Jenny Lees. Jenny is a passionate felt maker and the regional co-ordinator for The International Felt Makers Association in the east midlands. After a trip to one of the London textile shows…

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