Reversible padded gilet

Reversible padded gilet project for Sewing world magazine

By Julia Claridge | August 24, 2016
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I wrote this project for Sewing World magazine, it was a collaboration of ideas with the editor of the magazine. I had originally submitted an idea for a reversible jacket and we ended up with this gilet which worked really well. The lovely fabric was sponsored by Dashwood studios. The project was published in the…

fit garments

How to fit garments on yourself – My 5 top tips.

By Julia Claridge | August 18, 2016
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Making clothes for yourself gives you total style freedom. With oodles of choice on colours, prints and fabric types your wardrobe can be exactly what you want it to be. Learning to make your own clothes has never been more accessible. There are a great choice of sewing classes around as well as magazines, books…

picnic blanket

Foldaway picnic blanket project for Sewing world magazine

By Julia Claridge | August 3, 2016
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This project was printed in the July issue of Sewing World magazine. I love a family picnic and with my fairly recent discovery of rip stop fabric I came up with the idea for this practical picnic solution. The blanket itself is a regular quilt made from large simple squares. The backing fabric is rip…

sew jersey/knit fabric

How to sew jersey/knit fabric with a standard sewing machine.

By Julia Claridge | July 22, 2016
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There is a fantastic array of plain and printed jersey/knit fabrics in lots of different weights, available widely. Making jersey/knit garments can be fun and super quick, meaning you can boost your handmade wardrobe massively in a short space of time. Jersey/knit fabrics are also a super practical option for kids clothing. Using an overlocker…

summer sun-top/skirt project

Girls summer sun-top/skirt project for Sewing World magazine

By Julia Claridge | July 20, 2016
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This was the second project I wrote for Sewing World magazine, quite a while ago now. I always like the idea of multi function garments. I have a small obsession working out if a garment can be reversible! I designed this top to be wearable as a top or skirt. With the addition of a…

pony party

My little pony party!

By Julia Claridge | July 14, 2016
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This month my little girl turned 7 years old! I am not sure where those years disappeared. For that very reason I like to make a big effort and mark these precious childhood years with a party that I hope my kids will enjoy and remember. The last couple of years the party preparation has…

cosplay costume

Kylo Ren – The story of this cosplay costume.

By Julia Claridge | July 8, 2016
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I regard myself as incredibly lucky to teach sewing classes. I not only get to meet lots of interesting people but I also share part of a sewing adventure with them. There are so many different reasons to learn to sew, I love the variety of reasons people come to my classes. Sometimes someone comes…

fabric shopping

Online fabric shopping.

By Julia Claridge | July 2, 2016
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With the recent launch of my online fabric shop I thought it would be a good time to write a post celebrating some of my favorite online fabric shops as well as letting you know a bit about what you can expect from mine. It wasn’t long after my daughter was born (7 years ago) that…

Kimono dressing gown

Kimono dressing gown project for Sewing world magazine

By Julia Claridge | June 29, 2016
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This was the follow on project from the vintage inspired pyjamas that I wrote for Sewing World magazine. An easy fit kimono style dressing gown. I trimmed some of the edges with self fabric piping and the fabric used for the pjyamas for the facing, belt and pocket edges. I think both the dressing gown…

Sewing kit tool

Sewing kit tool roll tutorial

By Julia Claridge | June 24, 2016
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I designed this project for Sew Sociable,  I taught it on a larger scale in a sociable way at the event. I promised to publish the tutorial for those that didn’t finish it at the event or wanted to make it again.  Often at the event we have sewing nights where you need to bring…