My handmade wardrobe – bonkers about basics – May 2015

By Julia Claridge | June 3, 2015
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Wowee what a busy month! I had lots of plans for makes this month but have been so super busy that I haven’t had enough time to even start most of them! This is the reality of sewing and sewing your own clothes it does require some time commitment! The more busy I get realistically…

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My handmade wardrobe – tops and plans – April 2015

By Julia Claridge | May 7, 2015
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Oooh the sunshine has shown its face! Maybe only briefly but long enough for me to start thinking about packing the big winter woolies away for a few months! I don’t know about you but I don’t have space in my wardrobe to keep all my clothes, so I pack away summer clothes in winter…

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The kids wardrobe – April 2015

By Julia Claridge | May 5, 2015
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This month it’s been all about the boys! Well almost all.. This is the boy…the boy who has had a huge growth spurt and has grown out of his ultimate favorite dinosaur t-shirt. The t-shirt in question was bought last year on holiday and is pretty much the requested attire every day. The days when…


My handmade wardrobe – dressaholic – March 2015!

By Julia Claridge | April 6, 2015
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This month I seem to have been working on dresses mostly. I think I have officially become a dressaholic! Before I started making all my own clothes I only owned one dress. I had decided I wasn’t a ‘dress person’. I think the reality was that because it was almost impossible to buy a dress…

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The kids wardrobe – March 2015

By Julia Claridge | April 3, 2015
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Totally off the schedule this month! Everything I had planned this month got pushed a side for two fun and frivolous reasons and one very sad reason. I am busy working towards the launch of a new website that will include my range of children’s clothing styles for sale as made to order items. I’ve…

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The kids wardrobe – February 2015

By Julia Claridge | March 6, 2015
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I am super busy on my quest to launch a childrens wear range of styles. I blinked and my two babies are 3 years old and 5 years old. Before I know it they will have grown out of the age range I plan to sell. So I thought I would try and find solutions…

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Sew Sociable – February 2015!

By Julia Claridge | March 4, 2015
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At the February Sew Sociable event I told my story of my experience teaching in South Africa! How it happened and what happened as well as the huge influence it had on what I have done since. I started off with a little tribute to my mum, who started off my love of sewing when I…

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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…

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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…

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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…