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My handmade wardrobe year – end of the first month

By Julia Claridge | February 4, 2014
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The end of my first month of buying no clothes and only making them! OK its probably unlikely to be difficult to restrain from buying clothes in the first 4 weeks of the year! And yes I successfully did not buy any clothing at all. However in my first week devastation did hit my wardrobe! I had bought a…

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Successful dressmaking for beginners – fabric

By Julia Claridge | February 3, 2014
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Getting the right fabric for your garment is often the difference between a successful garment and a disaster. When faced with racks of gorgeous fabrics, prints and colours it can be difficult to know where to start and how to get the right fabric. This is my beginners guide to fabric, an overview of fabric types and…


Successful dressmaking for beginners – a starting point

By Julia Claridge | January 17, 2014
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Deciding to make your own clothes especially if you are also new to sewing can be quite a daunting process to consider. There are lots of reasons why people decide to make their own clothes, from fit issues with shop standard sizes to personal individual style. You might like the idea of knowing your garment…

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My handmade wardrobe year – Jan 2014

By Julia Claridge | January 2, 2014
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Yesterday I announced on Facebook and twitter that my New Year resolution would be to only make my clothes and not to buy ANY for a whole year. I also plan to blog about my progress and what I make every month. So here by way of a kick start, I thought I better set…

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Felt Christmas tree stocking decoration/tutorial

By Julia Claridge | November 12, 2013
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I have been keen to start a little series of blog posts of ‘sewing projects for kids’ for some time. My daughter who is 4 is already itching to start sewing.  I have let her loose with a needle and thread as she is very careful, she is a tiny bit young and it does…


Have I got time to sew? – radio edit!

By Julia Claridge | October 14, 2013
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A few weeks ago I was contacted by BBC radio Leicester who asked me if I would like to talk about sewing on the Ed Stagg show on a Saturday. Of course not being one to turn down a challenge especially if it involves talking about sewing I said yes! The format of the show…

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Where to buy fabric and trims in Leicester- 2018 update!

By Julia Claridge | September 13, 2013
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I originally wrote this post in 2013 not long after starting teaching sewing classes as a result of being asked where to buy fabric locally. Recently I have been sorting and organising my blog, clearing out old posts that no longer seem relevant. This post still gets a lot of attention so I have decided…

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Spreading the sewing love!

By Julia Claridge | July 29, 2013
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This may seem like a slightly strange blog post choice from someone who is anything but an extrovert. I am definitely not the sort of person who likes to be centre of attention, however the idea of this post is to start the theme of stories about how and where starting to sew can and…