handmade wardrobe year - March

My handmade wardrobe year – March

By Julia Claridge | April 8, 2014
Posted in

End of month three of not buying any clothes and only making them! Feeling really happy that I have still not been remotely tempted to buy any. Actually I’m loving the fabric shopping and conjuring up in my head thoughts of making anything I want to, instead of being restricted by what the shops are…

sewing mum

Mums the word! – It’s special to be a sewing mum.

By Julia Claridge | March 26, 2014
Posted in

Becoming a mum was really the inspiration and motivation for starting my sewing business. Motherhood also underpins a lot of what I do within the business. I really like what I call the heritage value of sewing. By this I mean the way this skill is passed on through the generations. Certainly that is the…

handmade wardrobe year - February

My handmade wardrobe year – February

By Julia Claridge | March 3, 2014
Posted in

The end of my second month of not buying ANY clothes and so far not even a glimmer of temptation  I feel like I am doing quite well. It has bought on new feelings towards clothes, I don’t feel like I am trying to be good. I feel like I have opened up a whole new world of…

handmade wardrobe

My handmade wardrobe year – end of the first month

By Julia Claridge | February 4, 2014
Posted in

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…

dressmaking for beginners

Successful dressmaking for beginners – fabric

By Julia Claridge | February 3, 2014
Posted in

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
Posted in

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…

handmade wardrobe year

My handmade wardrobe year – Jan 2014

By Julia Claridge | January 2, 2014
Posted in

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…

Christmas tree stocking

Felt Christmas tree stocking decoration/tutorial

By Julia Claridge | November 12, 2013
Posted in

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
Posted in

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…

fabric and trims

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

By Julia Claridge | September 13, 2013
Posted in

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…