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How to apply a perfect curved patch pocket.

By Julia Claridge | August 9, 2018
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How to apply a perfect curved patch pocket. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to sew a lovely neat curved patch pocket. I am using the Mary dress pattern to demonstrate. This style has the option of curved pockets positioned at the back or front of the dress. The dress has…

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Free kids elasticated waist shorts pattern.

By Julia Claridge | August 3, 2018
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Download this elasticated waist shorts pattern free. This pattern has sizes from 1 year to 10 years with two length options. Last year I drafted this elasticated waist short pattern as a first sewing project for my little boy. It ended up being a very well used pattern over the summer. I made quite a…

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Win a bundle of fabric worth £50!

By Julia Claridge | July 31, 2018
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Would you like to win a bundle of fabric worth £50? We are conducting a survey for valuable market research to help us shape up the Bobbins and Buttons offering. As an incentive and thank you for participating in the survey one lucky person will win a bundle of fabric from our store worth £50. Take…

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Another kimono cardigan top – a viscose version!

By Julia Claridge | July 19, 2018
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A kimono cardigan top! I made the pattern for this kimono cardigan top for my sewing classes. It is a project that you can make in any of my sewing classes. There are more details here. I found I’ve been wearing the first one I made quite a bit. The first was made in Lady…

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An easy self-drafted jersey t-shirt dress.

By Julia Claridge | July 12, 2018
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One of my latest makes is an easy jersey t-shirt dress. I haven’t been making that many clothes for myself recently because I do have a pretty well stocked wardrobe. However as always when the season changes I have a bit of a purge. Some items stay in my wardrobe from year to year and…

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6 tips for using your first sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | July 6, 2018
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Six tips for using your first sewing pattern. When I say sewing pattern, I am actually referring to patterns for clothing. Patterns for clothing are historically called dressmaking patterns. These days indie pattern makers in particular are referring to patterns for clothing as sewing patterns. I think probably because dressmaking patterns sounds as though the…

How to sew a flat fell seam.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2018
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A flat fell seam is the seam you often find on the inside leg seam of a pair of jeans. It has two rows of visible stitching on the outside and on the inside all the raw edges are encased, making it a neat and super strong seam. It is one of those style details…

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Baby bib tutorial – How to make a simple baby bib.

By Julia Claridge | June 16, 2018
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How to make a baby bib tutorial. This is not only a really simple baby bib, very suitable for anyone new to sewing but it is also a super practical make for babies and makes a perfect gift. Follow the steps in this baby bib tutorial to make your own. When my kids were babies…

How to insert a lapped zip – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 15, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to insert a lapped zip. I’ve just launched my third dressmaking pattern, a little girls sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt, that zips at the back. Zips are one of those things that people sometimes prefer to avoid because they seem a bit tricky. However with a little…

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Testing the new Dorothy sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | June 10, 2018
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As always before launching a new dressmaking pattern I like to have it tested to check for any mistakes and also check to see if anything could change to improve it in anyway. Luckily I have a fantastic group of testers who most of which have now tested my third pattern. They always give me…

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