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Dorothy sewing pattern

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…

Introducing Dorothy – The latest Bobbins and Buttons dressmaking pattern release.

By Julia Claridge | June 7, 2018
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I’m very excited to announce the latest Bobbins and Buttons dressmaking pattern. A girl’s sleeveless dress pattern. Which is now available to buy in both paper and pdf versions. Dorothy is a pattern for girls aged between 1 and 12 years old. A versatile classic dress style. The bodice is sleeveless with a round neck…

stretch t-shirt

Projects – Easy to make stretch t-shirt

By Julia Claridge | June 1, 2018
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Here is another new project that is available for you to make at any of my sewing classes. A versatile jersey t-shirt shape. I have made two different versions here to show different ways of using the pattern. This first version is made in soft drapey viscose elastane jersey. Using the stripe to create a…

button shoulder pinafore dress

Projects – Ladies easy pull on button shoulder pinafore dress.

By Julia Claridge | May 27, 2018
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This is a project I created several years ago in response to being asked for an adult version of the Little girls Rosie dress pattern. I had partly forgotten about it until I rediscovered a version I made for myself.  I have the pattern drafted in sizes 8 – 16 which is available to use…

child for making their clothes

How to measure a child for making their clothes.

By Julia Claridge | May 24, 2018
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Measuring up before starting to make a garment is one of those tasks that can sometimes gets ignored, its tempting to just get stuck into sewing, picking a size closest to what you buy off the peg from the shops. However just like sizes vary from shop to shop, sizes also vary between pattern brands.…

dress or top pattern

How to add a panel to a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 20, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to add a panel to a simple top or dress. Its a fun way to colour block a simple style or add an additional fabric. In this tutorial I have used the little girls Rosie dressmaking pattern. I used Kona quilters weight cotton fabric in these pretty sugar…

tracing a dressmaking pattern

Tips for tracing a dressmaking pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 17, 2018
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There are quite a few reasons you might need or want to trace a dressmaking pattern. I am busy designing and producing children’s wear patterns, I think it can seem like a short lived investment buying a child’s pattern as potentially in 6 months to a year you may need to buy it again, when…

stretch in jersey fabrics

How to find the percentage of stretch in jersey fabrics.

By Julia Claridge | May 13, 2018
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Sewing jersey garments is great fun and can be super quick, especially if you are lucky enough to own an overlocker. However there are a few things worth knowing about jersey fabrics to help make the right choice for your chosen style. Jersey fabrics can be made from different fibres such as cotton, viscose, silk…

crazy patchwork bag

A crazy patchwork bag and the start of a new journey.

By Julia Claridge | May 11, 2018
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It was about this time last year that I was spending more time that usual looking at the latest fashion trends while working a freelance job as a designer for a young menswear brand. It was great to see so much embroidery and embellishment in the fashion collections. I started to feel inspired to try…

jammy dodger biscuits

Recipe – Vegan jammy dodger biscuits

By Julia Claridge | May 6, 2018
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Recently it has become the norm to bake two cakes or batches of cookies for my sewing classes. As I have some lovely customers who follow a vegan diet one of my bakes each week is always a vegan option. By far the best investment for vegan baking has been Ms Cupcakes cookery book –…

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