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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…

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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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