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Handmade trapeze dress Bobbins and Buttons

Charcoal self drafted linen trapeze dress and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 14, 2018
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A few weeks ago I shared my white linen maxi trapeze dress. The maxi version was a bit of a whim really as I liked the idea of it but wasn’t sure if I would actually wear it. This version was already on the agenda, a shorter length in a neutral colour. I was pretty…

Introducing Lillia Rae – New girl’s flutter sleeve dress sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | September 7, 2018
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We haven’t quite given up on summer here at Bobbins & Buttons! The latest pattern to be added to the Bobbins & Buttons collection is Lillia Rae. A little girl’s flutter sleeve dress. It has the option of two lengths for a shorter top version which looks great with leggings and a below knee dress…

P.E bag tutorial Bobbins and Buttons

How to make a P.E bag tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 31, 2018
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P.E Bag tutorial In this tutorial I am going to show you how to make a simple sturdy lined P.E bag. These P.E bags are essential school requirements and really useful if you have a child who does after school sports activities too. I originally made both my kids these bags using this method when…

How to make a no pattern dress to fit your size – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | August 23, 2018
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No pattern dress tutorial In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to make this no pattern dress. You will need to take a few measurements then you can either draft your own pattern that fits you or you can draw the dimensions directly on the fabric. Measuring up: Start by taking a few…

Canvas work necklace and a white floaty linen dress.

By Julia Claridge | August 16, 2018
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My latest make at my embroidery class is this canvas work necklace. I joined an embroidery group about a year ago. My first make an embroidered crazy patchwork bag wasn’t something I would have chosen to make but I learnt a lot in different ways by making it. Since this bag I have embraced all new…

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…

Free elasticated shorts pattern. Bobbins and Buttons

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…

kimono top cardigan - Bobbins and Buttons.

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…

t-shirt dress, Bobbins and Buittons

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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