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 –…

embellished denim tote bag

My First sewing project- Simple embellished denim tote bag.

By Julia Claridge | May 4, 2018
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At the beginning of the year I started teaching an after school sewing club at the school my children attend. Teaching children is something I have wanted to do for sometime (though sometimes I think I must be crazy!). My kids actually came up with the idea of running an after school club and the…

star applique tote bag tutorial

Reverse star applique tote bag tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | April 29, 2018
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This is a tutorial for an easy reverse applique tote bag. Usually applique involves a fabric shape being stitched on top of fabric. Reverse applique is a way of revealing a fabric placed underneath the top layer of fabric. In this tutorial I will show you how to make a star shape applique on a…

kimono style cardigan top

Projects – Easy kimono style cardigan top

By Julia Claridge | April 26, 2018
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Alongside some of my long standing projects that I offer as part of my sewing classes I have been busy creating a few new ones. All the projects in this section of my blog are available to make during my sewing classes as an option. Most of the projects are ideal for beginners, there are…

Rhubarb crumble cake

Recipe – Rhubarb crumble cake.

By Julia Claridge | April 22, 2018
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The weather is finally starting to feel warmer, the last few days have been positively summer! Its great to see things spring into life in the garden. The rhubarb has gone from non existent to a huge plant in only a couple of weeks. I decided to bake a rhubarb crumble cake for my class…

slouch shoulder bag.

Projects – Reversible slouch shoulder bag.

By Julia Claridge | April 19, 2018
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This is a project I wrote for Love Sewing magazine a while ago. It has also been a firm favourite in class. I have seen lots of different versions being made from craft bag versions in bright funky prints to mock suede and corduroy simple lined versions and others like this in plain or printed…

linen trousers.

My handmade wardrobe – No pattern top and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | April 15, 2018
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Here is an outfit that I made last year and has only just hit the blogging list! The top is a project I wrote for Sew magazine that you can make without a pattern. Its a simple make that features gathered cuffs, nicely catering for the volume sleeve trend that started last year. I made…

designing a dressmaking pattern

The starting point of designing a dressmaking pattern.

By Julia Claridge | April 11, 2018
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Last week I launched my second dressmaking pattern – a girls dungaree pinafore dress. Part of my plan for my dressmaking pattern range is to include patterns for all the family. I started with kids patterns as I have a good selection that I designed for classes and have been using since the beginning of Bobbins…

Mary dressmaking pattern

Pattern testing Mary dressmaking pattern.

By Julia Claridge | April 8, 2018
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Its really important to me to test my patterns thoroughly before having them printed and going live. I think no matter how careful I feel I have been to dot all the i’s and cross the t’s I may have missed something or could perhaps have done something better or clearer. I am constantly on…

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