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…

New dungaree dress sewing pattern

Introducing Mary! – New dungaree dress sewing pattern for girls

By Julia Claridge | April 5, 2018
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Here it is the long awaited next Bobbins and Buttons pattern. Tried, tested and ready to go….well almost… its at the printers! You can pre-order your paper copy here, it will be winging its way to you by 16th April. The download version will also be available very soon too. Mary is an A-line dungaree dress…

wool blend cocoon coat and velvet dress

Vintage grey wool blend cocoon coat and velvet dress.

By Julia Claridge | April 1, 2018
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It was a couple of weeks ago that I shared my vintage black velvet cocoon coat that pushed in front of this one in the making queue.  I had already started this grey one and it was going really well so I decided to rustle up another in black velvet to wear to Christmas parties.…

Easter chocolate brownies

Recipe For Easter chocolate brownies

By Julia Claridge | March 28, 2018
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This weeks sweet class treats are these yummy Easter themed chocolate brownies. I know there is just about to be more chocolate than you can shake a stick at, but what the hell! Chocolate brownies are always a good recipe for school holidays to get the kids involved with too! This recipe is from ‘Gorgeous…

Appliqued jersey pyjama top

Projects – Appliqued jersey pyjama top for ladies or kids.

By Julia Claridge | March 25, 2018
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  This is the counterpart to the PJ trouser project that I posted last week. Another project that is available to make in my sewing classes. The project can include a simple letter appliqued using a sewing machine, or can be made plain for a one session make. This is a good introduction to sewing…

Marlies handmade wedding dress

The story of Marlies handmade wedding dress.

By Julia Claridge | March 21, 2018
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Every now and then someone arrives at my sewing class with a big sewing ambition. It’s always very exciting not only for the person with the plan but for me and the rest of the class to watch the project as it’s takes shape. In June last year Marlies arrived with not much sewing experience…

Pyjama bottoms

Projects – Pyjama bottoms for children and adults.

By Julia Claridge | March 18, 2018
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I recently started a new section of my blog sharing projects that I have developed for classes that are available to make during my flexible sessions and also bookable as private parties or for people looking for me to host a class in their venue. These pyjama bottoms are a great introduction to dressmaking and…

Vegan Jaffa cakes

Recipe for Vegan Jaffa cakes.

By Julia Claridge | March 15, 2018
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I am always keen to cater for everyone who arrives at my classes including all special dietary needs and preferences. For the last few months I have been teaching some customers who follow a vegan diet. Initially this threw me out of my comfort zone completely, baking without eggs or butter seemed like an impossible…

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