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…

no pattern elasticated waist skirt

Easy no pattern elasticated waist skirt to fit your size.

By Julia Claridge | March 11, 2018
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Mothering Sunday seems an appropriate day to launch the first in my new blog series.  I want to share easy tutorials geared towards total beginners. No matter what age it’s never to late to start sewing. Some of the projects in this section will be with children in mind while others will be aimed at…

vintage pledge 1950's underlined velvet cocoon coat

Belated vintage pledge 1950’s underlined velvet cocoon coat.

By Julia Claridge | March 7, 2018
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I have had this 1950’s vintage cocoon coat pattern in my collection for quite a while. Last year when I decided to make a vintage pledge for The Stitching Odysseys incentive I thought I would add it to my making list. This is actually the second one of these I have made. I initially started…

Dinosaur poo and Rosa the ballerina

World book day – Dinosaur poo and Rosa the ballerina.

By Julia Claridge | March 4, 2018
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Last week there was much excitement about the yearly event – World book day. This always entails rustling up some sort of costume which is now automatically understood  will be a Mummy make. I don’t think my kids even know that you can actually buy costumes for such events! Last year was my little boys…

jersey scarf

How to make an easy jersey scarf from scraps tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | March 2, 2018
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A few weeks ago I  posted a tutorial for how to make an infinity scarf from your left over bits of jersey. I planned to make this simple opened ended classic scarf version for men, I didn’t seem to have the right selection of leftovers to make a suitable manly scarf (or not one that…

apron with lots of details

Projects – A classic apron with lots of details.

By Julia Claridge | February 25, 2018
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This is the first in a new series on my blog of available projects. Most of the classes I run these days are flexible dressmaking or bring your own project sessions. It is quite difficult to find time to add specific project classes to the timetable. However that’s not to say there aren’t quite a…

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