Bridesmaid dress project for Sewing World magazine.

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This is probably my favorite project so far, written for Sewing World magazine. Not only because I love designing children’s clothing but it is worn by a very special model, which meant I also got to go on the shoot at the fabulous Stanbrook Abbey.

I used some gorgeous summer floral cotton prints from Art gallery fabric. I cut the skirt extra wide for full girly swirling potential, which I think all little girls love! The style is quite simple to let the pretty print speak for itself. The back finished with self covered buttons and a large sash. Subsequent projects completed the look with a little 50’s inspired bolero and a confetti bag.

Stanbrook was the perfect setting for the photo shoot, I easily imagined a beautiful wedding taking place in the setting. It was also great to meet the Sewing world team. We had a fabulous day out.


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I would love to see your dresses if you made this project. If you have it planned in and need a bit of extra help I would be more than happy to help you make it at one of my classes.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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