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Call out for sewing pattern testers.

By Julia Claridge | January 15, 2019
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I am on the search for a couple of new sewing pattern testers. Over the last couple of years I have been busy designing and publishing some of my designs as sewing patterns. I work with a lovely team of testers most of which have tested all my patterns from the very first one. However…

Testing the new Frances leggings pattern.

By Julia Claridge | November 16, 2018
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It was a few weeks ago that I launched my latest sewing pattern. Frances is a classic snug fitting kids leggings pattern. As usual I asked my trusty team of pattern testers to try out the pattern and let me know their verdict before going live with the pattern. I wanted to add a leggings…

How to line straps for dungarees – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | October 12, 2018
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How to line straps for dungarees. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to line straps for dungarees. I am using the Mary pattern to show the technique. This technique might be useful to line dungaree straps if you are using a bulky fabric such as heavy weight denim, corduroy or any…

Testing the new Lillia Rae sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | October 5, 2018
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A few weeks ago I published the pdf version of my new simple dress sewing pattern for girls. Lillia Rae is a super simple dress sewing pattern for girls from as young as 3 months old. The pattern offers two lengths, a dress length and a tunic length perfect to wear with leggings. The style…

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Introducing Frances – snug leggings pattern for babies to tweens!

By Julia Claridge | September 28, 2018
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The next new pattern is here! Meet¬†Frances a leggings pattern for kids. Leggings are an essential addition to our little explorer’s wardrobes. They are so versatile and easy to wear. My little girl lives in her leggings. Whether worn with a sweatshirt or under a dress or tunic top there are never enough pairs of…

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…

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…

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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…

How to sew a flat fell seam.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2018
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A flat fell seam is the seam you often find on the inside leg seam of a pair of jeans. It has two rows of visible stitching on the outside and on the inside all the raw edges are encased, making it a neat and super strong seam. It is one of those style details…

How to insert a lapped zip – tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 15, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to insert a lapped zip. I’ve just launched my third dressmaking pattern, a little girls sleeveless dress with a gathered skirt, that zips at the back. Zips are one of those things that people sometimes prefer to avoid because they seem a bit tricky. However with a little…

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