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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…

Free elasticated shorts pattern. Bobbins and Buttons

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…

Dorothy sewing pattern

Testing the new Dorothy sewing pattern.

By Julia Claridge | June 10, 2018
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As always before launching a new dressmaking pattern I like to have it tested to check for any mistakes and also check to see if anything could change to improve it in anyway. Luckily I have a fantastic group of testers who most of which have now tested my third pattern. They always give me…

Introducing Dorothy – The latest Bobbins and Buttons dressmaking pattern release.

By Julia Claridge | June 7, 2018
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I’m very excited to announce the latest Bobbins and Buttons dressmaking pattern. A girl’s sleeveless dress pattern. Which is now available to buy in both paper and pdf versions. Dorothy is a pattern for girls aged between 1 and 12 years old. A versatile classic dress style. The bodice is sleeveless with a round neck…

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How to measure a child for making their clothes.

By Julia Claridge | May 24, 2018
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Measuring up before starting to make a garment is one of those tasks that can sometimes gets ignored, its tempting to just get stuck into sewing, picking a size closest to what you buy off the peg from the shops. However just like sizes vary from shop to shop, sizes also vary between pattern brands.…

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How to add a panel to a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 20, 2018
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This is a tutorial to show how to add a panel to a simple top or dress. Its a fun way to colour block a simple style or add an additional fabric. In this tutorial I have used the little girls Rosie dressmaking pattern. I used Kona quilters weight cotton fabric in these pretty sugar…

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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…

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