Bobbins and Buttons patterns

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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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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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…

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Introducing Bobbins & Buttons sewing pattern – Rosie pdf version.

By Julia Claridge | February 22, 2018
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Last year I launched my first dressmaking pattern the Rosie dress for little girls. A classic pinafore for beginners with the option to make it as a single sided or a reversible version for girls aged from one year to ten years. I had the plan to continue publishing my patterns regularly but that didn’t…

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How to add heart shape pockets to your Rosie dress-tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | February 13, 2018
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  As the theme of the week is a romantic one, I thought I would share this fun tutorial for how to add heart shaped pockets to your Rosie pinafore dress. Materials: Fabric – 2 x 20cm square for outer 2 x 20cm square for lining. Templates: heart shaped pocket placement heart shaped pockets pattern…