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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…

designing a dressmaking pattern

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…

Mary dressmaking pattern

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…

sewing pattern

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…

Rosie dress-tutorial

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…

shorten a dress or top pattern

How to lengthen or shorten a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | January 28, 2018
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It’s easy to think if you want to add length to a dress or top that you can just add a few centimetres down from the hem, in some cases this does work. However if you have a shaped hem or have a hem facing, adding length to the bottom edge of your garment may…

Rosie pattern

Pattern testing the new Rosie pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 21, 2017
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On the lead up to launching my first sewing pattern, I was keen to check the instructions and pattern were easy to use and made complete sense especially to beginners which are the target audience for this first pattern. I posted a blog post asking for people to test the pattern and was overwhelmed with the response. It…

Bobbins & Buttons dressmaking pattern

Rosie -Launch of the first Bobbins & Buttons dressmaking pattern.

By Julia Claridge | May 17, 2017
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This has been rather a long time in the making, but at last here it is….my first real live buyable dressmaking pattern! When I first started teaching sewing classes, several years ago, I developed a whole range of patterns, mainly for kids clothing that I taught as workshops. These patterns were manually graded and available…

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