Bobbins and Buttons patterns

Testing the new Emily pattern.

By Julia Claridge | February 21, 2020
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Testing the new Emily pattern. A couple of weeks ago I launched the long awaited Emily pattern. I seemed to have been permanently side tracked last year and taken away from developing the patterns I wanted to. This year I decided to try harder to stick to my plan…so far so good. As usual a…

Rebecca’s embroidered Mary dress.

By Julia Claridge | February 14, 2020
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For my first blog post I have made a Mary dungaree dress for my six-year-old. The pattern age range is 1 – 12 years and comes with pocket options, you can choose a top front bib pocket or two curved hand pockets, on the front or back, or all of them at once if you…

Meet Emily the new ladies dungaree dress pattern.

By Julia Claridge | February 7, 2020
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The Emily pattern is here….finally!! This pattern started life a long time ago but seems to have taken a very long time to get to this point. Nevertheless it is HERE. Emily is an A-line dungaree style dress. The Mary dress’ big sister. Just like Mary this is a pull on style, no zips to…

Meet the new bloggers network.

By Julia Claridge | January 31, 2020
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Ever since starting to produce the Bobbins and Buttons range of patterns I have always worked with a group of ladies who have tested the patterns for me before they go out into world. As a designer this really is an invaluable part of creating a pattern. No matter how careful I think I have…

Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips.

By Julia Claridge | January 17, 2020
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Stretch velvet Lynn sweatshirt with stretch tips. This is a straightforward Lynn sweatshirt made in stretch velvet without any alterations. I decided to write a post about it because I wanted to mention stretch and how it affects the fit. I made this version in lightweight polyester stretch velvet, which has around 50% stretch, the…

An easy hack for the Lynn sweatshirt.

By Julia Claridge | December 13, 2019
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I made this version of the Lynn sweatshirt quite a while ago, its definitely one of my most worn versions. It is a really simple little hack that I think takes this casual classic into a great everyday essential. I made this one in scuba fabric which has become quite popular to sew with over…

Simple sporty hack for the Dean sweatshirt pattern.

By Julia Claridge | November 1, 2019
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A few weeks ago I launched the first pattern for men. Like its counterparts Lynn and Theodor, Dean is a classic sweatshirt shape, this one cut to fit men. One of the criteria I look for when deciding whether to publish a pattern is its versatility. I like to think about the option of making…

Results from testing the new Dean pattern.

By Julia Claridge | October 4, 2019
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The latest pattern to join the Bobbins and Buttons pattern range is the Dean sweatshirt. A mens sweatshirt pattern. This completes the trio of simple raglan sleeve sweatshirts catering for the whole family. Also this is the first pattern for guys. As always I wanted to have some outside opinions before going ahead with launching…

The first MENS pattern – meet Dean!

By Julia Claridge | September 20, 2019
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Here it is the first pattern in the Bobbins and Buttons pattern collection for the guys, the Dean pattern. This completes the trio of raglan sleeve sweatshirts and establishes the pattern range as a true family affair. The Bobbins and Buttons pattern range now caters for ladies, kids and men with hopefully enough sizes among the…

Decorative upside down stitching tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 28, 2019
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Decorative upside down stitching on the Mary dress pocket. This is a fun technique to try. In this tutorial I am showing this upside down stitching technique on the pocket of the Mary dress. I have included the pattern for this design if you wanted to use the same design on a Mary dress or…