Bobbins and Buttons patterns

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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