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Lynn pattern hack 5 – How to calculate a self fabric neckband.

By Julia Claridge | August 22, 2020
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This is the 5th in my series of Lynn pattern hacks. It is really more of a technique than a hack! The Lynn pattern is designed to be made with rib neck, hem and cuff bands. However sometimes you might not be able to find a rib colour that works with the main fabric so…

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Lynn pattern hack 4 – Appliqued stripe French terry- tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | June 27, 2020
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This months Lynn hack is probably my fav to date. It was fun to make, it feels creative, stylish and super wearable! I used part of the beautiful orange blossom print from a Lady McElroy linen blend fabric to create an applique on this stripe French terry. I think it gives the sweatshirt a summer…

Lynn pattern hack – 3 – Easy jumper dress.

By Julia Claridge | May 16, 2020
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This is the third in my series of Lynn sweatshirt hacks. I did the same hack on the Theodor sweatshirt for my daughter. A bit of twinning was always going to be on the cards! There will definitely be more of these, I love how this worked out and it is a perfect easy to…

Lynn pattern hack – 2 – Quilted cotton lawn.

By Julia Claridge | April 10, 2020
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This is the second in the series of hacks for the Lynn sweatshirt pattern. After coming up with several adaption ideas for this style I thought I would set myself a challenge to see if I could post a new idea each month for a whole year. You can read about my first hack here.…

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A Theodor drop waist dress hack.

By Julia Claridge | March 28, 2020
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Are you following along with the current season of Project run and play? I am really enjoying following this burst of creativity especially during these difficult times. Last year I was very excited to be one of the contestants, it was great fun being part of the competition. I opted to make or use all…

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Lynn pattern hack – 1, fluffy cosy sweatshirt.

By Julia Claridge | March 13, 2020
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This is the first in a series of hacks for the Lynn sweatshirt pattern. I have already published a couple of posts with ideas for the Lynn sweatshirt. It was these that inspired this idea. I have a few more hacks for the Lynn sweatshirt lined up, it made me wonder if I could post…

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How to pattern match and adjust the Dorothy pattern for a border print.

By Julia Claridge | February 28, 2020
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I have recently been collaborating with Makower UK fabrics, showcasing their beautiful craft weight cotton fabrics being made into some of the styles from my sewing pattern range. Most of the Makower UK collections feature a border print design which is just asking to be used on the Dorothy dress. The Dorothy dress skirt is…

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…

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