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Summer days and wrap around trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 29, 2019
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The last few days have been so soggy that I feel I have to admit that summer has sadly come to an end. I’m not really complaining I do love autumn and I had a really great summer. I celebrated a big birthday in August which now means I can officially use a certain age…

Crafty kids party – decorating a Theodor top.

By Julia Claridge | July 12, 2019
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I am a real sucker for kids birthday parties. Over the years I’ve managed to come up with all sorts of props, decorations, food and games for what ever theme my kids have wanted from super heroes to unicorns. I love the whole thing, planning, creating and partying. Its such a special time with these…

Viva La Vida – #therefashioners2018 #inspiredby

By Julia Claridge | October 30, 2018
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Phew!…Here is my last post about my Refashioner entry 2018. Squeezed in just before the deadline! I chose Frida Kahlo and one of her outfits as my inspiration after visiting the exhibition at the V&A. Her style is iconic and has had an undeniable influence on fashion and trend in recent years. Aside from her…

An evening-wear Huipil - #therefashioners2018- Bobbins and Buttons

An evening-wear Huipil – #therefashioners2018

By Julia Claridge | October 25, 2018
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This is my third blog post relating to my Refashioner competition entry. Not my final post yet!… I know… there is loads, it was way to much to write as one blog post. I was determined to make the best use of the materials I used for my main entry. Ideas popped up for all…

therefashioners2018 Frida Khalo by Bobbins and Buttons

When Hugh Hefner met Frida! #therefashioners2018

By Julia Claridge | October 22, 2018
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I recently published my official entry for the Refashioners competition 2018. My inspiration was an outfit worn by Frida Khalo. I used two saris and a poncho for the outfit. Naturally because I was using saris there was a lot of fabric left over. In fact I don’t think I had realised just how much…

Take 2 saris, Frida and #therefashioner2018 competition.

By Julia Claridge | October 19, 2018
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This is my entry (well first and main part of…) for this years Refashioners competition. If you haven’t already come across the Refashioners competition you can read all about it over at The Makery. There is also still time to enter…if you’re very quick! I first came across this competition last year and I love…

Handmade trapeze dress Bobbins and Buttons

Charcoal self drafted linen trapeze dress and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 14, 2018
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A few weeks ago I shared my white linen maxi trapeze dress. The maxi version was a bit of a whim really as I liked the idea of it but wasn’t sure if I would actually wear it. This version was already on the agenda, a shorter length in a neutral colour. I was pretty…

Canvas work necklace and a white floaty linen dress.

By Julia Claridge | August 16, 2018
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My latest make at my embroidery class is this canvas work necklace. I joined an embroidery group about a year ago. My first make an embroidered crazy patchwork bag wasn’t something I would have chosen to make but I learnt a lot in different ways by making it. Since this bag I have embraced all new…

kimono top cardigan - Bobbins and Buttons.

Another kimono cardigan top – a viscose version!

By Julia Claridge | July 19, 2018
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A kimono cardigan top! I made the pattern for this kimono cardigan top for my sewing classes. It is a project that you can make in any of my sewing classes. There are more details here. I found I’ve been wearing the first one I made quite a bit. The first was made in Lady…

t-shirt dress, Bobbins and Buittons

An easy self-drafted jersey t-shirt dress.

By Julia Claridge | July 12, 2018
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One of my latest makes is an easy jersey t-shirt dress. I haven’t been making that many clothes for myself recently because I do have a pretty well stocked wardrobe. However as always when the season changes I have a bit of a purge. Some items stay in my wardrobe from year to year and…

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