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The nearly PR&P entry – Fun, function & forever.

By Julia Claridge | December 6, 2019
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It has been so exciting taking part in season 22 Project run and play competition. This week was the final, sadly I didn’t make it through to officially publish my entry for the competition. Quite early on in the planning for this competition I knew I needed to be well on the way if not…

Project run and play – Vacation exploration

By Julia Claridge | November 26, 2019
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I’m very excited to be here in week 2 of Project run and play season 22. This week the theme is holiday fashion. We are heading fast towards the Christmas holidays so it seemed appropriate to design clothing for these upcoming holidays. I’m a big believer in nurturing my children’s interests, its exciting as a…

Project Run and Play- entry 1 – Destination back yard!

By Julia Claridge | November 19, 2019
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Here is my first entry for Project run and Play season 22. The theme for this weeks entry is location, ‘to showcase what makes the location the BEST!’ I was actually away on a mini family break when the email arrived with the details of the first theme. We were staying in a log cabin…

project run and play season 22 contestant bobbins and buttons

Project Run and Play – season 22 is about to start.

By Julia Claridge | November 13, 2019
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I was very excited to receive an email inviting me to participate as a contestant in Project run and Play. Of course I jumped at the opportunity, I really love a design challenge and also love making kids clothing too.  If you haven’t heard of Project run and play it is an online Sewing Bee…

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…