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A Ginger jeans review

By Julia Claridge | August 30, 2020
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A few weeks ago I posted the fourth is my series of Lynn hacks. I wore this version with a wearable toile of the Closet case Ginger jeans. When lock down was announced earlier in the year, I had to shut down my classes. I figured I would have more time and space to get…

A self drafted summer trapeze dress.

By Julia Claridge | June 20, 2020
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This trapeze dress is another of my makes for last year’s big summer holiday to Greece. Not that I’m reminiscing about holidays and the freedom to travel that perhaps we once took for granted!! It is always good to look back and remember good times. I quite like how handmade clothes are a bit like…

A Charlie Caftan for low key evening wear.

By Julia Claridge | June 6, 2020
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Wow how the weather can change! Last weekend it was pretty much a heat wave! It inspired me to finally put away my winter woolies and dig out all my summer clothes. I do this seasonal wardrobe swap around twice a year as I don’t have enough wardrobe space to keep everything out all the…

A wearable Charlie Caftan toile.

By Julia Claridge | March 20, 2020
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It is such a scary and crazy time at the moment that has thrown everyone’s reality into turmoil. In difficult times I think it is really important to look for the positives and look forward to getting to the other side of the situation. Social media and the internet is a double edged sword. It…

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…