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The shape of things to come – Plans for 2022

By Julia Claridge | January 7, 2022
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“I want to inspire and teach people who care about humankind and our environment to sew their own clothes. I will offer sewing patterns with styles for all the family that  practically and stylishly meet lifestyle needs. Teach classes and make tutorials to further support the patterns and garment making in general. I will offer…

Vogue 9328 sewing pattern review from Bobbins and Buttons

A review of Vogue 9328 sewing pattern

By Julia Claridge | June 19, 2021
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I made my version of Vogue 9328 sewing pattern for my birthday last year. Its a new tradition I started the year before, to make myself a new dress for my birthday! I spend the majority of my sewing time making versions of styles I am developing for my pattern range. Much as I love…

David raincoat pattern from Bobbins and buttons

The David raincoat pattern – Project run and play collaboration.

By Julia Claridge | May 24, 2021
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For the past couple of month’s I have been busy working on a new pattern for the latest Project run and play collaboration.  Now its time for us all to reveal our new patterns ahead of the Project smooth sorbet look book launch. The theme for this collaboration is smooth sorbet, which conjures up some…

Pantone party 2021 Bobbins and Buttons

Project run and play Pantone party 2021!

By Julia Claridge | March 25, 2021
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When I was invited to take part in the Project run and play Pantone party I thought it sounded fun. Then I discovered this years colours are Ultimate grey and Illuminating yellow. I didn’t want to be left out. After all Bobbins and Buttons brand colours couldn’t be much closer!! My starting point was to…

Morgan jeans review by Bobbins and Buttons

A Morgan jeans review

By Julia Claridge | February 20, 2021
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After making the Closet core Ginger jeans I was very excited to get stuck into making the Morgan jeans. They didn’t disappoint! The boyfriend fit is probably more my shape, because I love easy, comfortable clothing even when I’m dressing up I prefer to wear clothing that doesn’t feel to restrictive. Despite the instructions saying…

Boxy top patterns free from Bobbins and Buttons

A review of 2020 – New patterns, sewing and lockdown!

By Julia Claridge | January 9, 2021
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For my first blog post this year I am taking a look back at 2020. There is no doubt that the year will be indelibly marked in everyone’s memory for ever more. In many ways it was such a terrible year. It would be easy to recount the misery of a global pandemic and all…

Bobbins and buttons dungaree dress patterns Emily and Mary.

Dungaree dress twinning! Emily and Mary sewing patterns.

By Julia Claridge | November 7, 2020
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This was always going to be on the cards after the release of the Emily dungaree dress sewing pattern! Mummy and daughter twinning!! I made the Emily and Mary dungaree dress patterns from my range of patterns in a fine stretch terracotta needle cord. The fabric is really easy to work with and very comfortable…

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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 core 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…

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