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My handmade wardrobe

60's dress

#vintagepledge 60’s dress, a tribute to Bridget.

By Julia Claridge | October 14, 2017
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Earlier this year well in fact quite a lot earlier this year, actually it was in May I published my vintage pledge. Inspired by the initiative set by A Stitching Odyssey. You can read my pledge and my motivation here. Nevertheless time seems to have evaporated extremely quickly and we are heading way to fast…

jersey harem pants

My handmade wardrobe -jersey harem pants.

By Julia Claridge | October 6, 2017
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These are a fabulous quick make. They started off as a request from one of my lovely customers. She owned a few pairs and wanted to make some more. She was happy to lend me her ready made ones so I decided to draft a pattern for them. Though her original pairs had been designed to…

pinafore dress and pear print top

#sewthelove pinafore dress and pear print top.

By Julia Claridge | September 29, 2017
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I wrote this pinafore dress project for Sew Now magazine a few months ago. I made myself a dark blue denim version which has been truly well worn ever since. This top and dress fabric combo just kind of fell together.  I fancied making another pinafore dress in a different colour as I had worn the…

pattern dress

Boxy Sewing Directory no pattern dress.

By Julia Claridge | September 8, 2017
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I wrote this project for The Sewing Directory, it was one of a series of no pattern dressmaking projects published last year, which are all still available on The Sewing Directory website. I made the original sample in Birch cotton poplin and lined it. It has undoubtedly been my most worn everyday dress since. Around the…

pattern matching

My handmade wardrobe – A white shirt and jersey trousers.

By Julia Claridge | August 30, 2017
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These are two makes that I think are quickly becoming wardrobe staples. I love a simple white shirt especially a fairly casual one. Its an easy to wear choice that doesn’t require much thinking. I never decide what I’m going to wear until I get up in the morning and usually when I get up…

summer

My handmade wardrobe – Easy wraparound skirt and top.

By Julia Claridge | August 23, 2017
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Looking out of the window I’m not sure if the summer is still here! But I’m going to try and bring it back as I still have a few of my holiday wardrobe makes to share with you. I had this lovely bright Rico floral lime cotton fabric washed and ready to make into a…

stitch a narrow

My handmade wardrobe – Hydrangea print maxi dress.

By Julia Claridge | August 14, 2017
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This is another of my holiday makes. The pattern is The Lily dress by Cotton and Chalk that was free with Simply Sewing magazine. I have to admit I probably would not have bought this pattern, mainly because I don’t tend to wear maxi dresses or sleeveless dresses but … holiday + free pattern +…

viscose jumpsuit

My handmade wardrobe – New Look K6291 viscose jumpsuit.

By Julia Claridge | July 31, 2017
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I don’t know about you but plans for summer hols always prompt a desire for a few new wardrobe additions. This year in the months leading up to my holiday every time a new sewing mag dropped through the letterbox it contained a pattern that I fancied making for my holiday. I had quite a…

Simple shift dress

My handmade wardrobe – Simple shift dress

By Julia Claridge | July 5, 2017
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This is a pattern that I self drafted and has evolved from a top pattern that I developed a few years ago. It has definitely become a ‘go to’ pattern for both tops and dresses. I love the variety of prints available in good quality craft cotton, you can give a simple shape like this…

Linen shirt and cropped trousers

My handmade wardrobe – Linen shirt and cropped trousers

By Julia Claridge | June 13, 2017
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I finally got round to making up some fabric I’ve had for a long time. Its a gorgeous natural linen fabric with self colour embroidery all over it. I bought it from Montreux fabrics when they came to Sew Sociable. At the time their fabrics were not available to buy other than at events (like…

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