My handmade wardrobe

wedding outfit

25 minute coat and the rest of the wedding outfit.

By Julia Claridge | May 1, 2017
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A few weeks ago me and my hubby were invited to a wedding. It has been quite a while since we went to a wedding so I needed something to wear! As it was in March the weather can be a bit unpredictable and usually fairly cool so the outfit needed to include a coat. Ever since…

sweatshirt dress

My handmade wardrobe – sweatshirt dress #sewthelove

By Julia Claridge | April 24, 2017
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We’ve just had a lovely sunny weekend and it feels like Spring is most definitely here! So it doesn’t seem so appropriate to be posting a blog post about a cosy sweatshirt dress. But as I’ve made it I’m going to share it anyway! This was a design I wrote as a project for Sew Now…

pinafore and tops

Sew Now pinafore and tops #sewthelove

By Julia Claridge | April 17, 2017
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Between teaching, freelancing and the school run I am often busy writing projects for one or two of the national sewing magazines, which I love doing. Sometimes I submit ideas if I think I have a project that would work for a particular magazine and sometimes I am set a brief. At the end of…

coat, top and jeans

My handmade wardrobe – A new coat, top and jeans rework!

By Julia Claridge | March 19, 2017
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It has been quite a while since I posted about my handmade wardrobe, not because I have stopped making my own clothes, far from it. It was over three years ago that I set my one year challenge of only making my own clothes and not buying any. I completed two years before relaxing the…

no pattern top

Easy lace panel no pattern top tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 28, 2016
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It is the season for socialising! Much as I love working on something elaborate, the reality of the Christmas season is life is super hectic, trying to squeeze in shopping, school plays as well as extra socialising. As I am keen to stick to making all my clothes, anything new has to be super easy…

vintage dressmaking

My 1940’s vintage dressmaking experience

By Julia Claridge | June 8, 2016
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I am often busy answering questions and emails about what you can learn in my sewing classes, but what I don’t often convey is the inspiring side of being in a sewing class. By that I’m not suggesting that I inspire everyone, more that my customers inspire one another. I try to set my classes…

White Tree fabrics

My first blog post for White Tree fabrics

By Julia Claridge | March 10, 2016
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Follow my blog with Bloglovin I was very excited to become part of the White tree blogging team. As soon as I found out I popped the kettle on and sat down for a quick perusal of the fabrics and patterns available. A good hour later I was still trying to narrow down my short…

The coat

My handmade wardrobe – The coat – January 2016

By Julia Claridge | February 11, 2016
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This is the January post, however it is a bit past the end of January now! I have been super busy writing magazine projects and planning, organising, scheduling and generally working things out, I have sore finger tips from typing and therefore I am a bit late writing my monthly blog posts. I am very…

handmade wardrobe - hello

My handmade wardrobe – hello – December 2015

By Julia Claridge | December 29, 2015
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The end of this month marks the end of the second year of my handmade wardrobe blog!! I think I am now firmly routed into making my own clothes. But have I made any purchases of ready made clothing over the past two years?……….No! My rules allowed me to buy hosiery, lingerie and footwear but…

handmade wardrobe - getting organised

My handmade wardrobe – getting organised – November 2015

By Julia Claridge | November 30, 2015
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I had a major big sort out this month which took priority over any blog sewing. I do often have little sort outs that include shuffling a few pieces of fabric into a box and marking it ‘projects in progress ‘or turning out a couple of boxes that have been ‘discovered’ by searching for something!…

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