Sewing stories

crazy patchwork bag

A crazy patchwork bag and the start of a new journey.

By Julia Claridge | May 11, 2018
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It was about this time last year that I was spending more time that usual looking at the latest fashion trends while working a freelance job as a designer for a young menswear brand. It was great to see so much embroidery and embellishment in the fashion collections. I started to feel inspired to try…

linen trousers.

My handmade wardrobe – No pattern top and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | April 15, 2018
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Here is an outfit that I made last year and has only just hit the blogging list! The top is a project I wrote for Sew magazine that you can make without a pattern. Its a simple make that features gathered cuffs, nicely catering for the volume sleeve trend that started last year. I made…

wool blend cocoon coat and velvet dress

Vintage grey wool blend cocoon coat and velvet dress.

By Julia Claridge | April 1, 2018
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It was a couple of weeks ago that I shared my vintage black velvet cocoon coat that pushed in front of this one in the making queue.  I had already started this grey one and it was going really well so I decided to rustle up another in black velvet to wear to Christmas parties.…

Marlies handmade wedding dress

The story of Marlies handmade wedding dress.

By Julia Claridge | March 21, 2018
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Every now and then someone arrives at my sewing class with a big sewing ambition. It’s always very exciting not only for the person with the plan but for me and the rest of the class to watch the project as it’s takes shape. In June last year Marlies arrived with not much sewing experience…

vintage pledge 1950's underlined velvet cocoon coat

Belated vintage pledge 1950’s underlined velvet cocoon coat.

By Julia Claridge | March 7, 2018
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I have had this 1950’s vintage cocoon coat pattern in my collection for quite a while. Last year when I decided to make a vintage pledge for The Stitching Odysseys incentive I thought I would add it to my making list. This is actually the second one of these I have made. I initially started…

Dinosaur poo and Rosa the ballerina

World book day – Dinosaur poo and Rosa the ballerina.

By Julia Claridge | March 4, 2018
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Last week there was much excitement about the yearly event – World book day. This always entails rustling up some sort of costume which is now automatically understood  will be a Mummy make. I don’t think my kids even know that you can actually buy costumes for such events! Last year was my little boys…

second Adele dress

My handmade wardrobe – The second Adele dress.

By Julia Claridge | February 16, 2018
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Last week I wrote about making this dress pattern that came free with Simply sewing magazine. I  made some amendments to the last dress after I finished it because the fit wasn’t quite right. I made the same amendments to the pattern and cut this one out. I repositioned the darts just by 0.5cm but…

Sewing Adele dress.

My handmade wardrobe – Simply Sewing Adele dress.

By Julia Claridge | February 9, 2018
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This pattern arrived with Simply Sewing magazine at the end of last year. It looked like the perfect ‘dress up’ or ‘dress down’ type of dress that I wanted for various Christmas get togethers. I have definitely  recently become more in favour of comfy and relaxed clothes for what ever the occasion, I am not…

top with a small hack

Sew Me Something Julia top with a small hack.

By Julia Claridge | January 30, 2018
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Here is another make that’s been sitting in my blogging queue for a little while… When Sew Me Something bought out this pattern I decided I had to make it …after all it had my name on it! Apart from it being called Julia I do love a slouchy comfy top, especially one with as…

Teal viscose jersey dress

Teal viscose jersey dress #sewthelove

By Julia Claridge | January 17, 2018
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I actually made this dress quite some time ago, it has been in my growing blog queue to write about. The pattern is a Threadcount pattern that came free with Sew Now magazine earlier last year. I am definitely having a bit of a love affair with Kimono inspired styles, when this pattern arrived I…

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