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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…

Bobbins and Buttons - A review of 2017

Bobbins and Buttons – A review of 2017!

By Julia Claridge | January 3, 2018
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Here we are in 2018! I haven’t written an end of year review of my sewing activities before. Last year I really did enjoy reading other peoples yearly reviews and realised it might be a good way of helping make achievable plans for the year ahead.  Last year I had more on my business plate…

wraparound blouse

#vintagepledge 50’s wraparound blouse.

By Julia Claridge | November 27, 2017
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This is my second make for my Vintage pledge made earlier in the year. I pledged that I would make five garments from vintage patterns mainly from those given to me earlier in the year. You can read my original pledge and how it came about here. However I have to confess I don’t think…


The rest of the #therefashioners2017 outfit.

By Julia Claridge | November 10, 2017
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It was a couple of weeks ago that I posted my refashioner entry just before the deadline of the competition. I was pleased with the finished result especially as it had been a last minute idea and a somewhat pressurised make! I have a small obsession with only wearing me made clothes when I share…

Handmade kids dressing up costumes

Happy Halloween – Handmade kids dressing up costumes.

By Julia Claridge | November 3, 2017
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Halloween for the last couple of years has coincided with trading at the Big Textile show in Leicester, which has meant spare time has been a bit limited. As my kids are now a bit older and not having such huge growth spurts I suggested they might wear last years vampire costumes again! However that…


Refashioner2017 entry #suitsyou #therefashioners2017

By Julia Claridge | October 29, 2017
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Over the last few weeks I have been seriously admiring the inventive and stylish makes popping up on instagram for the refashioner competition set by Portia from Makery. I had no plan to enter until I had an idea that wouldn’t go away. I am busy working on my Vintage pledge that I made when I…

Jeans and a very late

Jeans and a very late #TheBigStitch top.

By Julia Claridge | October 22, 2017
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I’ve learnt a couple of new things about my sewing pursuits recently. Firstly I seem to cut a bit to large in size. This has happened a few times recently. Despite making a toile which I feel I am ultimately happy with before cutting the real thing I end up with a garment a bit…