Sewing stories

Take 2 saris, Frida and #therefashioner2018 competition.

By Julia Claridge | October 19, 2018
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This is my entry (well first and main part of…) for this years Refashioners competition. If you haven’t already come across the Refashioners competition you can read all about it over at The Makery. There is also still time to enter…if you’re very quick! I first came across this competition last year and I love…

Handmade trapeze dress Bobbins and Buttons

Charcoal self drafted linen trapeze dress and linen trousers.

By Julia Claridge | September 14, 2018
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A few weeks ago I shared my white linen maxi trapeze dress. The maxi version was a bit of a whim really as I liked the idea of it but wasn’t sure if I would actually wear it. This version was already on the agenda, a shorter length in a neutral colour. I was pretty…

Canvas work necklace and a white floaty linen dress.

By Julia Claridge | August 16, 2018
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My latest make at my embroidery class is this canvas work necklace. I joined an embroidery group about a year ago. My first make an embroidered crazy patchwork bag wasn’t something I would have chosen to make but I learnt a lot in different ways by making it. Since this bag I have embraced all new…

kimono top cardigan - Bobbins and Buttons.

Another kimono cardigan top – a viscose version!

By Julia Claridge | July 19, 2018
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A kimono cardigan top! I made the pattern for this kimono cardigan top for my sewing classes. It is a project that you can make in any of my sewing classes. There are more details here. I found I’ve been wearing the first one I made quite a bit. The first was made in Lady…

t-shirt dress, Bobbins and Buittons

An easy self-drafted jersey t-shirt dress.

By Julia Claridge | July 12, 2018
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One of my latest makes is an easy jersey t-shirt dress. I haven’t been making that many clothes for myself recently because I do have a pretty well stocked wardrobe. However as always when the season changes I have a bit of a purge. Some items stay in my wardrobe from year to year and…

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…

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…

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