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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…

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…

Cosmic space

Cosmic space themed birthday party.

By Julia Claridge | September 13, 2017
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The weekend marked the second major family event of the year! My little boys 6th birthday party! It’s quite a daunting prospect to start the organising of another birthday party so soon after my little girls party but I always ensure I put the same amount of effort into both. This year I’m not sure…

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…

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