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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…


My #VintagePledge 2017

By Julia Claridge | May 30, 2017
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There are always lots of great sewing challenges happening on social media, most of which I either spot too late or just don’t have time to take part in. But I have decided to take part in this years’s Vintage pledge run by A Stitching Odyssey, who has clearly laid out the rules of the challenge…


My Morsbag competition entry.

By Julia Claridge | May 5, 2017
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I first discovered Morsbags when I visited The Big Textile show in Leicester a few years ago. A friendly lady asked me if I would like to make a bag. At the time I was in a bit of a rush so I wasn’t able to, but I found out in brief what Morsbags was all…


Happy Mothers Day…A dress my Mum made.

By Julia Claridge | March 26, 2017
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Words I would use to describe my Mum…Kind, loving, caring, supportive, non-judgemental, patient, calm, thoughtful, considerate, practical, clever. There’s quite a long list of wonderful characteristics I remember about my Mum. Many of which she demonstrated to me as my first sewing teacher when I was a young child. It’s no secret that I started my journey into…

cosplay costume

Kylo Ren – The story of this cosplay costume.

By Julia Claridge | July 8, 2016
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I regard myself as incredibly lucky to teach sewing classes. I not only get to meet lots of interesting people but I also share part of a sewing adventure with them. There are so many different reasons to learn to sew, I love the variety of reasons people come to my classes. Sometimes someone comes…

family of bags

Morsbag competition entry – A family of bags!

By Julia Claridge | March 30, 2016
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Follow my blog with Bloglovin I believe sewing is good for your personal well being. When its good for the community and for the environment as well it makes it even better! When I heard about the Morsbag competition to make 10 bags in a theme of your choice it captured my imagination and I…

stitch in the history

A stitch in the history of motherhood.

By Julia Claridge | March 6, 2016
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Follow my blog with Bloglovin Like most of us I don’t need a special day to think about my mum, but it is quite nice that we all nationally unite on Mothering Sunday to celebrate this wonderful relationship. Whether you are a daughter, a mother or a grandmother I don’t think there is any doubting…

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Mums the word! – It’s special to be a sewing mum.

By Julia Claridge | March 26, 2014
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Becoming a mum was really the inspiration and motivation for starting my sewing business. Motherhood also underpins a lot of what I do within the business. I really like what I call the heritage value of sewing. By this I mean the way this skill is passed on through the generations. Certainly that is the…

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