Sewing tips

fit garments

How to fit garments on yourself – My 5 top tips.

By Julia Claridge | August 18, 2016
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Making clothes for yourself gives you total style freedom. With oodles of choice on colours, prints and fabric types your wardrobe can be exactly what you want it to be. Learning to make your own clothes has never been more accessible. There are a great choice of sewing classes around as well as magazines, books…

sew jersey/knit fabric

How to sew jersey/knit fabric with a standard sewing machine.

By Julia Claridge | July 22, 2016
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There is a fantastic array of plain and printed jersey/knit fabrics in lots of different weights, available widely. Making jersey/knit garments can be fun and super quick, meaning you can boost your handmade wardrobe massively in a short space of time. Jersey/knit fabrics are also a super practical option for kids clothing. Using an overlocker…

fabric shopping

Online fabric shopping.

By Julia Claridge | July 2, 2016
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With the recent launch of my online fabric shop I thought it would be a good time to write a post celebrating some of my favorite online fabric shops as well as letting you know a bit about what you can expect from mine. It wasn’t long after my daughter was born (7 years ago) that…

dressmaking for beginners

Successful dressmaking for beginners – fabric

By Julia Claridge | February 3, 2014
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Getting the right fabric for your garment is often the difference between a successful garment and a disaster. When faced with racks of gorgeous fabrics, prints and colours it can be difficult to know where to start and how to get the right fabric. This is my beginners guide to fabric, an overview of fabric types and…


Successful dressmaking for beginners – a starting point

By Julia Claridge | January 17, 2014
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Deciding to make your own clothes especially if you are also new to sewing can be quite a daunting process to consider. There are lots of reasons why people decide to make their own clothes, from fit issues with shop standard sizes to personal individual style. You might like the idea of knowing your garment…

fabric and trims

Where to buy fabric and trims in Leicester- 2018 update!

By Julia Claridge | September 13, 2013
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I originally wrote this post in 2013 not long after starting teaching sewing classes as a result of being asked where to buy fabric locally. Recently I have been sorting and organising my blog, clearing out old posts that no longer seem relevant. This post still gets a lot of attention so I have decided…