Sewing tips and tutorials

stretch in jersey fabrics

How to find the percentage of stretch in jersey fabrics.

By Julia Claridge | May 13, 2018
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Sewing jersey garments is great fun and can be super quick, especially if you are lucky enough to own an overlocker. However there are a few things worth knowing about jersey fabrics to help make the right choice for your chosen style. Jersey fabrics can be made from different fibres such as cotton, viscose, silk…

shorten a dress or top pattern

How to lengthen or shorten a dress or top pattern.

By Julia Claridge | January 28, 2018
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It’s easy to think if you want to add length to a dress or top that you can just add a few centimetres down from the hem, in some cases this does work. However if you have a shaped hem or have a hem facing, adding length to the bottom edge of your garment may…

hand-stitched decoration

How to turn a child’s drawing into a hand-stitched decoration.

By Julia Claridge | December 14, 2017
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I came up with this idea when I was trying to think of Christmas gifts for my kids teachers. I always think because there are roughly thirty kids in a class they could potentially end up with thirty boxes of chocs or thirty mugs or other items that are perhaps not their taste, so I…

birthday badge

Easy stitched big age birthday badge tutorial.

By Julia Claridge | September 22, 2017
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My little boy turned six years old this month. You might have read my post last week about the cosmic space themed party I created for him. Birthdays are so exciting especially  when you are little. I love it when my kids bubble over with excitement in anticipation of the party and all the birthday fun.…

mark fabric

Different products to mark fabric.

By Julia Claridge | June 27, 2017
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I have quite a minimal tool box when it comes to sewing equipment. I’m not really one for gadgets and gizmos. Though there are several items that as a sewer you can’t live without….scissors, tape measure, pins and needles, ruler and fabric markers. When it comes to these items I am happy to explore all…


What is Elastane?

By Julia Claridge | April 10, 2017
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Sewing with jersey/knit fabrics has become more and more popular, understandably so, there are lots of garment styles that are super quick to sew. There is some sympathy on fit with stretch fabrics too. These are two qualities that make sewing jersey/knit garments quite an attractive prospect especially if you have limited time or like quick…

patchwork style

How to customise your jeans – patchwork style -tutorial

By Julia Claridge | April 2, 2017
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A couple of weeks ago I shared some of my latest handmade wardrobes makes which included my upcycled patchwork jeans. There was nothing really wrong with the jeans before I started chopping them about, apart from they were just quite plain and boring! I’ve been admiring patchwork denim for a while so I decided to…

no pattern top

Easy lace panel no pattern top tutorial

By Julia Claridge | December 28, 2016
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It is the season for socialising! Much as I love working on something elaborate, the reality of the Christmas season is life is super hectic, trying to squeeze in shopping, school plays as well as extra socialising. As I am keen to stick to making all my clothes, anything new has to be super easy…

fat quarter

What is a fat quarter?

By Julia Claridge | November 28, 2016
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Fabrics are often sold in fat quarters, especially in bundles in the world of quilting. However until you know, you might be wondering what exactly a fat quarter is. So I thought I would write a post to explain this sizing…   This diagram shows the fabric roll at the top, the selvedges at the…

buying fabric online

Tips for buying fabric online!

By Julia Claridge | November 12, 2016
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I feel I have become something of an expert on buying fabric online over the past few years. Especially since becoming a mum (7 years ago). I think most mums would agree that shopping with a baby or young child in tow is not straight forward or relaxing. But much as we love our little cherubs we…

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