Handmade kids sweatshirt and slim fit joggers

I am super excited (and a bit nervous) about the launch of my first sewing pattern which is only weeks away…hopefully! Depending on what my lovely group of pattern testers have to say. But obviously I can’t launch one pattern and leave it at that, so I’ve worked out a bit of a plan of what and when to launch the next ones.

Really there is no shortage of patterns to launch, there is a list of tried and tested styles for kids and ladies that I created and have used in my sewing classes for the past few years, in fact since the beginning of Bobbins and Buttons.

However having decided to take the plunge into publishing patterns I needed to make a start somewhere so I decided the first few patterns are going to be some of my children’s styles. I will tell you more about what you can expect and the inspiration behind the pattern series when it all becomes real.

For now I am testing and tweaking the next ones that are in line to be published. As the first one is a little girls dress it seems only right to balance with one for boys.

Infact these two patterns are very much unisex. A hooded sweatshirt and slim fit joggers.

The sweatshirt is planned next, there will be versions within the pattern. Hopefully it will become a go to stable for mums that make, like this one is becoming for me.

Ever since this deep pile super soft cuddle fleece arrived at Bobbins HQ my kids (and me) have been wanting to be wrapped in it, especially on the icy cold days we’ve had recently. So it seemed like a good option to test run the pattern in. I’m fairly happy with the results, just some minor tweaking I think, most importantly my little models gave it the thumbs up. They did get a say in what colours I made them in, which always helps.

My little girl wanted cream cuddle fleece with matching rib fabric.

As the hood is lined with jersey fabric on this version she picked a pretty Art gallery floral knit fabric.

My little boy was less concerned with colour but happy to have this fun monster print jersey inside teal fleece with contrasting red rib fabric.

The joggers have been around on my make list for my little boy for about 3 years in various developmental forms and have been a firm wardrobe stable since then.

They are super practical and really quick to make. I used cotton sweatshirt fabric with matching rib for these.  I love this fabric. It is lovely dense heavyweight 300 gsm with brushed back, 75% cotton 25% polyester meaning it washes well and feels soft and luxurious to wear. I could have a little rant now about the varying qualities of sweatshirt fabric but I won’t. I am just happy I can stock this great quality in so many colours that all have matching rib available.

I chose the colours for their joggers as I wanted to whip them up while they were at school, but I didn’t get any complaints.

The rain stopped long enough for us to have a park playtime photoshoot, they were both a bit muddy by the end..exactly how they should be!

Do you make any clothes for your kids? I would love to hear your thoughts about these proposed patterns as well as what you make for yours.

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...


  1. Rosemary on February 25, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Hi Julia
    I love your sweat shirt and joggers. I also like to sew for my kids but only having boys has cramped my style a bit. There are so many lovey patterns out there for girls and the boys always seem a bit left out. I would love to try the sweat shirt. Will it go up to age 8-9?
    Let me know when it is available and where I can get hold of one.
    Many thanks for posting your great ideas

    • Julia Claridge on February 25, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Rosemary, yes I’m wiTH you on that, my little boy enjoys his mummy makes just as much as his sister so I am definitely making sure my pattern offering is balanced. There are lots of new boys ideas in the pipeline too 🙂 Both these pattern I am thinking of going up to age 12 as I think they would still work for this age. I will definitely be shouting about it when the patterns come out !! And would love to hear your feedback if you make either.

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