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Introducing Bobbins & Buttons sewing pattern – Rosie pdf version.

Last year I launched my first dressmaking pattern the Rosie dress for little girls. A classic pinafore for beginners with the option to make it as a single sided or a reversible version for girls aged from one year to ten years. I had the plan to continue publishing my patterns regularly but that didn’t quite happen….until now!

There were various teething problems along with my inability to have a reasonable sense of what I can fit into my time!! I also decided the patterns weren’t looking quite right design wise…. So I have had a bit of a review of work commitments, cleared the work table and started again with a whole fabulous fresh look.

This is the new look Rosie pattern now available as a downloadable pdf pattern. Most of my new patterns will be available as pdf or printed versions, ticking both boxes for which ever you prefer.

The pattern range is going to include patterns for all the family – kids, ladies and mens patterns. I appreciate that having a family means time for sewing can be limited so I am aiming for quick, stylish and adaptable patterns. The Rosie has two versions a simple single sided speedy make pinafore. A great version to make in denim or needle-cord for the autumn and winter months layered up with long sleeve t-shirts and sweaters. Also ideal in the summer in lightweight pretty cottons worn on its own as a simple summer dress.

The other version is a reversible option that features a staggered hem which means a border of the reverse fabric shows on one of the sides as a decorative detail. This works best in craft weight cottons or lighter weight fabrics. A fun way of creating two dresses in one. This was especially useful in our house when my little girl turned three and suddenly became a fashion diva with definite ideas about what she would and would not wear!

This is the lovely Lillia Rae modelling a summery single sided version made in craft weight cotton. Lillia Rae is an upcoming sewing star with some great skills at the tender age of seven. I am excited that she (with only a little bit of help from her mum) has agreed to test some of my future patterns as well as model.

This is another single sided cotton version as worn by super cute Marigold layered up with a short sleeve t-shirt. I found in the early years my little ones grew so quickly that I generally opted for one size bigger so that the garment would last a bit longer. Adding a t-shirt underneath is a great way of ‘filling the gap’ if the dress is slightly to big. Before you blink it will fit just right!

This style has lots of options to create new versions or embellish with different decorative approaches. I am hoping you might share your versions on social media to inspire others. If you do don’t forget to use the hashtag #releaseyourhandmade so I can find your post and share. One of the simplest ways to personalise this dress is to use contrast, mis-matched or funky buttons.

I will and have been sharing more ideas on my blog about how to make the most of your Rosie pattern. This is a version made in needle-cord.

I added fun heart shaped pockets in contrasting denim. You can follow this tutorial on my blog. I have also written a post on how to lengthen or shorten a dress or top. I used the Rosie pattern for this tutorial. I think this is particularly useful for kids patterns. The height of children varies so much. My little girl measures closer to a seven year old on my size chart than the eight year old she is and my little boy is taller by three to four years than his real years. It’s really worth checking the size chart for both body measurements and finished garment measurements to ensure you are happy with the end result.

I hope you have fun making Rosie and would love to hear from you if you.

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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...

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