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The kids wardrobe – proud mummy – December 2015

This months issue of Sewing World magazine was very exciting, it not only featured my ladies linen apron dress, which is one of my fav projects for the magazine, but it also featured the first installment of my bridesmaid dress. The bridesmaid dress is part of a trio of projects the next installments with coordinating items will be published in the months ahead.

There was a lack of young girls suitable for modelling when we were planning the projects and deciding what size to make the photo-shoot samples. Luckily Emma the editor is always super organised and we were planning this at the beginning of the year. It worked out I was able to complete the projects in the summer while my little girl was on summer holidays and attend a photo-shoot at the beautiful Stanbrook Abbey. We had a lovely day out and Ella was a well behaved little model. I know I am biased but I think she looks gorgeous. It was also great to meet the Sewing World team who were all lovely.

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dolly doodle dress bobbins and buttons

Talking of beautiful little girls…here’s another one. I have enjoyed making up my first few orders since launching my online shop last month. This little girl is many miles away in Dominican Republic.

boy computer shirt bobbins and buttons

This handsome young man is slightly closer to home but looks great in his Bobbins ‘Sammy’ shirt. He was allowed to choose his own fabric print. I think he has very good taste this is my favorite print for boys to!

tilly tutu bobbins and buttons

I was very pleased when this ‘Tilly’ tutu skirt was ordered in age 3. I think its very necessary aged three to own proper swirling and twirling equipment!

peony dress bobbins and buttons

Of course I couldn’t leave out my two little monkeys at Christmas. Ella had been wandering past this peony print fabric and stroking it in my sewing room for a few weeks. This is one of the combos for the spring/summer range. I decided to make it up for her and left it next to her Christmas stocking on Christmas morning.

dinosaur shirt bobbins and buttons

Joseph feel in love with this not so subtle dinosaur print when we were at the Fabric Guild. He actually wanted all three dinosuar prints that they were selling, I did manage to prize him out of the shop with just one, which I made into a special Christmas morning ‘Sammy’ shirt for him.

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Alongside all of this I managed to make a large chunk of my Christmas presents this year. I matched existing projects to family members and friends and found I had gifts suitable for nearly all of them in my repertoire of projects. You can’t go wrong with PJ’s, by changing the print you making the appropriate size you can cater for younger kids, older kids and adults.

Anyone else make their Christmas pressies this year?

 

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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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