The kids wardrobe – t-shirts – January 2016

I am a bit late writing my monthly blog posts this month. January seems to have become mid February all of a sudden!

Nevertheless lots has been going on as usual. Development wise I have been working on a basic semi fitted t-shirt block. A simple style that I want to offer as a sewing class in sizes from 9 months upward to plus size ladies. It will also be a style which I use in my kidswear range.

kids tshirt action Bobbins and buttons

This is the second version I have done for kids but it still needs some more tweaking. Once the fit is right I will be able to try a couple of new design ideas for the range. In the mean time Ella is happy with a not so perfectly fitting addition to her wardrobe!

letter bobbins and buttons

I have enlisted the help of my friend Tracy from Sew nothings impossible to help me with my next idea. Tracy has a super duper embroidery machine and has recently embarked on a new career in sewing so I am hoping to support her new venture if we can work out my design idea. The project so far is looking good. Hopefully next month I can show you these in context, and it will all make sense. But for now its all staying a mystery 🙂


A few new additions to the online shop in the next few days will be the first accessories.


The mini shopper is the essential bag from the age of one! Ideal for collecting, shopping, hiding, discoveries, secrets, sandwiches in fact all the important activities that occur when you are one or older!


I am also introducing the single sided pinafore. Keeping it simple with Penny pinafore. Some fabric options will be added over the next few days to my Etsy shop and online shop. As with all the styles they can be ordered in size and fabric of your choice from the selection I have available. I’m in love with this duck and swan print fabric, its quirky but so pretty and spring like.

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Lastly part two of my bridesmaid dress project was printed in Sewing world magazine, as modeled by a very special little girl! There are two more projects to complete the look coming up in the next issue of the magazine, out this month.

As always I love to hear your comments and see piccies if you make any of my projects.

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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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