Reversible padded gilet project for Sewing world magazine

I wrote this project for Sewing World magazine, it was a collaboration of ideas with the editor of the magazine. I had originally submitted an idea for a reversible jacket and we ended up with this gilet which worked really well. The lovely fabric was sponsored by Dashwood studios. The project was published in the March issue this year. With the weather set to turn cooler it is an ideal make for Spring or Autumn. You could choose to make one side an appropriate colour/print for Spring and the other side Autumn!

If you would like to make the project back issues of the magazine are available from the Sewing World website. I am also always happy to help you make any of my projects in one or two of my Bring your own project sessions. If you feel like sharing your version I love seeing what you’ve made, post direct to my Facebook page or share on other social media platforms using #sewingbobbinsgilet.

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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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