Rosie -Launch of the first Bobbins & Buttons dressmaking pattern.

This has been rather a long time in the making, but at last here it is….my first real live buyable dressmaking pattern!

When I first started teaching sewing classes, several years ago, I developed a whole range of patterns, mainly for kids clothing that I taught as workshops. These patterns were manually graded and available in lots of different sizes, in fact, they still are and are very much a part of my workshop offering. Most of the styles are suited to beginners.

For some reason, despite making multiple patterns for Leicester’s design industry and designing patterns for magazines on a weekly basis I hadn’t really considered publishing my patterns. I am regularly asked in classes if the patterns are for sale so I’m not sure what took me so long to decide to start publishing. Nevertheless here it is the first pattern. You can buy a copy here.

Rosie is a simple pinafore dress for little girls aged between one and ten years old. It is designed to be worn alone or with a t-shirt underneath. The pattern comes with two versions the single sided version or the reversible version. The reversible version has a deliberately staggered hem revealing a small border of fabric from the internal dress. It fastens at the shoulders with two large buttons. No zips or complicated plackets.

Inside the pattern, you find an instruction book with step by step instructions on how to make your Rosie dress, as well as tips for using the pattern and lay plan instructions.

The pattern is printed on thick white paper with notes on tracing off so you can use all the sizes on the pattern as your little girl grows. You can buy pattern drafting paper here.

I chose to name my patterns after people who have and do inspire me. This dress style began life as Rosie and now keeps the name because of the inspiring work of a real Rosie,, who is a great supporter of independent sewing classes and a fantastic Ambassador for the cause Morsbags.

The next patterns in line to be published are more kids styles including some unisex styles and some for little boys. The plan for the future includes patterns for women and men, catering for the whole family!

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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 May 17, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Congratulations on the launch of your first pattern. I wish you every success and hope it will be the first of many.

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