Subscribers first free pattern – The basic boxy top.

In this post I want to tell you about something new!

I have been working on this idea for a little while. What with lock-down and the ups and downs of this year it has taken a bit longer than planned. Over the next week I will be publishing the pattern for this basic boxy top as a free download. This is exclusive to my newsletter subscribers. Read on to find out more about this idea and how to download your free pattern and future patterns.

My small business was started from a passion for sewing and the idea of being flexible around my kids. Running a small business is very much a two way thing, without wonderful customers a small business cannot exist.  The idea of giving away free patterns is largely to say thank you for all your custom and support. It actually seems more relevant to say thank you now than ever before. With the temporary closure of my sewing classes, like other sewing businesses I have been 100% reliant on online sales. It really is such a tough time for everyone.

Since lock down I have noticed more people having a go and trying sewing for the first time. This brings me to the next reason for offering free patterns. When you are starting out on your sewing journey I think free resources are so useful. It can sting a bit if it all goes pear shaped when you have paid out for patterns, fabrics and all the other bits and pieces. The teacher part of me wants to help you get started with simple and free patterns to encourage you to keep going. Once you are a few projects in, if the sewing bug bites, you will have an amazing skill that can be very fulfilling in so many ways.

Boxy top pattern from Bobbins and Buttons

The idea:

I came up with the idea for a very simple top that can be the base for multiple other styles. Each month I will share a new pattern part that will adapt this simple style into a different seasonal style. There are lots of variations for this boxy top. Over the next months I will show you how this simple base shape can take you from summer through to winter. Along the way I will share lots of different techniques that can be used on many other styles and patterns.

For beginners you can make a very simple garment that will start you on the road to making your own clothes. Once you have worked out which size fits you best you can apply a multitude of techniques to create different tops.

For busy people and quick fix makers this is a great wardrobe stable with ideas that will take you from a quick work wear top to a last minute evening top. This versatile basic pattern will build in to a range of different styles that will probably cover more occasions than I have even thought about.

How it works:

The pattern will be available to download from a special subscriber page on my website. Each month I will share details of the months make and publish a link to the subscriber page and a password to access the pattern in my newsletter. To subscribe to my newsletter you just need to fill out your name and email either in the pop up box that arrives on the website or you can sign up here on my website. The newsletters will be delivered to the email address that you fill out. This will contain all the info on obtaining the free pattern.

The instructions for how to make the pattern will be published here on the blog in the free pattern section. The instructions will be there for everyone to see.

The newsletter with the password and the subscribers page with this first pattern will be sent out this Wednesday. You will also be able to follow the instructions for how to make this version by next weekend on the blog.

I hope you enjoy the patterns. They are absolutely free to use with no obligation to buy anything. However as I mentioned earlier this can only happen because of you supporting me by buying fabrics and patterns.   I hope you will feel inclined to take a look at my shop from time to time. I would love to keep this little business running and keep sharing new ideas with 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...


  1. Wendy Campion on February 13, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    Hi I have seen your basic boxy top pattern and love your site how do I subscribe for newsletters?

  2. crystal on March 30, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    after i’ve subscribed to your newsletter how do i get access to this pattern?? i’m so anxious to make myself some summer tops!! 🙂

    • Julia Claridge on March 30, 2021 at 5:38 pm

      The next newsletter will be out this week and will have all the details of how to download all the pattern options 🙂

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