confessions of a fabric obsessive

About me and what I sew

I live and craft in England (or perhaps “live to craft”?).

Claire Bear was my nickname at primary school. A couple or three decades later, colleagues started calling me Claire Bear to distinguish me from the “other” Claire at work (two bubbly bright women in the same office, what can you do?).

When I was looking for a name for my creative fabric-loving alter ego,  Claire Bear seemed to fit (actually,  it was the only one I could think of). I have since researched my nickname and discovered that Claire Bear is a very common nickname for anyone called Claire/Clare. The whole rhyming thing I guess.

Claire Bear loves colour and pretty things. A lot.

My grandmother was a tailor and my grandfather was a tailor’s cutter when he was alive. Learning to sew in our house was inevitable, and that skill stayed with me (unused) for a long time. Finding some time on my hands in late 2010, with nephews and a niece to sort out Xmas and birthday presents for and no money to but anything nice for them,  I started to get back into sewing.   I started an extra ebay account dedicated to selling the extra fabric that I had bought and maybe earning myself a couple of quid so I could visit my nephews and niece once in a while.

Kind colleagues asked me to make a few things for them as I had a sewing machine and they didn’t.

It snowballed. Into a facebook page, etsy shops, and a blog.

I have no idea where it will go next.

I usually try to post twice a week, once in the middle of the week and again so there’s something new to read over the weekend. I wouldn’t consider myself to be a reliable blogger, but I try.

I also have a habit of putting information about the photos in this blog into the photo so that you have to hover on each photo. Usually, you can click on the photo to jump to the post and blog that it originally came from.

I don’t make bears. Or any kids’ toys or kids’ clothes.

I have children myself, and lots of nephews and nieces. I know how easily they can trash stuff and/or put it in their little mouths and choke. I do not want to be responsible for anyone else’s child ending up in hospital or worse. I know that I could send my children’s clothes or toy designs off for testing, but it’s approx £600 for each design, and if I change anything about that design, add a hood for example, back it goes to be tested again.  I’d have to sell a lot of each design to make that amount of money back. So I don’t make clothes or toys for children. Teenagers, yes, kids, no.

Work that I am proud of:

As always, hover over the photo for more information

Cloaks and costumes

circle skirt and petticoatsriding habit, the jacket was found second-hand and altered, the rest created from scratchgreek godess

blue velvet cloak, blue lining, pixie hood with tassle

green cloak, brown satin lining, pixie hood with tassle


the first quilt I made

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me.

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14 responses to “About me and what I sew

  1. Norma September 15, 2011 at 09:28

    HI Claire,
    I noticed on Lisa Lam’s U-handbag blog that you want to make a carpet bag. I managed to make my own pattern from this post-
    Of course I bought the tubular frame from her website. Hope this helps.

  2. Daisy February 20, 2012 at 07:42

    I want to congratulate you for your work, it’s great. All the best.

  3. nicethingsinmylife March 16, 2012 at 14:26

    Hi – i’ve just nominated you for ‘Beautiful Blogger Award’ – it’s posted on my blog. thank you for your lovely blog and your support and feedback. x

  4. diannajessie March 22, 2012 at 18:58

    Hi Claire,

    I love reading your blog and wanted to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger award:) Congratulations

    See my link for how to proceed further and thank you for your great posts


  5. reneeboomer March 24, 2012 at 21:15

    Hi, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you choose to accept, please visit my blog for more information. http://www.positiveboomer.wordpress.com 🙂

  6. Andre Fratello May 19, 2012 at 00:48

    Merely a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style .

  7. Fogler June 16, 2012 at 21:20

    Great blog here!

  8. Devon Litner August 10, 2012 at 01:14

    I like this web site very much, Its a real nice blog to read and find info .

  9. Issac Maez August 12, 2012 at 08:10

    Me gustó mucho leer tu blog …. Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para escribir!

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