Strawberry PJ shorts and a little bit of calligraphy

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Hi Guys

Hope you had a great weekend?  I rather selfishly spent all of yesterday afternoon sewing, but for a change it wasn’t for me so not so selfish!  I’m in the process of making Laura some PJ shorts, in cute strawberry print.


I didn’t use the same pattern as last time as I only had the large size version, instead I used Lauren Guthrie’s pattern which is in her book.

lauren guthrie pyjamas

The pattern was lovely to work from, the paper is great quality and not as scary as the tissue in the Butterick patterns.  I cut the smallest size and figured with elastication it will be fine.  There were two weird sticky out bits one at the top of the outside leg and one at the waist that I’m still not sure what they were for… so I chopped them off but if you can enlighten me, please do 🙂

I must have been having a brain freeze as it took me three goes to get the inside leg/crotch bit right, I don’t know if it was because they are short ones, so I was getting confused by the tiny inside leg, but either way ARGH!  Got there in the end though and they just need waist and hemming now and they fit!  I’ve also managed to put pockets in which I love to bits, everything should have pockets!

I’m afraid I’ve not taken photos as I was going along so instead I’m going to show you a little bit of faux calligraphy art, that I finished off last night and is all ready to be framed.  Sorry for the rubbish pictures, I blog on my lunch at work and can only get pictures up via instagram!


Hopefully I will get to finish the shorts soon and can let you see!  I’m going to get a plain white vest top to match and applique a motif on, to bring the two things together as a set.


Roman Blinds with Lauren Guthrie


I feel the need to justify myself sometimes, especially my hobbies. Although I lean towards creating pretty clothes, I thought it would go down better at home if at first I learnt something more practical!  I’ve always loved the effect of roman blinds but they’re just so damn expensive (and rightly so, just out of my budget), so this seemed a good place to start.  Particularly when I found out one of the ladies I’d been extensively blog stalking had a workshop doing just that and it would mean I get to visit her beautiful shop!

Guthrie and Ghani

Image purloined from Lauren’s own blog.

I had previously had an attempt at these blinds, thinking I could whip one up for my au pair before she arrived… hmmm suffice it to say I was at Dunelm buying curtains the day before!!!  Not as simple as the You Tube tutorials looked.

So on Valentine’s Day I tootled off to Birmingham, much more nervous than I had anticipated, and attended the roman blind workshop.  It was a fabulous workshop from start to finish and it turns out they are quite simple to make you just need a good teacher!  This is my mini blind

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I’m now working on some blinds for my living room, a slightly larger project as the main window is nearly 2 metres wide!  Pattern matching was a bit of an issue but will blog about that in the next post.  I am determined to succeed.

I even managed to take a quick selfie with the lovely Lauren Guthrie


A bonus to an already lovely day was meeting Jane who had this adorable needle case with her.  Apparently it was made for her quite some years ago by her teenage babysitter!  Isn’t it adorable, I would love to have a try to recreate this, maybe with some cherries on the front?


The detail is just beautiful!

Hey I made it back to the blogging world!

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Hi guys,

Let me introduce myself, I’m Claire,

Just Darling Cakes

formerly of Just Darling Cakes (I’ve taken my website down but still have my facebook page if you would like to see the pictures) but after closing the business some time ago I left the blogging world and have been missing the cathartic out pouring of my geekiness.  So here I am back again to bore/amuse you with my journey as I learn how to sew.

I’ve been obsessed with reading everyone else’s sewing blogs and gradually starting projects of my own.  I do not come from a sewing background, nobody in the family has a machine or the faintest idea what to do with one but it’s always fascinated me!  I got my machine last summer and it’s like coming home, I love it!

My firstproject was rather ambitiously an Elsa dress for my daughter, I drafted and cut my own pattern and sewed it together.  The inside seams make me blush (totally unfinished), but it did come together and was wearable. I made a full circle skirt, the bodice was three rectangles with a ribbon closure.  I sewed a few fiddly, snowflake sequins to the front and to the detachable cape, but they were so annoying to handle I didn’t do as many as planned.  Liv was away the weekend I made it, and we did have fit issues on her return but got there in the end, and many lessons stored away for future reference! Apologies for the photos these were taken without any thought that one day they’d be on the internet!

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I know I am going to be totally obsessed with making clothes once I get the hang of it, I’m half way through a Clemence skirt at the moment and a pair of roman blinds after a brilliant workshop with Lauren. The blinds are winning through sheer practicality but I can’t wait to go back to the skirt and finally finish a garment that hopefully can be worn!

So I aim to blog about each project I undertake, there will be snippets of crochet and other crafts too so I hope I will keep you entertained.  All comments welcome, thanks for reading!