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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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I’m back and I have made pyjama bottoms!

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Hi Guys

Sorry for the mahoosive gap but I had no access to the blog due to work constraints (I basically didn’t have Chrome on my temporary PC, so no lunch time blogging) so it was very much neglected. However, I’m back for good now and I have new hobbies to share with you!

The sewing continues with renewed vigour after an awesome sewing class at The York School of Sewing, and now I am also learning calligraphy and hand lettering.  I am teaching myself the new writing skills with the aid of a rather amazing blog called The Postman’s Knock.

I’m still crocheting too and will showcase any new crafts as I learn them.

So last sunday I was lucky enough to take a course with Nadine at The York School of Sewing to make a pair of PJ bottoms.  I decided to make them for my mum as it is her Birthday today.  Happy Birthday Mum!!!!

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The course was fabulous, I learnt so many new skills, pattern cutting and adjusting (mum has long legs), sewing curved seams, elastic and drawstring waistbands, button holes…. I’m buzzing and can’t wait to make something else from a pattern!

Last night I started cutting out some gorgeous floral cotton to make the sleeveless shell top from the latest Sewing Bee Book.  I used the tracing wheel method and found it really quick and precise, but I will see how that translates to sewing the garment together.

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Since starting on my calligraphy quest I’ve pledged to make all handmade cards, they are pretty basic but I’m also lining the envelopes and doing artwork on the fronts so all in all pretty post for my friends and family.

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I also made Mark this little bit of fun for our anniversary!

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So apologies for the lateness of this post and it’s rambling content but you’re now all up to date and I will post weekly.

Thank you for reading and please feel free to comment!

Claire xxx