I’ve recently returned to sewing clothes after quite a long hiatus. Except for one pattern (which you’ll see in a minute) I’ve never felt entirely satisfied with the clothes I’ve made and so I’ve tended to avoid clothes and concentrate on other things. However when I buy handmade, the items are always beautifully finished, so I know it is achievable and that some perseverance is required.

The one pattern I have suceeded with many times is Made By Rae’s Parlsey Pants Shorts. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made these shorts for Theo and on each occasion the result is slightly better. I now sew the elastic directly on to the waist rather than threading it through which gives a great finish.

Theo was recently invited to a 6th birthday party with a pirate theme and when some pirate themed fabric popped up on facebook in the Eternal Maker’s sale, I decided to buy a metre of it and make a pair of shorts for the birthday boy (left) and a slightly different pair for Theo. For Theo’s rather than turning the hem on the legs, I made some yellow bias tape and finished the legs with that. The resulting shorts are therefore also slightly longer than his friends.

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If ever there was a Home Life Project post that nearly didn’t happen it was this one! We arrived home from two weeks holiday on Saturday night and thanks to delays at passport control at the ferry terminal, got home far later than we were anticipating, finally putting the kids to bed at 11:30pm. Making what would have been a long day in any circumstances, a really long day!

Still, a night’s sleep worked wonders for all of us and we were refreshed enough the following day to attend the annual Families Day event at Goodwood House. This is a lovely event held every year on the front lawn for member’s of Goodwood’s Road & Racing Club. You take a picnic, enjoy the display of classic cars and the kids can go on as many fairground rides as they wish at no cost.

Last year we took Alice along in our vintage Silver Cross pram, this year she went on all the rides with Theo and we’re noticing the changes at home too. She’s worked out how to climb out of her cot, so an already busy day also included two hours spent converting her bed and toddler proofing the room! Oh and one final thing… there’s a photo of Alice in the garden waving a flag, I’ve included this as she’s standing on a newly laid concrete base, which by next month will be the foundations of an interesting new addition to our garden…

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Hello all!

No creative challenge this month, but just a little reminder that Home Life Project weekend is this weekend. I am currently enjoying the penultimate day of our French holiday (which believe me is an odd thing to be writing when you haven’t yet left for it) returning home tomorrow night, ready to photograph (I hope) a little bit of the Goodwood Families Day on Sunday. It’s always a lovely event with free fairground rides for the kids and an excuse to picnic for us…not quite our home life, but close!

Linky will open as always at 7am on Monday morning. Hope you have a great weekend – Au revoir!

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Pirates are not usually thought of as the most giving of characters, but bucking that trend last month I was involved in a skill swap with an old friend of mine who is also an author and storyteller. She laid on a complimentary pirate storytelling and treasure hunt at our house for Alice, Theo and a select few of their friends in return for me documenting the experience in photos that she could use for her website.

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This month’s Me & Mine comes from the Charente region of France where we are spending a couple of weeks, having left our home and dogs in the capable hands of professional housesitters.

The weather has been a bit mixed, but we’ve really enjoyed having some relaxed time as a family and the children have loved the company of other kids their age at the child friendly gites where we are staying. Weirdly we also found ourselves staying next door but one to another blogger who I follow on Twitter… But that’s a whole other story!

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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