3 months

happy diwali 2014

Happy Diwali dear friends! Hope it brings your way lots of good and joyous things in the year to come.

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We have had a relatively quiet one here. N played with a few sparklers, a few close friends visited us, my cousin arrived late last night to spend a few days with us and see the new baby and her niece (and of course us :-), and the boy turned three months old.

I have done such little sewing as you all well know but managed a pant the night before. I am happy to say that it took all of twenty minutes and the pattern is the free one from Made by Rae. It’s super quick, took very little fabric, but is a wee bit tight, so the next one will have to be larger.

madhav blue pants

I am however excited to day to show you something else too.

mini quilt 1mini quilt 3It’s a mini quilt. I am planning to put up on the wall behind baby M’s cot which currently sits in our bedroom.

You see, M does not have anything like a nursery, and will most probably move into N’s room when he moves out of ours. The walls were kind of bare…and I had been wanting to put something up for him to look at. (Well, there is always the ceiling fan….but still…)

And, I had been dying to make these mini quilts from the purl bee series. The pattern is from here, and comes with excellent instructions. It took me almost two weeks to make, but it was fun adding the layer after layer.

I hope baby M will take a look at it once in a while when he decides to take a break from staring at the fan. :-)

mini quilt 2The fabrics are all scraps from here. Many  are remnants of things I made for N, so seeing them again makes her happy too.

And for the final photo, here’s me holding it up. :-)mini quilt 4

So what have you been sewing. I believe kcw is in full force and there is incredible amount of loveliness to be seen and admired. Have you participating?





a dress


brown knit 4 Lest you think that I am back to my frenetic ways, be assured that it is nothing of that sort. Besides we are all recovering from the poor kid falling sick first from a cold and now some stomach upset thing. There is some chance that baby M is allergic to cow’s milk (that I am drinking) and so I am off all dairy for a few weeks. Being a milk loving person and coming from a milk obsessed nation this is a bit traumatic, so I am currently obsessively scouring all other calcium rich foods ranging from seaweed to ragi/nachni (finger millet).

So, anyway. Having now told you what’s going on here, let me get to the point, which is this dress.

My first one in knit fabric. YAY! I finished it a few weeks ago. Of course, ‘finished’ is the operative word here, because I started it almost six weeks before it got done.knit dress 4

And now for some details. The fabric: my sister bought it for me in one of the shops from Nehru place, our local fabric market back in June. I am not sure what kind of knit it is, but its quite stable easy to sew and doesn’t have a whole lot of stretch. The constrast binding is recycled from a maternity tee shirt :-) The pattern is this one, and while I did not look at the instructions too closely other than how to attach the neck binding they looked pretty straight forward to me. brown knit 7

What I like about it is that it has no closures so its super easy to slip in and out of. Also its straight clean A-line look. What N loves are these pockets, that she just can’t get enough of. brown knit 3brown knit 2

In fact they are such a hit that she wants another dress just like this because of the pockets. I might just make another one with long sleeves which is what is featured on their site.

What I don’t like are the sleeves.brown knit 1

I think a slightly fitted look would have been nicer, but it is likely that this is not an issue with the pattern but N who has very thin arms. I made the dress in size 4 with the torso and skirt length extended by 1.5″ each. The rest of the dress fits well, but I am not sure how to just make the sleeves slimmer. Any thoughts?

Well, but all in all the dress is a success in N’s book, which also means that it’ll get good wear.knit dress 2

Here she is pretending to be a rabbit (or a mouse–I am not sure which). And here is a d-in-d (damsel in distress) look. brown knit 5

Not sure where we were going with that!

OK, that’s it from me! Time to sign off for now.



many many weeks

through the window

Hello hello! The days have indeed been going by, haven’t they? For one, things are looking good on the weather front (can’t crib about that any more), and the baby is growing at a rapid rate.

Little feet

I can’t believe that it’s been a month since I posted, since that, even for me that is a seriously long break. That to September which is also marks the second birthday of my blog. But more on that soon…

N's dupata

So as it goes….I thought I could hit the ground running, you know be sewing and cooking, cleaning and organizing (my favourite activity around here often…) and doing all the usual things till the last day, then go to the hospital four hours, pop the baby out, walk from the labour room back to my room (totally unnecessary if you ask me now) and then get back to things again despite sleepless nights, tiredness that accompanies it and STILL be sewing. Of course it was the sewing that kept me going, but I mean this plan of going on as-if-nothing-had-happened was bound to fail.

Total exhaustion, and I realised it was not working. So first thing to do was recover the sleep. Then some time to you know step out a bit get some excercise that kind of thing. And lo and behold its been five, no seven weeks since I stopped by here.

But, of course I have missed blogging, and so I wanted to drop by to say hello, and share a few things from around our here. And so here we go…

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And of course, another picture of the fast growing baby M, without whom we cannot imagine life anymore.

a rare smile

I do have a few things to share of what I made and what we received, so more in this coming week.

So bye for now, and more from me VERY soon.


P.S. Credit for baby photos here goes to my very talented friend who has been taking countless photos of the little boy.

P.P.S. If you visited the blog yesterday or today, I had accidently posted an unfinished post (oops). This one here is the completed one :-)

the days go by

barasa dresstee 2tee 1summer hat 1summer hat 3at three weeksrakhi 6Has it really been three weeks? The last few days feel like a blur…

Thank you dear friends for your loving wishes. We are doing well and settling into a new life with a new baby.

There has been a flurry of activities (naming ceremony of baby M–i.e. when he was officially named ‘M’ and wore his new kurta and the tiny pajamas made by my friend, and raksha bandhan where N tied a rakhi on M and then got one for herself at school). And, then there have been plenty of visits from friends and family, all here to see the baby. So it’s been a pretty nice and hectic time!

In the midst of this, I have even got a tiny bit of sewing done. The tee-shirt is from recycled knits and the pattern is a free one from Danamadeit. The tutorial is excellent, especially if like me you continue to be a bit nervous around knits. Finally I figured out how to attach ribbing to the neck, and though I did not do such a great job of it, it is no fault of the instructions but mostly my currently tired self. Right now I couldn’t be bothered with redoing the stitches, and I’m happy that it is done and wearable.

The sun hat is from an Liesl Gibson’s book. N was badly in need of one since she lost her last hat and I hope this one stays for a while, also since I made it in a size too large. The instructions of course as usual nothing less than perfect.

So that is that my friends. I have been missing sewing and writing, but for now my visits here are going to be a bit sporadic. Still, do drop by and say hello! And I hope your sewing and summer is going well.

Asmita xox



madhav 1I don’t have anything by way of KCW to show you, but we do have a brand new baby boy here.

Introducing baby M! Born exactly a week ago as of today, I have hardly had time or energy to think of anything else.

So just wanted to pop in and share this very good news with you. madhav 2

N is suddenly in her ‘big sister’ mode, a role which she has adapted to quite easily and very very happily.

(I love this picture of the two of them)

More soon.

Asmita xox


purple skirt 1

With the baby heading our way, possibly sooner rather than later, I am becoming very good at posting the stuff I make instead of waiting around for a few days until I manage to get decent enough photos.

So here is the skirt I finished this morning.purple skirt 2

Given that it’s a skirt, in her (new) favourite colour (purple) and somewhat twirly, N was ready to pose in it almost as soon as the last bit of hemming was done. purple skirt 7purple skirt 6

The pattern is another Oliver+S one, this one called the swing set tunic and skirt.

And it just so happens that the skirt goes perfectly well with the top that I made last year. It does look like I made it as a set, didn’t I?

The size is 5T with the usual 1″ extended length, but I extended the lining by almost 1.5″ so it is hemmed just above the main fabric.

purple skirt 3

The main fabric is khadi (hand spun cotton), from Khadi Gram Udyog here in New Delhi. The lining is blue printed muslin that I brought in Pune. Oh, and for some visual interest I added beads to the tie.

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The skirt is a super quick sew, and despite the fact that I took my time with it, the whole thing didn’t take more than three hours. With only three pattern pieces, I want to make more. Maybe even double sided?

So. Anyway, happy with the new skirt, she went off to the Farmer’s market attired in the new skirt, which brings me to the next topic (unrelated) which is of plums.

plum cake 2We bought them last week, and they have been absolutely delicious. Today I made a cake with the last of the plums with a recipe from here.

Can I just say that if you have any love for plums, make this cake. plum cake 1

N usually helps in the baking, but loses all interest in eating it post the cake being out of the oven. But even she was willing to have more than a piece. plum cake 3

All in all, a good skirt, cake and a day. purple skirt 4

How was your Sunday?

Asmita xox


Or, really, what I mean is a frock.

fairy tale dress 7

I bought this pattern a while ago lured by the idea of making an old style frock for N. I mean the kind that we wore as kids, and which is reminiscent of the dresses I saw Julie Andrews wear in Sound of Music.

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Of course buying does result into immediate production, no matter how excited I maybe about it at that time, and so it sat in the cupboard until I realised that it would be the perfect birthday dress for N.

So fabric was chosen (a lovely yellow voile) for the main dress, and a plain white thin “lining” fabric (as the shop keeper told me) for the inside, and everything duly cut for the actual sewing. This was all done almost a week before N’s birthday (now almost three weeks ago), but then things got in way (as they invariably do) and the frock didn’t happen.

In retrospect, I am glad I did not try to hurry through things. Because with most of the Oliver+S patterns, there is a lot to be learned when one reads the instructions carefully as Liesl does such a fantastic job of it.

Finally I am feeling a lot more confident with invisible zippers and also ensconcing them nicely inside a lining.

There was, as you can see here  a bit of a minor issue with the hook at the back.DSC_0789fairy tale dress 3

N didn’t like the way it felt so I ended up taking it out while thinking of an alternative. She prefers it a little open right now, so I guess for now it stays as such.

But all in all, I *love* the dress. Completely worth the many hours it took and the effort.fairy tale dress 8

Just look at the lovely petal sleeves! I am so impressed with them :-),  esp. with the fact that I could follow and execute the instructions.fairy tale dress 5

The only tiny change I made was the finishing around the waistline, where I used a velvet ribbon instead of what the pattern suggested.fairy tale dress 6

Oh, and I also increased the length of the bottom skirt (but not the bodice) by 1″ for both the main skirt and lining. The pattern is pretty fitted as mentioned somehwere in the descprition, so it might be worth making a muslin first as suggested, although I didn’t.

I made it in size 5T, and I think it fits N well, with tiny bit of room to grow around the waist. My favourite part is how well it fits her on the shoulders.fairy tale drss 9fairy tale dress 1

All in all a great dress to make and appropriately called the “fairy tale dress” I think. I, for one, am glad I made it when I still have some physical energy to spare and am not all bleary eyed :-)

And as for N, who always has the last word on these things–I am happy to report that she is very very pleased with it too.

Asmita xox



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