So, first things first. Thank you all those who left responses to my giveaway and for the delicious sounding cake recipes. Yum! I’ll be trying out some soon.
The winner for the giveaway is Marisa and her comment was this–
“They’re really nice fabrics Asmita, I’m sure I could put them to good use! And I think we may have similar taste in ceramics, too
The banana cake looks delicious. My favourite cake recipe at the moment is a very light, moist orange cake which happens to be vegan (so it’s healthy! you can eat lots of it!). I almost always have all the ingredients on hand, and it takes only 25 minutes in the oven, so it’s a quick and easy one to make. My kids love it too. Recipe from here: http://bubalablog.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/amazing-orange-cake.html
Looking forward to seeing the results of all your tracing and cutting soon.”
Thank you Marisa for the lovely comment. and the recipe! Oranges are in season, so I am looking forward to trying it, and will let you know the results.
I got back from Pune last night after a lovely visit, and so the results of all the sewing and cutting from last week will have to wait a bit. But what I wanted to show you was what I have been making on and off these last few weeks.
A few 12/5″ blocks which will hopefully result into a quilt.
This one is called “lucky pieces” and the most fantastic tutorial comes from here. And here is a more complicated one called “flower garden path”I have been wanting to try my hand at paper piecing for a while and this was fun, in part I think because of the excellent instructions. You can probably see many fabric which look familiar from before (all scraps from here and there!).
This is the third and last one I have from last week, called the “star of Virginia.”Can’t wait to make more! Something about winter I guess. What about you? Does winter make you want to make nice snuggly things too?
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As of last week, we are getting in full winter mode. N started wearing two layered pants, which meant tights inside with regular pants on the top. Not that she minds, but it also meant that it was was time for some pants for the colder weather. So yesterday I sewed up the two I cut last week. Here it is. Pant #1
Both come from the same Oliver+S pattern and are in size 5T, but pants #2 looks slightly bigger because I reduced the seam allowance to 3/8″. Actually I made the green ones first and was surprised at how snug the fit was and so decided to make the second pair a bit roomier.
N loves them both. She likes both the feel of corduroy (my first time sewing with this fabric) and the flannel. And the reason why the green ones look so crumpled is because she refused to sit still after she wore them and refused to take them off for me to take pictures of.
So in the end she wore them almost all of yesterday (literally, “after school”) and then some more today.
In case of both the pants I played a bit with the fabric to add some interest.So the yoke and the pockets are on bias…
And in case of the corduroy, I changed the direction for the bottom panel and the back pockets. Also I lined both pockets with a different fabric (sorry no photos of this).
And can you see this one?All in all I love these pants too. The construction is very clever, the directions excellent as always, and I love the way it has a feel of putting together a jigsaw puzzle. I think soon I am going to be wanting to make more of these.
Ok, this is all from me for today. Tomorrow N and I leave for our short trip to Pune. So I’ll be back on Monday with perhaps something else to show and to announce the winner for the giveaway!
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The weather is gorgeous. It’s fall! Well, not really, more like the beginning of Delhi winter. But in my mind it is–the crisp air is reminding me of my many falls in Brooklyn. Sure, there are no apples, no cider, and most importantly no carpet of those lush red leaves, but there are lovely veggies from the organic market, a desire to walk outside, and baking! We baked banana bread last week (the one above). Its my tried and tested recipe from here, and by now I think I can pretty much make it blindfolded :-).
Post painting, and some house renovation work, I have mostly fallen into a cycle where I wake up early, read a bit, sew cook and then afternoons with some cooking again. I haven’t been sewing much, mostly tracing-cutting-tracing-cutting that kind of a thing. Soon, hopefully, I’ll have some pants and long sleeved shirts that I can show you.
So. Coming to the point. This post is not about my sewing but about my long-ago announced giveaway!.
First the fabric: the bottom one (in the first photo) is from the “lantern blooms” collection by Laura Gunn and is about 2 yards. It is a quilting cotton, thick-ish and so maybe good for pants, and of course quilts. The blue zigzag striped one is 1/2 metre and thinner. Lovely for part of dress or something else that strikes your fancy. The ribbons are about 3/4″ thick, and good on dresses or whatever you wish to embellish. The blue one is 22″ long, and the pink/gold one is 30″ long.
I’ll choose a winner next Monday, which is the 18th. Leave me a comment and if you don’t mind I would love to hear your favourite baking recipe.
See you again soon!
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I am not a big festival person. But N very much is (as I suppose are most children), and so of course we are doing stuff. Like making lamps.She made these modeled on what they did in school, and I do feel like they are lighting up our home:-)It’s been a hectic last few days. We almost went to Pune to see a sick friend, but then cancelled at the last minute and are now traveling later in the month. N and I are getting over some cold. So things a bit low key for now.
Thank you everyone for their lovely encouraging comments on sewing with knits. It does mean a lot to me. See you soon, with possibly more to show?
I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.
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KCWC is over, and here is what I made on the last day.
Are you really surprised that it’s again blue?
The pattern is the same as last one, this time in short sleeves. This one is also re-cycled–an old t-shirt of M’s. He thinks it of a kind a magic trick that I perform! The knit I realised is slightly different from the last one I made (which had mixed rayon) and so the sleeves are less snug and more comfortable.
N wore it this morning despite the cold, and here she is in her all blue outfit.
So all in all, a good week of sewing. Five things–one skirt, two pants and two t-shirts (all shades of blue ) Of course.
How was your week? Did you participate? There is lots of fabulousness and inspiration so check this out even if you didn’t.
More soon, possibly in knits! Bye for now.
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So. I didn’t do a thing on day four. And then on day five, yesterday, there was a revelation. Not of any world altering variety, but something pretty relevant (for me at least): that I can make a decent t shirt with knit fabric!You have no idea who long I have been procrastinating on this one. I have had the pattern for ages; finally this week I made the hopscotch skirt. But the knit was still too terrifying to embark on, and despite having read all very reassuring things from first timers and veterans I couldn’t do it.
Until yesterday, I decided post dinner that it was time to take the plunge.I know it sounds silly, but this is a pretty big deal for me. Because it means I no longer have to buy badly made t-shirts (at cheap prices), or well made ones (at prices that I can’t afford), or use (non-existing) bargaining skills to get the latter at the price of the former.
Also I can now possibly try making tights?
The pattern of course is from Oliver+S, and I can honestly say that only Liesl’s instructions would have made me do this. The fabric comes from an old t-shirt of mine (so yes, I cheated on the hem, by using the existing one). After I cut it out I realised that it was thinner than the other knit fabric I had planned on (a new one). In my moment of panic I had cut into an t-shirt (this) in case I totally failed.
I extended the length of the shirt and sleeves by about 1″. The sleeves however look a bit snug to me. It’s comfortable, but I wonder what would be the best way to make them a tiny bit looser.
Oh, and I made a couple of tiny changes: I used a piece of cotton cloth at the shoulder seams (cut in 1/2″ strip) in absence of any stabilising tape. While it made the seam a tiny bit bulky, nothing that I can’t live with.One more thing, I did all the seams in the zig-zag stitch because I couldn’t find the stretch stitch on my machine. Probably has one, but I couldn’t find it. It doesn’t look weird, in fact quite nice, and I’ll stick to the same for the next one. So, all in all, rather delighted with this. N too is very pleased. Her favourite colour, for one. But the fabric is so soft and drapey, what’s not to love?
For fellow procrastinators, all I can say is that, read the instructions carefully and just do it. I think you, like me, will never look at another t-shirt with the same eyes again
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I have been a bit caught up in a few unexpected things here–guests, colds and such. And so while sewing has been happening, it is with less diligence than what I was hoping for.
Ok. So here is what I made during days 2 and 3.
First: the blue pants.
I *love love love* these pants. The pattern comes from happy homemade vol. 2. (Oh, and my amazon search just reveals to me that the book is now out in English, but I have no idea how it is.) This is my third pair (I made two last year), and of the many Japanese patterns for pants these are my favourite. It has many many lovely patterns so a great place to begin with Japanese pattern books. These pants have only two patterns pieces, three if you count the pockets. For this pair since I ran out of the fabric. The pockets therefore have a somewhat patchwork look, and I lined them with yellow fabric scraps.The slight flare at the bottom makes them look cool with a touch of the retro. I increased the 110cms length by another 3cms (keeping the rest same) and I have to say: elegant and lovely.N is at the moment not in love with them as much as I am. She tried them on the minute they got done but then complained about the fabric. I think it’s the slightly higher linen content that makes her ticklish: so she says.
But then a few photos later she wasn’t complaining as much and even willing to pose.
Totally lounge worthy; I would like one too! (Here she is drawing pictures on the ipad.)The second pair which she tried after the blue ones (a good thing too because she refused to take it off), is the one that she likes very much. The pattern comes from this book. Again two pattern pieces, with the third for the pocket. I did it in a contrast fabric with a bit of lace. Needless to say, N is quite pleased with the blue.
And then again some blue and red ribbon for the bottom.All in all two successes which I am quite happy about.
And now to some paper tracing….Thanks for visiting!
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