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This morning, I was pleasantly surprised when I suddenly found these three flowers blooming in our balcony garden. Really at that point there is one solitary lily, one rose and one jasmine bud and I had no idea that these plants were planning to bloom. N told me that the lily had already made its appearance the day before (just shows how observant I am) and she was very very excited to see all three of them at the same time. So was I, given how low I sit on the green-thumb scale.

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DSC_0440It’s has been a very frustrating morning sewing wise, so other than spewing invectives I don’t have much have to say on that front. What I do have to say is that I could take a small lesson from N in terms of an attitude towards one’s “work” (as she calls it). She spent most of the morning making these:

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It’s a little hard to figure out first what is going on, but then I was told that it’s a remember-game, wherein each of her classmates is going to look at the pictures stuck on the piece of paper and then walk to the end of the room and choose exactly the same picture from a box lying at the other end of the room. The “remember” part comes from remembering that picture while walking to the other end of the room, and I think not getting distracted.

I know I am biased, but still, I was quite impressed. She laboured all morning over it, re-did several pictures till she got them right and can’t wait to take them to school tomorrow.

For me, its a lesson in patience, which I am sorely lacking in, and also this gung-ho approach in doing things. It was also amusing to me how much this game applies to real life situations–how many times do we enter one room knowing what we want and then forgetting how and why we got there is the first place!

That’s all from me today my friends. I am out of town for the next three days, so that is all about KCW from me this time I think.

I hope you have good rest of the week with sewing and other stuff!

 

 

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Hello!

Have you been seeing the gorgeous stuff popping out on the kcw blog? I have spent far too much time ogling at it, time I think that could have, *should* have been used for doing some actual sewing instead.

But then, the week started out busier than usual, and N has been mildly unwell with a persistent stomach ache. So it’s been more like trying to catch time between odd sleeping hours, figuring out what she can and wants to eat, and some other random stuff like cleaning up our terrace garden.

Still, day three, and I have this to show for it.

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pant 2These pants, as it turns out are exactly what I made even during the last kids clothes week I participated in! Maybe that’s why they came together so quickly, and I should make them during every kcwc! That way I get one thing done :-)

The pattern comes from here, and the fabric is mangalgiri cotton. I changed just one thing this time which was to add elastic to the bottoms instead of a tie up ribbon because the ribbon has a way of coming undone, and causing falls.

They go to N’s friend K, and hence no pictures with the model wearing them :-) N did try them on for the fit though, and now wants one exactly like these but in a different colour.  Well, maybe…pant 1pant 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

appreciated!

Well, hello.

A post is long overdue, if for no reason then because Marisa of thirty nine blog has so kindly awarded me the Liebster award. Yay!!!

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Thank you Marisa; I am very very honoured and touched. The Liebster award for those of you who don’t know (and I too have found out only recently) is a kind of a virtual award passed from one blogger to another with the aim of promoting blogs with less than 200 followers. So, in short, it’s like a fun chain letter–it requires the awardee to answer five questions and provide five facts about themselves. Then its their turn to pass the award to five other bloggers whom they admire.

So without further ado, here are my answers!

1) What are your other interests/hobbies besides sewing?

Reading for sure…pretty much everything from cookbooks to the more academic stuff. Currently I am reading Molly Wizenberg’s A Homemade Life and Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree.

2) Do you have a favourite recipe (or failing that, take-away food dish!) and if so, what is it?

Currently two things: One is the yummy chard pasta recipe from my favourite blog smittenkitchen. The other one is a daal with beet greens. Here it goes:

Beet greens with daal

Cook any kind of lentils first (yellow or green or orange) to a mash-able consistency. You should have about two cups of cooked daal at hand. Chop up the beet leaves and stems of about three beets (leaves roughly, stems very fine). In a pot, heat oil (of course butter or ghee make it yummier!) and add the chopped beet both leaves and stems. Saute nicely till they are cooked well. Add to the same pot 1 tsp of grated ginger and 1 tsp finely chopped garlic and cook for a few more minutes. Add the cooked daal and while on low heat mix everything well and continue cooking. In a separate small pot, heat some ghee (or butter) and add the following: cumin seeds, mustard seeds,turmeric powder,  curry leaves (if you have), dried red chillies, 4-5 garlic pods and let it all sizzle together nicely. Wait till garlic colours brown. Then add the whole thing to the daal/beet mixture in the big pot. Season with salt and plenty of lemon/lime juice and cook for a few more minutes. Serve with rice or roti, or just have it like soup. If it seems too thick, add a bit of water to achieve desired consistency.. Oh and finally, finally beet leaves can be substituted with spinach if you cannot find or don’t like the former.

3) Where would you most like to go for a holiday, and why?

Right now it would be New York City. I miss New York in spring, and I had not realised how much I would after we moved back to India. It’s been almost three years since we have been back, and while I do not wish to move back a trip would be lovely :-)

B. Add five facts about themselves.

(Ah, so the “interesting” things about me…. Here is some random stuff)

1. I love organizing things in real life or in a virtual world. I actually spend a fair bit of mental time when I walk into someone’s house imagining how I would do it differently. Maybe this should actually go up there as my favourite hobby ;-)

2. I dream every night! (does everyone?)

3. The first thing I ever sewed, or that I remember making is a blue bag for myself with an elephant embroidered on it. As a child I was curious about sewing and liked seeing my mother sew, but when I grew up I decided to do something totally different as I think many of us are wont to do. I did my Ph.d in literature, thus spending more and more time with books. As I went back to sewing, the ‘elephant’ image that I had first drawn and embroidered came back to me, and hence it is now a elephant-in-the-study.

4. Generally speaking I have a fear of birds, although I don’t know whether I technically have ornithphobia. While that does not mean I dislike birds I am fine as long as they are very far from me, very being the key word here. I however, absolutely detest pigeons, and wish they didn’t exist.

5. I am pretty fluent in Japanese, a skill that is very useful for putting to use all those lovely pattern books.

And now comes the fun part. It’s time for me to choose five blogs that I love and award them them the Libester award.

1. Sanaeishida: If you haven’t seen Sanae’s work yet, you need to stop reading this right now and run over there. Not only does she make the most gorgeous stuff, what I really really like is how well she writes. Check her out now!

2. A stitch a day: I first noticed Brittany’s photos  in the Oliver+S flickr pool. She makes beautiful dresses, and I wish I could sew like her. I am always waiting to see her next creation.

3. Marta of doguincho is always making amazing things for her two daughters, the patterns of many of which she designs herself. What I also envy her for is that she gets fantastic photos. I am always checking her out to see how she plays with colour and pairings of unusual combinations.

4. While she was sleeping:Ok, frankly I only found out about Jenya’s blog when very sweetly left a ton of comments on my posts, and then went on to nominate me for the secret squirrel mission. When I went looking for her, I discovered a super talented and very enthusiastic seamstress. I really adore her style and the very very cute things she makes for her daughter.

5. Flossie Teacakes: This is one the first blogs that I discovered when I entered the world of sewing. She has some of the most fanstastic tutorials, but what I love is not only what she makes but her writing style.

And now here are my questions:

A. What’s the one thing that you have been really wanting to make but hesitate when it’s time to actually do it (I mean in terms of sewing, but feel free to interpret it as liberally as you like!)

B. How do you get out of a sewing rut?

C. Favourite summertime activity?

D. What’s the one thing you cannot go to bed without doing?

E. Five random facts about yourself.

Well, this has been a long post and I hope you enjoyed reading it.  ;-). And now maybe it’s time to get back to sewing…speaking of which tomorrow is the first day of KCW. Are you participating this time? I have been planning a few things so please visit soon again!

Asmita

We leave today for Pune–N has holidays before starting a new year at school, and I have one (of the two) teaching days off next week. I had not thought I would finish this before leaving but I did last night and here it is:

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She is most excited to be able to wear it for the train journey, and we had a quick photo shoot this morning.

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Part of the reason for such love, and the enthusiastic photo shoot is that N had “commissioned” this dress a while ago. As I think I have mentioned before I rarely make things for N anymore without checking with her on the fabric. She loves this Heather Ross print which I got last year, and I wanted to wait for summer to make something….well, summer-y. The facing and “ribbon” is remnants from an old blouse I made for her ages ago. (See! more scraps getting their use :-)

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There she is holding a strawberry in her hand – she was very tickled by the idea that she has one strawberry in her hand and many on her dress :-)

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The pattern as it turns out this time was also her choice. She went through a couple of book and chose this one. It’s called “sleeveless one-piece” and it comes from this Japanese sewing book. I made it in size 110cms. To be honest, I have not had such great luck with this book before (and the yoke in this case too required some fiddling). But overall I had better luck that last time, and I am glad to have made it. I always wanted to try the lace bit around the neck….

All in all, looks like we have a good wearable dress for summer, and right now for the trip. I hope you all have a good week too!

Asmita

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I have a very hard time throwing away fabric scraps no matter how tiny they are, and one of my plans (resolutions?) post birthday was to put them to immediate use, make some concrete plan, or throw them out.

Well…I have just about started and the process is slow, very slow infact… but I have a few quick gratification-s in form of “blocks” to show you.

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I have never really made log cabin blocks before, but these have been kind of fun to make. And I have tried to be entirely random as I go along, to make things move a bit faster…. Sometimes a bit of fabric remains after I have used up the majority in making those strips, and then I have to learn to throw it out.

It’s a good way to remember what I have, what I have had, and here you might see familiar fabrics from things made before….

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N loves playing with these blocks and right now they are lying everywhere in her room. Maybe a quilt is in order if I manage to have enough? Quilt or no quilt, I am certainly having a lot of fun making them.

What do you do with your scraps? I would love to hear some suggestions!

Asmita

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I am so totally in love with this dress. I started it about a week ago, and  while I had to work in small slots of time it’s been a while that I have finished a dress start to finish with no swearing in between. :-) Rainy weather has kept N from wearing it and me from taking photos, but I am so glad that she could finally wear it today.

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The fabric was her choice (ikat); it has the loveliest drape, and is the most goregous shade of purple with blue and red undertones, which I am afraid my photos don’t quite bring out. The pattern is from Oliver+S, and one that I have wanted to make for a while. I started of with tracing pattern A, but decided to drop the collar at the last minute. Kind of glad I did because I like the simple lines crossing each other. It came together beautifully, as is the case with all Oliver+S patterns. I love them for that.

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And the bit of red facing showing is intentional :-) I wanted to create a sense of the under lining (worn as a slip under the kimono) to be showing. Looks pretty nice, no?

N’s pretty happy with it, and finally glad to get into frocks.  She was in a pretty hilarious mood also when we did this photo shoot (never mind the fact that right after this there were tears….) Oh well, it’s been a while since she has enjoyed posing so much.

More sewing coming up soon, my friends. I hope you are enjoying your sewing too.

Asmita

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Hello friends. It has been a week of glorious weather. Good news is that my curry leaf plant that I had given up on in the cold weather is sprouting leaves again.

This week I also celebrated my birthday, with some lasagna and cake. I turned 40; it seems suddenly like I have been around for a long time. A big birthday and I have been thinking a lot about things I want to do differently than the way I am doing them right now.  But more about that in another post. We went to Humayun’s tomb, the magnificent ode to the 16th century Moghul emperor Humayun, and one of my favourit-est places in Delhi. All in all, quite a lovely birthday.

Things have been going well on the sewing front. I made a little zippered pouch for myself with the help of this excellent tutorial. I still am not feeling very confident with zippers (broken needles and all that), but I plan to make more. In any case, there’s lots more to show and tell over the next few days and weeks.

So just wanted to say hi at the moment. Hope you are all well too!

Asmita

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