I have been wanting to write about the current happenings in our life for the last few days. And also tell you what I have been making. But first N had a cold and then me and other things such as colouring, baking and and occasional crankiness took precedence. Better this week though, and it’s already December which means that in less than three weeks me move!
With M already in Delhi, and N and I pretty much left to ourselves, it feels a bit strange at times. My good friends here have been very kind to drop in, cook dinner and entertain N so that I can step out for a bit and go for a walk. Yesterday my mother arrived, and it is very very nice to have her.
Most of the sewing has been happening in the time that N is in school. Of course, because pretty much everything else also has to happen during this time, the making is happening only in bits and pieces. And so this has been my lesson learned of these last three weeks: always set up stuff to do then I get the next fifteen minutes to work on something. When I do actually do this, I am surprised by how much sewing gets s done in the very little bit of time that I find.
So here are the pants for which I cut fabric sometime ago:
And because these came together so quickly, I had to make another one.
Both are slightly long and kind of flowing-ish at the moment, but I like that bit of a flare at the bottom. The best part? Only three pattern pieces. The one in orange is ikat fabric with a beautiful drape. The brown one is a Japanese fabric by Lecien.
Both are cotton so I am not sure how warm they are going to keep her. Still a basic pair of pants never goes waste, and N seems to like them.
The pattern comes from kidsのふだんぎ of the happy homemade series (ISBN 978-4-579-11242-2). I have made this and this from the same book before, and I love the way the clothes come together. Pretty basic patterns and good clear diagrams.
Here is another photo of N holding up what she now calls her “pet”–a dog (on a pendant). We call him Gems. This is in lieu of a real puppy; let’s see how things go with this one.
But given how popular Gems is around the house, and how well she has been taking care of it (yes! the pendant), I decided to make her this when I found a fabric that would remind her of Gems!
The cloth is from the line Just Dreamy by Riley Blake Designs and the pattern comes from yet another Japanese book titled おんなのこのワードローブ girly style wardrobe (that is not my English translation of the Japanese title, but it is rather strange sounding English, no?) (ISBN 978-4-579-11132-9).
I made this in size 110cms and increased the length by about 3/4″ but I still find it a bit too short for N, who is only about 106 cms. The binding gave me some trouble maybe because the fabric was too thick and I cut it too skinny.
Still, it is flannel, and she absolutely loves the softness of the fabric. It does remind her of Gems–the chocolate this time not the dog :-). This is now in fact called the “Gems shirt.” She wore it quite happily when we went to Lalbaug this weekend, and I think it looks pretty nice on her.
And here is another one this time with her current favourite doll Mimi.
Working from Japanese patterns has been is a nice change from my usual Oliver+S. To begin with there is less to cut (both paper and cloth), and cutting paper pieces is not exactly my strong point. Ok, honestly, I hate it. Somehow things just come together faster, but then again I have to say I can envision better with my O+S patterns how the finished dress is going to look. I have found Japanese patterns, like the one that I just used to make this sort of an overshirt, tend to be a bit of hit-or-miss variety. I wish it were less boxy and longer.
Or maybe N just has a really long torso. Next time, I should really measure. Because I like things that come together in one afternoon.
Now I am working on something that I’ll show more of next week, but here is peek.
Feeling a bit unsure about this one, not sure why, but I am hoping it comes together nicely.
I feel like I have been working at a slow and steady pace, which kind of feels nice, and very different from my usual hectic style. M’s absence means that N and I spend a lot of time with each other, and while it has been tiring and a bit challenging at times (read: the constant need to come up with activities that the child wants to do), it has also been strangely relaxing. She tells me a lot of things, constantly. And the day is not enough to fill up with her words. With just her and me, and even with me as tired as I feel by the end of the day, I realise how precious this time is, and how very soon every single thought that goes through her mind is not going to be shared with me.
I am sure I am not the only parent to feel this way, but I am feeling these days very glad that I resisted the urge to find a normal job in the last two years. Next week M comes back, and while both of us will be very very happy to see him, this time with just the two of us will also end.
And also the craziness of the move will begin. But, it has been a pleasure, my pleasure really, to have had this time with her. A time, that everyday I am afraid, will end only too soon.
I hope you all have a lovely weekend.