It’s getting warmer and warmer by the minute, but people who have gone through a few (or many) summers here laugh at me and tell me this is “nothing.” Nothing. Its only after all mid April. I do wonder what is coming while I am keeping myself busy planning various escape strategies. True, I have very little tolerance for heat, I mean how many clothes can you take off, or specifically I would be willing to take off before I feel a little cooler. Not that I think you would want to know, but all this to say, that I prefer winter to what’s coming my way. Yeah, the same winter I complained about about three months ago!
Ok, so now that I have got my weather related complaints out of the way, and there might be a few coming your way these next few months as I figure my way to beat the heat, let’s move on to what’s happening here.
I know pretty much all of Delhi has them, but I love them, and they have such a charming look. Their job is to keep the sharp rays of the sun out and makes the living room just a tiny bit cooler. Apparently this is not going to enough, but I feel so unwilling to invest in an AC. As yet.
And do you see the little garden that is coming up?
No fancy plants here, because while I am not a plant killer I am not too sure around things that require a lot of care either. But it looks truly lovely; it is the largest garden I have ever had, and this is all entirely thanks to my mom who was visiting us for two whole weeks. And while it does not exactly contribute to keeping the house cooler, I predict it is going to be very soothing to stare at some green for my soon to-be-irritable-nerves. The nice part of this was also that N got to spend a lot of time with ajji (“grandmother” in Marathi, i.e. my mom). They have planted some leafy veggies (more about it soon) and here is N with her special little plant.
Some time off meant that despite N having school holidays, I could finally get back to some sewing. Remember I had said that she does not have a stipulated school uniform but needs to wear shorts and tee shirts?
So here is what got made-three pairs of shorts in quick succession.
And this is my little review of the three patterns, for anyone interested.
The blue stripey shorts are from pattern “s” (half pants) in this book. True to their look, they are great on style but a little on the slim side. 110cms in usually pretty roomy for N, so I thought they would be okay for school, but probably not because there isn’t much room for movement. I suspect part of the problem might be due to the fabric I chose; it’s “shirting” material which completely lacking in any stretch-ability.
The other two are from here. The brown one has back pockets, is roomy and super comfortable, but a little bit too long to be called shorts. But that’s easily rectifiable. This is pattern “m” appropriated titled as pants with a back pocket. I had made a longer version of this earlier (as pants), and I would just say for those who care for things such as flare etc. the longer ones fall better than these short pants.
My favourite of the three, if I had to choose, is the last one. No pockets, but I love the little flare in the bottom. (Pattern “d” flared pants.) They are also on the longer side and almost like those divided skirts that we had to wear in school but far more stylish. They are also the fastest to make. Only two pattern pieces!
That’s the thing about Japanese sewing books though. They are great on style, and the cut is always almost fabulous in my opinion. For anyone wanting to try out Japanese patterns these are good books to start with if you have no Japanese at all. Lots of pictures that are easy to follow. And speaking of books, one of my favourite blogs just did a Japanese pattern book post here. As did this blog here which has an entire series of posts on sewing from Japanese books. I do read Japanese, but still following pattern depending on one’s sewing experience can be really challenging. There is tons and tons of good advice here and definitely worth taking a look.
And so, coming back to shorts, of which I need to make many more. Does anyone have any favourite patterns for shorts? I might make more of them during next week with the kid’s clothes week coming up. Yes, I am very excited to be participating in it for the first time after having been a quiet observer for the last few years. Excited and a bit nervous with the hope that I can manage an hour a day. Well, you remember what happened to my last resolution! But this time I am getting myself ready with plans to stick to my resolution.
And here is the last photo of the day, in honour of my mom who not only gave me time to recoup my energies, but also made N so happy with this instant dress that she produced for her. Out of newspapers, no less!
Whew. That’s a long post. Hope you are all having a good week and getting some sewing done!