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We are in Pune where we always come for our annual summer and winter vacations and I am yet to find my way to the sewing machine corner here. But, before this year ends, I thought I’d write about the last bit of sewing that I did before leaving Delhi. dsc_0036I have been eyeing the Mini Hudson pants ever since it came out, but I wasn’t feeling very sure about whether I could find the kinds of fabric she recommended locally, not even being very sure what exactly they were (french terry and sweatshirt knit). So, I averted my eyes and sewed other stuff. But clearly, like all good things it stayed somewhere at the back of my mind. Because, when I went to Sahni fabrics in Nehru place a few weeks ago, I spotted this stuff. I was told it is french terry; I suspect it’s not very good quality (the weave-is that what it is called-seems to not be the greatest), but I brought it anyway, followed by purchasing the pattern the same day. Lo and behold the pants were ready two days after that. From start to finish, I think this has been the fastest sewing has gone, in the last two years! dsc_0059dsc_0019dsc_0028I made it in a size 7 (for the 8yr old Ms. N) and as always extended the length but 1.5″. It hits right at her ankles, which means I could have gone a 1″ longer. I also think I could go down a size for my next make. In case of N, they are more loose on the thighs and hips than what I think the photos by the pattern designer suggest. The instructions are very clear, as I had found previously as well, although to be honest, I did not look at them carefully beyond the pocket making. There is also a sewalong for any extra help needed. The only change I made was to drop the button holes and consequently the cord in the waistband since I figured N didn’t need it. dsc_0039All in all, I think I can count this one as a major success, and sadly none of my photos really do any justice to her delight. But it would be fair to say that N likes, or I should say loves all aspects of it–the fabric, the ankle cuffs, the colour grey (apparently her favourite is grey these days!), and above all the fact that they are so so comfortable. Interestingly, I am actually finding out that she likes my experimenting with different types of fabric, rather than plain old cotton every single time!

And since we mostly find her upside down these days, here is a shot that she insisted I put on the blog. dsc_0066I think somehow if I could magically make 10 more of this she would be delighted!

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After all this, of course, I had to make #2. But, this time it’s for the baby!dsc_0077As it so happened, toddler M was in need of a nightdress. And since I was itching to make another version of the pants, I thought why not this with a t-shirt. (Never mind that fact that we were leaving in two days and there was really no time for this!) So, this time around it’s the same pattern in size 3 (he is 2 1/2) but without the pockets. I cellotaped the pocket piece to the pants front to make one piece, and did the rest exactly as pants #1.dsc_0060The pattern for the t-shirt comes from Rae, who is one of my favourite pattern makers. I made the shirt in size 2 (with added length), but really should have made it in size 3, because as the patten states it is a fitted tee. As you can see it rides up his stomach a bit, and while it is a cute cute tummy, I have to admit the shirt is also a bit short, with not much space to grow even around the chest.dsc_0118

dsc_0034But of course, he looks beyond adorable in it! Or, at least so we think. Adult M, thinks he looks like Elvis. Whatever it might be–two pants, one pattern, less than a week of sewing. I think I am feeling pretty accomplished.

The fabric here is what I had for a while from my New York days. It is by the designer Anne Kelle (I think, but sadly I didn’t save the selvedge). It’s (again, I think) a jersey knit, which is very stable and nice to sew with. It didn’t have as much of a stretch (only 25%–so less than what the pattern asks for), but it worked in this case. I somehow like the fit more on him than her, but it could because the fabric is simply better quality.The pink ribbing is really nice and comes from here (something I have had for a while). The cuffs are wider than I had hoped them to be (I cut them wider than what the instructions asked for, but I didn’t go back and check). Rae’s instructions are impecceable and worth following closely if you are making it for the first time. The tee turns out exactly as she describes it to be -a really slim, and fitting shirt , which means it is important to follow the chest size and sew accordingly. dsc_0061M is growing so quickly, that in all honestly I am not sure for how long he will wear it. But right now it’s perfect. And, while he doesn’t seem to have noticed his new clothes we are all oohing-and aahing over how nice they are.dsc_0016So that’s about from me. The year is almost over. It feels like much has happened, but that is for a different post. I still miss Christmas in New York and going to Chinatown for our Christmas dinner, even more so this year than before. But well, for now we are still here–in Pune and Delhi. I hope you have happy holidays and a good beginning to the new year. Thank you for visiting.

Asmita/xx

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Hello again!dsc_1186As promised, I am back with a post about birthday #2 which also happened in July, this one in Delhi. It was a much smaller affair than #1, although N did initially try and get me to invite her friends as well. We decided against it, and she did eventually come around to understanding that this was baby M’s birthday celebration which meant inviting people-adults and kids that he knows well. That included our neighbour’s daughters who are N’s friends and who M is immensely fond of, and their mother who is our friend too and who shares her birthday with M. We ended up with a really small guest list, actually, mostly the same people who had made it to his first birthday party last year!

N helped me make a banner that I had been long dreaming of.dsc_1218This was super simple. First, I sewed up two fabric triangles together wrong sides together. Then, N did her thing with the pinking shears and I basted the letters cut out of felt with some glue first and then added a machine stitch on the top. I hope it holds up for a few birthdays at least.

Then came the dress. dsc_1228

dsc_0167The shirt pattern is from the Lullaby Layette by Oliver+S. I love this pattern, and having used it several times before I wanted to give it one last shot in the 18-24m size. To be frank I contemplated briefly if it was a tad too girly, but eventually that didn’t deter me from making it. He’s two, and girly or not, I think he looks so adorable in it. Besides, it such a fabulous pattern and the print is so cute . I find children specific prints in good quality hard to come by in India; this fabric was gifted to me by my sister-in-law and I must ask her where she got this. The fabric is voile hence perfect for summer; I had only 0.75 metres and the shirt fitted perfect in the little bit of fabric.

I also made a pair of pants from some mangalgiri cotton to go with it, again from the same pattern I mention above. N wanted to add a helicopter, because he is kind of obsessed with them and so she drew one and I embroidered it at the bottom edge. (I am sorry to not have better photos here of the pant–he does like to roll on the ground a fair bit and I failed entirely in getting him to stand for a photo shoot, let alone wear the shirt and pant together.)

But I do hope you get the idea. It a seriously comfortable pair of pants and shirt/top, and with Liesl’s fantastic instructions it comes together very quickly-even the placket. I will be sad when he outgrows this size.dsc_0123dsc_0121Here are a few more photos of baby M in action (in case you haven’t had enough 🙂dsc_0175

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dsc_0177And, all in all it was another fun party. I didn’t get a picture of the yummy chocolate cake we had. But it was worth making despite the fact that it was hot humid day.dsc_1250And despite some difficult times last year, looking at him now feels like time has flown. With always a ready smile on his face he has become a chatterbox that I never expected him to be! is

Asmita/xx

 

 

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After my last posting in early August, I don’t know the rest of my month went. I mean to post these pictures earlier, but as it turns out it’s already the middle of September and and I am still carrying some last bits of news left over from July. Mainly that we celebrated two birthdays and two little ones turned 8 and 2.

So, here goes…

dsc_0172N turned 8 at the beginning of July and celebrated her birthday during our last week in Pune. Her request for this year was a party at my sister’s dog hostel. (Yes! She runs what I think of as a really cool pet hotel on the outskirts of Pune.). N loves dogs, my sister and she really bond over this, and when N requested her birthday party to happen there we all agreed, since she rarely gets to have her birthday party with extended family anymore.

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The other request was a frock from “something blue” which I was happy to make.

dsc_0144The pattern comes from this Japanese book. Ages ago, when N turned three I had used the same pattern and I remember N wearing that dress for the longest time. She is currently into the colour blue and wanted something really simple, and so I thought I’d try making a larger version of the same.

The fabric is ikat and has the loveliest of drapes. I bought it in Pune last year at Banjaras. The pattern calls for a collar and ideally I would have liked the dress to have it, but I realised at the last minute that I had cut the wrong size. It was the day before her birthday, I wanted to make sure that it gets done and so on a spur of the moment I decided to skip the collar. Well, so I finished it on the night before, snaps and all (which as it turns out is her favourite part), and she was delighted to find out that it was indeed ready by her birthday. (Clearly I don’t have a very good record on that front.)

dsc_0027Only problem—it is huge on her. In fact, I think I can almost put her baby brother along with her inside it 🙂 I made it in 120cms. What I needed to do, knowing that the sizes run rather large in this book was to make it in a size 100 with only the length increased. Oh well. She likes it well enough, despite appearing rather grumpy in a few of the photos.

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dsc_0146 I am already thinking another one, perhaps a different blue, but this time with a collar and definitely two sizes smaller.

dsc_0168So this is birthday #1. The party was fun! I wish I had more photos of it, but I guess that is what happens when everyone is having a good time and no one is really taking pictures. Even though she is already two months into being 8, I can hardly believe that she is actually 8—somehow she does seem so much older (especially when compared to her baby brother) and still such a baby at the same time.

Tomorrow I will post about birthday #2, so if you are visiting I hope you will come back soon.

Asmita/xo

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A few days ago I started sewing the long awaited jumpsuit/romper. N has asked for one since last summer but I couldn’t find a pattern that I liked. As it turns out there was a free pattern right in front of my eyes at Purl Soho.

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I quickly printed out the pattern pieces, chose the fabric with N’s help but decided to keep quiet about what I was going to make. That’s not usually the way I do sewing anymore but I knew how badly she wanted a jumpsuit and so this one was bound to make her happy.

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Needless to say she is delighted! She wore it last night first, right after I finished and then this morning to our local farmer’s market after our photo shoot. And she already wants me to make her three more !!

DSC_0799A quick word about the fabric and pattern. I used Nani Iro double gauze and I am feeling pretty pleased with this choice. It’s a lovely colour on her,and the fabric will only soften with use. The pattern instructions are very clear with lots of drawings to help on the way. It’s not at all a difficult pattern to use and had I sewn it in one continuous sitting I don’t think it would have taken more than one afternoon. I did go a bit back and forth on the sizing since N has a really small chest, but hips that fit in the 8-9 size. So I stuck to the latter and reduced the elastic length for the chest by 3/4″ each. The straps don’t fall off that way and I am pretty happy with the fit.

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So, that’s it. Isn’t it great for summer? And the best part is that it comes from a free pattern. 🙂

Happy sewing everyone.

Asmita/xx

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This dress started out as they usually do with a particular fabric in mind. The bodice is a lovely embroidered remnant with chikankari work of my old kurta and I had just enough to make the top part. So N and I went some fabric hunting and got 1 metre for the skirt, and then some more. The green striped fabric is a gift from my mother. And this way eventually one dress turned into two!

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The pattern for both is exactly the same. And given that it’s my third dress in the last year from the same pattern, I think I can put it down as one of my all time favourites.

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My only slight annoyance comes from the fact that I cut a size 120 cms, when I knew that really I should have stuck to one size smaller and just extended the bodice and the skirt. The pattern runs wide as is common with Japanese patterns. And despite me going a size up and extending the length of the skirt by a good 1.5″ it is still on the shorter side if you ask me, and the waist is very wide.

N however seems to not mind. For the very hot weather it’s a non fussy simple dress and I suppose it is nice not to have fabric sticking to you anywhere.

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Plus the fact that we could use different fabrics for the bodice and the skirt makes this one a current favourite. N is all for very colourful dresses right now. Her favourite is the green one at the moment. I am tending towards the blue….But all in all they are really good usable everyday frocks for summer!

And now, I have saved my favourite part for the last.

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I was so happy to finally be able to use these button that Marta sent me almost two years ago! It’s taken me two years to find the dress to go with but I am glad to have found a match. N is particularly pleased to have them on her dress too, since they come from (what she terms as) my “blog friend” and she is fascinated by the idea. Thank you Marta!  I think that is one of the nicest parts of sharing here is that I get to meet like minded people who love sewing and making as much as I do, and somehow in this virtual space magically a connection happens!

Have a good Sunday.

Asmita/xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A few weeks ago I had a busy weekend full of fun and quick sewing with knits. I managed to make two teeshirts back to back from the flashback skinny tee pattern from Made by Rae.

The first one to be made was this in size 5T with length extended by 2″ throughout.

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N loves this fabric. My sister bought it for her from Sahni Fabrics (Nehru Place, Delhi) a while ago and I made a frock out of it right away.  But then recently it got a torn which was kind of unrepairable and N has been pestering me ever since that I make something for her out of the leftovers. I had just the right amount left for a t-shirt and so this became my first attempt at the famed “skinny tee.”

Alas, N nor I was too happy about the fit. She complained that it was too tight at the elbows and upper arms, and I was, well, just not too taken by how it looked. So enter pink.

Same size but I widened the upper arm part through the elbow by a scant 1/8″ and look at the effect.

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I am still not happy. 😦 But she is. 🙂 And that too for exactly the same reasons!

I don’t think I meant for it to be slouchy. Of course she loves exactly that “falling off my shoulder-almost covering half of my palms” look. And my hemming is at an all time low, but of course she doesn’t care for that.

I am thinking that the fabric has made all the difference. The pink and black knits both had an almost 40% stretch and they are old recycled teeshirts. Comfy and nice, but not exactly the skinny flash back tee I was envisioning.

Still happy to have made these. The brown one is getting plenty of wear despite initial protests and its just the thing she needs for school on cold days.

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Oh and I almost forgot, I have one more thing to show. And this is my favourite…

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I have been meaning to make these yoga pants for the entire year and I am so very glad that this pattern has finally seen the light of day.

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(Apologies for the crumpled look and water stains on the front. Hands were wiped on pants before I could say “No-no-no! Photo shoot!”)

The pattern comes from the all time trustworthy Oliver+S. I made them in size 6 with 2″ length extended. But as you can see they barely make it to her ankles. It means I suppose that he legs are longer than her torso, something to keep in mind for the many many yoga pants that I am dreaming of for the future.

Yes! We both love them so much!

Here is one final photo of her in the cold.

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Incidentally, that’s the fit I want for the aforementioned skinny tees, but this one is from a shop and not made by me.

In any case, I see many more knit pants and teeshirts in our future. So I shall keep trying.

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Thanks for stopping by! I have only one more thing to show from my backlog now so I will be back again soon.

Asmita/xo

 

 

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I promised to come back with some more sewing and here I am. These pants, my current favourite and pretty much on the top of N’s wear-to-school pile of clothes, are Moon pants from Made by Rae. With just two pattern pieces, well three, actually four if you include the pocket and bottom band are super quick to make and high on style and fit.

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I made these from some red khadi cloth that I bought in Pune last summer. The bottom band and the pocket comes from the selvedge pieces. I think it all came together rather nicely. Khadi becomes softer and softer with each washing and this one is looking lovelier by the day :-).

So of course given how much N liked it and the ease with which it came together, I made pant #2.

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The fabric for this one comes locally from H.P Singh in Nehru Place.  And to make them a little different from pants #1, I added a bit of trim to the pockets.

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Pant #3 was soon to follow 🙂 This time in a fabric that I have been holding on to for a while.

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I know these don’t give much of an impression, but I love this soft grey linen, sourced again from H.P.Singh in Nehru place (Delhi). I combined versions A and B this time–so no pockets and no band at the bottom. I did however add a bit of velvet ribbon for effect.

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I wish I had photos of N wearing the grey pants, but all three have been in constant rotation, and in a hurry to get ready for school any photography is nearly impossible. So this last weekend I finally got some photos (with a fair bit of bribing), but alas she refused to change into the third one.

So, if you are looking for some quick and stylish pants I recommend this pattern highly. This is my second time with Rae’s patterns (the first is a free pattern, which you can read about here), and the instructions live up to the many good reviews that she regularly gets. The fit is spot on-i.e they are not too wide on the thighs, a problem that I sometimes face for a thin-ish 7 year old who wears her size in terms of length but not otherwise.

And finally, I have a last few photos of our photo shoot which I could not resist putting here.

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Yes, they are of N playing with the now almost 16 month old toddler M!

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