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Hello! Today after many months, I want to write about a dress that I finished last month.DSC_0238I finally dug into the book by Liesl Gibson of Oliver+S. And, I am so glad I did because  all I have been making for N off late has been nothing but basic stuff — pants, leggings and t-shirts, and it was time for a good ol’ dress. N chose the fabric first (a nice bright print which I brought in Pune many moons ago) and she chose the basic dress from the book but wanted puffed sleeves. So I modified the basic sleeves according to Liesl ‘s instructions which of course (given her instructions) went off without a hitch. N also wanted some kind of a belt but not one that had a bow to tie at the back or front. So we settled for simple thing just slightly bigger than her waist that she could close with a flower pin (her idea, again). With the help of pinterest tutorials for DIY felt flowers I figured out how to make the flower, and voila! There’s a dress!DSC_0386I quite like it and N is pretty pleased with it too. The other minor changes are that I lined the bodice (with no particular instructions from anywhere) for a neater and cleaner neckline and didn’t feel the need to add a placket to the skirt (at the back) as N is very slim waisted. I made it in size 7 with 1″ added to bodice and 1.5″ to the skirt.

We made several attempts to photograph it, but I am afraid this time I am settling for photos that I am not so pleased with (plus it appears that we do not have a decent iron either). She has worn it all of March and we didn’t manage one decent photo. So here is what I have.DSC_0416

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DSC_0375Needless to say, it was a pleasure to sew from the book; Liesl’s instructions always give a professional finish, and being able to make changes to the basic pattern made me feel like I was doing a pattern hack 🙂  (I am one of those people who is always in awe of hacks that other sewists manage brilliantly but never seem to find the time nor head space for it!).

DSC_0262Besides, who doesn’t like a pop of colour. Its such a cheerful shade or orange and a good reminder that mangoes will come our way soon!

Asmita/xx

 

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DSC_0043Well, hello!

I have had this Sketchbook shirt pattern for…oh I don’t even how long! I bought it when N was tiny, but never made it for her. Then I got another chance, and I still didn’t make it…not until last December. That makes it an embarrassing eight years and four house moves after I bought the pattern in the first place! And, that’s sad, because it’s a such a nice and easy sew with flawless instructions and no surprises…I really should not have waited so long.DSC_0018

DSC_0039Of course, you won’t be surprised to hear that the pattern comes from Oliver+S. It is one of their few ‘boy’ patterns (although to my mind it would be perfect even for a girl who likes button down shirts). I made it in size 3 , with 1″ added overall for length and sleeves. The fabric is a lovely double gauze with a pattern of cars, something I brought during my last year’s trip to Toyko. The photos above are from early January and am already lamenting the fact that this is probably going to be too short when the weather becomes colder again. 😦

DSC_0011Given the love that this shirt received and in order to atone for the fact that such a fantastic pattern was lying unused for so long, I made another one adding an extra 1/2″ overall to length and to the short sleeves which I used this time around. The second time around I also had to leave out the pockets because I ran out of fabric. But with no cuffs or a sleeve placket to construct, and a band collar (which I have had more practice with), the making of v.2 went way faster. DSC_0180

DSC_0185The sleeves are a tad long, as you may have noticed–I don’t think it needed the extra 1/2″, but that’s fine, and I am not making a big deal about it. DSC_0193While Mr. M is not super crazy about v.1 (even though he loves cars), v.2 has been met with great excitement. He loves it and won’t stop telling me about it; I know this because he can’t get enough of the fish (fabric from Gaurav Exports in Nehru place). I have never had him check on me so many times as I was sewing it, usually at about three minute intervals to see if it was ready to wear it or not. For him it’s obviously all about the fish, not the pattern, but this is a kid with very strong tastes in clothes and I am happy it’s getting plenty of wear.DSC_0175Given how excellent this pattern is, and how quick the second sew has been I want to now make more and more! Oliver+S has also recently released this pattern, a similar button down shirt, and I am now curious to try it to see how some of the things are done differently.

And that’s about it from me today. I will leave you with one final photo of the boy. Let’s just say that this is the way we have been dressing up for school around here the last few weeks, right before it turned warm. 🙂DSC_0133

Happy summer!

Asmita/xx

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DSC_0114Well, hello. And, while it’s too late to wish a happy new year, but I hope the year began on a good note for everyone out there. I have thought of my little blog more often than I would have expected these last few weeks, wanting to write but simply finding myself to be completed depleted of all energy. A lot happened over the last few months, and I wanted to write, but I couldn’t.

I almost even turned down an assignment after asking for several extensions…but in the end I was glad that i took it up. It concerned something very dear and meaningful to me: sewing (no prizes for guessing that one :-). So head over here, to check out a blog post by me. Thank you Oliver+S for the opportunity–I enjoyed every bit of the research and the shopping!

I hope to be back again very soon, so see you soon!

Asmita xx

 

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April was a pretty special month for baby M. He started play school. He is still only two, well, he will be three this July, so in reality it is a playgroup where he goes for two hours every morning to “play” with other kids his age, share tiffins, feed rabbits, and the like. DSC_0044Still, it is a big event and I wanted to make him something special to mark the occasion. I have been eyeing this bag for the last several years, but somehow N was never at the right age for this when the book came out, and I never got around to making one for her.DSC_0037Well, I am so glad I did now. It’s the perfect size for the toddler age group and fits his snacks tiffin and a water bottle nicely. And it was a lot of fun to make. I have made a few other things too from the excellent book I mention above, and really to me, there is no better teacher than Liesl. I even managed the dreaded zipper quite well! The only two small additions/ changes I made were to add a rickrack on the front piece for the sake of some visual interest, and to “bind” the straps with a bit of velvet ribbon. And of course, I added M’s name to it. DSC_0004

DSC_0014Cars, are M’s thing (probably true for a lot of little boys), and so I was delighted to unexpectedly find some old Echino fabric in my stash. It was just enough for the outside and the pocket inside. The fabric is canvas weight with 55% linen but somehow it still felt pretty drapey; I wasn’t sure if that was enough weight to hold the shape of the bag so I used iron-on interfacing for the lining. The fabric for straps which is 100% linen also comes from my stash, as does the one I used for lining. I have no memory of where I got both, which means I have had them for long.DSC_0051M, I think, quite likes it. He is not quite vocal in expressing his feelings about it, but the fact that he wants to take it to school every single day must mean that there is some love there.DSC_0053

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I am truly happy to report that baby M has taken to his playgroup like a fish to water, and we are seeing growing signs of independence day by day. And so, now for obvious reasons he cannot be called a baby anymore!

Asmita/xx

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Of late I have found myself making versions of the same pattern not twice but thrice in one go. I am not saying it doesn’t get a bit tedious, but N is currently in the state where when she likes one thing (in this case what I have made for her once), she wants another one exactly-the-same. In part, I suspect it is because she sees things in shops where the same design comes repeated in different sizes and same size in large quantities, so perhaps I should take this as a compliment. And, sure making the same thing over and over again is a huge time saver, for all the obvious reasons.

Thankfully I usually don’t have so much of one fabric to make two let alone three of exactly-the-same. So I have made a deal that she will get the same pattern but in three different fabrics. If one has a favourite top and a good fit, it’s not a bad deal actually -certainly one that I would be happy with!

So, without further talk, here’s the first version:

dsc_0143dsc_0046dsc_0031The fabric is a lovely voile, that I bought a few years ago in Bangalore (on Commercial street) and this is the original top that N fell in love it. I made it in size 6 with 1″ added to the bottom length and 1″ to the sleeves. However when a request for the second one came I thought she could do with a longer version. dsc_0201So I added another inch at the bottom but kept the sleeves the same length as above. I had only about 1/2 metre of the beautiful Nani-iro double gauze, so I added a contrast pink bodice (in mangalgiri cotton). My favourite part is the fabric buttons, but sadly N is not particularly impressed.dsc_0193

dsc_0212In fact as it turned out, she is not pleased with this one at all, despite my thinking that she would fall for the double gauze and my lovely buttons. Sadly, no….!

So, then came the third one in which she chose the fabric.dsc_0142This is another lovely double gauze that I had been saving for long. It’s from Echino by the designer Etsuko Furuya and is softer than Nani-iro. Plus she loves the lions.

I did a couple of things differently for this version. For one, I added slits on the sides and did a bartacking stitch right on the top both for decorative purposes and durability. Then I added tabs on the sleeves so that she could fold up her sleeves like this.dsc_0161

dsc_0138The yellow fabric which is as gorgeous and soft as the blue double gauze is locally purchased from here. (For those of you who might be in Delhi it is worthwhile checking out what else the Sunbird studio has-Karin Koch, the owner, has some of the most beautifully tailored clothes for children and adults.)dsc_0163Needless to say this is N’s favourite with the pink flowery one coming a close second. She adores the tabs on the sleeves, and of course the lions. The second one, despite some initial interest, is, at the moment, barely getting worn. But, I think she will come around to it once it gets cold. dsc_0153Oh, and before I go, a word on the pattern which I have failed to mention until now. It’s the after school shirt from Oliver+S. With much excitement about Liesl’s new book, and I can’t wait to get to it too, I am happy to be trying out an older Oliver+S pattern. As with her other patterns, there is almost a guarantee that it will teach me something new and I enjoyed the making every bit of it.

As I already mentioned I made it in size 6 with some length adjustments. The fit is roomy and relaxed, more so than I felt of some of her other shirts, and perfect for N to wear to school. As the pattern states there are buttons on both the front and back yokes. For versions 2 and 3, however I have closed off the back buttonholes. N’s head is pretty small and I figured that she didn’t need to unbutton both front and back to get it over here head.

And, that’s about it from here. Before I go here’s one last picture, my favourite one, of N and M.dsc_0158

Dasara holidays are coming up so I hope you are doing something fun!

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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DSC_1154After making pants, it was time to make a few shirts. She certainly doesn’t need them right away, since t-shirts are almost exclusively for worn for school…and summer holidays have just begun. But one led to another and before I knew it I had finished three. What can I say?

#1 is from a pattern I used just a few days ago.DSC_1224

DSC_1161This is a Heather Ross knit. I made it exactly like the last one, but unfortunately this is a big tight at the neck. She is not complaining as yet, because she loves the print, but it is hard to get in and out of a bit. I should have checked the stretch factor before. Oh well.

#2 is also from the same pattern but a far more comfortable fit. DSC_1184The fabric is from a hand me down that I have had from years ago. I thought I was paying attention when I cut it, but in fact, it seems that that was not really the case. The design is slightly off centre–do you see it?

DSC_1168Initially N was not too keen on the sparkliness, and I was ready to put this down in not-going-to-be-worn pile but she now claims to love it 🙂 The rib knit with years of use is soft and very comfortable. In fact we are taking it on our summer trip!DSC_1165

And, finally #3.DSC_1168A complete and a total hit! The pattern is this one. I tried the simple tee, but I am dying to make the twisted kind. I have long wanted to try some of their patterns and there are some really nice ones to chose from. The fabric comes from my old hardly worn t-shirt, and I am feeling quite happy because this could not have found a better use.

DSC_1209N loves everything about it, the blue stripes, the pink ribbing and most importantly the pocket.

We are definitely taking this one with us.DSC_1164We leave tomorrow for our annual summer vacation for seven weeks. I am carrying some sewing, embroidery, lots of book plus this, that, and the other. And we are planning to have internet there. So I hope to write soon from Pune!

Asmita/xo

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