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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. ūüė¶

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. ūüôāDSC_0133

Happy summer!

Asmita/xx

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shirtsWe 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 ūüôādsc_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 ūüôā 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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