H’s Handmade Wardrobe
These are some of the Tops/Dresses i made for H when she is around 10-14 months, had to dig through piles of digital snaps to find them. These are sewn along with the Cherry Print Dress but were never made it to the blog.
POLKA DOT BIRTHDAY PARTY DRESS.
Pattern: Birthday Party Dress by Oliver+S. To be honest i didn’t own the pattern when making this dress (I do now in 5+ size) so i drafted it from an existing top and after seeing lots of pictures of the dress in various stages and angles. The drafting itself took 2-3 days as there are lots of pieces (including the facings). But i was so proud once i finished the dress. Even if it hadn’t fit ‘H’ at that time, I would have just kept the dress.
I am so glad I had taken Drafting/Drawing Class at Degree level, they all made sense when i was trying to copy the structure, details, seam allowances, facings etc (Its not a pattern drafting class, its a generic engineering drafting class)
POLKA & PINK ICE CREAM DRESS.
Pattern: Ice Cream Dress by Oliver+S. This is again a self-drafted dress and my favourite, now i own it in 5+ size.
Though i own some digital patterns from Oliver+S, I still didn’t sew any, but they all have good reviews, fantastic support in the forums, lots of inspiration in their flickr pool. I have to admit that they are a bit expensive, so wait for a sale
BROWN CORD & PRINT ICE CREAM DRESS.
Pattern: Ice Cream Dress by Oliver+S. This is same as above, just different fabric and no pockets. I couldn’t find any pictures of just the dress.
DIAMOND PEASANT TOP.
Apart from sewing for ‘H’, i also knitted some wintery stuff (Cardigan, Pullover, Vest, Scarf, Beanie, some thick socks) before coming to London. She still uses the scarf and the socks, but the rest have gone to charity as she outgrew them really quickly.
Do you like making clothing for your little ones????
Love to hear from you, especially if you are Sew Bee from Chennai
Any shops to recommend in Chennai for Fancy Buttons, Lace and Ribbons??
I am really excited to share the news at large about the new online shop PonyCraftStore for the Knit, Crochet and Sew enthusiasts. Well… the shop is actually not new, it has been there for sometime but i thought i will blog it as i still get mails about where to buy large hooks, DPNs (double pointed needles), Circular needles.
Staright needles (Under Knobbed knitting pin)
Lots of accessories like stitch holder, cable needles, row counters, stitch markers, knitters gauge, knitting calculator… etc
Hooks in many variations and sizes
Circular Crochet hook
Hair pin lace needle
There are lot of acrylic variations but these excited me a bit
Laura Knitting cotton
Nako Super Lamb Special tweed, Nako Nakolen Dreams (49% Wool)
Nako Nature (50% Cotton)
Nako Hosgeldin (60% Bamboo)
There are some more yarns with Mohair, Alpaca, some glittery yarn and also 100% wool.
Lots of Scissors
Rotary cutter and mat
Shirring elastic (can’t wait to try some summery dresses for ‘H’)
Hand sewing needles (Love to see machine ones too)
Snaps to sew, Hook&eye, Fabric covered button kits (would like a snap plier and snaps)
Loop Turner, Bodkins, Tracing wheels, seam ripper (tracing paper please)
Sewing thread (like to see more colours)
T pins, Quilting pins
Aida cloth (Matty cloth) in various counts by meter and pre cut pieces
Embroidery Floss (Again i would love to see more colours probably listed individually with colour numbers)
There are some craft kits for kids (I already have a couple in mind as a present for a teen niece), pom pom maker, french knitter
The search facility within the website is not the best one, so i really say go through the entire contents under each section to have an idea of whats on offer. For example if i say “9mm crochet hook” no products will be shown, but there is a 9mm hook in plastic crochet hook under crochet, so dig around.
I am back to blogging after nearly 2.5 years. Fingers crossed that there will be no more long blogging breaks. Lot of people have mailed me, left comments these past years and sorry that i couldn’t reply or approve the comments on time.
Lot of reasons for the long break, We moved to London (temporarily) and with a baby and no laptop, blogging has taken back seat. Now that the little one is going to nursery for few hours and i have got my own device I am back to blogging.
No crafting while in London but i have done lot of reading fiction/non fiction and lot and lot of travelling.
We will be back in Chennai in a few months (yay!!) I can’t wait to be back in Chennai and reunite with my sewing machine I got lots of projects in my head and collected some patterns and books for both me and ‘H’.
There are some new crafty things that are happening in India, shared mostly by the readers which i will blog about soon.
Nice to be back to blogging… Ta Ta for now.
It is not a planned break, but 6 months is a quite long time to be away from the blog.
Baby ‘H’ learned walk before she turned 10 months, that means i have to be behind her all the time. Apart from that
we went visiting relatives…
Some close kin came to visit us..
There were 4 B’day parties including that of ‘H’…
Renovation of the house…
Moving to a new place…
Above all this I now have to plan for a trip overseas…with ‘H’ in a couple of weeks.
within this mayhem… crafting(mostly sewing with a couple of knitting stuff thrown in) was only thing that calmed me.
I will be bombarding you with all the things i made for the next couple of days.
I have to say that i am happy to be back blogging.
Continuing with my “B” Theme … My first Bloomers for baby H.
The pattern is drafted from an existing pair of shorts, since it has to be bloomers there is lot of tweaking. More tweaking has to done as there is too much fabric in the front; the raise has to be increased to accomodate the cloth diaper bum of baby H – right now its a wee little bit squeeze in the back. The best part is there is only one pattern peice, making it easy to cut and sew.
Pattern: Drafted by me from a pair of shorts
Size:i will put it as 9-12 mo (lasts longer if not for the diaper)
Fabric: I will no more write about the fabric (i promise you will see more of it as i have a lot left)
The ruffle idea i got from peasant blouse on inditutes. It makes the bloomers extra cute.
Not that this is what monks wear but ‘A’ said that she looks like a monk when she first wore the dress; and it kind of stuck… he still refers to the dress as monk dress
Officially this the first dress i made for baby H. A pair of baby pants is the first thing i made for her, sewing wise.
Pattern: Wrap dress by Tiny Happy.
Fabric: Handwoven cotton, recycled from an old Chudidhar top/ Handprinted cotton, recycled from a scarf
Size: 6-12mo when you consider it can be worn as a dress, tunic, top.
The original pattern is a 2T-3T size, I used an existing dress of H and made a pattern to her size. Rightnow its less of a dress and more of a tunic. The bias tape is made from Dupatta/scarf (the same one you have seen for the booties).
More dresses to come…. (I made this dress a month and a half back but got the time now to take some photos and blog)