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Khadi Picnic

May 16, 2016


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Its Asmita who inspired me to pick some khadi fabric when she made some lovely moon pants for her daughter. So on a trip into the city 2 months back, i picked some khadi fabric, the thinner variety, which is almost like voile. I made two blouses for H, inspite of my reservations… she loves both, you can see the Khadi Ayashe here. I am looking forward to see them after a couple of washes when they have really softened.

After the wearable muslin for Ms H, I realised that she can still wear a size 4 with added length for both body and sleeves. while i am there i also added quite a bit of width to the blouse. I think this changed the whole look, while the original is more tailored, this version is more relaxed.
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If you look closely the stripes do go in different directions for both body and sleeves, which i didn’t realise until after i finished the blouse. They don’t seem to bother anyone except me.

Pattern: Picnic Blouse by Oliver+S
Size: 4T with modifications
Fabric: Khadi voile from Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan
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Added length and width to the body (don’t remember the numbers now).
Hemmed the sleeves by turning in 1/2″ twice as i forgot to add length.
All hemming is by hand as the fabric seems to hang better this way.

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And about that tiny bit of faux smocking in the front and back….. After the entire blouse is finished and as i was taking out my gathering stitches, i thought the blouse would have looked nice with some smocking and may be i should do that next time. But that little thought was there and the more i looked at the blouse, the more it bothered me… so i added couple of rows of smocking stitches and put that thought to rest πŸ™‚ The fact that it is a checked fabric made the embroidery easy.

Here are some more pictures of Ms H wearing it.
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Ayashe Sisters

May 8, 2016

Ayashe Sisters

Here are the girls wearing their Ayashe blouses, for a trip to cinemas to see the Kung Fu Panda 3.
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I was looking for a blouse with back yoke but not a button down shirt when I discovered this pattern. Even though I am late to jump on the Ayashe blouse pattern, happy I jumped.
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Also I finally dipped my sewing feet in Khadi and i am glad i did. The stripped khadi (Ms H’s blouse) is like a light weight voile and presses beautifully. My machine loved it so much that it tried to eat it couple of times. Ripping the seams is not easy on this fabric and it does ravel a bit and stretches out of shape easily especially on sleeves and necklines.

Pattern: Ayashe blouse by Figgys
Size:Β 4/5Β andΒ 18M
Fabric: Khadi stripes from Khadi Gramodhyog Bhavan
Mud resist indigo dyed cambric from Mrignayanee.

There is no elastics or drawstring tie in the hem for both the blouses.
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For the Khadi blouse, the hem and sleeves are hand hemmed. The sleeve length is reduced so that its more like ΒΎ sleeve and there is no elastic in the sleeve. As i was setting-in the sleeves, i stay stitched the sleeve head which prevented stretching.
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This is my first collar and it came out really nicely, again stay stitching the neckline is the key.
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For the Indigo blouse, I pre hand-hemmed the sleeves and set them in flat even though the instructions say other wise. The short sleeves are super cute but a bit difficult to set them in round and hem them later.
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I wish I made the neck ties a wee bit longer.
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Another thing is the neck opening, while Ms H could put it on without much difficulty she complained that the neck opening was a bit low… while an old camisole solved the problem temporarily, i should add a hook/eye. For Ms J, I trimmed the neck line near the shoulders so that her head goes through.

Overall lovely blouses for summer.

Batik Picnic

April 16, 2016

Blue Picnic
While i am enjoying Ms J’s toddler years, it is also interesting to see how Ms H’s character is changing and adapting around her younger sister.
Ms H always asks me what i am making and for whom i am making (with regard to sewing projects). She always insists to match her younger sister and wants me to make a similar thing for her too.

After seeing Ms J’s Bagh Picnic, she asked for a pink Picnic blouse for herself. I didn’t have any more of that fabric and also i have the pattern in smaller size.
While she does fit into size 4 measurements as she is slim built, i thought its a good idea to do a muslin first. As this is supposed to be a wearable muslin, i thought why not put some fun detail. The pattern has straight sides and a straight hem…. giving out a lot of ideas/possibilities for customisation/pattern hacks.

A picnic blouse with Hi-lo hem and slits on the side.
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Pattern: Oliver+S Picnic Blouse
Size: 4T
Fabric: Batik Print cotton from Mrignayanee used for Ms J’s dress here and a small scrap of brown corduroy.
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Ms H fits well into size 4 but needs length in both body and sleeves. Its been almost 2 months since i made it and though she didn’t reach for it by herself, she never said ‘NO’ when i suggested her to wear. The fabric is light and floaty and perfect for the growing temperatures.
I added 3/4″ for the back hem and reduced 3/4″ from the front hem. I didn’t add any extra seam allowance for the slits.
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One more picnic is already in works, this time with added length.

Spring Sewing

April 6, 2016

Pongal Outfit
Summer is already in full swing in Chennai and I am still writing about my Spring Sewing. Its been 3 months since i last posted on my blog… Sewing more than i write (though been taking pictures of the finished projects and some modelling pics).

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H is not much into dresses, separates rule her wardrobe. So i wanted something that work together but also can be worn with something else. she is extremely pleased with both the blouse and the skirt, She has worn both together and separately more than a few times and that in my book is success.
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Top: Pattern 1 from “sewing for your girls” with modified sleeves from Pattern 2
Skirt: Paris Skirt tutorial modified to a button front skirt.
Top: Floral Stretch Poplin from cotton street.
Skirt: Natural Dyed 30’s handloom cotton in black (in real its deep olivish brown though i was expecting deep grey when i ordered it online from
dacottonhandlooms ). Lovely store and i totally recommend them but be ready to expect the unexpected as it is with handlooms, natural dyes and computer screen colour differences πŸ™‚
Top: 110
Skirt: Drafted to Ms H measurements.

This blouse is the inspiration, but its really this one by Deepa that finally pushed me to take the plunge.
The bodice is cut 7″ above the 100cm size line. The peplum is a long rectangle drafted to the top measurements. I did a muslin first and it was a really good idea.
The top waited a long time for the buttons… there are only 2 shops nearby that deal in tailoring stuff and both didn’t have anything that i like. I ended up ordering the present ones from Pradhan Embroidery stores.

Should have under-stitched the bias… there it is peeking out
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The back, my favourite. Buttons in red thread.
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The Chinese takeaway pockets idea is from hopscotch skirt by Oliver+S. Finished with some coconut buttons. The buttons are printed on the right side, i used the wrong side.
I love how the whole skirt turned out and it does look good on her.

Should move that button so that the placket lays straight.
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Adjustable Elastic in the back (this is the true colour of the skirt)
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I have to mention the button holes in both top and skirt…. somehow my very basic brother machine did a decent job this time πŸ™‚

Here is Ms H wearing the skirt with a RTW Tee.
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She wearing the top with Jeans for an outing (an out of focus photo is all i have).
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Ms J didn’t have a mum-made dress this time. Couple of muck-ups by a local large format printer kept me in bad mood. I didn’t want to rush her ice-cream dress intended for Pongal, so she wore a dress my SIL gifted her even before she was born.

Floral IceCream

March 4, 2016

This dress is what i call slow-sewing… I took my time (almost 3 weeks) to finish it and only because i worked on it when i absolutely wanted to and couldn’t be more pleased with the result.

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The dress is meant for Ms J to be worn for Pongal festival but didn’t get to finish on time as i didn’t want to rush it. Here she is dressed-up to attend her Aunt’s birthday party.
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Pattern: IceCream Dress by Oliver+S, View A without pockets.
Size: 2T
Fabric: Stretch Poplin and veg-dyed handloom cotton(same as Ms H’s skirt here)
No Changes to the pattern pieces at all but the back closure is modified to include two discreet snap buttons. A little cut into the back body (which is finished with a bias tape) for more head room while getting on and off.
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Of-course a little bit of flat piping at the very last minute and french side seams. I decided to include the piping just before i top stitched the main yoke to the body, so i basted it before i top stitched the yoke in place.
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I confused myself with the hem instructions and had to to rip quite a few stitches. (nothing wrong with the instructions)
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I ordered a metre of the handloom cotton (used for the hem and for H’s skirt here) and still left with a decent piece, just enough for size 4 yoke. Since Ms H already put a request for a top in the floral fabric… May be an Icecream top for her?

Picnic in Bagh

January 16, 2016

Its Harvest Festival here in South India and is celebrated all over India with different names, customs and yummy food.

Ponglaoooo……. Pongal.

For all those who were searching for the nearest gardens to have a picnic this afternoon or weekend and landed here…. or if you think its about my picnic in gardens…. you might be disappointed πŸ™‚

This is my first 2016 sew, incidentally its also my first Oliver+S make. While i have been following the brand for more than 5 years (gosh i waited too long to take the plunge) and own two patterns in bigger sizes… This is my first make.

Picnic Blouse in Bagh Fabric
Ms J in her new blouse, a day after i completed it, She wore it when we had to step out for an appointment.
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I am totally in love with this pink version of Picnic Blouse made from soft block printed cotton from Bagh.
May be its the cleverness of Oliver+S Patterns…
May be its how nicely the pattern fits in with traditional indian print.
Maybe coz i turned odd shaped leftover fabric from this skirt into a lovely summer top (yup its already hot in Chennai… combined with cold nights means its sniffles for everyone)
Maybe coz Ms J is looking super cute.. πŸ˜‰
May be its everything together… totally love how it turned out.

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Pattern: Oliver+S Picnic Blouse
Fabric: Bagh print cotton fabric from Mrignayanee
Size: 12-18m
Though she will be 18m in couple of 4 weeks, i made it in 12-18m size. The blouse is roomy with space to grow.
I followed the pattern and instructions to the dot this time but there are lots of ideas floating in my head about some future modifications.

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I am OK with that little bit of elastic showing, its mentioned on the forum couple of times that the elastic came undone after couple of washes and i am not a fan of mending… so didn’t quite pull the elastic while cutting off the excess.

Such a quick sew that my tiny stash of bagh fabrics will be turned into picnic blouses.

Reindeer Skirt

January 15, 2016

Ahh… 2016… Time seems to be running these days.. especially with a baby around πŸ™‚ Ms J will be 18 months in less than 4 weeks and i am still wondering when she grew up so fast..
No new year resolutions for me as just can’t stick to them… This is what i wish to do in this year
Sew more…
Blog regularly..
Stay on top of laundry πŸ™‚

I have two projects from 2015 to be shared and documented…
While this skirt is one (made at the end of November)…. the other one is what i am super excited about… lack of photos means, its down my blogging queue.

Holidayish Skirt

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We spent the Christmas long weekend (2 weeks of holidays cut to 4 days by the school)visiting my parents. Ms H wore this skirt couple of times there and my mom was telling all the neighbours that i made it (felt proud… patted myself invisibly couple of times ;-)). I forgot to pack it while returning to Chennai so some old pictures have to do.

Though the fabric was set aside for a dress for Ms J, Ms H wanted a skirt out of it… i may have enough for a dress for her, but now i really want to make a floaty blouse for Ms J. Dress or Blouse????

Any way here is the technical info πŸ™‚
Pattern: Paris Skirt Tutorial
Fabric: Stretch poplin from cotton street (Has a slight stretch crosswise), I am sure it has lycra and would make lovely blouses and shirts.
Size: 5Y
I cut the fabric with every intention of adding the two pleats but in the end i decided not to, so its a tad longer on her.
Completely lined the skirt. Lining fabric is a bit heavier than the skirt.
Lined and interfaced the front yoke.
Added a bit of lace near the hem.
The back has two rows of 0.5″ elastic as i have ran out of 1″.

Detailed shots
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