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Matching Shorts

November 21, 2015

I am finally catching up on my backlog of sewing posts. Ms H school is closed for 10 days due to the rains. This unexpected break combined with rains means i had to help with her imaginary party planning (do you know that Mickey celebrated its 18th birthday recently?), help her with her craft activities and also keep Ms J out of Ms H’s hair.

Long Beach Board Shorts
I have finished these quite some time back (more than a month back) and was thinking to get some modelling pics by the beach. The trip never happened… even though the sea is 10 miles as the crow flies and its now rainy season (the only other season is summer) here in Chennai so no beach trips as there are rarely shelters on some of the less crowded beaches.

So here are Board Shorts for the kiddos.
SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Front-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Back-001

Most of the times i do avoid sewing same stuff for both the sisters (unless the fabric is expensive and it makes sense to buy a little bit extra so that i can make something for the little one too) but this is a request from Ms H after seeing her sisters shorts.

Fabric: Green Checks is similar to quilting cotton and Light weight denim already used for couple of shorts.
Pattern: Long Beach Board Shorts
Size: 2T and 5T
I discovered the pattern by accident (photo hopping on flickr and then a little bit of blog hopping) and its super quick, i omitted the piping, i don’t think it will take long if you add it.
Added button-hole elastic and loving the result though there is a slight pull where i secured the button.
Next time i will make a separate waistband.
SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Detail3-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Detail2-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Detail1-001

and here are some pictures of the kids in their shorts.
SEW-Green Broad Shorts-MsH front-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-MsH Back-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Ms J1-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Ms J2-001

SEW-Green Broad Shorts-Ms J3-001

Ms J is now climbing my sewing table with the help of my sewing chair… so i am back to sewing in the late nights and hiding the chair during the day :-(

Back to Blogging

November 11, 2015

Been busy visiting family, making sweets, cleaning the house, preparing Ms H for some recitations in school, making more sweets and snacks with short breaks in between for shopping both online and offline…. all this means blog has to be pushed down the priority list but sewing has been going on as usual, thats the only thing that kept me sane during the busy days.
Now that Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussera and Diwali are finished, I can breathe in peace and get on with peaceful sewing and blogging.
Sometimes i wish there is just one big festival and thats all… a festival almost every month and now that Ms H is learning about most of them in school means… we just can’t let them go by.
Peace till Pongal.

SEW – Madras Checks Shorts

August 20, 2015

Roller Skate Shorts

SEW - Madras Checks Shorts Front(M)

Ms H goes for roller skating practise 3 times a week, where she has to wear short sleeved shirt and shorts. Since one of her regular shorts is becoming a bit small its time to replace it with a new one.
“Sew Chic Kids” Pattern I to the rescue. All the small details make the shorts super nice and less homemade. I am very proud how this pair turned out. She already wore the shorts to the practise and gave a big thumbs-up. May be i should stop buying shorts in store for the girls after this and start making every pair for them :-)
SEW - Madras Checks Shorts Side-Back

Pattern: SEW CHIC KIDS pattern I
Size: 110cm (leg length 100cm)
Fabric: Mill made cotton Madras Checks from Cotton St.
Legs were cut at 100cm line by accident, so they are a bit short than they are supposed to be.
Changed the waistband to 2 piece waistband. This is an easy modification to introduce some fun element. The same was done for Ms J’s Denim shorts.
SEW - Madras Checks Shorts Front SEW - Madras Checks shorts Back

No inner leg tabs.
Back Pockets, Tabs, Outer waistband are done in lightweight denim.
Button-Hole elastic instead of regular elastic waistband. I did apply some interfacing before making the button holes on the waistband for the elastic.
SEW - Madras Checks shorts Detail1

1/4″ was added to the leg length, to hem it without exposed edges.
SEW - Madras checks shorts Detail2

The tab buttons are salvaged from Mr A’s old Levis shirt.
SEW - Madras checks shorts - Tab
Tried my best to match the plaid… totally forgot to match the vertical lines in the pockets ;-)
Should have interfaced the front of the waistband, the buttons kind of pull it a bit.

Ms H wants a bow in the front, as her sister’s shorts have one and i am not sure of that…. might add if she insists on one though :-)

Among other things…

August 14, 2015

Ms J quietly finished her first birthday last weekend among close friends and family.
Ms J 1 Year

I met a dear cousin after a long time and got some freezer paper as gift :-)

I made myself a pair of salwar from a vedio tutorial by cloud factory.

I was making shorts for Ms H when my sewing machine stopped sewing (its working… it just stopped sewing). I planned to cut some fabric while my machine is at the service centre… instead indulged in some retail therapy and bought some patterns ;-)

Now that my machine is back… I am off to finish the shorts…

More Strawberries

July 11, 2015


Remember the strawberry pyjama pant blogged here, there was quite a bit of fabric left.. Ms H wanted a skirt, so skirt it is.
SEW-Strawberry Skirt

while i was cutting the fabric for skirt, it seemed the leftover piece is quite large…. so fudged the skirt pieces a bit and got a pair of shorts for Ms H.
SEW-Strawberry Shorts

Next in the sewing queue are a pair shorts in madras checks….

Enchanted Forest – Art with Kids

July 8, 2015

Bubble wrap print Forest art project with Ms H

Last Saturday afternoon Ms H and I watched “Mr Peabody and Sherman” movie on TV instead of our usual crafting, nice movie by the way. The saturday before, we did some bubble wrap print.

Inspired by this picture from Pinterest feed.

This is our take
Craft-enchanted forest

I did cut the trees and helped with sticking them on…. If left to her all the trees would have been in ascending order by height :-)

Here are some pictures taken during the activity.
Craft- Enchanted Forest Craft-enchanted forest Craft-Enchanted Forest

KCW Summer 2015

June 30, 2015

KCW Summer 2015

The season is finished and here is my progress through the week June22-28.

Day 1
Izzy Top – 18m
Modifying the pattern pieces, Brainstorming, Cutting the fabric.

Day 2
Izzy Top – 18m
Sewing up part of bodice, Hemming the skirt, Lot of doubt about my modifications.

Day 3
Izzy Top – 18m
finishing the bodice

Day 4
Sunny Day Shorts – 12-18m
Sewing up the Shorts

Day 5
Sunny Day Shorts – 12-18m
Attaching waistband

Day 6
Sunny Day Shorts – 12-18m
Finishing the shorts.

Izzy Top – 18m
Trial on Ms J

Day 7
Izzy Top – 18m
Sew placket on the top, needs sew-on snaps.

Denim Oliver+S Sunny Day shorts HIT
SEW-Sunny Day Denim shorts

Izzy top FLOP (Heavily modified, not a problem with the pattern)
SEW-Floral Izzy Top

The shorts are a straight forward sew. Modified the waistband into a two piece waistband. Added a bow to identify the front instead of a tag in the back. Did lot of topstitching with regular thread and zigzagged all the seams, so took a bit more time than expected but love the clean insides.

The top is a flop. No mistake of the pattern, i used it before and loved it. This time i heavily modified it by straightening the bodice, removing the back opening and enlarging the neckline… the result i cannot pull J’s second hand through… so cut the back to put a placket in place, tried again… it didn’t fit. By now i understood the problem, its the straightened bodice…. No way i can save the top and all my brainstorming went down the drain. Lesson learnt (whatever the lesson maybe :-)).

All in all I have only a pair of shorts to show after 1 week of sewing :-(

I am waiting for the next KCW maybe i will plan better.


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