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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
Hem

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

Notes:
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.

Pyjama Party

June 24, 2015

Pyjamas for Kids
Summer holidays are finished for Ms H and i’m not sure if they are a hit or not. I had very little sewing time but the kids enjoyed the unstructured time despite a very hot summer.
The last 2 weeks of the summer holidays are spent sewing pyjamas for the kids. Its actually Baby J who is in need of pyjamas as she outgrew all her sleep suits but its Ms H who got the better deal. Ms H appointed herself as my fabric shopping assistant and choose the fabric for herself and her sister.

Strawberry Pyjama Pants
Sew-Strawberry Pyjamas

Fabric: Polycotton strawberry print from cotton street.
Pattern: pattern O (wide leg pants) from Sew Chic Kids.
Size: Size 2
Notes:
This pattern makes excellent pyjama pants.
With no back pockets and with the front and back pattern pieces kind of merged together to get a single pattern piece before adding the seam allowances, its easy to cut and a super quick sew.
Its a bit tight in the back and is teeny bit short, so will upgrade to size 4 next time.
Being pink and full of strawberries means that it will be worn a lot.
Sew-Strawberry Pyjamas-H

Flower Power Pyjama set
SEW-Floral Top

Sew-Pink Flower Pyjamas

Fabric: Cotton flower print from cotton street.(very thin and light fabric but not much drape)
Pants Pattern: Pattern O from Sew Chic Kids.
Top Pattern: Pattern C with extended sleeves of Pattern T (Sew Chic Kids)
Size: Size 2 for top and Size 4 for pants.
Notes:
The sleeves are from pattern T, lengthened (seems i have to add more both in length and in width).
H said she likes short sleeves, so might hack them sometime in future.
I made the bias tape a bit wider and shorter due to general laziness.
Should enlarge the neck opening as her head barely squeezes in.

Sew-Ms H-Floral Pyjama Set
Mr A said its a lovely set but the fabric is a bit thin. Ms H likes the set a lot especially the top.

Toothy Karate Pyjama set
SEW-Brushy Pyjama Set

Fabric: Cotton fabric from cotton street (60″ wide)
Pattern: self drafted kimono style top, Sunny Day Shorts turned into pyjama pants.
Size: 9-12m bodice used for drafting the top, 12-18m for pants
Notes:
Kind of messed up with the top while drafting which i realised only after Ms J wore it. The sleeves are too long and the top itself is a bit short.
No more kimono tops, not because they are difficult to sew but dressing up a wiggly 10 month old baby in a kimono with ties is not for me.

Sew-Ms J-Brushy Pyjama Set
She does look like she is out of a chinese martial art movie…

I signed-up for this seasons KCW and finished Day1 and Day2 with lots of brainstorming and little sewing…. for some reason unless i complicate an easy pattern i cannot sew :-)

Blue Tulip Ugadi Dress

June 13, 2015

Ugadi dress for Ms. J inspired by Tea Collection Diya

SEW - Blue Ugadi
Ms H is back in school this week and i get little pockets of time during the day to do some things around the house, leaving more free time during the nights (after the kids are asleep). This also means i can finally edit and publish this post which has been in the draft folder for the past 2 months :-)

Tea collection Diya Romper is the inspiration for the dress.
when i made it, Ms J was standing with support, when i wrote the post(on good friday) she was standing all by herself, as of today, she is easily walking ten feet. During all this time, the dress has been worn more than a couple of times.

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Pattern: self drafted from a 9-12 mo bodice from here.
Size: 9-12m
Fabric: Bagh print yardage from an exhibition held by Mrignayanee
Notes:
Next time i will be a bit more dramatic with the front curve, seems a bit conservative compared to the original.
Since most of the sewing was done on friday late night (Ugadi is on saturday), due to sleepiness, general laziness..
1. The underarms are finished by just turning them twice, so very wonky and look blah… for the amount of pinning i did to sew them, i could have cut a bias strip…
SEW - Blue Ugadi - kinky underarm stitching

2. Back slit was finished shirt sleeve placket style!!!! wish i had taken some time to search for a proper tutorial to finish it.
SEW - Blue Ugadi - Back Placket

Used set-in snaps for the first time and found it needs some interfacing or extra fabric under them for extra grip. The snap was quickly hammered before putting the dress on her…

The entire hem is 1/4″ and it was tricky to sew the curved hem without stretching it.
SEW - Blue Ugadi - hem

Have to tell that Mr A loved the dress though Ms H didn’t approve blue colour for her sister.

Here is a recent picture of her (just before she completed 10 months) in the same dress with Oliver+S Sunny Day Shorts in 6-12m size. Made in black unknown cotton fabric, bit tight in the bum even with disposable diaper but wearable.
Blue Tulip dress outfit

Outfit for Ugadi

April 14, 2015

Handmade skirt and blouse for Ugadi

I wrote this post almost 3weeks back… but then all the usual daily things came in-between which included missing camera chargers and cables to transfer photos….mmmmm still didn’t find them.

Ms. H wore a ankle length half circle skirt with a top/blouse for Ugadi, the set was made in jan/feb but not for the festival.
Here is Ms. H (These days she is not very interested in being photographed… most of the time makes goofy faces)as she is on Ugadi; as of today she looks completely different with her new hair cut.
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Long back when we were visiting my sis-in-law, i saw that there is an exhibition by mrignayanee in kalakshetra, asked Mr. A if we can make a detour on our way back home. No particular projects in mind, just stashing the fabric (running material as it is called here) for experiments/wearable muslins. Ms. H wanted something pink and I always wanted make a half circle skirt…the blouse followed because i had the fabric for it. Its Pink, its super twirly and the recipient is very happy with it.
SEW - half circle skirt - pink handprint1 SEW - half circle skirt - pink handprint2

Pattern: Self drafted from Ms. H measurements (not sure which tutorial i used)
Size: 4Y
Fabric: Bagh print yardage from Mrignayanee
Notes: Waist finished swing skirt style.
Hem finished with 1″ bias tape made of same fabric and hand hemmed.
Apart from miles and miles of hand hemming its easy to make. I measured the entire hem of the skirt and made a continuous bias tape exactly to that length (may be 2″ more).
This post gives instructions how to make a continuous bias tape from a rectangle, much better use of fabric than a square. Most of the binding calculators give size of square fabric required to get the needed bias tape. Since i already decided to make it out of a rectangle, used some simple mathematics, the area of the square = area of rectangle and made the bias tape (little more than 1.5m) out of a rectangle.
Details of skirt
SEW - Half circle skirt - waist detail SEW - Half circle skirt - hem detail WS SEW - Half circle skirt - hem detail RS

The top/blouse is a different story altogether, what i envisioned was a semi fitted top that ends just an inch below the waist and has cap sleeves…. and the outcome is entirely different (no mistake of the pattern though, i should have measured properly both the pattern pieces and Ms. H and made more modifications….mmmm) On the other-hand the pattern will make a very nice kurta.
SEW - Sophie Top - Maroon selfstripe

Pattern: Sophie tunic by Sisboom (I got it on scientific seamstress etsy shop)
Size: 4Y (i think… whats the point of documenting if i can’t remember the details….)
Fabric: Maroon self stripe handloom fabric.
Notes:
Did not do the front slit. I wanted buttons running the entire length in the back so changed the back bodice and back facing pieces to accommodate that.
Sew-on snaps in the back, should have used the hook and eyes, as every time she streches a bit, top 3 snaps would come undone…
Details of blouse
SEW - Sophie top - back snaps SEW - Sophie top - side vent Untitled

While Ms. H and I are happy with the skirt… The blouse is so and so…
Mr. A said The whole ensemble looks like what his sisters used to wear when they were in school… very old fashion????? i will say vintage fashion ;-)

Catching up

March 25, 2015
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Summer is here
Its not even April… but the hot, humid, sweaty, sticky Chennai summer is here….
Lots of things happened from september to summer
Little Ms.J has grown up a lot… now stands up holding on to anything and everything, how i wish she would slow down…
Ms.H has only a few days of school before her vacation starts…
I finally visited the famed cotton street of Chennai, while i didnt click any picture you can read about it here and here.

Last saturday is Ugadi, the telugu new year…. with Ms.H already having a new skirt and top (will blog as soon as i take some pictures) I decided on thursday night that Ms.J also should have a new dress made by momma….I made it, she wore it and quite a bit of her lunch somehow ended up on her dress. Its washed but it has to be pressed before any pictures are to be taken.
Here is a picture of the sisters on Ugadi… Ms.H is practising for her dance recital and not interested in the photoshoot, Ms. J will sit still only if she is chewing on a paper.
Udagi 2015 handmade dresses

Between all this, i said to Ms.H that i will make some donuts for her, after school on monday(i don’t know how i even said those words…)
Everything went against me and my donuts. Ms.J woke up on the wrong side of bed and refused to do her day nap…. As i was holding her and trying to do everything single-handedly i forgot to reduce the milk when i halved this recipe (ended adding almost a cup of flour to make it workable). Just before i dropped that first donut in the oil… Ms.J again wanted to be held and only by me. So Mr.A did the frying, with me holding the baby and passing on the instructions, while Ms.H is nagging me when she can decorate and eat the donut.
the only saving grace is… the donuts turned out decent (not as crisp on the outside,,, but yummy on the inside). I might try them again but not before fixing a muhurtham…. i want all the donut stars on my side on that day.
Here is the one that Ms. H decorated…
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The rest are just dusted with powdered sugar and were polished off within minutes…

Linen Izzy Top

September 13, 2014

Blue Upcycled Izzy Top

I am a bit of a squirreller (is there a word like that????) while ‘A’ is more like a minimalist. He practically halved his wardrobe after we returned from UK. I rescued couple of shirts from the donate box and squirrelled them away for some up-cycling projects ;-)

The Linen shirt went into the donate box as its a bit faded in the back. After i got out my scissors only the cuffs, collar and couple of odd bits were thrown away. The body of the shirt is turned into top/tunic for ‘H’, while the sleeves became newborn pants for ‘J’

Here is ‘H’ in her top
Sew-Izzy Top-Upcycle Linen H

The front of the top
Sew-Izzy Top-Upcycle Linen Front

The back.
Sew-Izzy Top-Upcycle Linen Back

Pattern: Izzy top (free) by Teri of Climbing the Willow.
Fabric: Upcycled Linen shirt in Indigo.
Notions: Nothing apart from thread
Size: Cut in 4T size for a 4 year old
Notes:
The skirt is cut to take advantage of the original hem and side seams of shirt.
The front main of the bodice is cut from the back yoke of the shirt.
The back main of the bodice is cut from the front taking advantage of the button band/placket.
Strayed away from the original instruction regarding the back closure, so had to resort to hand sewing near top of the button band in the back to get a neat finish.
Even the lining for the bodice is cut from the shirt. If not lengthening the skirt for a tunic/dress, unto 4T top can be made from a M/L men’s shirt.
Lovely pattern with excellent instructions and a wide range of sizes, can be easily lengthened for a tunic/dress.

I am sure there will be more Izzy tops/tunics/dresses for ‘H’ and ‘J’ in future.

Newborn Pants

August 31, 2014

Stash busting and upcycled newborn pants

Made before the baby arrived, not because ‘J’ needs some pants. We already had lots of baby clothes (gifted, brought, handme downs…) but i was itching to make something, so these super simple and easy pants were the result.

Sew-Basic Newborn Pants-stashbust1 Sew-Newborn Pants-stashbust2

Used some of my half metre fabrics (which i brought long time back… without anything in mind), actually they take less than half metre. The blue one is made from the sleeves of a linen shirt from the donate box. Its ‘A’s shirt brought before our marriage though a bit faded, in perfect condition. The other 2 are cotton, while the brown one is very soft, the black is a bit stiff.

Here is the linen one in action on ‘J'(love the peeking baby feet) She is wearing a pre fold diaper with a cover under those pants.
Sew-Newborn Pants-Upcycle Linen2

Pattern: Basic Newborn Pant from madebyrae (free pattern)
Fabric: cotton and linen (stash and upcycled shirt)
Notions: 1/4″ elastic
Modifications: Added a bit of length for the linen pant
I love this pattern as its free, only one pattern piece, easy to make, easy to dress (as there is no definite front and back), fits over cloth diaper, extend the legs a bit and they will last for couple of more months.

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