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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.

SEW-Floral Icecream-Front

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.
SEW-Floral Icecream-Ms J

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.
SEW-Floral Icecream-Back closure2 SEW-Floral Icecream-Back closure1

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.
SEW-Floral Icecream-Flat Piping

I confused myself with the hem instructions and had to to rip quite a few stitches. (nothing wrong with the instructions)
SEW-Floral Icecream-Hem

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 🙂

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.
SEW-PinkBagh Picnic-Ms J2

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.. 😉
May be its everything together… totally love how it turned out.

SEW-PinkBagh Picnic-Ms J1

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.

SEW-PinkBagh Picnic-Front
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 🙂 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 🙂

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

SEW-Reindeer Skirt-Ms H

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 🙂
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
SEW-Reindeer Skirt-Front SEW-Reindeer Skirt-Front waistband

SEW-Reindeer Skirt-Back waistband SEW-Reindeer Skirt-Lace

Long Skirts for Diwali 2015

December 18, 2015

The post which has been in my draft folder for the past month, for the lack of pictures is finally out.

Faux Benaras Traditional Outfits for Diwali
Sew-J-Diwali 2015 Set Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Set

Completely lined faux benaras long skirt and blouse (Pavadai+Chattai/Langa+Jacket) sets for both the girls for this Diwali. Yup… they are matchy matchy 🙂
These are made in 4 nights(coz i mixed up the festival dates) from cutting the fabric to finish… so they have my sweat, blood and sleep.
Extremely proud how they turned out even though it was a race to finish them (I was still fanatically sewing the press buttons for the blouses while Mr A is giving bath for the kids on Diwali morning).
I just couldn’t get a picture of the kids together….as the clouds were on us for another downpour.
Ms J
Sew-J-Diwali 2015

Ms H
SEW-H-Diwali 2015

Pattern: See Notes.
Size: around 5Y and 18M
Fabric: It is sold as faux benaras fabric (its polyester, so i completely lined both the skirts and the blouses)
Both the blouses are drafted from this tutorial , but the sewing sequence i figured out from a RTW silk blouse of Ms J, couple of videos on you tube also helped.
The bodice for Ms J’s skirt is drafted from here.
Ms H’s is a simple pleated skirt with a yoke.
While the basics are easy, there are a lot of small details that take time and effort for a nice finish.
I don’t remember much about the construction as it has been a blur, but here are some detailed pics and click through to flickr for little more details in the description.
Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Blouse Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Blouse Close3

Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Blouse Close2 Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Blouse Close1

Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Skirt Close1 Sew-H-Diwali 2015 Skirt Close2

Selfish Sewing – Salwars

December 9, 2015

Mustard Salwar for me1
(all the pictures were photo bombed by the little one… after that i couldn’t get decent light to take pictures again)
A bit of selfish sewing before Diwali. Even though i had some Diwali outfits planned for the kids.. i just couldn’t stop making salwars for myself, once i started. The fact that its mostly straight lines and you don’t have to fiddle with the fit means they are super easy to cut and sew. Its like an addiction.. seriously!!!!!

Salwar Sewing
The first two (from the right) are handloom cottons… breeze to sew and perfect for upcoming summer.
Then i took out my rayon… silky, slippery, creases easily and ravels a bit. Challenging to cut and sew… I will just say that i used a lot of pins.. a lot even for cutting.
The seam ripper came out a few times to the rescue and even caused an accident by poking a hole into the fabric.. OOPS!!! quickly fixed by some zig-zagging. The whole thing seemed to weigh a ton while my handloom ones are so light. Finally when its done and i tried it on… its like heaven, its so fluid, light, soft, comfy and i didn’t take it off ;-).
Rayons…Bring it on.
I saw some printed rayons in a store nearby and i am definitely going to get some.
I got away with a metre of 60″ rayon fabric… mostly coz i am petite and i fiddled the pieces to fit here and there… But next time i will buy more fabric.

Its was quite a task to photograph them entirely and even if you try they are not pretty :-), but then everybody knows how a salwar will be 🙂 Here are some detail shots from the mustard cotton salwar.
Mustard Salwar2
Pleats in the front

Mustard Salwar3

For anybody planning to make their own….
Pattern: Followed the drafting instructions from here. (if you are making one for the first time, do watch a video or two on youtube… i personally recommend cloud factory)
Fabrics: Both the cottons are 2mts/45″ wide fabrics, rayon is 1mt/60″ wide.
Notes: Used 1″ elastic instead of drawstring… makes life easy.
Interfaced the ankle part with some fusible interfacing.
Next time i am going to figure out add pockets to my salwars as i have seen on some RTWs…

Floating Sinking and Marooned

December 5, 2015


Water, water, every where,
And all the houses did sink;
Water, water, every where,
Nor any drop to drink.

Adapted from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner -1798.

We Chennaites are programmed for an overdose of you, Mr Sun… not for the overstayed guest Mr Rain… Please comeback and don’t mind whatever we had said about you six months back or what we will say in another six months from now.



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

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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 😦