squared summer top

March 11, 2012

First the model

This is made with a square fabric for the bottom with a circle cit out for the bodice. The bodice is a modified bodice from her well-fitting pattern

The close up

As the lady has gone “flowery”, another flower.

A very quick project

1. Two pieces of bodice, one square with a circle cut out. The circumference same as the chest of the bodice.Four long ties and some decoration.

2. Sew the ties. Insert the ties and sew the bodice.

3. Sandwitch the skirt in the boice and sew.

4. Finish the back opening ….

I guess a tute is in order…next one


last minute gifts

March 10, 2012

Last month I met my uncle and his family in Goa along with my brother and another cousin. A next generation family get together of sorts.

While I had bought jewellery, home decore and books for the cousins, Uncle and Aunt are not very keen on receiving gifts. I am sure that they would be happy with something hand made and so …

A market Tote

Lined and with a change/phone pocket

A personalised apron for a good cook, i.e uncle


The embroidery motif planned by a friend. Running edge stitch and stem/outline stitch chef’s cap, chain stitched words.

roses all the way

January 23, 2012

Presenting the first from the upcoming summer wardrobe!

The front

The back

The details

Oops hijacked … by Uvi…or is that my sets helper?

The rosette and the ruffled neckline

The back detail

I like the summery print and the lady loves the overall effect. She had insisted on the rosette, which was a good idea.

The rosette was made from this excellent tutorial (http://portabellopixie.typepad.com/portabellopixie/2008/07/rolled-roses.html) . Just not able to link it up.

For the bodice, used one of the previous patterns since they fit her well. For the skirt took 3 times the waist. The ruffles on the neck are almost four times. It’s a fully lined frock since the fabric needs body. Added buckram (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buckram) on the hem of the lining for added stiffness at the hem. No, I did not use bookbinding buckram 🙂



January 9, 2012


Stacks of fabric waiting to be worked on! yipee!

G for Giraffe

January 8, 2012

One of the sources of inspiration for kids clothing is their school. Some time back when Scooby was doing the life cycle of the butterfly, I had made this . Before that  was the Lola dress. Scooby had also enjoyed The Very Hungry Caterpillar t-shirt, which started as her b’day t-shirt and ended up being used for class-room reading sessions.

Moving on…Uvi loves Nursery rhymes. I am sure he does not open his month in the class but at home, it never closes. The school had been doing “Animal Friends” as a unit for a couple of months now. Out of the dozen rhymes taught to them, his favourite rhyme is

G,  g for the giraffe,

I like his long long long neck too.

But what I like the best.

Very, very best

Are the big brown spots all through

Are the big brown spots all through.

(Don’t miss the “very, very best”)

In honour of the rhyme

The man refuses to model.

I used the image from his favourite book “Ha, Ha Giraffe”.

Photo copied the image that I liked. Enlarged it to 200%. Copied it onto a tracing sheet. Removed the clutter keeping applique in view. Then followed the basic applique technique.

He loves it. Very satisfying.

This was also my first attempt at adjustable waistband elastic.

Happy with the result and the technique. Must do a tute sometime.

alterations galore

January 6, 2012

Finally our house is seeing frayed/torn denims at the knees.

Mom to the rescue (gleefully)



Added patches

And a hem to last for another couple of months

To give me this pair

Scooby’s jeans tend to be bought longer. So end up tucking the hems and then opening them once she is taller.

Treated fold line

And another one

Could not do much with it except iron on some patches.

checks frock

January 5, 2012

Something I enjoyed making for Scooby for the Oct break. Love to work with checks. The lines are awesome reference points.

The runaway model story all the time every time. Not complaining. As long as she continues wearing what I make …


Used the bodice and the sleeve pattern from previous frocks. Altered the sleeve pattern to puff. Added the skirt.

Sleeve details include french knots and solid fabric tape. Bodice has pleated fabric at the neck, bias tape and lace at the bodice along with fabric covered buttons. Added solid fabric to the skirt along with lace and bias tape. Bias tape at the hem to complete the look.