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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Printed Culottes



Remember the palazzo pants I made early last year. This is from the same pattern. I used cotton this time and to make my culottes just reduced the length. Medium weight cotton worked just great and it was really nice to work with cotton after so long. I used one of my machine stitches to blind hem the culottes. It worked fabulously.

I just love the blazer that I'm wearing. Its actually my sister's. She is the same size as me :)



In other news, a new yarn line has been added to the store - Dani by Supreme in 6 gorgeous colours. Its a 100% acrylic yarn and has 125 metres in a 45gm ball. More details here :

http://www.thehappyhandsstore.com/Supreme/Dani-id-786158.html



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Monday, October 6, 2014

My Very First Interview

Recently I was interviewed by an online magazine called Smart Indian Women. For a change, it felt nice to talk about myself and of course about my blog which was the hero of the piece.

Here is the link to the interview : http://www.smartindianwomen.com/blog/an-interview-with-blogger-suma-of-favourite-things/

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Gorgeous New Yarn at the Store

Look what's new at my store!! Malabrigo sock yarn!! Plus 2 new colours in Malabrigo Worsted. Its the first time I saw the sock yarn this close. It really is so beautiful. Soft and well plied. I've chosen some lovely colours (it was quite tough given that all the colours of Malabrigo are so lovely).
Its a light fingering weight yarn and has 440 yards in the 100gm hank.

Malabrigo Sock Yarn

From left to right is Tiziano red, Alcaucil, Solis and Cote d'Azure.

And the two new colours in Malabrigo Worsted : Red Mahogany and Stone Blue. These colours are well suited for both men and women.
Malabrigo Worsted Red Mahogany

Malabrigo Worsted Stone Blue
Some more Indian yarn arrived today :) I'll be posting pictures very soon.


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Crochet Sling Bag for Shreya


A couple of weeks back we had a welcome change in our routine when Shreya and Akshay visited us. They are my husband's eldest brother's children aged 13 and 10 respectively.  We had so much fun together. They are adorable kids who love crafting. We shopped for craft supplies, made cards, talked and laughed a lot. The kids and me also made a custard cake which turned out super delicious. I also taught them how to make their own washi tape.


As gifts Akshay got story books and Shreya got this crochet sling bag. This started as a clutch which I lined with felt and plastic canvas to give it structure. I also added a magnetic snap closure and a cute flower button on the flap. The strap was Shreya's idea - of course teenagers prefer sling bags don't they? The addition was very last minute. She braided the yarn and I attached it. She absolutely loved the bag.


Akshay did not get anything handmade on this trip because I'm totally clueless as to what to make for boys. For the girls I can think of a thousand things to make, So I asked Akshay himself. Pat came the reply - a pencil pouch! And the creative person that he is he gave me a drawing of how he would like the pencil pouch to look. That will be quite a challenge - making sure that the pouch turns out to be like what he has drawn. Hmmm....but secretly I feel like a superstar because they believe that I can make anything :) Wish me luck with the pouch!
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fleece shoes for cold feet


Its a constant battle with cold floors every rainy and winter season here in Bangalore. This year I decided to make myself a pair of fleece shoes to treat my feet to something really warm and comfortable. Initially I had wanted to make fleece boots but given that I've been so busy with other projects I just decided to look for a pattern/tutorial. I found this lovely tutorial in Russian. Once translated its really simple to follow. The only change I made was adding an interlining. This is usually used in coats. It  gives my shoes a bit of loft.
Here are the 6 pieces cut out from the pattern



And here's the lining all sewed up. I've sewn the interling to the fleece using an edge stitch so that it doesn't shift while sewing.


Sewing the pieces together around the curve near the toes was a bit difficult due to the three layers. So I resorted to a bit of hand sewing there.

I'm quite thrilled with my first fleece project. I hope to make those fleece boots soon :)




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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Blog is Now on Facebook



Yaay!! My blog is now on Facebook and that's the cover photo which I shot myself :)  This is really something I've been meaning to do for a very long time since many like to receive updates on facebook. It is also a great way to share design ideas, WIP pictures, some drawings and links to other lovely things which may not necessarily need a blog post.

I had limited my social media use until now. So I'm still figuring out its nuances.
Do check out the link: https://www.facebook.com/FavouriteThingss and do "like" it if you like it. There's not much there right now but I'm sure it'll get better with time.

See you soon.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Blouson Dress




It does look like a skirt and a top. But guess what? Its a dress. Meant to be made for my birthday last year  it was this year that it finally got done. After abandoning it for quite sometime, I'm glad I've finally finished it.

My initial sketch was that of a raglan sleeved bodice with a high collar attached with a shirred waistband to a godet skirt.


But later I decided to make this dress - a yoked panelled skirt attached to a blouson top.



The snake skin printed top is made of chiffon and the yoked 6 panelled skirt is viscose. The top pattern is the same as the one in the previous post. The skirt pattern was drafted separately. The panels are cut on the bias. Both the top and the skirt were lined separately and then joined at the waist. The dress has a zipper running from the hip to the armhole on the left side. The dress was a great learning experience - I sewed with chiffon, did a huge number of french seams, sewed the skirt on the bias, did hand rolled hems. And made a HUGE mistake. I totally forgot to add interfacing to the yoke before sewing and realised this after completing the dress!! Yes I know - really terrible! I did add the interfacing later though but its juts not the same thing is it? :(

Ok lets talk about what went right -

Sewing the Chiffon bodice - Not at all as difficult as I thought it would be.
1. I first sprayed the chiffon with starch (made my own with cornflour and water) and ironed it.
2. I took great care in aligning the print at the centre front line.




3. Changed to a new needle before starting to sew.
4. I basted the main fabric and lining pieces together and used french seams to sew the shoulder and the side seams. I'm in love with French seams now.


5. Since my chiffon top is lined I didn't have to use tissue paper underneath it while sewing. Else, using tissue paper underneath is a great way to sew chiffon easily and preventing it from getting sucked into the bobbin area. Many recommend using masking tape over the plate where the needle goes down. A hole is then punched into this tape by lowering the needles. The bobbin thread is brought up through this hole and the rest of the sewing takes place as usual. I haven't tried this though.


6. I lightly sprayed starch and ironed the pieces again before sewing. The starch trick is just amazing.

7. The bell sleeves were attached next. I did a hand rolled hem. Here's a great tutorial to sew a hand rolled hem


Sewing the skirt:

Like I mentioned earlier I totally forgot to add interfacing to the yoke. I did learn how to sew on the bias and I see what a lovely drape it gives to the skirt. Sewing on the bias is definitely not scary anymore. I used tissue paper underneath the fabric before sewing the bias seams. The tissue paper tears off easily after the seams are sewn. I also used a stitch length of 3 mm and also stretched the fabric ever so slightly while sewing.

So there. The dress is finally ready. I may always regret the mistake and I may never wear it outside because it may not look perfect, but the comfort more than makes up for that and I am surely going to be wearing it at home. Wearing lovely clothes at home does make me work better :)

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