Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Shop Update - Clutch Galore!

Last week I spent all my time making these lovely multi-coloured clutches of different patterns and sizes. I was really excited because I had all new fabrics to play with. I made two envelope clutches, which are my favourite clutch patterns. They so easily double up as wristlets too. The double-pocket clutches turned out really cute. I got to use my self-cover button kit which I picked up from The Pony Craft Store two weeks ago. The large pleated clutch  turned out great. I didn't think I'd like a clutch this big in size. But, to my surprise its a great size to tuck under the arm and looks really nice and professional. I got to use a bit of the lovely felt too :) I'd love to make one of these for myself soon. 
Well, today I'm doing some cutting for my next shop update along with the Diwali cleaning. The dishwasher is running thrice a day :) Its a blessing! 
How's your cleaning schedule shaping up? Do drop in a line...till then ciao lovely people!

Fabric Therapy

Last week, I managed to make that long pending trip to the fabric market. Look at all the goodies I picked up and I might add that all this shopping happened in all of 30 minutes :) My favourite has to be the origami cat and the owl print, but the fish bone too is cute and the cycle print...okay well I seriously cannot make up my mind. You shall see alot of these prints springing up in various projects I'm working on. Oh! Yes look how beautiful the felts are...thinking Christmas anyone :)) Felts are very pricey, but I picked up a whole load which shall last me a while. The width of the fabric is huge so one meter of fabric goes a long way for me.

The polkas look so yum and so I snagged as many colours as I could lay my hands on. The microphone print is something new I saw in this particular store this time. These fabrics are all available by the bolt and have no manufacturer details on the labels or the selvedges, which is sad because, the next time you go you can never get the exact same print. Well that also adds to variety right. Feast your eyes on these pretty fabrics for now and I shall catch you later in the week. 
See ya!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Shop Update

I had the most satisfying time making these jewellery rolls and pouches for the shop. They come along so fast and in the end you have something that really makes life easier. Hahhaha!! No, don't get all serious here. These cutie rolls and pouches are such fun gifts and an excellent way to keep things in one place and carry around for your travels and trips. 

The roll has two neat big zip pockets and one ring placket which I also use for earrings and bracelets. The zip pockets are nice and deep and so you can easily fit in a few chunky kadas and bangles. I love how you can just roll these up compact and use the ties to secure them. There are tons of these available in plastic and water-proof materials, but these fabric ones just make you so happy. Don't they? 

The drawstring pouches are my most favourite. I've made tons of these as gifts and they're always appreciated. The 8 pockets hold alot of my tiny earrings and studs that otherwise roll down to the base of my zip-pouches. I also carry my precious gold and silver stuff in separate pockets so that they don't rub against each other. The center is where I keep a few necklaces and bangles. I also manage to keep in a watch. The moment you pull the drawstring tight, the pouch forms a cute multicoloured bundle, which looks so lovely. 

See what I mean? How pretty and fancy the pouch looks. I added cute little cotton beads at the ends of the ties to add to the cuteness :) 
Hope you people are had a lovely weekend? I'm thinking some of you are home today cause its Dussera. The Mister and I finally made our trip to the fabric market on Saturday afternoon. And you won't believe the amount of gorgeous fabric I got home. Actually its 25 meters ;) 
The fabric needs a nice long post so that's later. 
Enjoy your day :)


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

HBR on Campus Diaries

Last month Nandini Varma, Nanu (cute as a cupcake man!) is what we call her, daughter of a very good friend and a student at ILS Law College, Pune asked me to send in my thoughts on running a start-up from home for her blog she writes at campusdiaries.com. Am a little uneasy with the term "entrepreneur" just as yet :) I did however get down to penning my thoughts a day before the deadline ended. Head over to campusdiaries.com/stories/haathmade-by-runa to read about what I have to say. Go say hi to Nanu and read some interesting write-ups she's done while in college.  
Also while you're at it do read campusdiaries.com/stories/foils-and-papercups on my kid cousin Sania Naqvi, who makes the most yummy looking cakes at Sweet Talk. Go give this young girl some love :) 
Am all wrapped up in this week's goodies for the store. After a nasty eye infection for the last couple of days, am all ready to tackle sewing with a vengeance! Wish me luck people :)
Hope you're having a great week! 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Shop Update

Card-keepers in the shop and look how cute these turned out. I've been meaning to make little gifts for Diwali and these are extremely useful. I keep a bunch of my loyalty cards in mine and because its so handy, I just put my hand in my bag and wallah! I can grab it without turning my bag topsy-turvy. Plus don't these look so pretty? My favourite bag to carry is one of my pleated purses  and this card-keeper fits in so well with my wallet and tissue pouch etc. I must do a What's in my bag post tomorrow and show you just how much the purse can really fit in. You'd be surprised. 
I'm thinking gift-cards would be lovely to present in these cuties and ofcourse your business cards would fit in just well. Which also reminds me, I need to work on business cards for me, its about time, don't you think? 
Oh yehaaaa...missed out on telling you all, the Mister presented me with a dishwasher last week :)) Isn't that fabulous!!! Oh its made life so much easier. If you're still thinking about it, just go buy it. Ma has one too and its one of her favourite gadgets around the house, after the sewing machine ofcourse heeeheee. 
Now to going back to making dinner. Don't forget to drop in a line sometime. 

Happy Monday!!

Bag Sewing

Bag sewing for the shop was a big learning. I did go out and try alot of new patterns that I'd been wanting to for months. The big yellow satchel turned out to take the longest and I almost quit this bag half way. I picked up this pattern from here a couple of months ago. The pattern does seem daunting at first but the instructions are excellent and there aren't too many pieces to cut. but sewing through so many layers of interfacing and heavy fabric made it pretty stressful for me. It all turned out well in the end though :) It does seem like a huge bag to carry, but its just the right size. I sure would like to make one for when I'm out travelling. The bag I'd been longing to make forever was actually the Double-zip hipster bag. This is Erin's most sought after bag pattern. It took me a whole day to cut all the pattern pieces and then another day to sew. But this has to be my favourite pattern ever. I so wanted to keep this for my self :) Its just the right size, adjustable strap, a pocket for everything, its just perfect. It sure looks very tedious and difficult to sew. However, when I got all the pattern pieces cut and labeled, that was most of the work done. I totally am waiting to sew another one just for me. 
The Scrunchie bag  turned out to be a real surprise. Till I finished it, I had absolutely no idea how it was going to turn out. Elastic at the top and the bottom does wonders to this bag. Reminds me so much of the jholas I'd go shopping for in Janpath market when I was in college years ago. The Double-Pocket Tote is a classic pattern. Functional and so beautifully structured. I've made many as gifts and custom orders and women just love them. It was infact this pattern by Anna was my first ever pattern I bought and sewed. 
Diwali is round the corner and I do have alot of sewing to catch up on. So see you all later.