Heute endlich machen wir uns wieder auf die Reise und steuern den nächsten Stop auf unserer Sewing Around The World Tour an. Wir landen in Neu-Delhi und besuchen Asmita, die dort mit ihrem Mann, ihrer Tochter und ihrem Sohn lebt. In ihrem Blog Elephant in a Study näht sie in erster Linie für ihre bezaubernden Kinder.
Nur ab und zu kommt sie auch mal dazu für sich selbst zum nähen und umso mehr freuen wir uns, dass sie uns zugesagt hat und bei schnittchen auch einen Schnitt gefunden hat, den sie für Sewing Around The World umsetzen wollte.
Wie schon Anne aus Frankreich zuvor ist Asmitas Wahl auf das Schnittmuster Sommerbluse Mila gefallen und auch hier hat Asmita wieder eimal ihr Gespür für Stoff, Farben und Muster unter Beweis gestellt!
Gleich zweimal hat sie die Bluse Mila genäht, einmal ganz schlicht aus einem hellgrauen Musselin Stoff. In einer zweiten Variante hat sie den oberen Passenteil und die angeschnittenen Ärmel aus einem zart gestreiften Stoff, und den unteren Teil aus einem kräftigen, indigoblauen Ikatstoff genäht. Zwei ganz verschiedene, wirklich bezaubernde Blüschen sind entstanden und der luftige Schnitt mit den Dreiviertel-Ärmeln passt natürlich perfekt in das feuchtheiße Klima Indiens – wie Asmita uns auch schon bestätigt hat.
Den Stoff für die Blusen hat sich Asmita natürlich im “Land der Stoffe” selbst ausgesucht….
Wir freuen uns sehr, dass diese Kooperation trotz der großen Distanz zustande gekommen ist und Asmita gleich mit dabei war! Vielen Dank dafür!
Selbstverständlich haben wir auch nach Indien unsere kleines Interview geschickt und Asmita hat es ausführlich beantwortet.
Present yourself a little bit (name, age, children, name of the blog, age, city where you live, what you are doing when you are not sewing, …)
Hello. My name is Asmita Hulyalkar. I am 43, and for about the last five years I have recorded my sewing adventures on my blog elephantinthestudy.wordpress.com.
In my old life I used to teach Japanese in New York (and still teach Japanese literature sometimes) to university students. Sewing took over my life rather unexpectedly a few years ago, and now I find myself spending more time sewing then reading Japanese texts. But I also enjoy a good novel and I love cooking. At present I live in New Delhi with my husband and two children.
When did you start to sew and why? How did you learn to sew?
I started to sew when my daughter was born, so now roughly about nine years ago. I remember that the first thing I made was a small blanket, and while its stitching is wonky, and its been used by both the kids I still have it and love it. I guess something about the whole process was very relaxing for me and I just got me hooked on to it.
We always had a sewing machine at home because both my mother and her mother used to sew, but I don’t remember being particularly interested in sewing as a child! But when I was growing up, it was very common for women to sew and I guess I must have at least learnt how to thread a machine by osmosis. Of course, my mother sewed clothes for my sister and me, and by the same logic I started sewing for my daughter. While this was a common thing in the 70s, it is no longer such a common thing in India. Most people my age are shocked when I tell them I sew! J
What are your favourite clothes? Do you have a fable for something?
I don’t think I have any favourite clothing, but I love sewing with knits. It always feels like such an achievement! I also love the few baby quilts that I have made several years ago and that my daughter has now used over the years. Since they are completely made of scraps it is always fun to remember where a particular tiny piece of fabric came from.
What is the sewing project you like the most?
I think to date one of the most satisfying projects has been finishing a large scrappy quilt for my daughter. There are a few dresses I have made for daughter that she constantly wears, and in fact these days she rarely demands that I buy her any clothes. So more than a specific clothing, I think I get the greatest satisfaction when I am asked to make something she wants or needs, and when what I am make gets worn over and over and receives a lot of love.
Do you only sew for you or also for other people (husband, children, …)?
I started out with sewing for my daughter, then made a few things for my son (who is now three), but just recently in the last year or so I have ventured into sewing for myself. I find that it requires a lot more thought and many re-makes but I like how challenging that is. As I learn more, I find myself being careful about what I am willing to buy, so I hope I can make more clothes for myself over the next few years.
From where do you get your ideas? Do you buy patterns or do you invent your own ones?
When I started sewing we lived in New York, so initially I learnt a lot from American independent pattern companies, especially Oliver+S patterns. From there I ventured to Japanese pattern books. So, yes, I would say I usually rely on a pattern. I wish I did more hacks—I am always impressed with how some many sewists play around with patterns, and I would love to bring that more into my sewing. But, for now, there is never enough time, so perhaps one day!