Bee, Myself & I #57: Parterre Block 26

And finally, I got my act in gear and got another Parterre block done.

It’s been months… This is Block 26, a darker one because the collection needs a few more dark ones.

I still haven’t quite decided how many more I’m going to make, particularly given how easy I’ve found it to slack off with this project! The blocks are 10″ square, so I feel it needs to be at least 6 across. Probably 7 down, although I’d accept 6, for a 60″ square quilt. So that’s either 10 or 16 more blocks to to do. Still a long way from a finish…

Bee, Myself and I is a forum for ‘selfish sewing’; any stitchery which is purely for pleasure and not to a deadline or for anyone else. The original concept belongs to Carla of Granny Maud’s Girl. To find out more, you can click through on either her blog link, or using the button a fair way down in the left hand column of this blog.

And a small update on Choli #2.

Well, I decided not to progress with this one.

I got the bodice section finished. And I hate it on myself. 20 years ago, I might have gone with it, but I just felt too exposed, too tightly fitted, too Madonna. This link will give you an idea of what I’m talking about. All a bit ‘in yer face’. I’m just not an underwear on the outside kind of girl. So I won’t be showing you any more of that, I’m sorry. And for those who hate waste, don’t worry, I’ll definitely find a way to recycle that pretty fabric!

However, I do still love the princess-line Choli #1, so that will see a few more incarnations, I feel sure. And of course, it’s absolutely possible to buy ready-made cholis that have a bit of stretch so they’ll fit the most demanding figure. Not to mention the fact that the event for which I wanted the choli is in June in Melbourne a couple of years hence, and therefore it will be perishing cold…. I think I may be considering an even more covered-up outfit option, though hopefully one just as becoming as a sari.

I’ll keep you informed 😊

22 thoughts on “Bee, Myself & I #57: Parterre Block 26

  1. Dayphoto says:

    Sometimes we just have to let a project go…sad, but true.

  2. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I’m sorry you had to abandon this but you are quite right – 20 somethings can get away with skin tight clothing and flesh showing, those iof us maturing nicely cannot!

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Sorry the top didn’t work out for you.. I’m sure you’ll find something gorgeous to do with the fabric.

  4. Marty K says:

    Love the striped fabric making up the left-hand leaf of the block. I would adore having trousers in that fabric! Sorry about the Choli, although I think you would look lovely in anything you chose to wear. 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Sadly, there was only a scrap, not even enough for a pair of doll’s trousers… I’m sad about the choli too, but enough of a realist to know that I’d have been constantly trying to cover myself up while I was wearing it!

  5. kymlucas says:

    Love the dark colors on this square, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you make of the choli.

    • katechiconi says:

      Luckily I hadn’t completely finished it, so the unpicking job isn’t too arduous. I think there’s enough good material there for some Ovarian Cancer blocks at some stage.

  6. erm…not my style either I must admit. And of course I am not worried that you will find a use for the bits (the Hittys are sad there wasn’t enough stripey fabric for a Doll’s trousers though…)

    • katechiconi says:

      For a Hitty, there might be enough… Do let the Hittys know that if they ever see a fabric I’ve used that they’d like a piece of for some purpose, let me know 😊

  7. Love the colours in this block ….🥰

    The choli is an acquired taste for those who have not grown up with wearing one. And yes a younger more taut figure does help. My memory of first wearing one is when I was 5 and dancing an Indian classical dance for a school concert. As you said it’s a learning experience and now you know the ‘bra cut’ done by our ‘Darzi’s’ (tailors)…..another very usual thing when growing up in India.

    There’s lots of ways to make the traditional Indian outfits to suit you & the way you like to wear it. ❤️

    • katechiconi says:

      I’d have worn it without hesitation in my 20s and 30s. I’ve seen many patterns online for the ‘bra’ form at the front and the seam is very clever and exact, but not for me any longer. I wish I could make drawings of what I’d like and get a darzi to make things for me, but sadly, those skills aren’t available here.

  8. Caroline says:

    I had a choli made for me on a trip to India. I was in Kerala where people are mostly slim and fairly petite. The seamstresses, polite though they tried to be, couldn’t completely hide their bafflement and amusement at my ample proportions. Needless to say, when finished, I couldn’t even get it on. And even if I had, I know I would have felt just as uncomfortable as you describe.

    • katechiconi says:

      This one went on just fine, but I just think I’m too old to be, er, *projecting* quite so much. It’s one thing for underwear, quite another for outerwear! Extremely fitted is just not for me any longer. I’ll look for a nice stretchy velvet longer-length choli to go with my beautiful orange and cream sari.

  9. Love this new block. It’s been a while since you visited these. As for the top, you know yourself best. Something will present itself in time.

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