I love my sewing projects – like the a-line cape, dupatta drape and embroidered belt – but I constantly receive requests for no-sew style DIY projects. So today I am presenting to you 2 no-sew and 1 embroidery style DIY. Each surface ornamentation style can be completed in 30 minutes or less. Get crafty!
I realize most people around me have the notion that DIY means recycling/ upcycling, whereas there is so much more to it. DIY is also about making products from scratch, re-purposing an item apart form it’s set use or customizing a store bought article! I am presenting a half-hour session on DIY clutches this weekend and since the time frame is short I will only be showing surface ornamentation for store bought clutches. So, I though of expanding the session into a tutorial on making an ethnic clutch from ground up.
I chose the same color palette as the A-line Cape, you could select fabrics and embroideries based on your Indian wear wardrobe. There are umpteen options to personalize this clutch, but the steps will remain similar. If you are not familiar with a sewing machine, you could also read up the tutorial and entail the help of a local tailor. Let’s get started.
I needed a kurta for a family dinner I was attending but wanted to use something from my existing wardrobe at the same time. After a bit of brain storming, and with my experience in the industry, I came up with quiet a few design changes I could make to a basic black kurta I had. One of the ideas was adding embroidery and lace detailing to the kurta. I bought a piece of embroidered fabric, some lace (which I naturally dyed to match the embroidery colour) and used buttons I already had in my craft supplies. Below is a step-by-step guide to achieving the design.
Lace- 21″ (1.5″ extra from the collar measurement of the kurta)
Embroidery on net fabric (net colour same as kurta)
Sewing thread matching kurta colour
Sewing thread matching lace colour
T-pins/ pearl pins
Seam ripper (optional)
Today I will be showing you how to design and make your own embroidered belt. It’s easy to make and requires almost no investment of time and money. Like I discussed in my first ethnicwear DIY post, even if you have only basic sewing knowledge or a tailor at your disposal these are easy to make. The design can be comfortably customized to suit your ensemble needs. The versatility of an embroidered belt is evident in the styling shoot, as shown below.
Embroidered border- 31 inches (your waist measurement+1.5 inches)
Lining fabric- approx 20 cm (including fabric for tie-ups)
Sewing thread matching the lining fabric- 1 piece
In the post on A-line Cape Designing I had discussed the steps to making a cape pattern and stitching an unlined cape. In today’s post I am outlining the steps to stitching a cape with a lining.
The choice of having a lining or not is dependent on your fabric of choice. You will require a lining in the following scenarios:
– if the fabric’s back side is not pretty enough to be exposed
– the backside of an embroidered fabric hurts the skin
– the fabric is too thin to stand on it’s own
– the fabric is thin and the garment below is visible
– if you want the lining as an added design feature.
Today is my first Indian ethnic-wear DIY post. The idea of this came along when I was looking for a jacket or something to layer with a brown floor length kali dress. I could not find something I liked completely and most of the embroidered pieces available were priced above Rs.7000. I would probably wear this layer just once or twice and was not willing to spend so much on it. That’s when the DIY bug bit me again.
Some of you might think that it’s easy for me to make one since I have studied fashion designing and you won’t be able to make one. But that’s not true, I have made the tutorial easy enough for anyone to understand. If you have basic stitching knowledge you could make one yourself or you could even instruct your tailor on how to make it. The tutorial includes pattern instructions, design details, finishing touches and additional tips.
I finally picked the in-trend Cape for my top layer design. The cape as we know it in Indian fashion was brought into the limelight by Anamika Khanna in the year 2012. Since then Anamika has designed variations of the silhouette in all her collections. In 2015 other notable designers like Samant Chauhan, Payal Singhal and Riddhima Bhasin have incorporated the cape in their ethnic wear collections. You will also see the influence of cape in western-wear collections by Rohit Gandhi+Rahul Khanna, Amit Aggarwal and Huemn among others. The cape is a versatile clothing piece that can be styled easily with both ethnic and western wear.
The cape design I chose is based on a design by Anamika Khanna (click here for the picture). Please do not assume I am promoting copying of original designer pieces. I am against stealing someone’s design creations. I have just taken inspiration from the in-trend silhouette and modified it to suit my design sensibilities. Also, it is impossible for anyone to achieve the finishing and skill level of a designer house.
I am making two cape tutorials: one without a lining and one with a lining. Depending on your fabric and the look you want you could follow either. I will further explain the particularities in choice in individual tutorials. I did a mini-shoot styling the capes with six different ensembles.