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.