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
August is the month of fashion weeks in India. The Couture Week concluded last week, Bridal Fashion Week is ongoing and later this month we have Lakme’s Winter Festive fashion week. I am excited with each new collection that comes up, critiquing it, understanding it and presenting the trends they throw our way. There will always be a mix of trends, some longer lasting than the others, and it’s upon individuals to choose what suits their personal style best. In the first post on Indian ethnic-wear trends for winter 2015 I present to you three styles for the bold bride and bridal party.
MODERN MERMAID SILHOUETTE
Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s was the first showcase at India Couture Week and I was so glad to spot a mermaid-cut skirt. Way back in March, after the AIFW, I had written mermaid cuts in my style notes but was still skeptical because just two-three designs were spotted on the ramp and it had been years since it was in vogue last. The couture week just proved me right- half the designers on the roster had atleast a few garments in the mermaid cut.
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.
I have been mulling over the idea of sarees with different edge designs for a while now and it became stronger while researching for my post Saree Trends for 2015. The patti-patti border saree made famous by the likes of Sabyasachi and Anamika Khanna have been all over the place for more than six-seven years. I despise these embroidered straight border designs, often with contrasting coloured borders included, especially when compared to the alternatives available. In today’s post I will be discussing various border options along with other edge embellishments.
1. BASIC EDGE FINISH
The saree edge could be finished with a basic hem, fold and stitch. Anamika Khanna’s shaded organza saree is a perfect example of it. Certain sarees require weight on the edge for it to fall fluidly, in this case a self coloured fabric facing could be stitched onto the saree. You could also add a thin self coloured fabric border depending on the saree fabric. This style of edge finish highlight’s the saree’s fabric giving it an airy look.
2. VERY THIN BORDER
The saree could be designed with a thin border, no more than 1.5 inch wide. This could either be a fabric or embroidered border. Pick softer fabrics like georgette and silk crepe for thin border designs. Do not add heavy embroidery to the saree’s body. Focus on the blouse design. You could pair a simple design like this with printed crop tops or embroidered contrast blouses.
I recently realised I have only covered makeup tutorials in my Beauty Roundup posts, but starting today I will try to include hair tutorials too.
Celebrity inspired makeup is a rage among Youtube beauty vloggers! Sadly, I have come across very few vloggers covering Indian celebrity inspired tutorials. In my quest to create a wholesome blog about Indian fashion and style I will be compiling videos that are nearest to the India celebrity looks. These will be inspired by celebrity editorial shoots, movie looks, event looks or their signature styles. In the first such post I have selected three easy looks.
First is Alia Bhatt’s black smokey eye with big voluminous curls. A classic look that goes well with your western-wear and ethnic-wear. Mehak shows us how to achieve the smokey eyes and nude lips along with a few additional tips for Indian skin tone. There are many ways to achieve voluminous wavy hair and Mimi’s tutorial using curling irons is just one of them. I will be covering the other methods in a future post.