Bow Tie

Ever since I started sewing, one of my friends really wanted me to make him a bow tie but I was always too scared to make it. I searched for tutorials online and found a few (Here.. this is the best one i found). It didn’t seem that difficult at first. A few months back I tried to make it but it didn’t work out at all. I realised that the cloth I was using was too thin and fragile and would fray everytime I would try to turn the bow tie inside out. I did a little more research on it and decided to give it another shot. This time it worked! This is how it looks. I’ve made a few more after that. It is true what they say- “Try and try till you succeed“. My friend really likes it so mission accomplished!

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After my research on bowties, I have fallen in love with them. They are amazing. Can you believe they have been around since the 17th century! They give a person a classy elegant look and just uplift the entire outfit to a whole new level. The self tie bowtie is the most classy bow tie. You can go for a clip on but it just does not match up to the self tie. You can wear it for any wedding or a party. If you want to spice things up a bit, the men from the groom and/ or the bride’s side can go for same bowties with a funky pattern. The groom’s buddies can also wear bow ties for the bachelor party. There is no end to the occassions where you can carry off this little classic piece!

After I was done making my bow tie I had to learn how to tie it. If you don’t know how to tie it, here you go. Again, it looks so easy but I found it really hard to tie it on me and in the end I finally managed.

Here are a few things I wish i knew or had paid more attention to while making my first bow tie. These may help you along the way if you wish to make your own bowtie.

  • Bowties are best made with silk or cotton.
  • Try to use a thick cotton cloth for your first try.
  • Don’t be lazy. Use interfacing or lining.
  • While turning the bow tie inside out, scrunch up the sides first and use a stick or pencil to push the sides inside out, one at a time.
  • Using a chalk, trace where you will be sewing and then sew on that line. This makes it easier to keep the curves on both ends symmetrical and makes sewing a lot more easier.
  • Be patient.
  • Do not make the opening (from where you will pull out the right side of the bowtie) too small. Make sure there is enough space for the entire fabric at the end to pass through.

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If you are all ready and excited to make your first bow tie, best of luck! Let me know how it turns out. If you don’t sew, then go and get a bow tie for your next function! Cheers!

Skater Dress

Hi guys! So I have recently made a skater dress. I am extremely happy with the way it has turned out. I know what you might be thinking but no I don’t say that for every project I make! So this is not exactly a tutorial on how to make this dress because I didn’t really take many pictures while making it. This is just a small post on how I went about making this dress. In the process I will share a few pics and give a few tips.

So this is how the dress has turned out. Paired it with boots from New Look and non-branded leggings and sweater. Photography by Aubrey Lyngdoh.

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I had been wanting to make a skater dress for sometime and I knew I had to make it once i saw the adorable baby elephant pattern in the market. The cloth is warm so I can wear this dress in winters. Working with this cloth was very easy and it didn’t slip at all!

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The cute baby elephant pattern!

I started off with cutting pieces for the top first. I always find making skirts easier than making tops. So I had to get the hard part over with first. It always gives me butterflies whenever I start a new project which I have imagined in my head. It takes some time for my brain to process out how to cut the cloth and pin it down to sew in order to get the design I want. Sometimes videos are available on YouTube but not always. So I stop in the middle sometimes to think it over before i start messing around with my fabric. I know I should ideally be doing this before starting my project. Note to self: Do this next time!

These are the pieces I cut out for the front. I used one of my dresses which has similar type of top as I wanted for this dress to trace pieces for my top.

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The cut out pieces for front top

For the front, I stitched the pieces to look like this so it fits properly around the curves.

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Pinned side front piece to centre front piece
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Front piece after sewing

I wanted a zip at the back so there are 2 pieces for the back. Then I attached the back pieces on each side of my completed front piece.

For the skirt part, since this is a skater dress, I made a half circle skirt. There are enough tutorials on YouTube on how to make a half circle skirt. I cut out the piece for my skirt.

I wanted a waistband in my dress so i cut out a waistband of the thickness I wanted long enough to cover my waist. I measured myself to see where I wanted the waistband and stitched the top to the upper part of the waistband first and then the skirt to the bottom part of the waistband. Then I added an invisible zipper at the back, stitched the open end of the skirt and hemmed the bottom and neck and armholes.

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Completed Skater Dress: Front
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Completed Skater Dress: Back with invisible zipper

Once it was done, I was so happy with it that I celebrated by taking lots and lots of crazy pictures in front of the mirror! There is nothing like the happiness you get when your finished product comes out better than you imagined it!

Hope you enjoyed this post. Would love to hear your comments/ views on this dress. 🙂 Cheers!

How to make summer shorts

I love shorts and once i started sewing I knew I had to learn how to make them! It is so convenient and easy on the pocket. No more going to forever 21 or some other place and paying a bomb for shorts. It is so much fun that now, everytime I make something and have some cloth leftover, I make shorts like these ones.

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Ok so lets get started! It is actually quite easy so if you are a beginner, you should definitely try this. Today, I am going to explain the easiest method to make shorts. Once you get a hang of this, you can try different varients like ones with pockets (front, back, side) or ones with waist bands or with zippers.

You will need around 1 metre cloth, scissors, pins, chalk, a pair of shorts you own that fits you well, elastic and ofcourse a sewing machine.

First, lay out your fabric. Be sure to have your selvage line lie on the length. Selvage line is basically the finished edge of the fabric. It will be slightly thicker and may have these threads on the edge (See top end of the picture below).

Fold it in half length wise as shown below. I have taken the left side of the fabric and folded it on the right. So now, the right side of the fabric is open ended.

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Fold your shorts and lay them down on the folded edge of the fabric as shown below. Leave some allowance on the top for the waistband depending on the width of the elastic you will be using for the waistband (Keep in mind you will be folding the top twice). I normally keep this at 2 inches. Trace the shape of the shorts using tailer’s chalk adding a 1 inch seam allowance (or howmuch ever seam allowance you are most comfortable with). One important thing to remember is that while tracing the area from the crotch to the waist, do not trace exactly as your shorts are lying down on the fabric. Remember that the elastic in your shorts has gathered the fabric so while tracing from the crotch till the waist, first trace the crotch curve and then instead of tracing diagonally (as your shorts are), trace a straight line upwards.

Another important aspect while tracing the crotch area is to be sure that there is enough curve at the crotch end. If the curve is too less, you will end up with shorts which you can’t wear because they ride up or are too tight in your crotch area. When in doubt, always make the crotch curve a little longer because if it’s too loose, you can still fix it unlike when it is short and you are left with no fabric to fix it.

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Once you have traced this piece, cut it out. Now, move downwards on the folded fabric. Use the piece you just cut out as a guide and trace and cut another piece just like it.

You should end up with 2 identical pieces of fabric. Open up both the pieces and lay them down together wrong sides up. (i.e lay out first piece right side up and then lay down the other piece on the first piece wrong side up).

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Pin down both the sides from the waist till the crotch to hold the pieces together to sew. Pin from the edge at a distance of what you kept as seam allowance, in my case, 1 inch. DO NOT pin the area from the crotch till the bottom. Pin only from the waist till the crotch. (See below).

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Sew along the pin line (taking the pins out as you sew. Do not sew over the pins) using a normal straight stitch. Once done, you can use a zig zag stitch and sew along the seam line to prevent the cloth from fraying. Your edges will look something like this. (Sorry my sewing machine skipped one or two stitched in the zig zag stitch.)

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Now that you have sewed the sides together, place your fabric such that the seams fall in the centre. You still have your wrong sides up. Now, properly align and pin the crotch area till the bottom as shown below at a 1 inch seam allowance. Sew a straight stitch along the pinned line and a zig zag stitch on the seam allowance.

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You can now try it on and check once if the crotch area is too tight or too loose and fix accordingly. Next, you need to hem the bottom around half an inch.

Now, coming to the waist. You are going to fold the top twice thick enough for your elastic to fit inside comfortably.

Folding once….

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Folding twice…

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Now, sew a straight stitch right on the inside edge of your fold. Sew all around the waist line leaving a spacing of around 3 fingertips right before you reach the end. This is where you will put your elastic in.

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Now, take the elastic and place it around your waist (where you want your shorts to sit). Stretch the elastic and cut it out at the point where you think it will be most comfortable. (I usually measure my waist and take an elastic piece which is atleast 3-4 inches smaller than my waist measurement).

Take a safety pin and pin it on one end of the elastic. Insert the safety pin along with the elastic in the waist line through the three fingertip opening you had left earlier. Make sure the other end of the elastic hangs outside the opening. Once both the ends of the elastic are out, overlap the two ends of elastic around half an inch or 1 inch and sew a square on it to secure the two ends of the elastic together. Once this is done, release the elastic such that it sits within the waist line. Now, sew the opening with a straight stitch just like you stitched the rest of the waist line.

TADA! Your shorts are ready! These are the most comfortable pair of shorts that i own! You can wear these to bed or you can wear them to the beach.

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Hope this helped! If you have any questions, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you. If you guys liked this tutorial, please don’t forget to like this post and follow our blog and follow us on facebook and instagram. Most importantly, if you do make shorts using this tutorial, we would love to see how they turned out! Cheers!

HELLO!

KanikaLegallySewed13

Photo credits: Sneha Mohanty Photography

HELLO EVERYONE! This is my first post on this blog and i am very excited! As you may have guessed by the title or read the description of this blog, you will know that I am a lawyer cum designer and I am in love with sewing clothes. It is the most satisying thing to be able to make clothes not just for yourself but for others as well. It takes a lot of time and patience and eye for detail to finish one item of clothing but once it’s done, it is an amazing high.

So just to tell you a little bit about what you will see on this blog. The posts on this blog are divided into four categories.

  1. Looks from my designer collection, Kanika Kadam.
  2. Clothes made as a part of my Recycled Clothes Initiative.
  3. Sewing tutorials
  4. Lifestyle

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