Waste Paper Wedding Dress

It’s been almost a year and I have not posted anything and I profusely apologize for that! It’s because of work, my wedding and all other excuses which I can possibly think of to help myself feel better about not updating this blog. But I am here to rectify that now.

Recently, I participated in GISHWHES i.e. the Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen. If you don’t know what it is, see the video here. If you are too lazy to see the video (which is brilliant by the way), I’ll give you a brief snapshot. It’s basically, as the name suggests, a large scale scavenger hunt where people from all across the world are divided into teams and have to complete around 200 items in one week. The items range from random acts of kindness to absolutely weird stuff.

One of the items in this year’s hunt was to make a wedding dress out of office waste paper. The moment I read it, I  knew I had to complete this item. During the week, i collected the bunch of papers which I had been keeping in the office to shred and got it home. In one day, my husband and I made this….

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We had such a great time together making this dress. It was lots of fun! Taking the photographs was a task in itself. The wind was blowing and we were so scared the dress would just tear off! But thankfully it held up.

We also managed to make a lovely bouquet from the waste paper, which is my favourite. I wish I would have worn this for my wedding. 😀

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Hope you liked this post and the dress. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you thought! Until the next post, cheers and have a great day 🙂


Bowtie Addict!

Yes, I admit I am a bowtie addict! I love making bow ties! All kinds. This post is a photo blog dedicated to all the bowties I have made and those that I will make in the future. Here it goes…












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Hope you enjoyed the show. 🙂


‘Summer Time Blues’ Skirt

I bought this fabric because of the tiny zebras all over it and ofcourse because it falls in the “blue” family. Made this as a gift for one of my best friends who I really miss a lot and without whom I can’t imagine my college life. So, because this was for a special person, this had to be beyond perfect! I decided to go for a gathered knee length skirt with elastic at the back and this is how it finally turned out. Did french seams on this one so it looks neat and pretty even from the inside. What do you think?? Would live to read your comments!


Photo credits: Sneha Mohanty Photography

Recycled Clothes Initiative feat. KlosetEdit

I have featured a number of ideas on this blog on how you can recycle your old clothes like dupattas and old tops. However….

What about the expensive dress you bought and ended up wearing just once or twice? You love it but it is after all a ‘special occassion’ dress and you can’t possibly wear the same dress on all special occassions. Now your beautiful dress sits alone in your closet. What can you do?

What about the burning holes in your pockets due to all the super expensive dresses? Ended up wearing the same outfit to another party yet again?

Looking to bring out the creativity in you by recycling and bringing to life someone’s else’s boring outfit?

What if there was a way where you could get super pretty dresses for a cheaper price and not just that, you could even sell it again when you get bored! It’s true!  There is a place where you can buy and sell preloved fashion and it is really easy to use! I love the idea behind KlosetEdit and their initiative which (similar to my ‘Recycled Clothes Initiative’) also focuses on saving the environment by providing a platform to sell and buy pre loved fashion. You just have to fill up a form and upload a few pictures and someone will come and pick up your lovely dress and will sell it to another soul who will love it as much as you did. If that’s not enough, you can also buy someone else’s beautiful dresses and even accessories and bags at a reduced price either for your next event or to make something fresh and beautiful out of someone else’s old clothes. You can e-mail me at legallysewed@gmail.com or kanikakadam.official@gmail.com if you would like me to recycle old clothes for you or just generally want to brainstorm ideas on how to best recycle them.

Doesn’t this sound great?? So don’t wait around and in this little way, do your bit for the environment and recycle and re-use.

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Crop Tops Summer Collection

I don’t need to tell you that crop tops are best for summers. You can wear them with absolutely anything! A maxi skirt, a knee length skirt, jeans, jeggings, anything! A few crop tops in your wardrobe is necessary (read MUST!). Here are a few crop tops from my collection.

Floral Cross Back Crop Top

Brining sexy back (literally) with this one. I love this floral fabric. It looks so pretty and summery. Just looking at it makes me feel nice.

It is almost fully handsewn with a cross stitch. If you don’t know what a cross stitch is, this is what it looks like. You can also take a closer look at the fabric here.

Floral Plain Crop Top

Made from the same fabric as the earlier top, this one has a simple back. The back and front are almost exactly the same. Partly handsewn, the stretch fabric provides a comfortable fit. Sorry folks, this exclusive top is already sold out.

Polka Dot Crop Top

What’s different about this design is that it can be worn with both sides as front, giving you two designs in one top. The fabric has a comfortable stretch that allows this along with the sheer net used on the neckline. The neckline is completely handsewn with cross stitch taking extra care that of the sheet net fabric. The idea for this top came up because I had left over cloth from another peplum top which I had made fromt his fabric. I wish I had a more interesting story to tell you. But this is the truth. I hate to waste fabric and try to make anything and everything with every bit of piece that is leftover. Since I didn’t have enough fabric for a full covered neckline, I decided to pair it up with the stretch sheer net fabric and I think it worked out perfectly even though I had to extra careful while sewing the neckline.

That’s it for now. If you wish to order or have any queries on my crop top collection, please e-mail at kanikakadam.official@gmail.com. If you wish to be a part of my ‘Recycled Clothes Initiative’ and want any of my designs made from your old clothes, please e-mail at kanikakadam.official@gmail.com or legallysewed@gmail.com. Ta ta till my next blog post!

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Recycled Clothes Initiative feat. Aztec Black and White Dress

Similar to our last post on the Recycled Clothes Initiative, this dress is also made from an old tank top and a new cotton blend fabric. Had to fix tiny bit of loose stitching in the tank top first. I have lost count of the number of times that I have worn this but it definitely trumps the tank top. I know I say this a lot but trust me, it is very comfortable and soft and the aztec black and white print is just lovely!

Wore this to my clothing line shoot and so this dress was the first one to be shot.
Lovely aztec print
Wore it for a dinner with my besties
Even cold and rainy Dublin couldn’t keep me away from this dress
When I had just finished making the dress

I have gotten much more out of this dress than from a lot of clothes I had bought from stores. The decision to turn my black tank top into this amazing dress was one of the best decisions I made! I hope this has inspired you to reuse your old clothes and turn your tank tops into pretty dresses. If so, send me your old tank top along with the fabric for the skirt which can be an old dupatta or some specific print you want. If you don’t have any fabric for the skirt, don’t fret, I will be happy to use one of the fabrics available with me. See how easy it is! This is all you have to do and I will do the rest. E-mail at legallysewed@gmail.com for orders and enquiries.

I would love to read what you think about this dress and your suggestions on how to recycle/upcycle old clothes. Please like, share, follow, comment if you like what I do.

Photo credits: #snehamohantyphotography

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Recycled Clothes Initiative feat. The Floral Summer Dress

It’s a been a while since my last post on the ‘Recycled Clothes’ initiative. Here’s presenting this really pretty floral summer dress! What I love about it the most is that it is extremely comfortable. I used an old tank top to make the top part of the dress and bought a floral print cotton fabric for the skirt.

Most of us have old tank tops which we no longer use but don’t want to throw away either. I had bought this tank top when I was in college and I hadn’t worn it for atleast the past four years. Everytime I “tried” to clean my cupboard, I always ended up keeping it, thinking I will wear it sometime but that day never came. So instead, this time, I decided to make a summer dress with it for myself. There are so many fabrics and designs you can choose from for the bottom skirt. I prefer a cotton fabric because it makes me feel more comfortable and is best for summers. This bright lovely floral print was a bonus! Ever since I made this, I have worn it more times than I actually wore that tank top. All in all it was a win win; I got this amazing dress and I got to finally wear my tank top.

If you want a pretty dress like this made out of your old tank top, don’t wait to send me your old tank top along with the fabric for the skirt which can be an old dupatta or some specific print you want. If you don’t have any fabric for the skirt, don’t fret, I will be happy to use one of the fabrics available with me. See how easy it is! This is all you have to do and I will do the rest. E-mail at legallysewed@gmail.com for orders and enquiries.

Would like to give #snehamohantyphotography a very big thank you for the lovely photographs!

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‘Bat’ Bow Tie Collection

Introducing our unique ‘bat’ bowtie collection. It’s the bow tie you deserve but not the one you need right now. 😀

So these would make a perfect gift for a loved one. As it is, it is really difficult to find a nice gift for a guy but not anymore!

We have two designs in this collection as of now; one self tie and one pre-tied. It took a lot of thinking and hard work to come up with these two designs. Absolutely love them and very proud of them!

Self tie 

Self tie ‘bat’ bow tie


Pre-tied ‘bat’ bow tie

Both our bow ties in this collection have adjustable buttons at the back.

Adjustable buttons at the back

All our bow ties are delivered in pretty packages like this one.


E-mail at kanikakadam.official@gmail.com for orders and enquiries.

We would love to know what you think about our ‘bat’ bow tie collection. So please like, comment, share! Cheers!

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The Blue Aztec Maxi Dress

The summers are on their way. With temperatures rising, this is the perfect time for you to get pretty summer dresses and the perfect time for us to introduce our blue aztec print maxi dress!

Size: Small (8 UK size)

Fabric: Soft cotton

Photo credits: Sneha Mohanty Photography

It was a treat working on this one. I loved the aztec print and the fabric. I picked up this fabric from a fabric market in Delhi and imagine my surprise when i walked into H&M and found the exact same fabric with the same print!  Don’t believe me? Here I took a picture of it at the store.


They had used this fabric to make a halter type dress. Obviously, I wouldn’t copy it! Thankfully, I had bought a lot of fabric from that same place so i got a of ‘H&M’ good quality fabric for my clothes. Couldn’t be more excited!

To order this design or for any enquiries, you can e-mail at kanikakadam.official@gmail.com. Do let us know what you think of this dress irrespective. Would love to read your comments. Till then peace out.

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Recycled Clothes Initiative feat. beach cover/top

Today I will be presenting to you a three in one DIY beach cover up/top/dress. Yes, it can be all three things! This is a part of our ‘Recycled Clothes’ initiative and can be easily made with a colourful chiffon dupatta.

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So you can wear this as any of the following depending on your mood.

  1. As a beach cover over your swim suit in a non-shady beach or private beach or by the pool (This may end up being semi-transparent considering it’s chiffon but if you are ok with it and choose the right colours, it works);
  2. As a top with a slip of a complimentary colour underneath;
  3. As a dress with a simple dress of a complimentary colour underneath (One of those forever 21 basic dresses type)

So here’s how you can make it. I have added a few pictures below to help you with the process. Fold your dupatta in half and cut a U shape. Hem the edges and cut out the neck in the middle. Choose whatever shape you want for the neck and just hem that too. Add any embellishments you want and you are done! So easy right?? Well, to be fair, hemming chiffon is not so easy. A lot of people use a rolling foot. I don’t own and have never used a rolling foot. So let me tell you the way I do it. I feel it is easiest to roll up the edge between your index finger and thumb as you go and do a zig zag stitch on it. If it doesn’t end up being very neat, you can just add a border.

So apart from the hemming, this is very easy to make and looks great! You can make lots and lots of variations of it! You can add pom poms at the bottom or add a nice border to the neckline or spread over some tiny round mirrors or some sequins all over, make different types of necklines, whatever you want!

Not equipped to do this on your own? If you live in Delhi, send us your dupatta and we will make this amazing beach cover up/top/dress for you at a very reasonable cost. No dupattas or any big enough cloth in the house? No worries, we can make this for you in a new cloth as well. For orders, enquiries or feedback, e-mail at legallysewed@gmail.com or comment here.

If you have been inspired by our ‘Recycled Clothes’ initiative and have recycled any of your clothes, send us pictures and we will upload the best ones on our blog! Waiting for your mails! 🙂

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