Floral Beach Dress

Recently, my husband and I went to Maldives for our first anniversary. It had been my dream to go to Maldives for a vacation! It is such a gorgeous place! I’ve always wanted to stay in those water villas and go to white sandy beaches with clear waters. Maldives is nothing short of paradise on earth and I insist that each and everyone of you MUST go there atleast once in your lifetime!

Now, Maldives = Beach = Beach Dress. I couldn’t go to Maldives without a self made new beach dress. It felt like a betrayal of everything I knew about sewing. So, a week before my trip, I decided to make atleast one new item of clothing for the trip.

I had found this lovely floral print pink cloth from one of the local fabric stores. They had a small  left over scrap of this beautiful print and I decided to buy it for Indian Rupees 50 only. It was a steal! I hadn’t thought of what to make out of this at the time. While I was rummaging through my stock of cloth material to figure out what dress I wanted to make, I found this and it looked perfect for a beach dress I could wear over my swimsuit.

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I wanted something with strings in my dress. After wrapping this cloth around me in lots of different ways, I finally decided to go ahead with this design. It was actually quite easy to make. It took me 1.5 days to finish it. Most of the time was spent hemming the bottom because of the curved design. The sach was made by joining the leftover cloth.

See below for pictorial guide on how to cut the fabric for this design.

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I wore it on my wedding anniversary day during my dream vacation and my dress gelled right into the lovely natural views! This has to be one of my best works till now and holds a special place in my heart. I have received a number of positive responses from friends and family for this dress. I most definitely look forward to wearing it again on my next beach holiday!

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Thank you for reading! Inspired enough to make your own?? Feel free to comment below in case you have any queries regarding how to make this dress or have any comments.

 

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Waste Paper Cocktail Dress

As some of you know, I am a corporate lawyer in India. In daily law firm life, there is a large chunk of paper wasted in printing documents for meetings or for review, especially in the litigation department. In most cases, either this waste is used to create a miniature model of a city filled with skyscrapers on your desk (You know who you are!) or if you are one of those people who have enough time to regularly clean up this mess, these bundles of waste paper end up like this….

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One weekend, I took a draft of the loan agreement home for weekend reading. Once I was through with it,  it lay on my desk at home for weeks, until one weekend, I decided to put it to some good use. I had made a waste paper wedding dress as one of the GISHWHES items which was a LOT of fun (You can see my waste paper wedding dress here…). I googled ‘paper dresses’ and found amazing dresses which inspired me to do this even  more. The final result is this…..

I started with making the skirt. The waist band was pretty easy to make. Next, I took one A4 sheet at a time and folded it in zig zag form and stapled as I went along, until I had enough zig zag paper to cover my entire waist. I repeated this again. I attached the first row of zig zag paper to my waist belt and attached the second row of waste paper at the ending of my first row. I think most of my time was spent on this skirt.

The top was also really easy to make. I stapled two A4 sheets and folded them to give the top a sweetheart neckline and added darts so that it would fit me properly. For the back, I just took two A4 sheets again and stapled them together. I joined the front and the back pieces with tape.

Since the dress looked incomplete with just these two pieces, I decided to add a strip of paper to make the top a little more dressy.

My husband helped me put the dress on with the help of staples and a little bit of tape. I added a pair of stilettoes, a neckpiece and a clutch to complete the ready to go out cocktail party look.

It’s a shame that I can’t actually go out in this dress (God forbid, the rain! Not to mention the pervs) but I enjoyed every minute spent in making it, wearing it and posing in it!

So, what do you think?

 

 

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 🙂

‘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!

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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!

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

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Self tie ‘bat’ bow tie

Pre-tied

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Pre-tied ‘bat’ bow tie

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

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Adjustable buttons at the back

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

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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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