Hello from Bengaluru…

Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

This is my first post from Bengaluru. We had hardly two weeks left when Venu’s internal job transfer to Bengaluru location got confirmed. Then I wrote to you that I would be missing you guys for sometimes…

When we moved to Pune from Bengaluru, we were excited about the new place. What lovely 23 months we had lived in Pune! When we decided to go to Pune, we knew we would be going back to Bengaluru again and we were sure we would miss Pune then. But, there was no time to think anything until we vacated our rented house in Pune. And we are missing Pune like hell thereafter… Whatever I am doing here in Bengaluru, either setting home or watching though the windows, I cherish the memories of Pune… Wherever I am, I would always remember that it was Pune where I started blogging and met awesome friends like you in this blogosphere… Pune will always be in our hearts…

Leaving this beautiful sunrise view for you dear friend humming this Gulzar’s poem sung by Kishore Kumar…

आनेवाला पल,जानेवाला है

हो सके तो इस में जिन्दगी बिता दो

पल जो ये जानेवाला है…

(this moment that is about to come
is about to flit away
live your life if you can in this fleeting moment)

An Unforgettable Memorable Sunrise near Belagavi

Sunrise witnessed near Belagavi, Karnataka

Thanks a ton to Nitin Kumar ji for this English translation of ‘Aanewala pal’ and you may enjoy reading the full English translation of Aanewala Pal in his blog.

Let me sign off now… New post on hair care coming soon!

Take care! Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Kurta Shoulder & Armhole Alteration Tutorial

This tutorial post is about making even or uneven shoulder and armhole alterations in over-sized Kutra/Kurti/Kameez by adding darts based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips resulting best possible fitting.

Namaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

Today’s Kurta shoulder and armhole alteration tutorial is the fourth one in the series of Fitting an Over-sized Kurta/Kurti/Kameez. You may check the previous shoulder alteration method with darts, shoulder alteration method with tucks and shoulder alteration method with pleats posts in the series if at all you have missed them.

This Kurta alteration method is a combination of shoulder and armhole alterations. Both shoulder and armhole are fitted by taking darts at the respective places.

Kurta Alteration by combination of Darts, Tucks & Pleats- Style Tips

Darts can be used to fit an over-sized Kurta/Kurti with even/uneven shoulder or for a person with even/uneven shoulder. Darted style shoulder alteration looks best on small or medium overall designs as well as on solids. Like the sample garment shown, collared Kurtas can be altered by this method. This style is not suitable those garments with emphasising large designs at the neckline and shoulder. This alteration method won’t suit for deep back necked ones.

Difficulty level: Medium. But this method requires some basic knowledge and dress making skills.

Time required:

  • To measure and mark 10 minutes
  • Armhole darts (2) hand tacking 15minutes + machine stitching 15 minutes
  • Back tuck in the yoke line10 minutes
  • Single dart stitching on shoulder, each side (total 2 two pointed darts) invisible hand tacking 30 minutes

Materials Required:

  • Matching Colour Thread

Tools Required:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Scissors
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Sewing machine

Kurta fitting for even or uneven shoulder – Combination of Darts, Tucks & Pleats

  1. We have to measure the shoulder. Two sides can be measured separately if needed more accurate fitting. Say, shoulder is 34cm wide i.e, approximately 13.25 inch wide. This means, for an ideal even shoulder, each side is 17cm (6.6 inch) wide. If shoulder measurement is different in two sides, then we have to note it. Say, 16.5cm at left and 17.5cm at right.
  2. Then, we have to measure the Kurta/Kurti shoulder. Remember to measure the two sides separately. Say, left side is 20cm and right side is 20cm
  3. Note down difference in measurements of left side and right side. In the example of even shoulder, Kurta has 3cm extra width each side. In the example of uneven shoulder, Kurta/Kurti has 3.5cm extra width at left side and 2.5cm extra width at right side.
  4. Then, we will note down the armhole depth in the Kurta. Just squaring the centre front with armpit will give this measurement.Measuring armhole depth on Kurta
  5. Note down difference between actual armhole depth measurement and that in the Kurta. The extra depth noted in Kurta will be taken as a tuck across the back and as armhole darts at front.
  6. First, hand-tack the tuck across back about 2 inches below the nape. This is then machine stitched. First back tuck is given so that it helps adding the darts.Back Tuck Marking and Stitching
  7. This is the very important step. Observe the armhole curve in the Kurta. Mark a point at the mid way of the armhole. From here, take a curved dart downwards smooth it towards centre front as shown. Note that dart ends have to be above bust line (shown in pink dots in the picture) and dart width has to be same as the fabric consumption in the back tuck (shown in white dots).Armhole Dart Shaping & StitchingArmhole Dart Shaped & Stitched
  8. The Kurta has emphasising embroidery at the neck. Shoulder is wider than the actual measurement. Solution is, to take a dart near the shoulder end. So, next we have to fold the extra shoulder width as a pleat as shown below.
  9. This pleated part is finished like a dart in the front and like a released tuck in the back.
  10. At the front, the pleated part is smoothed down ending at the armhole dart. This is hand stitched from right side as shown. Shoulder Pleat (Front) Hand-tackingHow to give invisible hand-tack
  11. The shoulder pleat is also shaped at the back but finished like a tapered released tuck as shown. The tuck length is equal to the armhole depth.Back Tuck Hand-tacking

The Outfit looks as shown below when alteration is complete. Photography is by Venu.

Kutra Shulder & Armhole Alteration Done

Note:

  • Refer to Taking Measurements for proper method of taking shoulder measurement, bust point and armscye depth.
  • This combination method can be used when equal or unequal amount of fabric is to be concealed on each side. That means, if Kurta/Kurti has even/uneven shoulder or the person has even/uneven shoulder, we can do this alteration to cover up the extra width.

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Do let me know how this alteration idea worked, when you try this. Valuable suggestions are always welcome!

Take care!

Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Missing You Guys…

Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

Thank you so much for visiting Tantu as a beloved fellow blogger or as a dear reader. Please don’t feel bad if your comment is not published or if I have not replied to you. Dear Fellow Blogger, I wasn’t able to read your latest posts regularly since a few weeks. I was caught up with some creative thoughts/works and some personal works. I may be busy for 10 more days. Hope you will understand me.

Till then, I have scheduled weekly posts for you. Enjoy!

With Love,

Sindhu

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Kurta Shoulder Alterations – with Pleats

This easy tutorial is about making even or uneven shoulder alterations in oversized Kutra/Kurti/Kameez by adding pleats based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips.

Namaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

This week’s Kurta alteration method is super easy compared to the other methods in the series of alteration of ready-to-wear garments posted so far. If you have been following the series, you would have noted that shoulder alteration with darts is the easier one compared to last week’s shoulder alteration method with tucks.

Kurta Shoulder Alteration - with PleatsIn this Kurta alteration method, the extra shoulder width is taken as pleats at the shoulders.

Kurta Alteration by Pleats – Style Tips

Pleated shoulder style looks beautiful on solids as well as on Kurtas with small overall designs. Better to avoid pleats on Kurtas with emphasising large designs at the neckline and shoulder. This method is also for Kurtas with well fitted armhole and for Kurtas with sleeves as it doesn’t involve armhole alterations.

Difficulty level: Super Easy

Time required:

  • To measure and mark 10 minutes
  • Pleats stitching at one shoulder – 5 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Scissors
  • sewing Machine

Kurta shoulder fitting for even shoulder with pleats:

  1. First, we would measure the shoulder. Two sides can be measured separately if needed more accurate fitting. Say, shoulder is 34cm wide i.e, approximately 13.25 inch wide. This means, for an ideal even shoulder, each side is 17cm (6.6 inch) wide.
  2. We have to measure the Kurta/Kurti shoulder. Remember to measure the two sides separately. Say, left side is 20cm and right side is 20cm
  3. Note down difference in measurements of each side. In this example, Kurta/Kurti has 3cm extra width at both sides.
  4. Since Kurta shoulder widths are even, we will take pleats to cover up the extra width.
  5. Let us decide the number of pleats to be added. Say, 3 pleats of 0.5cm width (fabric consumption 1cm) each at a regular interval of 0.5cm. Then, we have to mark the pleats between neckline and shoulder end.Pattern - Shoulder Alteration with Pleats
  6. Pleats must be machine stitched as a top stitch at the shoulder. That means, we have to feed the garment shoulder to the machine keeping right side out as shown in the previous image.

Look carefully at the shoulder for the pleats in the Kurti of mine shown in below picture. This triple coloured batik cotton Kurti is shopped at Laxmi road, Pune. This photograph taken by Venu at Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra.Kurta Shoulder Alteration done with Pleats

Oh Yes! I have specs… 🙂 I wear it always but not while taking pictures, I hate it when light spoils the picture making its appearance on my specs. This one is a rare exception for that 🙂

Note:

  • Refer to Taking Measurements for taking shoulder measurement accurately.
  • Pleats can be used when equal amount of fabric is to be concealed on each side.
  • Number of pleats on each side should be equal.
  • Beginners can draw the fold lines with marking chalk and hand tack the pleats before stitching them.
  • In special cases, pleats can be added for uneven shoulder too. Say, if Kurta shoulder is also uneven (left 20cm and right 21cm) for a person with left shoulder 16.5 and right shoulder 17.5cm, then each shoulder side has 3.5cm extra width. In this case, pleats can be added.

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Isn’t it a super easy method? Eager to know your feedback for this tutorial post. Will come back with another alteration method next week.

Take care!

Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Kurta Shoulder Alterations – with Tucks

This free tutorial post is about making even or uneven shoulder alterations in oversized Kutra/Kurti/Kameez by adding tucks based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips.

Hello Friend,

Happy Deepavali to all the Indian Readers 🙂 May Goddess Laxmi bless us all. Let us celebrate Eco-friendly Deepavali this time and every time 🙂

We were talking about alteration of ready-to-wear garments like Kurta since last two weeks. Hope you have read the shoulder alteration with darts tutorial last week and I hope you have liked it. Today’s post is the second one in the series.

Kurta Shoulder Alterations - with TucksThis Kurta alteration method uses the extra shoulder width to add tucks at the shoulders. This beautiful hand-crafted Kurta of block printed cotton is by Karigari shopped through Mynthra.com and cashkaro.com about which I had written in my arts blog.  It was of L size and mine is S. I wanted loose fitting and hence, the tucks I have added consumed slightly less than the extra width I had noted. This photograph of mine is taken at Ellora Caves by Venu, my hubby. Please excuse the creases that I forgot to set before getting clicked.

Kurta Alteration by Tucks – Style Tips

Style Tip - Tuck on Solid fabric

Tuck on Solid fabric

Style Tip - Tuck on Large Overall Print

Tuck on Large Overall Print

Tucked shoulder style looks great on solids. This style can also be added on Kurtas with small or large overall designs. Tucks go well with rectangular neck design as that of mine shown in this post. But avoid adding it on Kurtas with emphasising large designs at the neckline and shoulder. This method is also for Kurtas with well fitted armhole and for Kurtas with sleeves as it doesn’t involve armhole alterations.

Difficulty level: Medium

Time required:

  • To measure and mark 10 minutes
  • Single tuck hand tacking 15 minutes + machine stitching 15 minutes
  • Single tuck hand tacking 15 minutes + hand stitching 60 minutes to 90 minutes

Tools Required:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Scissors
  • Hand sewing needle or a sewing Machine

Kurta shoulder fitting for even shoulder with tucks:

  1. First step is to measure the shoulder. Two sides can be measured separately if needed more accurate fitting. Say, shoulder is 34cm wide i.e, approximately 13.25 inch wide. This means, for an ideal even shoulder, each side is 17cm (6.6 inch) wide.
  2. We have to measure the Kurta/Kurti shoulder. Remember to measure the two sides separately. Say, left side is 20cm and right side is 20cm
  3. Note down difference in measurements of each side. In this example, Kurta/Kurti has 3cm extra width at both sides.
  4. Since Kurta shoulder widths are even, we will take tucks to cover up the extra width.
  5. Then, we have to mark the shoulder centre point between neckline and shoulder end.
  6. Next, we have to take a tuck with 1.5cm width (total consumption 3cm) at this shoulder centre point. On each side, two tucks will run along the length of the garment parallelly. These tucks will be parallel to the centre front and centre back lines.

    Pattern - Shoulder Alteration - Single Tuck Method

    Shoulder Alteration – with Single Tuck

  7. Tuckscan be taken off centred (near to the neckline and away from shoulder point) too. This will result differently. If at all I would have to add tuckstoanyofmyKurta in future, I would be trying this off centre tuck.

    Pattern - Shoulder Alteration - Off centred Single Tuck

    Shoulder Alteration – Off centred Single Tuck

  8. Tucks can be hand stitched or machine stitched. I have used short running stitches on my Kurta.
  9. For multiple tucks, we can divide the shoulder width into many halves so that the dividing points will be tucks’ locations. When adding more than 1 tucks, the tuck sizes reduce. Say, when Kurta has 3cm extra shoulder width each side, we can add 3 tucks of 0.5cm width (total consumption 1cm) each. The following picture shows slightly off centred triple tucks:
  10. Pattern - Shoulder Alteration - Multiple Tucks Method

    Shoulder Alteration – Multiple Tucks Method

This is how my tucked Kurta looks like:Kurta Shoulder Alteration done with Single Tuck

Note:

  • Refer to Taking Measurements for taking shoulder measurement accurately.
  • One or more tucks can be added.
  • Tucks can be used when equal amount of fabric is to be concealed on each side.
  • Number of tucks on each side should be equal.
  • Beginners can draw the fold lines with marking chalk and hand tack the tucks before stitching them.
  • In special cases, tucks can be added for uneven shoulder too. Say, if Kurta shoulder is also uneven (left 20cm and right 21cm) for a person with left shoulder 16.5 and right shoulder 17.5cm, then each shoulder side has 3.5cm extra width. In this case, tucks can be added.

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Take care!

Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Kurta Shoulder Alterations – with Darts

This tutorial post is about making even or uneven shoulder alterations in oversized Kutra/Kurti/Kameez by adding darts based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips.

Namaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

I had mentioned in my last introductory post of Fitting an Oversized Kurta/Kurti/Kameez that I would come back with tutorials for Kurta/Kurti/Kameez alterations. Here is the first post in the list.

Kurta-Kurti-Kameez Shoulder Alteration - Dart MethodsThis Kurta shoulder alteration method follows use of extra shoulder width to add darts at the shoulders.

Kurta Alteration by Dart Method – Style Tips

Darts can be used to fit an oversized Kurta/Kurti with even/uneven shoulder or for a person with even/uneven shoulder. Darted style shoulder alteration looks best on small or medium overall designs as well as on solids. This style is not suitable those garments with emphasising large designs at the neckline and shoulder.

Difficulty level: Easy

Time required:

  • To measure and mark 10 minutes
  • Single dart stitching each side (total 2 two pointed darts) 15 minutes
  • Multiple darts require 15 minutes for each set

Materials Required:

Matching Colour Thread

Tools Required:

  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine

Kurta shoulder fitting for even or uneven shoulder with darts

  1. We have to measure the shoulder. Two sides can be measured separately if needed more accurate fitting. Say, shoulder is 34cm wide i.e, approximately 13.25 inch wide. This means, for an ideal even shoulder, each side is 17cm (6.6 inch) wide. If shoulder measurement is different in two sides, then we have to note it. Say, 16.5cm at left and 17.5cm at right.
  2. Then, we have to measure the Kurta/Kurti shoulder. Remember to measure the two sides separately. Say, left side is 20cm and right side is 20cm
  3. Note down difference in measurements of left side and right side. For even shoulder, Kurta has 3cm extra width each side. For uneven shoulder, Kurta/Kurti has 3.5cm extra width at left side and 2.5cm extra width at right side.
  4. Then, we will mark midpoint at the shoulder between neck and shoulder edge.
  5. From this midpoint, we have to draw lines perpendicular to the shoulder. This would be the dart location.
  6. Take darts according to the extra width noted on each side. If we have to cover up 3.5cm extra width, then the dart width taken is 3.5cm (1.75cm each side). Dart length has to be more than the armscye depth taken (say, 1/6th bust).Dartlengthcan be up to 2cm less than bust point measurement. Let the darts be slightly rounded outwards as shown in the picture.

    Shoulder Alteration - Single Dart Method

    Shoulder Alteration – Single Dart Method

  7. The darts are single pointed ones. But, they look like two pointed ones as the shoulder of the front and back parts are already stitched together. Single Pointed Darts appear like Double Pointed Dart
  8. For multiple darts, we can divide the shoulder width into many halves so that the dividing points will be darts’ locations. Dartsizewillreduce according to the increased number of darts added. Say,whenKurta has 3cm extra shoulder width each side, we can add 3 darts of 1cm (0.5cm each side) each.

    Shoulder Alteration - Multiple Darts Method

    Shoulder Alteration – Multiple Darts Method

Have a quick look at single and multiple darted Kurta Alterations below:Kurta Shoulder Alteration done with Single & Multiple Darts

Note:

  • Refer to Taking Measurements for proper method of taking shoulder measurement, bust point and armscye depth.
  • Darts can be used when equal or unequal amount of fabric is to be concealed on each side. That means, either Kurta/Kurti has even/uneven shoulder or the person has even/uneven shoulder, we can add darts to cover up the extra width.
  • One or more darts can be added as per your wish.
  • Dart length is taken more than armscye depth so as to shape the armhole.
  • Number of darts on each side should be the same.
  • Beginners can draw the fold lines with marking chalk and hand tack the darts before stitching them.

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Will come back with another alteration tutorial. Till then, I will wait for your feedback for this post 🙂

Take care!

Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Fitting An Oversized Ready-made Kurta/Kurti/Kameez

Are you very much picky choosing colour, style and design of your outfits but, fed up getting right look and right fit at the same time? This garment alteration post, is about ideas of fitting ready-to-wear garments like Kurta, Kurti and Kameez that are over-sized. This introductory post links to many tutorial posts that deal with several ways to fit over-sized garments based on individual style and design, thus giving suitable style tips.

Oversized Ready-made Kurta Kurti Kameez AlterationNamaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast,

How do you do? My Indian friends, hope you had great Navaratri festival and Bakrid 🙂 May that supreme power we believe and worship, bless us all!

Hey, did you buy your ethnic wear online or did you actually go to the showroom? In whatever way I buy the ready-made clothes; I am very choosy about the colour, style and designs of Kurtas/Kurtis. But, when I find something which matches these criteria, it wouldn’t be available in my size i.e., S 😦 Sometimes S size also troubles a lot! Have you been facing similar problems?

Over-sized Kurta/Kurti/Kameez – Problems

Usual problem with ready-to-wears is that it doesn’t fit at your shoulders and armholes. When you take it to your dressmaker or whom we call as tailor, they straight away refuse to show any way to make it fit. If you ask to reshape the armhole, it won’t be having sufficient width for a new curve. If shoulder and armhole is not fitted, you cannot get close fitting at the waist too.

I have been facing these problems like you. Most of the time, I had invited them 😀 I have already told you that I am very particular about the colour, style and design. Instead of selecting another garment with which I am not happy, I have been choosing the one which pleases me. May be, I had that over confidence that I can do alterations to fit it properly.

Over-sized Kurta/Kurti/Kameez – Solutions

Finally, after doing lots of successful and unsuccessful works, I am happy to state that I have succeeded in solving these fitting problems by following some methods. I am very much excited to share the ideas with you.

When I organised these ideas, the topic extended into a very long essay. As I try to limit a post size to 500 to 1000 words for readers’ convenience, I planned to post them as individual topics. The topics finalised so far are:

I would be linking these when I post them. Coming back soon! Take care! Bye until the next post! Yours, Sindhu Stay tuned! Catch the latest updates! Be informed about the latest happenings. Follow Tantu through e-mail, FB, G+, Pinterest, Linkedin, Bloglovin or IFB.

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How to Take Measurements for Indian Outfits?

This post deals with methods of taking various body measurements for making of Indian garments in a comfortable order along with useful how-to measure illustrations. This post is a part of dressmaking basics series.

How to Take Measurements for Indian OutfitsNamaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast!

It’s been long since I was preparing to post about ‘various body measurements and how-to measure’. I had lots of confusions. After researching a lot about dress making over the years, I had realized that there are different ways to ‘measure, draft patterns and make a dress’ in the east and the west. My fear was that what is right in one country may be wrong in the other. Since Tantu has readers from all over the world, I decided to start with this topic as taking measurements for Indian garments.

Taking Measurements for Indian Garments

Indian outfits are made using fewer measurements compared to that of the westerns. Indian dress making is quite easy too, may be sari blouse is an exception. Hence all the Indian outfits fall under dress making category even though most of the Indians use the term tailoring. The measurement taking methods mentioned here are useful in making any Indian garments. Some of the Indian outfits to list are – Kameez, Angarkha Kameez, Kurti, Salwar, Chudidar/Churidar, Dhoti Salwar, Patiyala Salwar, Choli/Chola (Sari Blouse), Kutra, Paijama, Langa/Lehnga, Langa-Dhaavni (Half-sari) and so on. Here I have not included western attires like men’s shirt, trousers.

Method and Order of Taking Measurements:

Keeping in mind all the tips to measure accurately, let us start taking body measurements.

Upper Body Measurements Bust-waist-seatBust circumference:

Bust circumference is taken around the fullest part of the bust when the person being measured is breathing in. Remember to hold index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Waist circumference:

Waist circumference is taken around the waist at the navel point having kept index finger and middle finger beneath the tape while the person is breathing in.

Seat circumference:

Seat circumference is measured around the fullest part of the hips. Do not forget to place index finger and middle finger beneath the tape while measuring.

Bust point:

Bust point measurement is taken from the shoulder (at the neck base) to the bust point.

Bust point to bust point:

It is measured from bust point to bust point.

Upper Body Measurements -Shoulder & Waist LengthShoulder measurement:

Shoulder measurement is taken between two shoulder ends. We can feel a prominent bone when gently sliding a finger on the shoulder line. The outer end of this bone is considered as the shoulder end. Half shoulder measurement is taken from nape (position of the prominent bone at centre back of neck) to one shoulder end.

Waist length:

Length of waist is measured from nape to the waist (where waist circumference is taken). You can also note that this location would be the first prominent bone you get when sliding your finger down the centre back.

Garment length:

We have to measure garment length from nape to the desired garment length for any one piece dress. For an upper garment, we have to measure from nape to the desired length of the garment. For a lower garment, we have to measure from waist to the desired garment length. We can also get a lower garment length by subtracting waist length from garment length measured for one piece dress. This second method is useful when making a two-piece dress.

Back neck depth:

Back neck depth is measured from the neck base to the desired back neck depth.

Upper Body Measurements - Neck & ArmsFront neck depth:

Front neck depth is measured from the neck base (where shoulder starts) to the desired front neck depth.

Neck Round:

Neck round is measured round the neck base. Locate neck base by noting the crease formed while shrugging the shoulder. Or simply note the place on shoulder where your neck ornament stays as neck base. Remember to keep index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Armscye or armhole depth:

Armscye depth or armhole depth is taken round the armhole at shoulder end when the hands are kept close to the body. Place your index finger and middle finger beneath the tape while measuring.

Sleeve length:

Sleeve length is measured from the shoulder end down the arm. While taking full sleeve length, take measurement along the arm through elbow, when the hand is slightly bent (or kept on waist).

Sleeve round:

Sleeve round is measured around the arm where sleeve length is measured keeping your index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Elbow round:

Keep the measuring tape around the elbow. Then, let the person fold hand in such a way to touch shoulder with fingers. Now take elbow round measurement around the elbow keeping index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Wrist round:

Wrist round is taken around the wrist having kept index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Lower Body MeasurementsThigh round:

Thigh round is measured around the thigh keeping index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Knee round:

Keep measuring tape around knee. Fold the leg in such a way that thigh meets calf. Now, knee round is measured around the knee keeping index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Calf round:

Calf round is measured around the fullest part of calf keeping index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Ankle round:

Ankle round is measured around the ankle keeping index finger and middle finger beneath the tape.

Measurements for Upper Garments & Lower Garments

Below are quick charts for the beginners to note measurements for upper garments and lower garments.

Taking Measurements for  Upper Garments

Taking Measurements for  Lower Garments

Tips:

  • Taking measurements accurately is the key to proper fit.
  • Order of taking measurement given here is designed for a comfortable sequence. This order may vary from person to person.
  • If the person has any deviation in the body, note that.
  • If left half of the person differs from that of the right half (example, shoulder), measure them separately.
  • All the measurements listed in this post may not be needed for all the garments. Say, for sari blouse, we don’t need any measurements below waist.
  • Dotted half circles in the pictures indicate that measurements are taken around that particular body part.

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Hope this measurement post is useful. Do write to me in the comment section if ever you find this post worth it.

Take care!
Bye until the next post!

Yours,
Sindhu

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Oversized Tee Makeover Idea for Non-sewers

This is a very simple making-over/fitting idea of a T-shirt for those who don’t know to sew and to measure. This idea is useful for making over an oversized men’s Tee into a casual ladies Tee.

Oversized Tee Makeover Idea for Non-sewersNamaste Dear Tantu Enthusiast!

Hope you are doing well. Being creative means, seeing things differently to make unique things. Creative work may need a lot of work. Today I have a DIY idea that needs almost nil work/skill. This Tutorial is for non-sewers.

Old Tee to MakeoverI had this attractive red coloured cotton Tee of my brother which he used just once or twice. I liked the design and colour of it and kept it for any possible use. You know, I find every bit useful as you have read making of Multipurpose Organiser last week. Then I got this idea of makeover.

When I did this work, Tantu was just in thoughts… Luckily, I had clicked some photos that I am showing you. Please bear with the poor clarity as I was not steady with the camera then.

Difficulty Level:     Extremely easy

Time required:      5-15 minutes

Expenditure:         Very less

Requirements for Tee Makeover:

  • T-shirt to be upcycled
  • Contrasting coloured shirt buttons   6
  • Matching colour sewing thread and a hand sewing needle
  • Scissors

How to Makeover Tee?

  1. Roll the sleeves up neatly and evenly.
    Roll up the Sleeves
  2. Take threaded hand sewing needle. Sew a button at the rolled sleeve top as shown. This button placing point would be the centre of the sleeve where front and back bodice parts join.Hand sew button over the rolled sleeve
  3. Tack the rolled sleeve at regular intervals so as to avoid it from opening.
  4. Note waist location. Here it is almost midway from armpit to the Tee bottom hem. If you are not sure, you can measure 35-40cm from the shoulder. Or you can use a fitted bodice/kameez/top as reference.
  5. At the waist (on the side seam), make some pleats (folds) at both the sides of the side seam. Sew two buttons at about 5cm (2inch) distance to lock the pleats.Pleats at waist fixed with buttons
  6. Tee is ready to wear in a new look!


T-shirt in New Look

Tip:

Instead of sewing buttons at the waist, you can also accessorize it with an emphasizing belt.

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Being creative is so easy! I hope that this T-shirt makeover idea may be useful for someone who doesn’t know to sew. Please do let me know if at all you find this tutorial helpful

… Awaiting your responses.

Take care! Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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DIY Multi-compartment Organiser for Underclothes/Innerwears & Hankies

This DIY tutorial is about making an inexpensive and easy to make multi-purpose multi-compartment organiser for arranging innerwears and handkerchiefs by up-cycling small cartons. This small organiser consisting of four compartments can be arranged in different ways in different closets. So, no messed-up racks now onwards!

Dear Tantu Reader,

How are you? It was raining heavily here in Pune for weeks together. It rains unexpectedly and heavily in the afternoons. Sometimes there are power cuts and sometimes I cannot keep the laptop on 😦 Sometimes internet becomes damn slow! Hence, it happened that I missed a weekly post in the middle. I am not even able to check my accounts other than WordPress and G mail… Sorry, if I haven’t replied for any of your comments yet. Lots of projects are in progress. I know, you are looking for some DIY tutorial. So, here is an easy to make multi-purpose organiser tutorial for you.

My Multi-purpose Multi-compartment Organiser

DIY Innerwear and Hanky  Organiser

DIY Innerwear and Hanky Organiser

I made this multi-compartment organiser to organise innerwears and hankies better. Everything I had set up was getting messed up while pulling one out. I keep every carton that comes home in any way and recycle it. You know that if you have read about my sewing kit. I took some of the cartons out and made this organiser on 30th  January 2014. I have been using this type of organisers since then and I am absolutely happy with them. This organiser can be used upright with horizontal or vertical compartments. These organisers can also be used as drawer organisers too.

I didn’t have any idea of availability of innerwear organisers and drawer organisers in the market, when I made them. It was when this post was in publishing mode, I found them in the Google search. They are so cute but making something ourselves is fun. Hand made organisers are highly inexpensive too! Below is the DIY tutorial for you.

  • Difficulty Level:     Very Easy
  • Time required:      10-15 minutes
  • Expenditure:          Very less, count only gift wrapper and glue.

Requirements

Innerwear and Hanky Organiser - Requirements

  • 4 Small cartons of same size (More sections can be made using more cartons. But, making with 4 cartons is ideal to organise it any rack or in drawers. I have taken rasam powder cartons here.)
  • Paper Glue or multipurpose glue
  • Gift wrapper sheet
  • A pair of scissors

Steps to make the innerwear and hanky organiser?

  1. I sealed the flaps of the carton opening firmly with glue.

    Seal the Carton flaps in one side

    Seal the Carton flaps in one side

  2. I glued the four edges of the carton top and placed another carton firmly on it. Similarly, i glued and fixed all the four cartons one above the other. (Please note the triangular white paper strips on the top carton. This white strip indicates the gluingposition.) The organiser is ready.

    Glue the cartons together

    Glue the cartons together

  3. The organiser looks good when covered with a gift wrapper. I used plain white paper for the same as shown. I glued the paper sides together.

    Wrap a gift cover to the cloth organiser

    Wrap a gift cover to the cloth organiser

  4. I slashed the paper at the dividing areas of the organiser compartments as shown.

    Slash the wrapper side for finishing them

    Slash the extra wrapper side for finishing them

  5. Then, I inserted the slashed parts of the cover inside the organiser as shown.

    Finishing the sides using glue

    Finishing the sides using glue

  6. I closed the remaining part of the organiser cover at the backas shown. If the wrapper edge is little to cover it completely, you may also stick a separate rectangular piece of the same size as the back.

    Finishing the back

    Finishing the back

  7. I took 3 rectangles of white sheet having the width same as the width of the organiser. I folded them in the middle. Then I glued and stuck to the three sections of the organiser as shown.

    Final Touch up Finishing the inner sides

    Final Touch up Finishing the inner sides

  8. Innerwear or Hanky Organiser is ready to use! You can keep them facing up in a drawer. Or you can place them upright with compartments forming wither rows or columns.
Innerwear or Hanky Organiser kept upright with horizontal compartments

Innerwear or Hanky Organiser kept upright with horizontal compartments

Innerwear or Hanky Organiser kept upright with vertical compartments

Innerwear or Hanky Organiser kept upright with vertical compartments

DIY Innerwear and Hanky Organiser

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Do write to me if you find this organiser tutorial a useful one.  You can share your own or collected organising ideas to us! Sharing is caring! Will share more organising ideas sometimes!

Take care! Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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