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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Happy Ganesha Chaturti

Lord Ganesha - Stencil PaintingHappy Ganesha Chaturti to all Tantu Readers!

Hope you like this stencil painting work of Lord ganesha done long ago by me as a student. New DIY post coming soon! TC! Keep smiling 🙂 Bye until then!

 

 

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Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga – Indian National Flag

About Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga – The Tricolour (National Flag of India) on the Indian Independence Day. I couldn’t think of a better day to start posting traditional textiles series.

Namaste Dear Tantu Reader,

I always wonder what interesting is left there if all the people around the world wear same type of clothing. What if all the birds were parrots? Would we like to watch only parrots all around? Wouldn’t we also love to watch sparrows, pigeons, peacocks, crows and all? I believe every culture has designed its unique clothing style based on the geographical factors and also based on their cultural beliefs. There is a scientific art behind every tradition. And every regional clothing tradition is invaluable contribution of our ancestors to the world of textiles and fashion.

To know and to share more about traditional textiles and clothing is one of my strongest desires since I thought of starting my blog. That fine day has come! This is my first post about textiles. I’m very much excited to start with Indian National Flag, Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga or The Tricolour 🙂

About Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga

Trivarna Dwaja or Tiranga is India’s National Flag that has India saffron, white and India green coloured equal sized horizontal bands along with a navy blue Ashoka chakra (wheel) of 24 equidistant spokes at the centre of it, as we all know. This Tricolour Flag of 2:3 proportions was adopted on 22nd July 1947.

Significance of Tiranga as described by Shri Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, India’s first Vice President and second President, is as follows:

Bhagwa or the saffron colour denotes renunciation or disinterestedness. Our leaders must be indifferent to material gains and dedicate themselves to their work. The white in the centre is light, the path of truth to guide our conduct. The green shows our relation to (the) soil, our relation to the plant life here, on which all other life depends. The “Ashoka Chakra” in the centre of the white is the wheel of the law of dharma. Truth or satya, dharma or virtue ought to be the controlling principle of those who work under this flag. Again, the wheel denotes motion. There is death in stagnation. There is life in movement. India should no more resist change, it must move and go forward. The wheel represents the dynamism of a peaceful change.

Trivarna Dhwaja or Tiranga Making

Tiranga is to be made of hand spun and hand woven cotton or silk fabric called khadi. The manufacturing process and specifications follow the standards set by the Bureau of Indian Standards. The Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission owns the right to manufacture the flag. Initially, the flag was manufactured only at Dharwad Taluk Kshetriya Seva Sangh, Garag. Today, a handful of organisations like the Karnataka Khadi Gramodyoga Samyukta Sangha of Hubli also manufacture the flag for entire India as per the allocation by Khadi Development and Village Industries Commission. Kannadigas, we have many reasons to be proud of our Dharwad and Hubli!

As per BIS, the specifications for the manufacture of the Indian flag includes flag sizes, dye colour, chromatic values, brightness, thread count, fabric weight, stitches per inch and hemp cordage. If you are interested to know the specific details, please check Flag of India. Any defects in the manufacturing may result in punishments too.

Designer of Indian National Flag

Remembering the designer of Indian national flag, Pingali Venkayyaji on the eve of Indian independence day…

Designer of Indian National Flag - Pingali Venkayya

Designer of Indian National Flag – Pingali Venkayya

Let’s hope we would be able to nourish all the traditional textiles and clothing across India…

Pyara Tiranga is flying high…

Happy Independence Day to all the Indian Readers of Tantu!

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Read more about Indian National Flag here: History of Indian Tricolor

Image courtesy: Unknown facebook friend.

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Take care! Bye until the next post!

Yours,

Sindhu

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Fashionable Moments of IOFW/JOFW 2014

Yami Gautam (Centre) celebrity mentor at Jabong Online Fashion Week

Yami Gautam (Centre) celebrity mentor at Jabong Online Fashion Week

The first ever shop-able Indian online fashion week, Jabong Online Fashion Week ended officially. It was on 30th of July, the Wow moments of India Online Fashion Week finale took place at Hotel Le Meridian, Delhi. The event was a huge success in the presence of Mr. Praveen Sinha (Founder and Managing Director – Jabong.com), Mr. Arun Mehra (CEO, Talenthouse India) and Ms. Rashmi Virmani (Show Director, IOFW), cine celebrities like Yami Gautam and Aditya Roy Kapoor. You know IOFW is a milestone in Indian fashion if you have been reading about IOFW in my previous posts here, here and here.

Don’t say you missed it friend! Did you really miss it? Oops! Hmm… Don’t worry. The fashion Show is still available on iofw.com where you can shop the look in the mean time. Just click on the dropdown menu JOFW TV scrolling over Live Stream n Shop as directed in the image below. You can also shop your favourite looks directly on jabong.com

JOFW TV on IOFW

Some Notable Creations of JOFW Winners

As the juries mentioned, the collections of JOFW are amazingly awesome and trendy. I have some chosen designs to show you that are my top favourites showcased below.

DIR 69 by Tanu Bagai

DIR 69 by Tanu BagaiClassic and trendy, aren’t they? I found DIR 69 by Tanu Bagai’s collection on JOFW as a very stylish yet wearable collection. Use of different hues and embellishments have created feminine look.

Shreya Mistry

Shreya.MistryShreya Mistry’s JOFW collection creates iconic look styled with mesmerising check patterns giving a chic appearance. The designs are definite to set trends.

Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal Chauhan

Bhootsavaar by Nitin Bal ChauhanIsn’t Bhootsavar by Nitin Bal Chauhan with distinctive look? Bhootsavar features quirky prints and trendy look for the youth. The outfits suit the best for outgoing teens who like a feminine touch in what they wear.

Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & Siddhartha

Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & SiddharthaStylish and uber trendy collections of Sidharth K Kakkar and Timsy & Siddhartha would steal the hearts of fashionable men. Dear men, go for it!

Azalea by Aditi Gupta

Azalea by Aditi GuptaGorgeous black and gold beauty is what I can describe the JOFW collection of Azalea by Aditi Gupta. Distinct fashionable look of the beautifully embellished silhouettes are graceful. The details are pretty and emphasising.

Piquancy

Piquancy DesignsPiquancy Designs win with the interesting prints that impart a feminine feel in the JOFW collection. The outfits are fashionable and super-trendy too.

Swagger by Saj

Swagger By SajSuper glamorous look of Swaggar by Saj collection of JOFW is full of grace. Designs are unique with attractive detailing.

Threesome

ThreesomeThreesome of JOFW is truely awesome! The attires create very stylish and bold fashion statement with stunning design and pattern. The prints are eye-catching. The eccentric, iconic and feminine look makes it a trendsetter among the youngsters for sure!

Rajdeep Ranawat

Rajdeep RanawatTraditional yet stylish look and beautiful combination of contrasts in the JOFW collection of Rajdeep Ranawat is really attractive. Beautiful necklines and interesting detailing makes the collection a glamorous one. The collection exhibits a vibrant mix of different hues. Totally, the collection is a visual treat.

ANS by Astha & Siddarth

ANS by Astha & SiddarthI believe, ANS by Astha & Siddarth’s collection on JOFW is unique of all with classic hand block prints, vivid cum vibrant colour schemes and exclusive silhouettes. The classic yet bold statement is what appealed me the most.

So, that was some designs I picked up to show you. Aren’t they gorgeous? Which ones do you like? Wanna buy them? Just login to Jabong and buy through iofw.com now!

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Will come with another post tomorrow! Till then, take care!

Yours,

Sindhu

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