September 5, 2017

DIY Tiered dress tutorial - FREE Pattern

Well it's here. The Tiered Dress Tutorial. I have made this dress for a 3 year old and used a combination of embroidered and plain Georgette fabric for making it. You may use striped, checkered, plain fabrics or their combinations to make this tiered dress.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Depending on the fabric you choose to make this dress, it will decide it's occasion to wear. For example; for summer wear, you can use bright pastel shades of any striped, checkered, plain cotton fabrics. Whereas if you wish to make this tiered dress for any special occasion like birthday party or wedding, then prefer using silk, satin or may be any thin brocade fabric on which gathers can be formed.


* The pictures and instructions are offered here for free. Please don't repost any of my content without permission. Thanks!

Step - 1
Make child's basic bodice. Below given bodice pattern can be used for child of 2 to 3 years of age. 

DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Step - 2
Cut 2 pieces each of the Front & Back bodice with CF & CB on fold (as shown in below image).
Cut 3 tiers / rectangles (for each bodice) on folded fabric with straight grainline (refer below image).
Tier-1: 6" x 21"
Tier-2: 7" x 32"
Tier-3: 6" x 44"
These 3 tiers will be stitched below each basic bodice (Front & Back) so you have to cut 2 pieces of each Tier (one for back and other for front).
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Step - 3
Do gather stitch with maximum stitch length on top of each tier using sewing machine.
Then pull any one thread of the gather stitch for form gathers. (refer below image)
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Below given image shows each tiers of below Front & Back bodice with gathers formed.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial

Step - 4
Mark boat neck on Front & Back neckline as shown below. 
Also mark slit line of 5 cms on centre back.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
DIY Tiered dress tutorial

Step - 5
Stitch Front & Back Yokes to their linings at 1 cm on inner side at neckline & both arm curves 
(refer below image).
DIY Tiered dress tutorial

 When stitching Back neckline, stitch the neckline centre slit in V-shape (refer below image).
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
After stitching both arm curves & necklines of Front & Back, give slits on these curves at a distance of 2 cms. * Be careful that you don't slit the stitch line.

Step - 6
After slitting, turn both yokes to the right side, iron well & do edge machining on both arm curves & necklines of Front & Back Yokes. (as shown in below image)
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
 Step - 7
Once both Yokes are ready, then stitch 3 gathered tiers (each of Front & Back) one below the other at 1 cm. (refer below image)
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
DIY Tiered dress tutorial

Step - 8
Stitch Front tiers below Front yoke & Back tiers below Back yoke. Fold yoke hem 1 cm inside (of both main yoke piece & lining) and do edge machining. Hold the gathered tiered piece in between both hem folds.




Step - 9
Stitch both side seams and shoulders at 1 cm & 0.5 cm double sewn seam on inner side of dress.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Step - 10
Double fold round hem by 1 cm and do edge machining. When stitching hemline, keep both side seams facing back.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Step - 11
Embellish the Yoke if desired as per your choice.
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
Voila! Tiered dress is ready!!! Add your photos to the Facebook page so we can all enjoy them.

Did you like this tutorial? Wouldn’t it be nice to just say “thanks Shraddha for all your work on this”?
DIY Tiered dress tutorial
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DIY Tiered dress tutorial

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August 8, 2017

Sari Blouse with back Smocking - FREE Pattern

Blouse with back Smocking
In my previous post, I had explained pattern making and stitching of Sun-Rays Neckline Sari Blouse. In this article, I have explained detailed pattern making of a Sari Blouse with Smocking (fine gathers) done at centre of back. This style of designer sari blouse has round neckline in Front and square neckline at Back. Fine back gathers are combined with Puffed sleeves to enhance the final look of this style of sari blouse.

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Fabric used:- For making a Back centre smocked blouse with puffed sleeve, blouse fabric should be matching to saree. You can use thin Poplin, 2 x 2, Khadi, Cambric, Organdy, Taffeta, Satin, Voile etc. However, is you are a beginner, prefer using Cotton Voile fabric. You can also experiment with different combinations of fabrics (i.e. plain, printed, embroidered etc) to get variations.

Fyi (in case you are new to little blog of mine☺), in my previous few posts, I have explained pattern making of some saree blouse patterns like Simple Sleeveless Blouse, Basic Saree Blouse with Sleeve, Double Katori BlouseOne Piece Katori Blouse and Sun-Rays Neckline Sari Blouse.


So let's start with step-wise pattern making of Back smocked blouse with Puffed sleeves. In this post I have explained how to make Front draft with round neckline & darts, Back draft with smocking & darts and Puffed sleeve pattern.

To make a Back smocked blouse with Puffed sleeves, all measurements must be taken with great care for precise results.
Some Tip:- It is very important that you wear your best fit under garment (i.e. Bra) in order to get the most accurate measurements. If you think the bra is loose, adjust the straps accordingly, before taking blouse measurements.
You can wear a padded bra, though its optional.

Measurements required:- (in centimetres)
Blouse with back Smocking
1. Length of blouse - Measure from centre of front shoulder passing over the bust point to 5 to 6 cms above waist line.
2. Round Chest - Take it by passing the tape measure around the body under the armpits. Make sure that the tape at back is over the shoulder blades, parallel to the ground and not loose or hanging at the back.
3. Round Bust - Measure around the body at the fullest point of bust. Do not allow the measure tape to fall at back. The tape should pass on the most protruding part of bust.
4. Below Round Bust - Measure around the body and below the bust.
5. Shoulder - Measure from back neck bone to shoulder bone.
6. Sleeve Length - Measure the length by keeping the measure tape from neck over shoulder till the fullest part of arm.
7. Round Arm - Measure around the fullest part of the arm which is between the shoulder and the elbow.

Steps of drafting:- 

BACK -
Blouse with back Smocking
0-1 = Length of blouse + 1 cm
0-2 = 1/5 Round Chest
2-3 & 1-4 = 1/4 Round Bust + 3 cms
3-4 = Join in straight line
1-5 = 1/4 Below Round Bust + 4.5 cms
Waist Dart - 
1-6 = 1/10 Round Bust - 1 cm
6-7 = 2.5 cms (dart width)
7-8 = Midpoint of 6-7
8-9 = 1/8 Round Bust
Join 6-9-7 in slant line to form dart
0-10 & 2-11 = Shoulder + 0.5 cm
10-11 = Join in straight line
10-12 = Down by 2 cms
0-13 = 1/10 Round Bust
0-14 = 1/8 Round Bust
14-15 = 1/10 Round Bust - 0.5 cm
Join 13-15-14 to make Square shape neck
Join
12-3 for Arm curve
12-13 for Shoulder
3-5 for Side seam
For Back Smocking (fine gathers)
15-16 = Measurement of 14-15 X 4
1-17 = 14-16
Join 16-17

FRONT -
Blouse with back Smocking
0-1 = Length of blouse + 1 cm
1-2 = 2 cms (for shaping)
0-3 = 1/5 Round Chest
3-4 & 2-5 = 1/4 Round Bust + 4 cms
4-5 = Join in straight line
2-6 = 1/4 Below Round Bust + 6 cms
Waist Dart -
2-7 = 1/10 Round Bust - 1 cm
7-8 = 4 cms (dart width)
8-9 = Midpoint of 7-8
9-10 = 1/8 Round Bust + 2 cms
Join 8-10-7
0-11 & 3-12 = Shoulder + 0.5 cm
11-12 = Join in straight line
11-13 = Down by 2 cms
12-14 = Up by 2.5 cms
0-15 = 1/10 Round Bust
3-16 = 2 cms (or neck depth as required)
Join 15-16 for Neck curve (shape neckline as desired)
4-14-13 for Arm curve
4-6 for Side seam
Side seam Dart -
4-17 = 1/16 Round Bust + 1 cm
17-18 = 2 cms (dart width)
18-19 = Midpoint of 18-19
19-20 = 1/8 Round Bust + 2 cms
Join 17-20-18
Centre Front Dart -
3-21 = 1/16 Round Bust + 1 cm
21-22 = 1.5 cms (dart width)
22-23 = Midpoint of 21-22
23-24 = 1/10 Round Bust
Join 21-24-22

PUFFED SLEEVE -
Blouse with back Smocking
0-1 = 2 cms
1-2 = Sleeve length - 1 cm
0-3 & 2-4 = 10 cms (for gathers)
3-4  = Draw straight line
3-5 & 4-6 = 1/5 Round Chest + 2 cms
5-6  = Draw straight line
1-7 = Join points
7-8 = 1/10 Round Chest + 1.5 cms
3-8 = Join points
3-9 = 1/4 of 3-8
8-10 = 1/4 of 3-8
10-11 = 2 cms
9-12 = 1.5 cms
8-13 = 1.5 cms
6-14 = 1.5 cms
14-15 = 1 cm
Join 3-12-13 (Back sleeve curve)
Join 3-9-11-13 (Front sleeve curve)
Join 8-15 for Sleeve side seam
Join 4-15 for Sleeve hem shaping

Some Tips:- when preparing the fabric for draft placement & cutting:--
1) If using basic woven cotton material, then straighten the fabric by slightly stretching it diagonally to align the warp & weft at right angle.
2) Iron the fabric always to make it crease free prior to marking / placing the draft over it.
3) If you are a beginner, prefer making the draft on paper and then pin it to fabric.


* Once you are successful making this style of blouse you can do variations with use of different neckline shapes for front; different types of sleeves; try making with different fabrics like, printed/ embroidered/ checkered / striped etc. Do try making this blouse style pattern and let me know in the comments box below.☺

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August 3, 2017

DIY Recycle old Denim to Tote Bag - FREE Pattern

Recycle old clothes to something that you can use rather than piling them up in your cupboards. Try to keep only those clothes which you use regularly / occasionally / may hold some sentimental value to it. If you are unable to recycle / reuse them, then best option is to donate such clothes (* only wearable ones). Recycle only those which don't fit you anymore and cannot be altered or are very old and are only occupying your cupboard space.



I have recycled an old denim which was faded and ripped off. The length of this Jeans was 108 cms and waist of 30".

With this post, I am sharing with you how I made a very simple Tote bag from an old denim.

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Steps for making a Simple tote bag from an old denim -
  1. Fold the Jeans lengthwise and cut across 10 cms below the crotch.
  2. Cut both seams of each leg. This way you will get 4 separate pieces of denim.
  3. Mark the bag length of 45 cm on each of the 4 pieces. Remaining fabric will be used to make belt of bag.
  4. Stitch and join 2 pieces with plain seam at 1cm and design stitch on right side. Join remaining 2 pieces same way.
  5. Then stitch both side seams either with overlock or double sewn seam.
  6. Stitch the base of bag with double sewn seam at 1 cm and 1.5 cms.
  7. Pull both corners of bag base forming a triangle and stitch at 2"on both sides. Then cut extra corner keeping 1.5 cms allowance.
  8. Stitch lining for bag in same way. You can use and old top as lining.
  9. Put lining inside bag, seams facing each other and double fold the top of bag to do edge machining.
  10. From remaining fabric, make belt and flap.
  11. Stitch Velcro / button to flap and embellish as you desire or keep it simple.
Voila! Your DIY denim Tote bag is done.

Complete cutting and stitching of this recycled denim bag is given in below video ☺️



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July 19, 2017

DIY Summer Maxi dress - How to Reuse/ Recycle Old Clothes - FREE Pattern

We all have those tops / kurtis with beautiful prints and designs which we are unable to wear. This can happen either because they don't fit you anymore ☺ or sometimes we wear them so many times but they still look new. Usually women find it difficult to discard such tops and tend to pile them in their cupboards. I do that sometimes. ☺ I had a very pretty cotton printed kurti which doesn't fit me anymore but I didn't want to discard. This made me think of making a cute summer maxi dress for my daughter. 

So I have come up with this dress pattern which is very simple to make and I can assure that by making one you can recycle your old yet beautiful cotton kurtis and make them wearable again.

* The pictures and instructions are offered here for free. Please don't repost any of my content without permission. Thanks!




I have designed this dress by making -
  • Inverted Box Pleat in centre at waist of front & back
  • Flared sleeve
  • Waist band with border design

To begin with, I have first made a yoke pattern of the dress which is given below. This pattern is based on measurements of a 2 year old and I have used it for cutting both front & back yoke. 
Then I made the Flared sleeve pattern. For this I used below given basic sleeve draft which is again based on measurements of 2 year old.
Cut and open the above given sleeve draft and then used this as STEP - 1 for making below given Flared sleeve pattern. You have to slit the basic sleeve in centre (i.e. folded paper line) and open the sleeve at hem to add flare (see STEP - 2).


After making the yoke and flared sleeve draft of the Summer maxi dress, you can make inverted box pleat below waist in the dress. For making this pleat, below given is a simple diagram which explains calculation for making a Inverted Box Pleat -


To know the detailed & stepwise method of making this cute summer maxi dress from an old kurti, do watch my DIY video given below.☺

Did you like this tutorial? Wouldn’t it be nice to just say “thanks Shraddha for all your work on this”?

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June 14, 2017

Flutter sleeve Romper - sewing tutorial & FREE pattern (PART-2)

Hello everyone,
This post is a continuation of my previous post (i.e. PART-1) where I have explained how to make a paper pattern  and cutting of Girl's Romper with Flutter Sleeve for a 2 year old.
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer

In this post (i.e. PART-2), I have shown how to stitch the Girl's Romper.

* The pictures and instructions are offered here for free. Please don't repost any of my content without permission. Thanks!

Start by making the Flutter sleeves.
Stitching of Romper Flutter Sleeve & Top:-
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer


  • Keep 2 pieces of sleeve right side facing each other and stitch outer curve at 1 cm. Then trim the seam at 0.5 cm and give slits on curve at a distance of 2 cms. (* when giving slits on curve don't cut on the stitch line).
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
  • Then turn the sleeves inside out and iron on the stitched curve. To hold the stitch curve, you can do an edge machining or any design stitch on outer curve of sleeves.
  • Do gather stitching on inner side of sleeve curves as shown and pull the stitches gradually to form gathers.
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
  • Attach button stand bands on both sides of Centre back as shown in above image.
  • Cut these button stands on straight grain of fabric.
  • Later, on Left side we will stitch the buttons & on right side we will make the button holes.

Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
  • Place Front, Back and both Flutter sleeves flat open as shown above.
  • Stitch one side of sleeve to back arm curve and other side to front arm curve at 1 cm.
  • These stitch lines will be on inner side / wrong side of garment.
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
  • Once the sleeves are attached to Front & back, finish the arm curves by stitching bais band (3 cm width) at 1 cm over the stitched sleeves as shown above.
 
Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
    • In above image I have shown a more magnified view of bais band attachment in 2 STEPS.
    • STEP-1 - shows bais band attached at 1 cm over the sleeve & arm curve.
    • STEP-2 - shows folding other open edge of bais band 1 cm in to do design stitch from one end to other of arm curve.
    • Finish all 4 arm curves in same way.
    Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
    • Once the arm curves are finished, stitch bais band (3 cms width) on neckline at 1 cm.
    • Fold the band 1 cm in at starting and ending of button stands as shown.
    Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
    • Once stitched at 1 cm, trim the seam to 0.5 cm & give slits at a distance of  2cms (slits will help in folding the band inside).
    • For neck piping, keep 0.5 cm on outer & inner side of neck & fold remaining 0.5 cm inside, iron well and do hemming / slip stitch.
    Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
    • Stitch both side seams of top at 1 cm. You can either do a plain seam or an overlock (optional).
    Once the Romper Top with Flutter sleeves is ready, stitch the Romper Trouser.

    Stitching of Romper Trouser:-
    Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      • For stitching the romper trouser, place right side of back pieces facing right side of front pieces.
      • Stitch both inner legs at 1 cm and give notches on curve as shown.
      • Stitch both side seams of trouser at 1 cm.
      • Turn both legs inside out and iron the inner leg seam & side seam on right side.
      • Once the inner legs & side seams are stitched, then stitch the crotch of trouser.

      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      • Once the crotch is stitched, finish the hem by rolling fabric in by 3 cms and then fold in 1 cm keeping 2 cms ready to do edge machining / design stitch on inner side of trouser hem.
      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      • Romper Trouser is ready to be attached to Top.
      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      • Attach top round waist to trouser round waist & stitch around at 1 cm.
      • When attaching the round waist, keep right side of Top facing right side of Trouser.
      • *Side seams of Top & Trouser should face opposite directions on both sides. You can even flatten the side seams.


      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      • To insert cord / elastic, cut a bais band by measuring the stitched round waist & add 2 cms to it. Keep the ready width of bais band 0.5 cm extra than elastic band width. (For example; if elastic width if 1/2" then add 0.5 cm to 1/2").
      • Also add 1 cm on each side of bais band width for stitching.
      • *When attaching the bais waist band on right side of romper with edge machining, keep the romper waist seam facing the Romper Top.
      • Elastic length measurement will be Round waist - 6 cms.
      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer
      Romper with Flutter sleeves is almost ready. Just stitch some buttons & button holes at back button stand. You can put hook and eye  at top to hold both ends of neck piping.

      You can also embellish the front with some embroidery or buttons, though it's optional☺.
      Flutter sleeve Romper pattern for summer

      Voila! Finished Romper!!! Add your photos to the Facebook page so we can all enjoy them.

      Did you like this tutorial? Wouldn’t it be nice to just say “thanks Shraddha for all your work on this”?

      I love hearing from readers of my blog so please feel free to leave a comment letting me know what you thought about this post/make! Any hints or tips to improve my sewing are always much appreciated too!


      If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Twitter or Facebook.

      Thank you & Happy Sewing!

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