October 17, 2016

How to make simple Saree Petticoat?

Saree Petticoat Pattern
Saree petticoat is a simple long skirt with an adjustable drawstring at waist. Petticoat is a must when wearing a saree as it contributes to it's overall drape. Frill is stitched to the hem of petticoat to give a fuller shape at the bottom of saree. As petticoat goes underneath the saree, it's colour should match the saree's base colour. Length of the petticoat should be an inch shorter than your saree length. Fabric used for making a petticoat should be light in weight, easy on the skin and durable. Cotton, polyester-cotton, satin or silk fabrics can be used to make a petticoat. Type of fabric used to make a petticoat should be selected based on the saree material. Petticoat can be called as an 'underskirt for saree'.

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I have shown pattern making of a very basic Saree Petticoat which has six panels and a waist band to insert drawstring. If you are beginner prefer using pure cotton fabric for making this petticoat. Length of fabric should be 2.5 meters and width can be 36" (for Small / Medium size) & 44" (for Large / XL size).
Measurements required: (in inches)
- Low Round waist (it is measured from 1½" below the naval point).
- Round Hips (hips should usually be measured 6 to 8" lower to waist)
- Petticoat length (should be an inch shorter than your saree length)
- Waist band width = 6"
How to make simple Saree Petticoat?
Steps for drafting Six Pieces / Panels:
- A-B = Petticoat length – Waist band width (i.e. 6") .
- Mark point D on A-B such that A-D = 6" or 7" or 8" (this is waist to hip distance and it varies depending on Small / Medium / Large hip size).
- Draw perpendiculars from A, D and B
- A-F = 1/8 low round waist +1/2"
- A-C = go down by 1/2"
- D-E = 1/8 round hip + 1/2"
- Join F-E with slant line & extend down to meet the perpendicular drawn from B at G.
- G-H = go up on slant line by 1/2"
- Shape C-F and B-H with slight curve.
- Cut paper pattern along C-B-H and F (i.e. cut along blue inked markings).

Drafting of Waist band:
- After you have stitched the 6 panels of petticoat, measure the round waist and make above given draft of waist band.
- A-C & B-D = Waist band width is 6"
- A-B & C-D = Petticoat Round waist + 2"

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.

*I have also shown how to lay the draft on fabric in above image.

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October 11, 2016

How to make a Kaftan?

Kaftan
A "kaftan" or "caftan" is a type of robe or tunic which has many versions across different cultures around the world. It can be worn with a sash as a coat or an overdress, usually reaching to the ankles, with long sleeves. The kaftan has acquired different styles, purposes and names depending on the various cultures. In many regions where climate is warm, the kaftan is worn as a light-weight, loose-fitting garment. The kaftan has also served as a symbol of royalty in some cultures. Length of kaftan may vary depending on the type of legwear. For example; if it is worn over a denim, you can prefer short length i.e. from shoulder till hip or thigh & if it's worn over a churidaar, then you can have longer length i.e. till knee or below knee. Variety of fabrics like cotton, silk, satin etc. which have good drapability / fall can be used to make a kaftan.

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Measurements required: (in inches)
Length of kaftan
Front Waist length
Front Hip length
Round chest, Round bust, Round waist, Round hip
Round Neck
Front & Back neck depth


Kaftan Pattern
Steps of drafting:
*Make sure that the neck region is near the fabric fold on top. 
0 to 1 = kaftan length + 2" extra for self folding at hem
0 to 2 & 1 to 3 = Full cloth width
0 to 4 = 1/6 Round chest + 1"
4 to 5 = 1/4 Round chest + 1 ½" or as ease desired
0 to 6 = Front waist length
6 to 7 = 1/4 Round waist + 1 ½" or as ease desired
0-12 = Front hip length
12-13 = 1/4 Round hip + 1 ½" or as ease desired
Join 5-7 with a slight curve & 7-13-11 with a slant curve (refer draft)
0 to 8 = 1/6 Round neck + 1/2"
0 to 9 = 3" (back neck). Join 8-9 with a curve.
0 to 10 = 5" (front neck). Join 8-10 with a curve.

Some Tips
- If you are beginner prefer using thin cotton fabric. Length of fabric can be 2.5 meters (this means length of kaftan will be till below knee) and width can be 36" (for Small / Medium size) & 44" (for Large / XL size).
- 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.

I hope this post was helpful to you.
Please leave your valuable comments / queries and I will be happy to reply.☺☺

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