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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

DIY/DIM Kaftan

Hello there!

There is nothing easier to sew than a Kaftan. And you will see what I mean after you read this.

I have a silk Kaftan bought from Zara hundred years ago ( ok,  maybe 12 years ago). I wore it only thrice but I love the thing. I always wanted to reproduce it with a fabric that is less difficult to handle. And I did just that last week.

The Zara Kaftan was actually featured on the blog two years ago 
Read about it here

I dug out this silky green Saree fabric that I bought in Jaipur last year from my fabric "vault" . It was just about two meters. I originally wanted to make a skirt out of it. But I already have enough skirt as it is. Plus the fabric reassembled a scarf so I decided to make a Kaftan.

Hemming away 

I used my Zara Kaftan as a pattern.  I folded the fabric in half and ironed it flat. Then I cut it in half at the fold. I now had two pieces front and back that I hemmed. Then I put them together by stitching the top and only leaving an opening big enough for my head. You can  measure how big you want your opening to be. If it is big,  you can even wear your Kaftan off the shoulders.

Then it was time to close the sides. I measured 9 inches inside the fabric and left a mark,  then I stitched from top to bottom for 13 inches. I did the same for the left side. I ironed the Kaftan and voila:

Kaftan -  I made it 
Cotton pants -  Big Bazaar
Printed shoes - Sandaga market 

I swear that this is very easy. You can even do it by hand if you do not have a sewing machine. If my explanations were not good enough for you,  check these tutorials here and here as well.

Remind me to stick to indoors to take pictures. Between the wind and the sun blinding me, it was not an easy shoot, lol! 

My lovely Dashiki printed sandals bought when I was home during the Summer.  

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


If, like me you have been studying Fashion design in India,  you cannot help but admire the wide range of fabrics that exist here. India produces a lot of fabric from cotton to chiffon, some are mass produced,  others are still weaved by artisans. I have not yet discovered all the fabrics of this land. But today I wanted to talk about one that I recently discovered. It is called Khadi.

Khadi fabrics

I usually buy Kurtas made by this company Natraj

Khadi is a hand spun or hand woven cloth primarily made out of cotton. Sometime it includes also other fabrics such as silk and wool. The fabric is very warm in Winter and cool in Summer. It is also very important to the history of India because Ghandi started wearing and promoting it to become independent from British fabrics who were then more expensive. He started a revolution movement and him and all his followers were only wearing Khadi.

I was introduced to Khadi by my husband. He went fabric shopping one day and came back with colorful but stiff looking fabric. He told me the name and since I did not know about it, I went on to research it. I was glad to discover that I already bought several Kurta in that fabric for my father and brothers. I was reluctant at first because the fabric was stiff due to heavy starch.  But later on,  my father explained to me that it was just perfect for the heat in my country. Now my husband only swears by it. And I am falling for it as well. I wonder what kind of clothes apart from Kurta can be made from Khadi.

I recently purchased a Khadi Kurta (Indian Tunic) in grey that I am also falling head over heels for. I am very partial to dress shirts (men and women's)  and If you have been reading me for a while,  you know that I want one in every color. Imagine how happy I was to discover colorful men's Kurta similar to dress shirts on sale. I went on looking for the color I wanted. Unfortunately there was always a problem of size. That is why I left with only this Grey Khadi inspired Kurta.

Men's Kurta -  Big Bazaar
Jeans -  gift
Sandals -  Thrifted 
Beaded necklace -  Sandaga market, Senegal 

 Since the Kurta is on the darker side,  I paired it with vibrant colors.

It is big, comfy, airy. It is a men's Kurta but you can style it in such a way one would never know. Obviously I went the easy way here with jeans and sandals but next time I want to feminize the kurta a bit and add a belt and heels...

Friday, September 4, 2015

Buy now, wear later

Hello Hello!

Today's topic is this very bad habit of mine: buy now, wear later. 

I absolutely love shopping. I get such a rush when I purchase new clothes or accessories even if it is for my small business or gifts. It is high I wish I could constantly get. But when I buy for myself, I have a habit of storing the clothes for later. A dress I buy now could be worn anytime between two months to two years later. With age,  I have been better at this but a quick look through my closet tells me that I have a long way to go. Yes,  I still have dresses that I bought  four years ago that I have not yet worn. Can you believe it?
In fact, the only time I wore what I bought immediately was 15 years ago. I went shopping at Zara with my Mother and best friend. We were supposed to go out for diner at a fancy restaurant right after. I was not dressed for it because we were invited by other friends at the last minute. Therefore I bought myself some slacks and formal white shirt that I wore right then and there in the dressing room. 

I think I do wear my clothes way later because I have a habit of buying for an occasion. When I am not doing retail therapy (which means buying on impulse just because I am depressed or bored), I mostly shop for an outfit to wear to an outing, a formal event or for a trip. I would rarely go shopping just to get things I really need except when seasons changed.

Take this dress for example.This is the second time I am wearing it.  The first time was for a Xmas/farewell lunch just before I left Japan. (You can read about it here.) I am not even sure why because it is an easy to style dress. I love the color and the shape of it. It should be incorporated into my daily life. Yet, it hangs pretty inside my closet waiting to be worn for a special occasion.

Dress - Uniqlo
Jacket - Max
Pants -  Hm
Flats - Sandaga market
Bag - An oldie but a goodie
Bangles -  gift

However, when that special occasion comes, I play it safe, opting for easy to wear clothes like my favorite pants and a pair of wedges.  I have a fear of being dressed over the top when everyone around me is so casual.  I also have a fear of wasting a good outfit on a normal day. That is why I keep on storing my clothes. 

I finally scored African printed flats during my last stay at home. 

While I was taking pics,  this little fella was hiding under my feet. Thank God I only saw it once I was done otherwise I would be screaming. If you read this  you would know I am scared to death of lizards. 

Nevertheless I have decided to make a change. A pretty and easy to wear dress like this one should be out more often. Today I style it casual for school run but who knows next time, I will be adding heels to the mix.

 Are you like me?  Do you buy now to only wear it later?  Or do you buy and wear it immediately? 
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