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Outfit for Ugadi

April 14, 2015

Handmade skirt and blouse for Ugadi

I wrote this post almost 3weeks back… but then all the usual daily things came in-between which included missing camera chargers and cables to transfer photos….mmmmm still didn’t find them.

Ms. H wore a ankle length half circle skirt with a top/blouse for Ugadi, the set was made in jan/feb but not for the festival.
Here is Ms. H (These days she is not very interested in being photographed… most of the time makes goofy faces)as she is on Ugadi; as of today she looks completely different with her new hair cut.

Long back when we were visiting my sis-in-law, i saw that there is an exhibition by mrignayanee in kalakshetra, asked Mr. A if we can make a detour on our way back home. No particular projects in mind, just stashing the fabric (running material as it is called here) for experiments/wearable muslins. Ms. H wanted something pink and I always wanted make a half circle skirt…the blouse followed because i had the fabric for it. Its Pink, its super twirly and the recipient is very happy with it.
SEW - half circle skirt - pink handprint1 SEW - half circle skirt - pink handprint2

Pattern: Self drafted from Ms. H measurements (not sure which tutorial i used)
Size: 4Y
Fabric: Bagh print yardage from Mrignayanee
Notes: Waist finished swing skirt style.
Hem finished with 1″ bias tape made of same fabric and hand hemmed.
Apart from miles and miles of hand hemming its easy to make. I measured the entire hem of the skirt and made a continuous bias tape exactly to that length (may be 2″ more).
This post gives instructions how to make a continuous bias tape from a rectangle, much better use of fabric than a square. Most of the binding calculators give size of square fabric required to get the needed bias tape. Since i already decided to make it out of a rectangle, used some simple mathematics, the area of the square = area of rectangle and made the bias tape (little more than 1.5m) out of a rectangle.
Details of skirt
SEW - Half circle skirt - waist detail SEW - Half circle skirt - hem detail WS SEW - Half circle skirt - hem detail RS

The top/blouse is a different story altogether, what i envisioned was a semi fitted top that ends just an inch below the waist and has cap sleeves…. and the outcome is entirely different (no mistake of the pattern though, i should have measured properly both the pattern pieces and Ms. H and made more modifications….mmmm) On the other-hand the pattern will make a very nice kurta.
SEW - Sophie Top - Maroon selfstripe

Pattern: Sophie tunic by Sisboom (I got it on scientific seamstress etsy shop)
Size: 4Y (i think… whats the point of documenting if i can’t remember the details….)
Fabric: Maroon self stripe handloom fabric.
Did not do the front slit. I wanted buttons running the entire length in the back so changed the back bodice and back facing pieces to accommodate that.
Sew-on snaps in the back, should have used the hook and eyes, as every time she streches a bit, top 3 snaps would come undone…
Details of blouse
SEW - Sophie top - back snaps SEW - Sophie top - side vent Untitled

While Ms. H and I are happy with the skirt… The blouse is so and so…
Mr. A said The whole ensemble looks like what his sisters used to wear when they were in school… very old fashion????? i will say vintage fashion 😉

5 Comments leave one →
  1. April 14, 2015 5:32 pm

    Happy Ugadi to you Radhika. The tunic is really cute. I sometimes -scratch that -most times sit on the photos for months and after few months when I look at I’ve almost lost the interest in it. Both the fabrics looks really soft and earthy.

    • April 14, 2015 6:26 pm

      Thankyou Preethi. I tried to post them soon but i misplaced both the charger and cable of my camera so had to take the photos with my phone again. The cotton is super soft but wrinkles so easily so needs a bit of ironing(not my fav thing) after wash.

  2. April 16, 2015 10:17 pm

    Happy Ugadi 🙂 That skirt is so twirly, love it on your princess!!

    • April 17, 2015 12:03 am

      She loves it but not so good for cycling around and messy play, which is the way the summer vacation is going on…


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