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Homes are special to all of us and everything that we do for our homes is special to us. They say home defines the personality of the home maker. May be that's why we take time to make decisions for our homes. We pay attention on every aspect that relates to our homes.

We like to make wise decisions before investing any money for the decorations of our homes.
Many of us feel DIY projects can't beautify our homes because DIY projects demands you to be creative, imaginative and artistic and you
feel you're not really good at anything. You find more easy to purchase a craft from a craft store then making an attempt to try your
hands on DIY project.
We understand your queries you don't want to waste your time and energy which will later won't give you the desired results.

This is the project which will not disappoint you as it doesn't risk your money and doesn't require your lot of effort which may tire you
and make you feel like to give up before accomplishing it.  despite of not being artistic or creative you can still enjoy the feeling of giving that personal touch to your home which is so special for you.

You cannot give any excuses to yourself for not making this easy and attractive project. The fun thing about this project is that you can
do by yourself, with your kids or with almost anyone of any age.  By doing this project you'll open the doors of compliments for yourself. This project will not just beautify your home but also elevate your confidence in yourself and will leave you admiring for your own work of art. We hope that by doing this project it will motivate you to do many more DIY projects.

Things you'll need:

Card board
Paper
Pencil
Ruler
Scissors
Painting color and a paint brush
Glue

Instructions:

Step1: Take a paper and draw any shape that you like heart shape, diamond shape, circular shape, shape like water drops anything which
you can draw neatly with ease.

Step:2 cut the paper along its shape and restore this shapely cut paper.

Step3: take the shapely cut paper and keep on the card board. Draw the same shape by following the paper edges.

Step4: neatly cut the cardboard by paying through attention according to its shape.

Step5: repeat the process for as many pieces of cardboard as you need.

Step6: paint all the prices of cardboard with the choice of colors that you like.

Step 7: apply glue or hot glue one by one to the cardboard pieces and stick to the wall in the desired manner to suit your style.

A few pictures to expand your Wall Art idea:

Wood Block wall


Enjoy!

Thank you.

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How do you draft patterns? Are you direct fabric pattern maker or you first make pattern on Paper or drape pattern on model?

Introduction to Pattern Drafting

Pattern are created from the body measurements instead of standard measurements available on sites. (Click here to learn how to take measurements precisely) The basic pattern is referred by 4 names

  1. Sloper
  2. Block
  3. Master or 
  4. Foundation Pattern

And it consists of 5 pieces - Bodice front, Bodice back, skirt front, skirt back and the sleeves. Remember a basic pattern have 0 or minimum number of darts and seams (these patterns are for beginners). As foundation pattern is based on measurements, one should learn how to take measurements or get exact measurements recorded. from the basic sloper you can create and style fabric as you want by tucking, draping, darting, cuts, gathers, pleats etc.

And for all who are new some important principles of Pattern Drafting and Pattern detailing:

Basic requirements while drafting

  • Patterns can be done on ordinary brown paper no need to get hi fi papers, Paper should not be too thin.
  • To achieve an accurate pattern design, use a sharp pencil and a ruler to get straight lines.
  • To get accurate at right angles at corners keep "L" scale or set squares ready.

Important aspects before attempting to draft

  1. Remembers all patterns should be larger than the body measurements for the freedom of body, Ease of action and comfortable whilst wearing. 
  2. Recommended Ease measurements: Bust 3" to 5" (3" for a tight fitting garment and 5" for loose fitting one); waist
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How do you prepare Fabric for cutting?

Well, there are a few things that every Fashion house or a professional seamstress follow, this procedure helps in understanding the fabric more accurately.

Grain

Grain refers to the direction of yarn weaving in a fabric. The fabrics are woven in lengthwise and crosswise grains that interlace at right angles to each other. These are called as Length wise and crosswise grains of a fabric.

While preparing fabric for patterns, the lengthwise grains are considered as a straight grain. Please refer the picture below

True bias grain is a pattern of grain that does not follow any of lengthwise or crosswise weaving of a yarn. So, this defines why stretch fabrics are different from other fabrics. well, lengthwise fabrics are stronger and does not stretch as much as crosswise. So, next time when you hit the store you are confused about a fabric all you have to do is stretch the fabric to 2" or 3" and see one that does not stretch is lengthwise grain fabric and one that does is a crosswise fabric.

It is recommended that if you are making a shirt or so, selecting crosswise grain yarn is not a good option. As, it will be difficult to make right and left of the garment or to match the design identical to match along seams, centre front, centre back etc.

Importance of Grain in Cutting and Construction

The manner in which a garment is cut in relation to the grain lines of the fabric affects the durability, fit and hang of the garment. Garment should be cut in such a way that the

lengthwise grain is parallel to garment length along centre front, centre back, centre of sleeve.

Because of the greater strength of lengthwise yarns, garments cut on lengthwise grain hang better and will be more durable. Ruffles, pleats and gathers will fall in graceful folds only if the folds follow lengthwise yarns. Moreover, the additional stretch of the crosswise grain will be needed across the body for movement.

An exception to the above rule is the case of yokes which are usually cut on crosswise grain (centre front and centre back edge parallel to crosswise grain). Sometimes yokes are cut on bias for design interest. In striped fabrics you may cut the front and back of the, garment on true bias to get the chevron effect.

In a well constructed garment, not only should the lengthwise grain run lengthwise on the body but the crosswise grains should be at right angles to the lengthwise grain or parallel to the floor at the base of the neck across the bust  across the fullest part of the hip (line 4) at the base of the sleeve cap etc. This can not be achieved if you are using an off grain fabric for cutting. The result will be an ill fitting garment which has wrinkles, lacks balance and is uncomfortable to wear. If a dress design should look balanced on the figure, the right half and left half should be identical in design, shape and grain.

In this context special care must be exercised when buying fabrics with printed stripes or checks. If these prints happen to be off grain, as in you can balance the design on the right and left half of the garment only by disregarding the grain, and this will create problems as mentioned earlier. Even so, this is preferable to making the fabric grain- perfect at the expense of balance in design. These problems do not arise in the case of woven checks and stripes.

As a final point, recall what has been said earlier about cutting and stitching along a bias direction: always work with the grain and not against.

Steps in Preparing the Fabric for Cutting

1. Check each end of the fabric to see whether it is a crosswise or straight grain fabric.

2. shrinking the fabric if the fabric is of a shrink material.

3. Leveling your fabric, that is cutting your fabric edges into equal lines, so, when you fold your fabric it should neatly fold into square.

4. It is important that you press the fabric and remove all the creases before you attempt to wave scissors on it.

P.S: Cotton Fabric are mostly of shrink material due to low thread counts so, make sure you shrink cotton and sew or else, it will not be you who have gone fat but your dress went on diet and shrunk.

Please note, all these aspects are really important to understand and give you that polished, designer quality dress.

So, Until next time, 

Prendre Soin,

Au Revoir.

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Hi,

Amateurs, or people who are new to to this skill, often find taking measurements a pain. its not unusual if you see anyone many sewing skirts, tees or dresses by just keeping a measurement dress on the fabric and zoom they cut their fabric. Many seamstress find this way easier. although, it may look easier, it does not result in good, finished and polished product. That way of cutting fabric is totally wrong. 

If you are new please refer to the previous blogs wherein, we have detailed why taking measurements is important and How to Master Ladies Measurements. These two posts will help you understand and grasp the idea of taking measurements. Whilst reading those posts itself; you will realize taking measurements may be little laborious but fruits are definitely going to be sweet. 

A good craftsman employ and master measurement techniques and pattern drafting techniques. These two skills will make you superior than other seamstresses. In this post we shall discuss how you can make your own skirt measurement chart. As we all know there are several skirt designs.

Let's start with short skirt. Please refer to the blog picture, make a record in that format. A skirt have only four measurements for all types of skirt.

  1. Waist
  2. Hip
  3. Waist to hip and
  4. Skirt Length

Waist: How to measure waist length it is similar to measurement we take for bodice. (Please refer this post on how to measure waist How to Master Ladies Measurements.)

Hip: To take hip measurement, round the tape around the fullest part of your hip and record it.

Waist to hip: Measure from back waist to the center of your fullest hip.

Skirt Length: Measure from back waist to the desired length of your skirt. 

So, in this post I would want you to prepare two skirts, One short and one long with the given patterns below. Please use the measurements above and create two straight skirt.

Short skirt Pattern

This skirt is Waist high skirt and ends just beneath the hips.

As a starter you can try our very own Meesha's Tutorial of how to cut a skirt. so, you polish and refine your sewing and cutting skills. Although, we do not encourage outlining, readymade pattern to sew any dress or skirt. But as a starter you can try this and understand ease and seams so that while trying rea pattern you are more aware of sewing notions.

I would recommend if you are a newbie, use this pattern on not so expensive cloth as you may mess up a few times before your hand becomes smooth.

Here is the video:

Or you can try this one for cutting from the scratch, Just to remind you, this video below is for knit fabric, so you don't really have to cut it. those 1/4 cms or so.

Measure your body according to the measurement technique mentioned above and leave an ease of 1/2 inch or an inch, if you mess up, you can fix up.

For any doubts please drop a comment below, will be more than pleased to help you.

Happy sewing!!

Until next time, Au Revoir!!

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