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In the Previous blog "Introduction to Sewing: How to take Exact Measurements" We discussed the importance of taking accurate measurements, whose outcomes are not only precise and perfectly chiseled dress but also renders you a perfectly sculpted look.

In this lesson, we detail you how to take measurements. Everybody knows this and acknowledges the fact that everybody has their unique body size. And ready-made clothes although create clothes in dozen for sizes small, medium and large, but there may be sometimes, you have have large arms, and petite body, and many other things that does not deter manufacturers to cut and sew according to your peculiar size.

One more thing, sewing not only saves huge seamstress fee but is also a hands on skill that can be very very precious and productive in future. So, it is good to introduce it to your children.

In the above picture Front and back figures are labelled. Like bust, waist etc.

It is always good to start measuring the bigger measurements such as Length, bust, waist etc.

Width Measurements:

So lets start with upper body, Measure your bust as outlined in the figure, round the tape and measure, this also serves as your width of the garment.

Waist: now round the tape around your waist where you have tied a cord and record your measurements.

Neck: Many people commit mistake while measuring neck, the tape should be placed just above the collarbone in front and on the base of the neck at the back.

Shoulder: For this see picture above, just measure from the neck joint to the arm joint. DON'T MEASURE FROM ARM JOIN TO ARM JOINT.

Length Measurements:

Front waist length: Place your tape at the highest point of the shoulder to the waist line. Remember your waistline is where cord ends. (Refer the above Picture: shoulder to waist)

Shoulder to Bust: place the tape at the similar point as placed whilst measuring shoulder to waist and place it at the tip of the bust, that shal be your shoulder to bust measurement.

Distance between bust points: Now measure in horizontal direction, the distance between the two bust points.

Back Measurements

Back Width: Now refer to picture 2 that has a labelling back width, measure from arm hole to arm hole.

Back waist length: place tape at the nape of your neck and drag towards the waist, where your cord line ends. (don't take your cord too big in size 1/4 inch should do).

Arms Eye Depth: Measure from base of neck at centre back to a point directly below it an in level with the bottom of the arm where it joins the body.

Sleeve Measurements:

Upper Arm circumference: Tape around your fullest arm and record your upper arm circumference.

Lower Arm: This can be where you want your sleeve to end, like for a short sleeve measure just above the elbow, or for three forth length sleeve below your elbow and for full, leave 3 cms and measure your arm below elbow.

Wrist: Measure around the wrist, make sure not to tightly, just you want your sleeve to fall.

Sleeve Length: For short sleeve, measure from tip of the shoulder to the top of your arm, or elbow length sleeve, measure from tip of the shoulder to the top of the arm to elbow joint, for full length, bend the elbow slightly and measure from tip of the shoulder to the back of wrist, passing tape over the elbow point, bend.

This ends our lesson of how to measure upper body, attached below is a video which shows how to draw these measurements on the fabric. or draft it on the paper.

This is an amazing video which will cover all the points that we have covered in this article. People say learning how to sew online can be a meticulous job as there is no one to show it live, so, we bring you theory + live experience so, that it is absolutely clear for you.

For any doubts, please drop a comment below.

Until Next Time, Prendre Soin.

Au Revoir!!

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Everybody, loves to have that custom fitted dress on their bodies, that will not only enhance the beauty of their dress but also fit perfectly on their body type.

In this blog, We (Howtoseweasy)team introduces you to garmenting yourself in the best manner. I have heard and seen many people complaining about the dressmaker being a tiff in sewing. and did not deliver what they asked for. We all know not everybody possess this skill of sewing, but what's harm in understanding sewing things, techniques, and I would say in software language, "technical terms" of dress making. And for those who know sewing or want to learn, this blog is for you to understand how to exactly take measurement of your body.

Remember, every body type is different and having knowledge of taking measurements will make your life easy, you can easily alter your own dress or correct the seamstress, if she is not taking your measurements right, or you can create those beautiful garments all by yourself, with the little help we are rendering. You can contact us anytime with the query and we will be more than pleased to help you, master this art. There are a few things mentioned below that you need to understand such as:

Why taking body measurement is important?

Body measurements are crucial as every dress is created out of this measurements. This is not only a basic step but also a very pivotal lesson for anyone who wishes to master the art of Seamstress, Designer, or a tailor. 

In order to create that fabulous dress, or perfectly fit dress, body measurements should be taken with precision. You can certainly buy a pattern online, or from a bookstore but all the patterns require your body size. every style is based on the body measurement. This is why body measurements are really important.

How to take measurements?

While taking measurements there are a few things that should be noted.

  1. The measuring tape should be good, not sturdy, or which does not stretch.
  2. The metal end of the measuring tape should always be utilized for taking vertical measurements and the flip side of the measuring tape should be utilized for measuring circumference and horizontal measurements.
  3. Measurements should be either taken in smooth fabric (not wearing bulky clothes) or in undergarments.
  4. Whilst taking measurements it is important that you should tie a cord or ribbon on your waist. it helps in taking exact measurements of top and bottom.
  5. You should also employ a method of taking a 1/4" width tape, and cast it around your armhole.
  6. If you are taking your own measurement, I would recommend please don't as you may bend and measurements can vary. It is very important to stand erect with hands on your side whilst taking measurements.
  7. Many old school teachers recommend that you should include ease measurements while taking measurements, I would recommend please don't do that. Take exact measurements and include ease measurements directly on cloth. like adding two lines. one without ease and one with ease.
  8. In many cases it is easy to keep both measurements handy, one exact measurement and loose measurements. Remember these measurements apply for every dress. so, keeping both handy will save time of re-measuring every time you hit the sewing machine.
  9. Always hold the measuring tape parallel to the floor whilst taking horizontal measurements and perpendicular to the floor whilst taking vertical measurements. 
  10. Last but not the least, don't forget to record them.

As a Pattern maker, one should follow every minutest detail not only to save time but also to avoid any damages to the cloth.

Once you have mastered the art of measuring you can sew any pattern, even the most complex one.

In the next blog, We will make many old schoolers re-visit and for beginners introduce to how to master the art of taking body measurements. Let's start with ladies measurement than advance towards boys.

So, If you have any query to ask, or need any help please drop a comment below and one of the esteemed team members will help you.

Until next time,

Prendre soin, Au revoir.


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Julie walters is an extremely talented crafter, I was searching something innovative that you can do with your tees. There is a lot of requests on upcycling tees.

Julie Walter videos' are exceptionally creative, you can check her channel on youTube. Well, whatcha you doin' this Wednesday? I got a good post for you. Why not attempt making this flower and you can accessorize this flower with any outfit, bags, tees, scarves, hair ties, hair bands.. uff.. so on!.

Check the video above and you will realize these are instantaneously easy. So, attempt these and you will not only recycle your t-shirts, but amazingly you will be surprised to discover, whilst preparing these flowers; you have also refurbished your home. or you have accessorized your wardrobe or your dress. I assure you, this tutorial is a must try for everyone. Surprisingly, these flowers are multi purpose. 

Materials required:

- Your old tees,

- Hand Sewing Kit

- Glue

Above mentioned materials are required only to create flowers. 

Presenting below ideas and a brief instruction on how to achieve the notion.

As you can see the above picture, that represents a big flower and a few small flowers. So follow instruction given in Julie Walters video on how to create flowers and all you need to do here is use glue or hand stitching machine, that is thread and needle and align the left over  fabric of the tee in the design above and stick flowers. the leftover fabric is used to give that polished look. if you observe closely, it represents more of a fancy neckline, than just a few flowers tugged here and there.

While creating, inventing designs one should be open to imagination. Try to achieve the design in your mind. the key to success is, to let your imagination do the talking and let hands do the work. The big designers, who have created their multi-billionaire empire and their labels popular; is by letting their imagination loose, more than trying to follow trends. Be unique and be special.

You can also try this. Amazing neck work on a simple blouse.

Well, how about redecorating your old sweater?..

You can also stick these flowers and create amazingly colorful headbands for your daughter, niece, or for any little or big girl. I like big girls wearing flowery headbands. If you have a spare plain head band you can stick these with super glue, as you wouldn't want your flowers to fall.

Try this cute headband.

Wow! a flower necklace. All you got to do is attach flowers on a ribbon and tie ribbon behind your neck or you can also use this as a headband.

Well, How about sticking some on cushions to add that glam, spiced look to your lounge, sitting room or bedroom.

Best thing about these flowers is that you can give them customized look with just a button. A vintage button will render a vintage look, a cutesy button will give a girlish look, a baby button gives a look of belonging that belongs to baby. 

So, Enjoy, customize, decorate, upcycle, recycle, refurbish and mostly feel creative.

Until next time Prendre Soin,

Au revoir!!!

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According to peers, well.. Sounds too academic lol. DIY means you spend either no money or very less amount of money. That to you spend on getting basics or essentials such as glue, nails and so on. If you are spending lavishly to create a DIY project than, think again. You could have got a new stuff with the same of amount of money, instead of spending lavishly on the recycled thing.

DIY projects are not only easy, swift and cost no or less moolah, they are easy way to prep, alter, modify and refurbish your home/clothes. Most importantly, recycling products saves a lot of money and you can spend those extra bucks on something really important. 

We received some of the most amazing feedbacks that they love our blogs and wants us to continue writing blogs, that inspire them to reutilize their storage trash and recycle their stuff. Tin cans reinventions were particularly liked. Click here to read our DIY projects on recycling things, Tin cans, shoe boxes etc.

If you like any of the idea that we are showing you here or wants us to create or demonstrate any particular DIY project theme, please drop a comment below. You can also join our project room and meet buzzing people who are heads on creative and also discuss about products available on this website.

One of the members asked to do tutorial to recycle clothes. Well, there is lot of peculiar, amazing things you can do with your old clothes. So, lets get  started. Does every body has an oversized old tee.. Put your hands up!  Well I see many hands in the air! ;)

Brilliant let's get started up, Go grab that old oversized tee.. 

Materials required:

- An Oversized Tee

- A pair of scissors

hand sewing kit

- A button or flower (optional)


Step 1: Cut the hem of the tee-shirt that is the bottom stitch,

Step 2: Now take out your sewing kit, and take a measuring tape and measure the width 20" and mark it. If your tee has more width, you can utilize it. it will create more ruffles when you wear your scarf. 

Step 3: Draw a straight line beneath your sleeve stitch that start from your shoulder stitch on the both side and cut it. You will see that it is now a straight fabric with a neck. 

Step 4: Draw a line beneath your neck and cut. The piece left on your table is a long rectangle. 

Step 5: Join rectangle widths by hand sewing or you can also use machine.

Step 6 (Optional): You can also sew the length edges of the rectangle, If you want to sew the length too remember to sew before stitching the width.

Step 7: now put your loop in the door knob and stretch.

Step 8 (Optional): After putting a double loop around your neck or a single loop, you can also add an oversized pin, tug a flower or a flower clip. To give your scarf a more personalized, accessorized and girly look.

This is a unisex scarf, so, you can also gift your boyfriend and he'll never know it is created outta a tee.

You maximized Tee, sorry, your infinity scarf is ready to wear.

This was the easy tut for the beginners and also a recycled version of a tee.

Embedded videos are attached at the bottom of this blog, wherein, you can learn how to make more styled infinity scarf with a tee. 

and how to make an infinity scarf with fresh fabric.

Presenting a few styling tips on how to wear an infinity scarf.

Double Loop

(Above Picture from

Now Videos

How to make infinity scarf professional way

String infinity scarf.


Please post a Picture if you have tried this.

Until next time, Prendre Soin and Au revoir!!

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What do you like about Fridays? Mmm many people wait for super cheap black Friday sales, and there are other bunch of people who likes it to be the end of the week. True it is, after a stressful week at work, every bone ache for relaxation. As far as I know creative people wait for weekends to quench their creative thirst. 
In our previous two blogs I gave buying tips for getting your sewing supplies and also made sure amateurs know how to maintain a sewing kit. The amazing simple DIY creation from a simple shoe box converted into a multi facet, multiple saving Organized sewing kit. 

As I have rendered and prepared hand sewing kit, how about utilizing those kit and basic hand sewing skills to create a wonderful summer scarf. Summers are usually dry, sweaty and wearing a scarf in summertime does not feel like an appropriate idea. Does it? Well, it does. Let me count you a few benefits of wearing a scarf in summers.

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