A Summer of Ikat!

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Hello, Bonjour, Namaste!

Warm Welcome my friends.

This post of mine addresses ‘the’ big question (aside from being a DIY post) – what should you stock up for this summer? Well, this should actually start in the heart of winter, where in big markets bring out their spring-summer collections. I did that in December. Not that I’ve stocked and stopped. Its an ongoing process for shopaholics like me. But those who had been hibernating in winter and are heading to markets, only now, actually or virtually…this might help. Better late than never. 🙂

The following article is a result of observing and keeping an eye on forthcoming trends through an avid and thorough look into markets across India, US, Europe and also from  catalogues/magazines from the regions mentioned in the same sentence.

Also here is a DISCLAIMER: Summers usually come with a widest variety of options when it comes to dressing. While I’m making this list it doesn’t mean stripes (or any other classic styles) are out. They are like classic things that should stay in your wardrobe, like forever.

So let me list them in no particular order:

a) Ikat

b) Dots

c) Aztecs

d) Lace

e) Denim

Remember these five words. They are hot trends for this summer and I see no reason why they won’t work for the coming one as well. Add a sixth one to my list – animal prints. And no, I don’t mean the clichéd leopard print I mean finches, sparrows, owls etc. Also year after year, water colour florals work grrrreat for summers. The summer of 2013 is looking eastwards. Eastern prints, colours, patterns are everywhere for example I’m seeing a lot Gujrati mirror work here. You lucky readers in India. This is your summer.

The five trends on my list could appear as patterns on prints/fabrics/yarn dyes. I’ll write about each one with pictures from my personal collection, in subsequent posts. Therefore, this post will be updated with religious regularity, so keep coming back. I will make sure to notify you (or better still you can click on the RSS feed button on top right corner and receive updates).

Lets talk about Ikat. My current favourite for the season. May be because it has an Indian connection.

Ikat or Ikkat is the name of a very laborious technique of dying fabrics quite similar to tie and dye. Depending on how you bind the fabric you get various patterns which look geometric. Bright bold colours are used to make kaleidoscopic patterns. In one word it’s VIVID!

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My Ikat Shirt!

It has a variant called Double Ikat, a product that basically belongs to three countries India, Indonesia and Japan. My Indian readers might identify it with ‘patola‘ pattern from Gujrat or ‘Pochampally‘ from Andhra Pradesh. One sees Ikat a lot on sarees in India and I absolutely love those.

Otherwise Ikat has a near ubiquitous distribution reaching south and central American countries, as well.

There are a lot of Ikat patterns here in Europe now. I saw them in New York too. The ‘top of the line’ items of ‘top of the line’ brands are showcasing them, as we speak. They appear as Ikat motifs or prints on shoes (for example: Aldo, Coach, Vince Camuto, check their ‘new arrivals’), bags, accessories. They are just everywhere. And they are going to stay for another summer too.

I’m pretty stocked up with my Ikats from India (the best place to buy them at a reasonable price) and some from Mexico (as they kind of border/overlap with Aztec prints).

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Ikat print dress from India!

 

Also here is my DIY top with my mum’s ‘pochampally’ saree border.

I don’t know where would I be without her ♥ 

These are some left over pieces from my mum’s old Ikat saree (also I’m in love with this very shade of blue).

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I made a spaghetti strap top with it. Honestly, it looks more like Flat noodle strap top!

I wanted to use more of the blue part which was only at the border. So I layered the blue part on top of a base from the saree (which was grey – white at the centre). This way

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Adding layers of blue

I sewed these layers in place after holding them with pearl head pins first.

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Layers fixed with pearl head pins before sewing

I used one of my older tops as a measurement of length and width for this. I then made a rough structure ready by hand sewing it.

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Hand sewed at sides

Then tried it on. Sewed it permanent. This is how it looked. It looks ‘A’ line with the bottom more flared compared to the top part.

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The Front

 

I added some gathers at the back for some style and fit. Using elastic is another option. Also the hemline at the back should be a little lower than the front portion.

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The Back

All these points are relevant for DIY. If you are lucky to have a tailor who comprehends the design in your mind, he will know all these things. He/She should.

Also this was the ‘Dead End’ of my idea. I couldn’t find a way to make shoulders that was easy, pretty and added some ‘gravy’ to it, at the same time. This is what caused the delay in this post too. And then I came across this lace.

I got this beaded lace from a craft store.

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Beaded blue lace – just what I needed!

Marked two points, at front and back. And sewed the lace in place ( oh! that rhymes). This served as the tie ups.

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Sewed the tie ups.

And ta da….

 

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My DIY top!

It is made from a really good saree  material. Its sheer and cool, its bright and breezy.

Nevertheless, I know it’s not the perfect DIY top in the world but it sure does work. What do you think?

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That’s all from me, for now. I’ll be back in a jiffy with something new!

All I’m hoping here, is that you liked it. Let me know (even if you did not). I’m waiting to here from you. As always.

Hope you have a fabulous week ahead. Stay tuned and Stay crafty.

Credits: Top is by PLS (that’s me, abbreviated), Shoes are by Clarks (from London), Necklace (is actually a belt!! bought in Bangalore), Pant is by (Mango, from Barcelona).

 

Comments

  1. i will tell this website to all my friends & relatives
    best of luck for next craft

  2. satya sawant says:

    some good old material,a pair of Nikita’s lovely hands and a brilliant brain behind it (belongs to Nikita too) thats all it takes to create a beautiful ,graceful,contemporary(oh i am short of adjectives)dress. From now on i am going to send my old sarees to you.good work, keep it up.

  3. it looks great!!!!:)

  4. Shivika says:

    Too good..it’s just awesome..do come up with ideas for suits also if possible 😉

  5. Anonymous says:

    By far the prettiest DIY i have come across!! Keep it up pastlife seamstress!!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Wow!! By far the prettiest DIY I have come across !! Keep it up! 🙂

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