Design your own Lehenga
not really a fashion designer. I just love clothes. I’ve never been to
design school. I can’t sketch. I can’t cut patterns and things. I can
shorten things. I can make a dress out of a scarf.
I had posted a blog post “Udaipur Diaries” couple of months back where I designed my own lehenga and wore it for one of my cousins wedding function. Many of you wanted to buy that lehenga and so many of you asked me about how to get your lehenga stitched. Well, here is another lehenga which I designed and I though of giving you guys all details about how you can do the same and what all will you need.
Since I am based out of Delhi, I can tell Delhi people about the exact places I went to for sourcing the clothes and getting the lehenga stitched but for the rest of you, you can read about what cloth you need and get a basic idea. Rest you will have to find out about a good tailor and material sourcing places yourself. I believe that you don’t have to be a fashion designer to design your own clothes. You just need to be creative and do a little research. My mom stitches clothes and I have designed several pretty Indian outfits which she has stitched for me. We make a great team like that. From her, I did not learn stitching but I did learn how to source cloth, check the quality and get it stitched to look awesome.
For a lehenga, I mostly prefer net material since it is light and can be layered with a lot of tulle inside to make it look very puffy. And for the choli, I prefer raw silk. The duppatta again is of net with the same raw silk border as the choli. I source all my materials from either Nehru place or Chandni Chowk in Delhi. Going to Chandni Chowk and sourcing material can be a big headache due to the traffic and it’s always really crowded but it’s totally worth it since you can get everything from there. Whenever I gather the courage to go there, I get several things for different outfits at one time. I get the main net material for the lehenga with the design, a lot of plain white net for layering the lehenga which we need to dye according to the color theme of lehenga and raw silk for for choli and borders.
Instead of the net, you can even go for crepe material. It has a very smooth finish and looks very elegant. If you check out the video, you will see how I have puffed up my lehenga heavily with a lot of tulle inside and its giving an amazing flow. I love getting high waist lehengas stitched with almost backless choli and light duppattas. After I have sourced the material, I get it stitched from Naaz Boutique which is in the basement of DT City Center Mall, MG Road, Gurgaon. I know that’s pretty far but I don’t think I have found a better tailor yet and he has been stitching a lot of outfits for me since a long time. The boutique gets the cloth dyes, puts all borders and all the little things you need. Otherwise it’s another headache to go to another place to first get the cloth dyed and then take it to the tailor.
Here is what my outfit looks like!