Before I start… I have news… the lovely Ana at Softwares to Stilettos interviewed me over the weekend. Here is the interview featuring The Creative Bent. I am ecstatic due to this one, and really grateful for all the love she showered upon me.
Now back to this one – In the last post, I gave you a preview of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week , 2013. The fashion week is showcasing only 12 designers over a span of 6 days starting 23 July (unlike the other hectic fashion weeks). Here is the detailed schedule, just in case you fancy.
But today I officially start a short series “What to wear to Fashion Week on a Budget(India)” Attending couture shows on a budget…well it sure is ironic. And “on a budget” may even be a dirty word out there… when the others, may well be dressed in designer pieces for all I know. But hey let me keep it real and take a chance here. If I had to wear only one outfit, I would spend on a designer piece for sure… but for so many outfits.. not possible at the moment. So what I will do?
Target: 8 outfits (6 Fashion Week Nights + Press Meet + Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition – which is separate BTW and on 18 July 2013)
How: Recycle or re-purpose existing items in my closet / DIYs / Buying versatile invstement pieces / Thrift shopping / Borrowing
Inspiration: Follow my board on Pinterest, to catch all my inspirations and thoughts about this.
Budget: 13,000 / $219(approx) / €167(approx)
Outfit # 1
So, my first outfit was slightly unplanned stumble while shopping. I had been loving Bhane for a while, but somehow never ordered anything. While out to shop a pair of jeans, I loved this denim dress at Only which felt like them. It fit my pear shaped body wonderfully well, and it was a must-have at Rs. 1150 (on sale)
If you are tired of seeing the same heels again and again, I promise to wear new ones the next time. But this time again, the blue wedges matched so well. The white watch was featured in an earlier post as well. The tote bag is a DIY!
DIY Humor Canvas Tote (My other Bags are Chanel)
I pinned this humorous tote a while back. I just had to have it. And with a minimalist denim dress, it was sure to add an edge.
Note : If you can get your hands on a plain tote, then simply paint it.
If you live in India, it is cheap and easy to get things stitched by a tailor. You can take that route, or even ask your mom or grandmother to help you out with the stitching.
For readers anywhere else, if you know how to stitch a little bit, this one is a simple task. Stick with me!
Things you need
Canvas (54″ width) was bought @ 175 ($2.92 / €2.24)
Chambray for the Shoulder Strap (48″ width) was bought @ 55 ($0.92 / €0.70)
Steps of Stitching the Tote:
While cutting your panels, you would need markings on all panels. But if you fold the canvas and cut, the mark will only be on one panel. Hence, you can use two ways.
1. Small cuts with a scissor, to mark where the stitching margin begins. You can match these cuts while stitching.
2. Lift the fabric a little, and mark with the chalk on the other panels as well.
While stitching you would need to rotate the bag a lot. That is tricky to be done continuously if you have never stitched before. If you unsure, lock the stitch and start again after rotating.
If you are a novice, heat press the fold first… it will get easier to stitch that way. Or else use an adhesive like Fevi Bond only slightly to hold the fold into place until you secure it with a stitch.
Steps of Painting the Tote:
Find a good font. I recommend dafont.com or FontSpace.com
Keep the newspaper between your bag, before painting to save any paint from getting onto the back panel.
As an after thought you can also use a permanent marker for neatness. Though I am not sure if it would last a wash.
If you found the post too long, I apologize. I only wanted the pictures clear and big enough to be understood. Stitching is little tricky after all.
So finally Money Spent on this outfit : 1380/ $23 (approx)/ €18 (approx)
Outfits left : 7
Budget left : 11,620 / $193 (approx) / €150 (approx)
Please leave any suggestions or ideas that you have below they are really appreciated. Catch you next time!