Academic Diaries – Year 1 – Post 5

Guys, today, I will tell you about Smocking embroidery. I love to work on this embroidery. In this post, I have shared my work as well.

I am going to explain step by step how to do stocking embroidery.

  • Firstly we make horizontal and vertical lines of the fabric which will look like a graph or squares. Make lines with pencil, chalk or any other thing but make sure something which can be removed easily from the fabric. With the help of lines, we can maintain the distance equally. For this smocking, I mark the lines on half inches, you can take it on your own.
  • After that, if you want then you can do running stitch on the intersection points of vertical lines only. But keep the thread open on both the sides of fabric so that you can pull the thread easily. If you don’t want to do the running stitch, then start smocking directly with the help of intersection points.
  • Begin from the top of the fabric, hold the two edges of the square and pinch (sew) it with the thread until it gets stiff.  I used anchor thread for finishing. You can choose any normal thread also.
  • You can follow the vertical square or can follow down up squares. It’s your choice.Collages

These are the steps for basic smocking. Even we can use beads, French knots.

There is one more technique I’ll talk about. Instead of taking the needle down, let the needle move continue to the upper fabric towards the next square. So that the thread is visible.

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  • One more thing, smaller we do the smocking, lesser the stretchability.

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Every year, a fashion show is held by INIFD (my college) where the final year students showcase their collections. In this fashion show, I helped my senior. I did smocking on the front yoke and sleeves of the dresses.

 

 

I am making my dress using this embroidery but it is not completed yet. I promise that as soon as my dress is ready, I will show you.

Freshers’ Party

Hello readers – hope you all are doing great. It’s summer in India and it is scorching hot here but that won’t stop me from writing next post. Actually, I was very busy with my exams and submissions and that is why it took me so long to write. My exams went very well. I am enjoying my summer holidays at my home. Now, I will continue with my new blog post – My freshers’ party. There was two freshers’ party. One party was organized by college and other by the hostel. Both the parties were in the 3rd week of September.

My college freshers’ party

I was very excited for our freshers’ party. The Party was at the JW Marriott hotel. It was a ballroom themed party. A ballroom is a large room inside a building which is used to hold large parties. I bought a gown of red color. With that red gown, I bought golden color hanging earrings, a golden crown and also red pumps (footwear). On the day of the party, I got up early and got ready. Then we went to the hotel. As we reached the hotel, a red carpet was welcoming us. There we clicked images with friends and also with teachers. Then we went to the hall where lots of lights were hanging in the middle of the hall. As I saw the lights, it gave the feeling like I am at some royal palace. Then there were dance performances by students. There was a group dance, followed by couple dance and two solo performances. One was contemporary dance and other was belly dance. We were having soft drinks and also, we were shouting to encourage the dancers. The dance was awesome and very entertaining. After these performances, the competition was started for Mr. and Miss Fresher 2016. As I wanted to share with you guys that I also gave the auditions for Miss Fresher but I was not selected. The judges were Ritu mam and Priyanka Khosla mam. In that competition, firstly, there were 3 or 4 rounds of ramp walk. After the rounds, some participants were selected for the last round. The last round was a question answers round that helped to decide Mr. and Miss Fresher.

Once the competition was over, the floor became the dance floor. We all friends danced for some time. For lunch, passes were very important. But when we looked for the passes, we didn’t find them. Then our friends shared their lunch with us. After lunch, again we went dancing the After dance, we went outside in the garden for photos and we clicked pictures of each other. After this, we came back to our hostel near 5 pm. I really enjoyed the party a lot.

Hostel freshers’ party-

The hostel freshers’ was held in the hostel itself. There was no dress code for that party. I bought a blue maxi dress. There was embroidery on the waist of silver color. I wore with that dress, silver hanging earrings, a silver neck piece and silver heels. There was DJ system in the hall. There we did dance until we got tired. We ate snacks in between dance. Three girls were selected for Miss Fresher, best dancer and best dress and they were honored with the prizes. Then we clicked photos and after that we had dinner. And that was my hostel freshers’. I enjoyed this party also. Who doesn’t like parties 😉 and I know the resolution of images is not that good.

 

Lakme Fashion Week 2017

Hello guys. Hope you all are doing great.

I Am very excited to share these things with you because it’s about my Mumbai tour. So let’s start then.

This year Lakme Fashion Week happened in Mumbai from 1 Feb to 5 Feb. We were told about Lakme Fashion Week around 2 weeks before the event date. We friends decided to go. So, we called our parents and informed them about our plan. Then in evening, I called Shivam to ask him about his plan. He told me that he had no plan.  I told him that we all should go together. He agreed and he booked tickets for the train for all of us. Now everything was decided.

On 29 January, we went market for groceries. At night, our cab arrived to pick us from our hostel. We reached the railway station. Shivam and my two other classmates were waiting for us.  We boarded the train but there was one problem. We had booked 7 seats and the seats were not together. Then I, Kamal, Harsha, and Dolphy went to the other seat where we requested a man to exchange seat with us. Luckily, he agreed. Then we started to chit chat and gossiping. We did lots of fun and cracked jokes. Around 5 or 6 am, we decided to take a nap. At around 8 AM, a man came and he was serving breakfast. We took bread omelet for breakfast. We also took tea but tea was like water. Like this our train journey was completed. That was a 40-hour journey.

On 31st morning, we were on Mumbai railway station. We had to travel in the local trains for Bandra. When I saw the local trains, I was dumbstruck. Local trains were full of passengers. There was no space to stand. We left 3 to 4 trains but anyway, after that we boarded a train. After we reached Bandra, we booked a cab for hotel. We reached hotel near about 11 am. Then Shivam went back to his uncle’s house and we all fell asleep in our room. We were so tired that we didn’t go outside that day. In night, we ordered pizza. Getting pizza after such a long journey was ecstatic. Then next day, around 10 AM, we went to Jio garden.  Firstly, we took passes from Ravi sir. The ambience was beautiful and the garden was very big in size. We met Anil Khosla sir. Then we went to the main show area. There was full discipline so, everybody was going in line.

The stage was properly set up. On one side, there was space only for media and above that, there was a sound system. Then we sat on our seats. After some time, the shows started. Models started to walk on the ramp. I saw the silhouettes, designs, and fabric of the garments carefully.  One collection drew my attention in which the silhouette and frills of garments were used. After the show, we went to the source area where all designers had set up their stalls. We went there and see the garments.

After the fashion show, we went to see Gateway of India and Taj hotel. We did boating and clicked some pics. We went to fashion street. I bought tops for me and then we ate vda pav and I ate mitha paan. That paan was awesome. After the exhausting day, we came back to Bandra, in our hotel.

On the next day, our other friends also joined us. That day, we all went to Haji Ali dargah. That dargah was made in the middle of the water. After this, we again went to Fashion Street for those friends who joined us later. That day, I bought flats [footwear’s] for mom. In evening, we went to the Juhu beach. There we ate gola and golgappe and then we clicked photos. After this, we went into the ocean. Though, we didn’t go too far. After that, we went for dinner. Firstly, we ate pav bhaji and then faluda (it is like ice cream and ras malai). If you are visiting Mumbai, then you should try Pav Bhaji and Vda Pav. After dinner, we went to our hotel. Kamal and I went to buy a cake for Dolphy for her birthday. We cut the cake. Ate some and spilled some.

Next day, we had to board return train for Chandigarh. We booked a cab for the station but the traffic was horrible. We reached the station at nearly 12.40 and by that time, the train had already gone. Long story short, we somehow managed to get tickets for a train for Delhi. Around 9.30 we reached Delhi. From there we caught a train for Ambala. This train was very slow. We reached Ambala and from there we boarded a bus to Chandigarh and around 8, we were in the hostel.

This was a whole new experience for me. The journey, Lakme Fashion week, the beach, visiting places and what not. I am always going to remember this trip. We all got to learn a lot.

Here are some of the moments of the fashion show that I managed to click.

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A Glimpse of fun that we had in Mumbai.

 

Stay tuned…

My first farewell party

It’s been quite a long time that I haven’t written. Past couple of weeks had been very busy weeks for me. I attended Lakme Fashion Week 2017 in Mumbai and spent a week there. Apart from that, college assignments and projects kept me busy all time.

I want to share my experience at Lakme Fashion Week but in this post, I will share my farewell party experience. Not my farewell party, I mean to say, my senior’s farewell party. It was my first party of college life and I was very excited. Let’s start with details.

One day, a teacher came and told us that you guys are also invited to that party. The teacher told us to collect coupons from admin. The venue of the party was Buzz Chandigarh on 13th of June.  It was a theme party and theme was floral. Floral means flowers i.e. something from nature. As you know that girls become very excited when it comes to choosing what to wear for the party. Then I went with my friends to the market. That day I did not find anything that drew my attention. Then at night, I thought what type of dress I should wear. I decided to go with a long floral skirt. Next day, we went to the market again and there I found a very beautiful long skirt in pink and white color. I bought a plain white color top and a pink muffler.

But what about accessories?

I bought a Tiara. Tiara is an ornamental crown traditionally worn by women. I bought a tiara with flowers. I also bought a pendant and a pair of hanging earrings. In footwear, I chose flatforms. On 12th June, we all friends kept talking about the party the whole night. Finally, that day came and I and my friend went to college because one of my friends was coming from Yamunanagar and in our hostel outsiders are not allowed. That was why firstly we went to college and there we got ready. The time to reach the venue was 11 AM and we reached there at 12:30 PM and we thought that the party is over. When we reached there, we saw that most of the students are late.

The ambiance of the Buzz was very beautiful. Floral theme was like the cherry on the cake. Umbrellas were kept on the floor decorated with flowers. Extra tiaras were there, in case, someone wanted to take one. Most of the people were dressed as per the floral theme. Loud music was being played which was perfect for a dance.

Then we took selfies and photographer also clicked some pictures. We met teachers and other classmates. We cracked some jokes and had some chitchat. Meanwhile, the music became loud and the lighting dim. The whole area had become a dance floor. We did a lot of dance. Then we went to eat some snacks. There were a lot of varieties in snacks. Teachers decided Miss and Mr. Hawaiian based on the dresses per theme. Ritu Mam announced the winners. Mr. and miss Hawaiian cut the cake and then we ate cake and had some cold drinks. After munching on snacks, we started dance again. A senior girl gave a solo performance in belly dance. In between, awards were given to the students for best dancer, best dress per theme. After the dance, everyone was exhausted.

And then at 5 PM, we came back to the hostel. After reaching the hostel, I looked for the key to my room. I had left the key in the bag of the friend who was from Yamunanagar and I forgot to take them back. Luckily, that day she did not go back to Yamunanagar. I took the keys from her and returned to the hostel. I went to bed to get some sleep. When I woke up in the morning, I checked my WhatsApp. In the group, I saw my photos in the newspaper and that was an amazing feeling. I collected those newspapers from my cousin’s house and kept them safely.

Below are some of the moments captured from the party.

In my next post, I will share my experience of Lakme Fashion week 2017. Till then, bye bye.

Enjoy Valentine week…