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.


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


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.

Orientation – part 1

Hi Everyone,

So, let’s start with my class experiences. From May 16, 2016 to June 12, 2017, it was orientation period in college. The purpose of orientation was to give students a platform where students could be introduced to fashion before the commencement of classes and also, to introduce to each other.

I have so much to tell you about orientation because that was a whole new experience for me. But I will try to cover the whole orientation period in some posts. This is the first post in the orientation series. I will tell you about some of the classes that left an impact on me from learning, entertainment and experience perspective.

  1. In the orientation, I remember one class in which we had to get a print out of walking figure. We had to copy it and cut it into the proper shape. Now we were supposed to select designs from magazines and cut it in a way that made a dress. Next step was to paste the paper dresses on the figure that we had cut. From this exercise, we got to see our creativity. After the class, there was a group photo and we were given homework also. We were supposed to make at least 2-3 dresses in this way. The next day, our work was displayed in the foyer area and it was the most interesting thing which I could remember.
  2. There was also an illustration class in which I learned how to handle the pencil and how to make a gradient. The most interesting thing in this class was that I learned about how to make face features. Special focus was given to nose, eyes and lips. I like to draw even before joining college so, I enjoyed this class a lot.
  3. Before this class, we had to bring an old T-shirt. I had no t-shirt so when I told that to my cousin brother, he said that no need to buy a new t-shirt. You could take my t-shirt. I had no idea that it will be cut next day. When I reached the class, I came to know that it will be cut. In this class, we were taught how to make a design in an interesting way and how to give a new design to an ordinary t-shirt. After learning this, I also cut my t-shirt into a top. I was very happy to see this because it was made by me. That top was looking very cool but when my cousin saw his t-shirt turned top, his wordings were, “Don’t expect me to wear this”. We all had a good laugh.
  4. When there was an embroidery class, we were supposed to bring anchor threads. Anchor threads are used in embroidery. In class, we learned basic stitching and after learning the stitches, I made an embroidery in form of rose flower. This class was easy for me because I knew some basic stitching already. Also, I learned some new things and new ways of doing things.
  5. During orientation, apart from practical classes, theory class were also there. We were supposed to do research on designers and different brands and then make a presentation on it. From this research work, I got to know about famous brands and designers. Also, I got to know how these brands were started. Learning about the history of fashion was a good learning experience for me.

Here are some pics from the above classes.

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That’s it for the first part. I will write more about orientation in coming posts.

Stay tuned and don’t break your new year resolution. 🙂

My first day of college


I was late on very first day of my college. What a great start.

I was nervous and excited as well. I didn’t know where was my classroom. The watchman told me where my classroom is. When I entered the classroom, the teacher asked me to take my seat. I looked at the classroom, students, and the teacher. I saw that a game was being played.

Every student had a piece of folded paper in their hand. That piece of paper was written by someone else. As per my guess, every student wrote their name and their introduction on a piece of paper. Then all papers were collected and every student was asked to pick a paper. One student stood up and opened the piece of paper and read the name and introduction of the person written on that paper. Then, the student whose name was in the previous paper, stood up and read the paper that he/she was holding and the game continued. After this game, the teacher asked me to introduce myself.

After this, whole class went to INIFD Corporate Office where we met Anil Khosla, Ritu Kochar. Anil Khosla is CEO of INIFD and Ritu Kochar is the Founder Director of INIFD. Anil Khosla sir gave us a motivational speech. He pointed towards my specs and gave an example that if you want to be a fashion designer then you should think how you can carry these specs so that they appear to be beautiful and fashionable. Anil sir also said that every morning wake up and see your face in the mirror and repeat to yourself that you are a designer.

After the speech, we clicked group pictures with Anil Khosla and Ritu Kochar. After that we got refreshments. Then I went back to the hostel. When I reached my room, my seniors asked me about my first day of college. Then we went to the canteen to have some tea and Maggi. (Maggi – best thing about hostel ;p )