I love saree fabrics - the bright and beautiful colours fresh from warmer climates fills me with hope for the summer (she says while listening to the rain pour down on the conservatory roof).
Chloe returned from India with the most beautiful saree that suited her so well! It was filled with pinks and purples and some absolutely gorgeous embroidery and of course sparkle!
I worked with a lining fabric to make a simple wrap around under skirt which is used to tuck the saree fabric into. I had a little play around with darts and think I got them pressed out neatly and very evenly (the sewing bee judges would be proud!).
I then started to work on the top. I used another top that Chloe had made while she was in India as a guide. I made this out of a thin purple and gold woven fabric. It was pretty tricky to get used to working with - the weave meant that often the fabric would catch in the needle and the work was definitely slow and steady. In the end I got used to how to work with this fabric and got going and it turned out pretty well! Due to the scratchyness of the weave once we did the fitting I attached the lining fabric top into the woven top so that it was much more comfortable for wearing plus a bit warmer too!
And here it is - didn't she look absolutely gorgeous!
I loved doing something different, working with such beautiful fabric and making some clothes again - it definitely inspired me to start stitching more clothes! I really enjoy it and the more I practice the happier I get with the outcome. My aim is to make a pair of trousers in the next few weeks - I'm just looking for some fabric that I like! I'll keep you posted!