Awhile ago I went a little crazy buying vintage silk saris online (they are so cheap! and colorful! and embroidered!). I posted previously about several of the garments that I made from them, and now I have added a couple more.
The first one is a super fun maxi skirt from lekala, #4186. It is basically a circle skirt, but is has an asymmetric yoke and a split in front. I thought that it would work really well with one of my embroidered saris.
The sari I picked was mostly green, but the contrast area (called the pallu, I believe) is pink and has a woven pattern. I used that for the yoke and also for the area near the split. I had to do a bit of piecing to get it on both sides, but I think that effect works.
I do wish that I had adjusted my parameters when getting this pattern (lekala makes a custom pattern based on your measurements) because the yoke is very tight. I let it out as much as the seam allowances allowed, and I can just barely zip it up. I’m glad that the yoke is both interfaced and made of the sturdier part of the fabric, because I don’t that the flimsy green part would withstand the strain.
|The top is the Nettie bodysuit made in a cotton knit.|
This skirt is fun to wear, especially with all the sequins on it. I do wish there was enough of the embroidered area that I could have had a bit of it on the back as well as the front, but there just wasn’t enough of it. I also think that if I make this again I would leave off the waistband. The tight yoke makes it kind of redundant, and it end up more high waisted than I really wanted.
The second piece is actually pieced. I used up scraps from 3 different saris that had been used for other projects– similar to how I use up knit scraps. Most of my other scraps get tossed in my scrap bag and then made into quilt squares as described in this post. However, I learned that sari silk is just too delicate to work well for quilting. This is a shame, because it is such fun fabric; this is my alternative way to avoid throwing away the scraps.
The pattern is from Burdastyle, 8-2015, and I used it previously to make this top and this dress. (I actually have fabric for a second dress as well.) I pieced my scraps together first and then cut out the pattern pieces. The raglan sleeves on this pattern worked especially well because the sleeves were already two pieces. I love doing these types of projects because I find it a fun puzzle to make everything fit and also be aesthetically pleasing.
Since the silk is not opaque, I plan on always wearing this over another shirt, which actually makes it pretty great for fall layering. If it is a depressing day, this top is sure to cheer me up!
|And one more for fun!|