|Cutting the sarong - edges will make the bodice, middle will make the skirt|
With the colour turned down you can see the shape of the eventual dress (well, what shape there is!):
and then (colour back on) here I am in the afternoon sun, wearing what is clearly a loud sack-dress:
On the positive side:
- finally using a gorgeous handwoven sarong bought a few years back in Lombok (and bought with the intention of making a dress!)
- cheap (less than $5...)
- quick to make, and it was fun to experiment with an idea for sewing something out of rectangles rather than using a pattern
- the colours, and the cute unravelling fringe
- comfort - this dress is soft, loose, breezy and super comfortable on a hot day. Or night.
- sun coverage
while on the negative side:
- the fabric's loose weave meant it just kept shifting as I sewed, and the less than pristine look of my seams and seam finishes bug me
- the fit isn't how I envisaged: it looks like a muu-muu rather than an arty sort of akira dress :-(. Basically I cut the bodice too wide because I didn't want to insert a zip.
- I think the fabric is going to grow...
- the colours are probably unstable and the fringe is going to keep unravelling
- my 5 year old wardrobe consultant wants one and it has to be exactly the same (not possible!)
|wiggly fabric and messy sewing|
|Navel gazing means looking down... and I do like the stripes and the fringe|
Does comfort trump style? I'm not sure it does for me - but I guess clothes for super hot days aren't usually particularly stylish. Let's call this step 1 in a series of sarong sewing experiments...