Saturday, September 10, 2016

Modern Dress: Boho styled tunic dress from an old sari

Hello all!  I've been bad lately at keeping up with the blog and I apologize for that.  I have been sewing a bit - mostly fabric hoarding really because there have been amazing sales lately- but I'm being bad abut taking pictures of my creations.  So, with that, I present to you my modern knee length boho dress.

The front of the dress
Close up of the trim around the bottom edge
Close up of the neckline

The dress needs side ties so I can tie it in the back. I swear, it looks pretty cute on but I need to make a slip for it because it is very sheer. You can tell that in the last photo. I cut up the pallu of the sari years ago and what was left of that is now the pink ruffle.

I've been on a Bob Ross kick the past few days so I've been hearing a lot about "happy accidents". With that in mind, I did accidentally sew the bottom ruffle so that the seam was on the front rather than the back like it should be. So, thinking in the "happy accidents" mindset, I added the sari trim to cover the seam on the outside of the dress. Honestly, I think it looks better this way. I really love the bit of *something* that the trim adds to the hem and it also helps to match the bit of trim I added to the neckline.

I still have some of the sari left - I'm thinking handkerchief skirt but we'll see. For the slip, I keep going back and forth between simple a-line out of cotton or a more fitted late Victorian-esque princess line slip. I can't decide on a color for the slip either. Lilac? Teal? Pink? White? There is a lot of yellow in the pattern so even that might look neat. I think I need to take a couple of scraps to Joanns and buy some cotton then decide on the shape for the slip.