I created Miss Lily's dress using two secondhand saris. If you are a fabric hound, saris are an extremely affordable way to purchase silk. I have found silk saris for around $20 (quality and embellishment will increase the price) and a sari is 6 yards of fabric. Some saris are mixed silk and cotton and give a different feel - *almost* like raw silk which is my absolute favourite fabric. Saris can also be cut up and used in home decor (banding for drapery, bedspreads and pillows). It can be an eclectic look.
For my upcycled sari project, I used ManiMina's Chic Everyday Dress pattern (I have posted about this pattern before for an entirely different project). I love this pattern because of its modern shape and your fabric choice is unlimited.
For this project, I used two saris with gold embellished banding. The banding eliminates any hemming which makes the project a quick sew. Instead of a bias tape casing for the waist, I used the Indian ribbon I received for my birthday. The bazaar is full of bangles and they have kids sizes so we added some pink and blue ones here. The "carnation" garlands are something you see adorning the shops, especially during the festival.
Friends inspire each other. When my pal saw the dress I made she ran home, cut up a sari, and stitched up two little dresses for her nieces.
The yellow silk is so unexpected and vibrant!
Before I sign off for the weekend, I thought I would share some of the sights from our most recent trip to the Bazaar. You can see all the bangles in the top left corner.
Have a lovely weekend, and to those of you celebrating Diwali enjoy the festivities!