Monthly Archives: July 2013

Indian Inspirations – and Burda 9/2012 #109

stoffRemember how I blogged recently that I had been given this white Indian fabric with hand-woven paisley pattern?

I decided I was going to make it into a European style dress and came up with this pattern: it’s Burda 9/2012 #109. It’s a really simple dress with only two large darts in the front and only a centre back seam for shaping.

So this is my result:

IMG_3873IMG_3874I used a white cotton batiste to underline the front and back pieces, the sleeves are unlined. I did think long and hard about the pattern matching, but you can see on the back of the dress that the result isn’t quite perfect. But at least I am making progress – I never used to even consider pattern matching at all until I started reading sewing blogs and getting inspiration from there.

IMG_3877I added some pockets in the front and these are truly perfectly matched so I am mighty proud of them ;-).

IMG_3879Another thing I learned from following you sewists is to insist on a better fit, even if the pattern does fit perfectly from the word go. I have always had problems with gaping at the back neckline and always simply accepted this as the home-sewer’s look. Not any more! I learned to add some darts to take out the surplus width at the back neckline. Finishing with the white binding rather than with a facing was an afterthought and so it does not sit flush with the top end of the zip. I am treating this as a design statement rather than an oversight…

IMG_3880I also added two tiny pleats to take out the fullness at the front neckline (I usually trace a size 40 because I need the general width but I would not need the cup size) otherwise I always always have gaping problems there as well. You can hardly see the pleats, they are hidden in the paisley just above my collar-bone. You can also just about make out the difference in the transparent sleeve and the underlined rest of the dress.

This is in fact the first time I have used underlining and overall that was a good experience. I feared all sorts of sliding and shifting of layers of fabric, but using cotton underlining did not really make that an issue. There are a couple of creases on the inside, but as I did not decide to photograph those I don’t feel so bad about them ­čśë

IMG_3870Overall I am happy with the way this turned out. I am always a bit nervous about wearing white what with all the options for getting stains on it, so I am not sure how much I am going to wear the dress. But for those occasions where I do want a white summer dress I am set up ok, don’t you think?


Update: My Indian Fabric Present

I have been working busily on my Indian fabrics and have already made a maxi-dress out of the flowery one – pictures to follow!
After a lot of thought and to-ing and fro-ing I think I have decided on what to do with the embroidered white fabric.


At one point I thought I would make an Indian style kaftan, but now I am going for an East/West fusion kind of vibe and will try this: Burda 9/2012 #109 is a simple shift dress which I made before (out of a heavy and very wintery wool fabric) and which I have really liked wearing this winter. For the summer version I will underline the fashion fabric (which is very transparent) with a simple white cotton batiste, apart from the sleeves which will remain unlined. I think I will also add those pockets, but in the fashion fabric rather than a different one. My fabric is very crisp, inspite of its light and airy appearance, so I think a rather simple style will look good. The one thing I am still not sure about is the darts. Adding darts will cut across the paisleys at one point or another – will that look bad? On the other hand, I went through all my Burdas today checking for styles without darts. Basically that means styles without any shaping altogether, and I don’t think I quite like the Earth Mother kind of look.

I am hoping to start tomorrow – update to follow.

Look what I have been given!

stoff My daughter is taking part in an exchange programme with and Indian school and this is my present from my guest daughter: two beautiful Indian fabrics directly from Bangalore. The rose print on green is a light cotton, the paisley fabric is an almost transparent white and the paisleys are woven in, not printed, in a metallic brown with a golden shimmer in the light. It’s a traditional hand-woven Indian fabric, unfortunately I don’t remember the name.

Isn’t that a fantastic present! You can imagine how pleased I was to receive such a thoughtful present!

Now what to make out of the fabrics? The pink on green screams maxi-dress, don’t you think? And the white one needs to become something quite simple so as to showcase the wonderful pattern. I think pleats or lots of darts etc would only detract from it.

And how to finish? Because the fabric is see-through I need some sort lining. Or maybe just a slip underneath? Do you have any thoughts or ideas?

Any comments are gratefully received!

Look what I have been given!