Hello Readers! I finally have the pictures of my Early Regency Sari dress to share with you! When I was a child, I played dress-up quite a bit. However, usually, I dressed up from India. I was fascinated by anything Indian. I collected many outfits, tunic, pieces of saris, from thrift stores! I also had bangles for my ankles and bindis for my forehead. My friend and I always played Princesses from India. There was something very exotic and alluring about that far-off land. Now, as I am older, I know that India, and its goods, have allured people for hundreds of years.
Regency folks especially, loved India's fine fabrics.Woman fashioned their frocks from lovely Sari shawls and prints. I used existing inspiration and my own creative engines to draft and sew this dress. I hope you like it!
I was given this Sari by a lovely woman who lives in India.
The dress has a crossover bodice, a deeply pleated skirt back, detachable belt and short, puffed ball sleeves.
The waist is fitted, but has a slight drawstring to take in ease for an extra-goof fit.The back bodice closes with hooks and eyes.
The dress is lined with a lovely rosy taffeta. There is a chain which hangs from my belt and has a reticule purse and cameo attached.
The border of the hem is the border of the Sari edge!
The Sari top-layer dress is so light a flowy and great to dance in I can see why people in the Regency, and even earlier, were fascinated, and intrigued by anything Indian. It must have felt exotic, luxurious, and a bit mysterious, to clothe oneself with fabric from so far away. The print, designs, textures---so unique and alluring.
P.S--I was told on a Regency board, that my make-up through off the look, so please excuse the lipstick. lol!
(Please not this is not a full tutorial, just a project diary)
A couple months back, I was strolling around Joann's. Sometimes, I just go to Joann Fabrics, not because I really need to buy something, but just because I feel so at home there.
The fabric store is where my tribe gathers.
Everyone has a tribe.
Ya know.......A clan of people you just feel so
My tribe pow-wows at the fabric store.
When we feel sad, lonely, or in need of comfort,
we head to the nearest fabric store.
I was wondering around the familiar aisles when I found a display of projects.
There it was. The most FANTASTIC, CRAZY-AWESOME backpack I have ever seen.
At first I thought it was for a class, like "sign up and we'll teach you how to make this." There was no pattern by it, so I reasoned it MUST be for a class. The problem was, I don't want to pay money for a class.
I was rather sad.
Over the next few weeks, I went back to find it again and again.
After a while, I found a tag attached to it which read "Make me at Joanns.com"
Why it took me such a long 'while' to find that tag I cannot explain.
But I was sooooo happy!
I had been prepared to buy a pattern!
The rest is history.
I picked out my own, crazy fabrics, and whipped it up.