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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Another dress from that pattern

I love reusing patterns to get different effects but the same fit. Given the success of my McCalls pattern on a top and a dress, I took the plunge and cut out a dress from a piece of ikat I bought in Indonesia 4 years ago.

 It came from Pertenunan Berdikari in Singaraja, a small hand-loomed weaving factory that specialises in traditional designs and has supplied ikat to all Indonesian Presidents in the last 20 years.

At the factory you can watch the whole process from base thread dying,

through tying, pattern construction

to weaving.

I bought three pieces of cloth - one cotton and two silk. This is the cotton coming off the loom. It was this cotton that I tried out first.

I went to Hetty's Patch to find a contrasting plain cotton, and tried the version of the pattern with a V yoke and hem border.

I think it worked really well. The colours are great and it is really comfortable. I wore it to lunch on my birthday.

I now have plans to make up the silk pieces with further variations on this pattern.


Monica said...

What a gorgeous piece of fabric! No wonder it has taken you a while to cut it. Can't wait to see the others!

Anonymous said...

It will look lovely on and looks so cool too. I love the story behind your special piece of fabric.