Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Smocked silk dress
While I am on a roll with the much-handled McCall's pattern and my Indonesian ikat, I took the plunge with the second piece of fabric from Singaraja.
This piece is silk and woven as a sarong, rather than a continuous length. I tried to cut it to maximise the use of the pattern. I did lose a little from the top edge but managed to centre the large birds both front and back.
I went for 9 half-space rows, including 2 holding rows.
I was hoping to get a bit of a bargello effect so shaded the colours pink, through purple and blue then back again.
I'm pleased with the finished effect.
I debated turning a hem or leaving the selvage. The piece was designed to wear as a sarong, with the border at showing at the bottom, so I have left it for the moment. If it seems too long I will take up a hem.
I like the simplicity of this - a little bit of smocking, a little bit of sewing and the fabric speaks for itself.