Jan 12, 2013

Using Saris & Shawls to make Regency Garments

Exactly a year later and the summer heat has me thinking about saris again. The paisley shawls that I found for a shawl dress will have to wait for cooler weather, but the silk saris have a lovely handle in this hot weather.

Pinned the sheer silk sari pieces, face together, to the blue lining,
stitched 1cm seam.

Kept the arm hold and waistline seams open.
Turned it through, pressed and then sewed a 1cm casing channel.

Front and back, turned through and pressed.
Being careful to press on the lining side because of the gold trim.

Pinning the two face together so the fashion fabric is a little longer than lining.

Hand sew the fashion fabric together with a very tiny fine backstitch.
When you lay it flat it looks like this.

The most important step is to cut the bodice and sleeves first... then use the rest for the skirt. I flat line the bodice (attach a piece of cotton fabric to each pattern piece and use as one piece) on the straight of grain with cotton and use tiny french seams - do not flat line the skirts. Use a chemise & stays or a boned bodiced petticoat underneath. I use the decoration around the hem and sleeves. Silk saris are best for evening or ball gowns, cotton ones for daywear. Make sure you are getting a full sari of at least 5-6 metres or you will run short of fabric. A shorter amount can be used to make a sleeveless pelisse or overdress. When purchasing a sari online please note that craft silk or art silk are acetates, not silk. Also, it is easier if you are a short person - otherwise be prepared to drape until it meets your satisfaction.

The next two pictures are from a previous post showing seams in an antique regency dress in my collection.

Over time I have been collecting links to Regency-era garments made from Saris and Shawls. There are many images of shawl gowns in my Pinterest folder.

Dress made from a woollen paisley shawl

Apologies if any links are broken - if you find any broken links or have any further links to share please use the comments box below.


Riennynn said...

Love the link collection! I've been using vintage saris for years as part of my Venetian ensembles, and recently collected several for Regency ballgowns. Can't wait to see what comes next :)

Katrina @ Edelweiss Patterns said...

Hi, Aylwen!

I just thought you would like to know that I nominated you for the "Versatile Blogger" award! You can read all it here: http://www.edelweisspatterns.com/blog/?p=3449

I'm looking forward to seeing you in Bath this September!

Happy sewing,

Aylwen Gardiner-Garden said...

Thanks ever so much Katrina - I forgot to thank you!

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