When I mentioned floaty... Julia said ... Oooh what about Sari material? What a good idea I thought and almost as soon as I got home I searched on ebay for some. There were indeed lots and lots, but not really the colours I was looking for. Undaunted, I went ahead and bid on three. The first arrived and even though it was not in any way shape or form even remotely close to what I wanted... I made the skirt. I used a red polyester lining fabric for the bottom layer and bobs your uncle... here it is draped over my clothes horse.
You see the top layer has a slight flounce to it... that's the design feature. The pattern makes it a bit busy but I thought it would do for the summer. "That's bright!" was Julia's comment. Well if she thought that was bright... here's the second sari that arrived yesterday.........
do you see the beautiful sequin work on it. That has been done by hand.
Well it's orange... it just needs a dark red lining.... I will let you see what I do with it once it is finished. And then today this turned up.
I know its not orange or red... but it's beautiful and all hand embroidered on the reverse with the beads put on the right side... it's just lovely...
there is nearly 6 yards of the stuff... of course the heavy beading is on the ends only so I will have to think carefully about where, how I use it. But it cost me £5.59 plus £2.99 postage. That is a pittance when you consider the amount of work that has gone into it.
And then when I was showing it to Billy Christina and I talked about cutting it up... she looked sad. She explained that she felt sorry for the sari. And that she felt the same way when people cut up vintage kimonos to sell the fabric squares on ebay for quilters... I kind of know what she means... but in the defence of those wielding the scissors... it is a way of giving new life to something that would otherwise not be worn, or used again. But in order to appease BillyChristina's sensibilities I will have to think very carefully about how I use them so that I can do justice to the amount of work already lavished on them.