Re-cycle, Re-use... the Possibilities are Endless!

I have been going to a pattern cutting class with Julia from Marmaladekiss fame. I picked a very simple A-line skirt pattern to make, the real design bit is primarily in the fabric rather than the shape... and therein lies my problem. When I first imagined my skirt I saw a colour... or rather two colours.... the Buddhist monk orange/yellow and red together and the top layer of my skirt should be floaty with the bottom or underskirt layer the darker colour.

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.


  1. I understand about the sad-to-cut perspective. I've got a patchwork quilt that belonged to my aunt and was probably made in the 1930s. Tiny pieces of cotton, many worn right through to the padding. This was a much-loved and much-used quilt. Can I cut pieces of intact quilting and make pillows or wall hangings? Um, not yet. Cutting into it just seems too destructive. So it sits in a box, unappreciated except when I come across it very occasionally when looking for something else. Doesn't seem like the best answer...

  2. Hi Quinn... I think with your aunt's quilt you should be very careful... the sari's I bought have no emotional value to me. I think I would consider taking a square or an oblong out of the quilt and framing it as a picture... to be kept forever... perhaps with a note on the back to say what it is. The rest could then be made into something else if you wanted.

  3. Gorgeous material! The colors are so rich-


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