It’s been a super duper busy month! I entered this contest hoping to become a finalist, but at the same time, I was actually training for a muay thai kickboxing competition. The contest’s deadline is March 26th, and the tournament is March 31st. Talk about challenging! In the end, it was all worth it and I am so glad I did all of it.
I’ve documented some of the process below:
Since the fabric is handmade and made with love, how do I keep it functional and to use as much fabric as possible (maximizing the 0% waste concept)
I wanted to keep the dress loose and I did some sketches, but in the end, it was easier to drape so I could visually see how I could maximize fabric.
After draping, I took the muslin pattern off the form and transferred it to paper
Here I’m just seeing how much the paper pattern would take up on the fabric. This was 45″ wide muslin, so I was guesstimating. I didn’t know how wide the Madras fabric was.
So when I received the fabric, I was so excited! It was handwoven by handloom weaver Mr. S Sankar, so I decided to name my convertible dress Sankar.
After tweaks and revisions, I finally made the final proto out of muslin. The front neckline should actually be sharper, but voila! Sankar is a dress that can be a short dress, a maxi dress, and the sash can be also be tied in the hair.
I really want to make two dresses. The 2nd one is from the concept board I submitted to the DIY with IOU contest. The question is… is there enough fabric? Well, if there is, I will call her Asha
Stay tuned for the final garments!