Marigold Dress

woven orange bodice and grey skirt - draped on dress form

woven orange bodice and grey skirt - draped on dress form

Recently I received some recycled sari silk fat quarters from Darn Good Yarn - a yarn company devoted to supporting women in India by providing fair trade goods to their customers. I chose the orange pack; not only was it packed to perfection, I was surprised to see the generous amount of fabric in the bundle.

While most of the fabric was in good condition, it’s important to note that this is reclaimed sari silk, and not all of it is perfect. However, to utilize the best sections of the fabric, I have come up with a concept that uses smaller strips of the fabric as motifs across the dress.

I’m also using an upcycled fabric that I found at a local craft-supply re-seller for the rest of the garment.

For the bodice, I’ll be weaving the strips together. I’ll be able to create shaping pretty organically using this method. Then I’l’ create a circle skirt with my grey upcycled fabric, that I will then attach hand-made “marigold” flowers that were made from the rest of the orange strips.

Keep an eye out here and on my Instagram to keep track of the progress.