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« on: September 19, 2008 08:21:09 PM »

I'll blame it on watching too many bollywood movies, but I decided that I had to have some Indian-inspired skirts. 
Both were without patterns and the chiffon fabric measures 3 yards.  It was a lot of fabric.

<---Lots of fabric. 
This was the first one I made.  Very large pleats/darts/etc around the top to try to make it less fabric and then it is also a drawstring.  The drawstring has some little beads and bells on it as well, just for fun.  Obviously lined with a matching blue fabric.  I don't know what the fabric was though, I'd never come across something like it before. 

<--close up of pleating
This one was my favourite one.  I like skirt more fitted so I wasn't wanting to make another drawstring.  This idea just popped into my head.  I guess you could call them topstitched pleats.  Lots of them.  2 inch pleats in the very front and all the rest are 1 inch pleats.  Long in the front to make it flat and then shorter ones around the hips.  Again, it started out with 3 yards of the maroon fabric.  I also decided to line this one with gold, which turned out exactly how I wanted it too.  I'm very happy with it.  I could wear this skirt constantly.  They are both insanely comfortable.  I'm really happy with both of them and I already wear them all the time.  I have some other fabric in my stash to make some others.

I also had some left over fabric so I decided to play with making some cholis.  Not that they turned out and not that I would wear them out even if they did, but anyway.  Both made without patterns, which is probably why they didn't turn out.  I also wanted to keep the edging of the fabric intact.

Unfinished, haven't put a closure on the front or anything

Turned out marginally better, but still not great.  Princess cut, closure on the side, low back with ties.  It is that blue chiffon that I sewed onto a lining fabric so no seams would show, then had another lining on the inside of it.  The chiffon seems a bit wonky on part of the back and the band around the bottom isn't as fitting as I would like, but the thing is too finished to work on any more.
But like I said, I wouldn't wear them out anyway Tongue

Anyway, that's it for now!  Thanks!

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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008 08:23:52 PM »

I love the maroon and gold skirt! Beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008 08:39:27 PM »

I have to agree! The maroon and gold skirt is gorgeous!

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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008 08:39:46 PM »

Very pretty! I love the wide edging on the bottom!

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« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2008 09:50:07 PM »

These are gorgeous! Especially the maroon + gold one.

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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2008 10:20:27 PM »

love it, both!
« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2008 01:59:46 AM »

The choli are so nice ! And I really like what you have done...

(For me, the second skirt seems pink, I think that I have to check my computer setting :x)

« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2008 11:24:20 AM »

The choli are so nice ! And I really like what you have done...

(For me, the second skirt seems pink, I think that I have to check my computer setting :x)

It looks pink on mine too, but it's still gorgeous. I love the top things too, choli? I want one!

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2008 12:16:35 PM »

Thanks everyone!  Yea, the maroon is definitely my favourite one too.  Maybe the picture is just off with the colours and everything, the gold underneath does a job on the colour as well.
I'm glad you guys like the choli's as well!  I have ideas for more of them (and fabric) so I'll be trying to perfect a pattern (which seems like a lot of work since I'll probably never wear them, but they are fun.  Maybe after I lose a few more pounds.  I wonder if you could get away with middrift tops since they are 'ethnic' or I would just look like an idiot...)

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2008 05:34:51 PM »

I think that, as you are young and pretty, you can wear them outside !

After, if it's like in France, if you are in a big town, nobody will look at you, but if you are in a small town, people would look at you. But, who really care ? You are nice in them so you can wear them !

Or if you think it's too short, maybe you should add muslin at the end of the choli, in order to hide a little the belly ? It won't be as in India, but it can be nice too ...

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