Vintage Silk Sari Daisies

A couple of years ago I bought some vintage silk saris on ebay, they averaged about £12 each so six yards of beautiful silk for very little outlay. One of them was a gorgeous charcoal grey ombre with a dark grey check pattern and gold embroidered daisies. The daisies were along one edge as a border and also in each square for the first yard or so.

The main length of silk with a border on was made into a skirt in June 2016, however I have to admit I’ve hardly worn it, mainly because I didn’t have a top to go with it!

One of the classes in a local show is to make something from something else, in other words, sewing a recycled item. It also has to have been made in the previous twelve months, which would exclude the skirt. However if I made a top to go with it then the outfit would have been completed this year!

I had about a metre left of the gold daisy end, it had a pretty border along the edge as well. I decided to make the shell top from the Great British Sewing Bee book, mainly because it’s nice and simple so I could keep as much of the daisies intact as possible.DSC_0016

I wanted to use the border around the hem but there wasn’t quite enough to do the front and back, so I carefully positioned the front so the daisies were nice and central and the border was along the hem. For the back I used the main fabric border up the centre back, this had the  added advantage that the edge was already finished!DSC_0007 (1)

It was pretty straight forward to stitch, I had to remove a few beads from the centre of the daisies near the seams, I french seamed the sides and used a black lining to face the neck and armholes. I turned up the back hem so it was level with the front and just stitched a narrow seam.DSC_0006

It’s actually really nice to wear and doesn’t look as Bollywood as I thought it might, I’m not usually a glitzy person! It’s a bit big across the back so once the show is over I might do some alterations. I think it will look just as nice with a slim grey velvet skirt, so that’s another project added to my to do list!DSC_0011

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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15 Responses to Vintage Silk Sari Daisies

  1. Mary says:

    Gorgeous. Subtle. It so sophisticated.

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  2. claire93 says:

    ooooh I love it!
    front, but especially back!
    and doesn’t look too big at all. It looks lovely and cool with the matching skirt/ A job very well done!

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  3. Oh I just love this…it looks fabulous! You did awesome!

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  4. wybrow1966 says:

    The back of your top is so clever and the colours are lovely.


  5. Prue Batten says:

    I love sari silk and you were so lucky to find such a lovely one! If you left it as is, tucked it in so the sash on the skirt shows, it would look good too. Only thing is you would lose that lovely border at the hem. You are so clever.


  6. kathyreeves says:

    I love this look. Elegant and sophisticated! I think I need to check eBay!


  7. katechiconi says:

    Very pretty, and it must be lovely and cool in the hot weather you’ve been having.


  8. KerryCan says:

    Oh, that fabric is gorgeous! And you’ve put it to such good use!


  9. nanacathy2 says:

    What a super repurpose. Good Luck at the show.


  10. Catherine says:

    I live this! It’s such a lovely fabric, you’ve repurposed it well.


  11. rosejasm says:

    Wow! All that from a recycled Sari! Let us know how you fair at the show 😊


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  13. Kate says:

    That’s a lovely outfit, and it looks wonderful on you.

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