Tale of an Indian jumpsuit

Bonjour, Bel Bonjou!!

My work colleagues all know what I do after office hours. It’s not unusual for them to come and ask for needle and thread to repair a wardrobe malfunction or gift me with a vintage pattern they have found down the market.

Liz was having a clear out and found a beautiful teal and gold saree she never wore and figured out that I would love the challenge in making it work as style statement. She was right! I had a lot of fun with this one.

What to make?

My research suggested that it is a Chanderi Silk. It’s hand-woven made in either cotton or silk. The patterns are inspired and taken from the Chanderi temples.

There was quite a lot of fabric and I wanted to play with the border.

It took me 4 months to figure out what to make and  another month to bring myself to cut it: I was scared to mess it up! I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to cut and sew. It’s a bit delicate so I made sure I had super a sharp and thin sewing needle. I actually changed it twice, just in case.

It turned out great: Luxurious and a bit cool.

  • Trouser legs: I used the gold border for the hem and have left it raw. Isn’t it the trend? 2 more centimeters on the length wouldn’t have hurt if I am honest.
  • I also used the border for the belt and tie at the back.
  • Neckline: Looks great on a long neck, pleats are great for small chested ladies like me.

A great outfit when you’re the star of the party. I wore it for my 45th birthday party in June. It’s not something to wear every day.

It’s breezy. Great for a crisp summer evening not so much for a hot day. I fear the sweat patches. In the winter, I would wear tights underneath.

It creases very easily around the crotch. I don’t think anything can be done against that. Do you have any tips to share?

Styling it

Check out my Pinterest board to hopefully inspire you to use an Indian fabric in your wardrobe the same way African fabrics have made their way into mainstream styles.

This particularity teal colour reminds me of jewels and red,  orange purple would seem appropriate. Another take would be a peacock mood.



Pattern is Project Runway Simplicity 1158, View A. The instructions were the clearest my French brain was ever able to handle technically.

Captured around Somerset House (London) by Erlandas Mickus on a rare summer evening. I still do not like being photographed 🙁   🙂 Can you tell?!



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