This is another dress that I made for TokyoMade Market. The orange and green fabric is called songket, a type of traditional fabric from Sumatra, Indonesia, featuring hand-woven cotton with gold threads inserted in specific areas to create the intricate pattern.
This songket fabric used to be worn by my mother in several occasion when I was little. My mother used it as sarong, a type of lower garment from uncut cloth. To make it easier to wear, she has sewed the fabric without cutting it, into some kind of long skirt shaped as sarong. The fabric was quite old and the gold threads were pulled in several areas, so I unpicked the stitches and opened the fabric back to its original rectangle shape. But then I still had no idea what to make of it.
Then I found this nice fabric with round shapes on yellow to orange gradation in a local fabric store here. The round shapes actually has gold outlines, so I incorporate the orange fabric with the vintage songket to make a reversible jumper dress.
The method of making the dress is basically the same as my gold dots dress, with different bodice part. I added a pair of long ties on the front part, so the lapels can be left open or tied together. All the topstitchings are done in gold threads. The songket has different pattern on them, some part has green and orange checks, the other side has lots of gold threads pattern on it. So I had to move my pattern pieces around to find the most suitable combination. It was kinda difficult because the songket fabric was not too much to begin with, and there were already some damaged areas on it. But when I finally succeeded, I love love love love it!