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Reversible jumper dress

Added Dec 24, 2009

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






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. Then I combined it with orange gradation fabric to make this dress. The orange fabrics has round shapes with gold outlines pattern on it.

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!

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Material Notes

vintage songket cloth, orange gradation fabric




Garment Type

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    Feb 6, 2010, 05.47 PMby bigmouthwithbigdreams

    so beautiful. your work is phenomenal. did you use a pattern?

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      Feb 8, 2010, 09.52 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you! I made the pattern for the bodice part, the skirt part is just a pair of rectangles.

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    Dec 26, 2009, 05.42 PMby stefilu

    lovely colors

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    Dec 26, 2009, 12.35 AMby arete999

    So beautiful! I love the colors!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 11.33 PMby sunnilj9


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    Dec 24, 2009, 12.04 PMby loyl8

    really cute i love it

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    Dec 24, 2009, 10.22 AMby imnotyrbabe

    wow i love the color..rally nice ^^

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    Dec 24, 2009, 09.37 AMby nenasew

    This is so gorgeous. I want some songket.

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    Dec 24, 2009, 07.18 AMby sukiwoon

    Wow! I love it! Good idea to make it reversible, so it’s like you have 2 of this cute jumper!!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 06.21 AMby mixedchick

    adorable! the color choice is great for the silhouette!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 06.02 AMby cloclo109

    thats really super cute!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 05.12 AMby judeb

    beautiful work, love the colour combination.

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    Dec 24, 2009, 02.46 AMby tangerinesamurai

    Absolutely wonderful!

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    Dec 24, 2009, 02.42 AMby dian 1024


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    Dec 24, 2009, 02.04 AMby tulips371

    very cute!!

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