At the very beginning of this year I was gifted some wonderful, unused cotton sarongs that were bought in Malaysia over 20yrs ago. This bright purple one was still wrapped and labeled.
Hot stuff indeed - the photo doesn't do the strong bright colours justice. Well, I never wear sarongs but I do enjoy working with them & sewing them into something. Sarongs and Saris are often great fun with their border prints and panels of different designs - working with all those elements and making the most of them makes the cutting out quite a challenge.
I decided to make my granddaughter a dress from the purple sarong - with such bright & busy fabric a simple design is best and I found this in my collection of vintage patterns.
Made some adaptations - a gathered skirt rather than pleats that would need ironing after every wash, also made the longer sleeves but with elastic cuffs.
I should've placed the butterflies better - though these 2 seem to be talking to each other!
The 2nd sarong was black&white - and I forgot to take photos before I sewed it up. Quite a busy print with borders and panels of zig-zag design and lush bouquets etc.
It is a lovely cool cotton fabric so I made myself a summer shirt - loose fitting with elbow length sleeves and a mandarin collar.
Placed the strong zig zags up the fronts either side of the buttons, put a bouquet on the back and the borders round the hem again.
It looks quite good on too :-)