Something to make

Sarafan

Or as I’d like to call, the Russian sundress/pinafore dress though its design varies from region and even person. Generally it’s got a rectangular neckline with straps of varying thickness though the neckline may not always be rectangular. It can be made empress style or bodice with skirt. It can even be buttoned. It’s generally worn with a long-sleeved underdress, which is useful as Russia gets really cold.

Though arguably the dress style so far, along with Armenian, Turkmen, Georgian, Arabic, Bamileke and Turkish outfits won’t seem too out of place in the Early Modern and Medieval periods. At least silhouette wise. Though I could be wrong about sartorial history and stuff. Kind of consider making a sarafan (and skirt) out of abel iloko (native Philippine fabric made in Ilocos).

Toghu

Generally made from black velvet in Northwestern Cameroon, historically by chieftains and richly embroidered. I do remember embroidering on fabrics before, that was when my sewing skills weren’t that refined (I thank criticism for improving them). I could also attribute my habit of making skirts into perfecting my sewing skills.

I also admit that sewing on the insides of one of my dresses took a really long time as it’s my way of trying to combat how thin the fabric’s gotten. This one’s going to be harder as you don’t just embroider on it a lot but also turn it into a garment. Let alone a gown (I tried making sleeves for a blouse before).

Abaya

Not necessarily any easier if you account for how much fabric’s needed to make this as it has to be much longer so you’re going to need a pattern for it or at least use an existing similar dress as a pattern. I already have a long-sleeved roomy nightdress somewhere here that can be used as a pattern for fabric needed to make an abaya.

(A longer skirt would be preferred for modesty reasons though I’m very used to making maxi-skirts.) It’s one thing to fix or embroider on a dress, it’s another to start making your own as it’s going to be much trickier. I could try tracing existing dresses onto fabrics needed to make sarafan and abaya if I have time and patience for it.

(I tried making gloves but it didn’t go as expected and making skirts seemed easier.)

Choli Top

The Indian crop top as characterised by a shorter hemline (though that varies to the point where some choli tops are just marginally short blouses) with somewhat open backs. I tried making a blouse before, especially when attracting to attach sleeves and stuff but it didn’t go as expected. Though that gave me some experience in making them at all. That and a failed jacket which the fabric’s now used for a skirt.

It’s generally worn with a petticoat/underskirt and long, draping veil like thing called sari. On certain occasions, it’s also worn with both sari and lehenga (long flared circular skirt though a semi-flared maxiskirt can work). As the Philippines was influenced by India, I could give my choli top butterfly sleeves to homage both countries and cultures.

Weaving–Something that I’d want to learn. Something like making my own abel iloko one day though that’s going to be a little harder at first as it’s something else altogether. Same goes for dyeing in some regards.

 

 

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