I came across Loom and Stars recently and was instantly intrigued by their beautiful handloom fabrics. Loom and Stars sources traditionally crafted fabrics from India, made by hand using techniques passed down by generations of artisans. Jamdani cotton and silk originated from Dhaka in Bangladesh, and were renowned for their quality (a 9th century Arab traveller observed that they were so fine they could be passed through a signet ring, read more here). You can learn more about how the fabrics are made on the Loom and Stars page here.
I was kindly provided with some fabric to make a dress, and decided on the blue squiggle and indigo pinwheel jamdani cottons to make a Wilder gown, with a matching indigo voile slip dress. I used the pinwheel fabric for the bodice and one tier of the dress, and the squiggle for the sleeves and another tier.
The fabric is very light and soft, and was really easy to cut and sew with. It was a real pleasure to make something with such an easy to handle fabric. You can see how it filters the light beautifully in the photos below.
I made a simple slip dress using the Ogden Cami dress. I lengthened the pieces, making sure it was wide enough at the hips and added a split to below the knees at each side for freedom of movement. I used SewNorth’s unlined Ogden cami hack as I didn’t want a facing.
The dress came together very quickly, I made a size Small as the dress has an oversized fit around the waist and hips, and made no other adjustments. It is just ankle length on me which is perfect especially for summer.
I’m really pleased to have been able to make this beautiful dress. It is so comfortable to wear and it makes me happy to know it has been created with lovingly sourced artisan fabrics.
Thanks to Loom and Stars for kindly providing the fabric for this post.