Lotta Dev - Rey - 5th May 2016
The Wrap Dress
At least wrap dress is what I've seen other people call it... honestly I have no idea what it's called or what it's meant to be. The long scarf like drapey thing that Rey wears. That.
For this I bought a load of muslin from a fabric shop near me. I think it was called 'organic' or 'natural' muslin; it's a pale beige kind of colour, similar to the top I bought. The width was about 147cm, I bought 3m of it, and divided it into sections of 60cm so that I had 4 pieces to make it, and one extra piece.
Then, using a sewing machine, I sewed the long edges of each piece together and turned them inside out, so that the material was doubled up (its quite thin) and there weren't frayed edges. Using the spare piece I practised gathering the material by hand, which you can find really easy tutorials for on youtube. You just do a long running stitch along the edge and then sort of pull the material together.... I have no idea how to explain it, my bad.
Once I'd practised and was happy with my technique, I used this to connect the four pieces into two pieces. Where the gathered seams are is where they rest on the shoulders, so the underside is facing out. Whilst wearing the fabric draped over my shoulders I worked out how long I wanted it to be, and then cut it to length - it goes to about mid-shin.
Working out how Rey wears it really confused me for a while, until I realised that the material crosses at her front but not at her back. So once I'd worked that out, I connected the ends of the front and back pieces on my left side with another running stitch but less gathered than at the shoulders. Lastly I cut the unconnected bottom edges again, but more messily so they look a bit tatty and frayed.
And that's all for now. I still need to weather the material, making it look a bit more dusty and old, but I can't do that for another couple of weeks as I'm not at home right now.