Monday, September 2, 2013

Sprang and woven "Cartouche" Dress

Hmmm... maybe the reason I never found a published version of this sprang-and-woven dress after that 1979 Weaver's Journal article is that someone did try it and decided it didn't work so well.  I didn't exactly "fish what I wished" this time. It's not as I had envisioned it. The sprang part did not collapse as much as I'd hoped. So I have more of a bloused effect at the waist instead of fitted. Still, I think it's not unattractive and I'm pleased to have a new dress.

The colors in the warp, alternating between light and dark values, give the woven part of the fabric an almost iridescent character.

Here's a detail of the sprang part at the waist.  I made a drawstring cord and put that through the last interlinked row of the sprang.

What do you think?  Have you had a project not turn out the way it looked in your head?


  1. Wow, that's a very nice dress Jill! Even though it's from a 1979 pattern, it still looks very modern. I can imagine seeing it on a very fashionable, well dressed, and trendy young lady in Boston. :-)

    1. Why, thank you, Terri! Hope it's also appropriate for a not-so-young-any-more woman in California. :) I'fe tried it on but will have to wait until the weather cools to actually wear it. Silk is quite warm!

  2. Lol, it's a very classy dress, so it will look good on anyone! :-) The color and texture will look perfect in the Fall, when it cools down a little. What is that style of sleeve called?