A little while back Issy got invited to a Bollywood party. I saw this as an excellent challenge and way to use up some of the more garish fabrics I bought when I thought I might make her a gymnastics outfit
I used the Made by Rae Flashback Skinny Tee in the 6-10 version and my first ever Burda pattern for the pants. I think I tightened the tee a bit more after this shot. For the tee I just made the flashback with short sleeves and cropped it, then added a band around the bottom (using the same method for the sleeve / neck bands).
For the pants, I used a pattern out of a Burda magazine (no idea which one as I have since tidied up). It was a pattern for kids woven pants with an elasticated waist. I made two versions (kind of). The first was a shorts version which was sized to be very close (actually slightly under) her actual measurements . I made these in a super stretchy spandex dance-wear fabric and these are the little shorts underneath the massive trousers. Then I made a version which was a couple of sizes too big for her and redrafted the led to be straight instead of tapered and quite long (aiming for maximum "pouffiness"). I gathered the bottom of the legs onto an elastic cuff, then put the shorts inside the pants and gathered / stretched them both onto the waistband.
You can see the shorts a bit in the picture above. Overall the effect was exactly what she and I were after. I did also have a chiffon wrap / headscarf thing but that was swiftly abandoned. The client suggested we rework that into a kind of half circle half overskirt (i.e. a skirt which wasn't at the front but was a the back - like a pants-cape??? They must have a name....). The dressmaker suggested she had reached the limits of effort she was willing to expend on a costume for a single party, so that never happened.
I did make a matching hairband though, because I am a sap. Plus she wears that in normal circulation so it's arguably the most useful part of the costume :)