OMG. I can’t believe I didn’t try this in the first place!
A comment from Kendra made me realize I hadn’t really tried the grey part of the sari as a full skirt on its own. I knew from the measurement it wouldn’t work with a hoop, but I hadn’t tried it over just a petticoat. Duh!
Tonight, I pin-pleated the length of the sari into a simple skirt over a petticoat and with the bodice. I was kinda slapdash about it and didn’t pin the skirt flat enough to fit the jacket smoothly, but you can get the jist.
Dude, it’s like those fabrics were made for each other! Because they were!
Methinks I’ll be saving that burgundy silk for some 1840s creation in the far mystical Someday wherein my projects and The Stash collide…