DIY Double Print Sari from Two Old Dupattas

The weather is turning and desi party season is well on it’s way. I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t really like to spend a lot of money on Indian party wear clothes. It’s not that I don’t love them – there are a lot of desi designers I swoon over, they just aren’t a practical investment for me. I’m just not going to wear a lehenga or sari enough times before I get bored of it to make the cost per wear acceptable for me. diy double print sari
{Two rescued dupattas get a new DIY life}

I’ve been searching my local desi market for some inexpensive saris I could dress up with a fancy blouse or accessories, and nothing was really hitting the mark because, a cheap sari looks cheap (and it rarely ties up well). So, this got me thinking about making some one of a kind saris for myself. The first idea that popped into my head was the super-trendy double print sari. This is basically a sari that has two prints (or colours), one features in the pleats and one in the pallu/shoulder area.diy double print sari

Like every DIY I dream up, I try to do what I can with supplies I already have at home. After a quick look through my fabric stash I came up empty handed, but then I had a light-bulb moment; what if I took two old dupattas and combined them to make one sari? After a bit of research I found that a typical sari can be anywhere from 5-9 yards and a typical dupatta is 2.5 yards. This works out for me because a 5 yard sari is more than enough for me (I’m 5’4″ and wear a size 8/10). Some women who are taller or have a different waist size, or even just like a much longer pallu may want to go for a longer sari. If two dupattas doesn’t work for you, you can purchase two pieces of fabric that are 3 or 4 yards long each.diy double print saree

This is a super easy project that even a novice sewer can complete in two to three hours. (That includes hemming the sari and adding the fall).

DIY Double Print Saridiy double print sari

Supplies:

  • Two pieces of fabric cut to add up to your desired sari length (3 yards or 4 yards each). When selecting your fabric, make sure that it is wide enough for your liking, and both pieces of fabric are the same width.
  • Sari fall – a thin strip of fabric available at your local desi fabric shop
  • Sewing machine with a basic stitch, and thread matching your sari.

Directions:

To create this sari, we are going to start by sewing a “chor seen” or a French seam between the two pieces of fabric. Scroll through the slideshow below and follow the step by step directions for this portion of the DIY.

 

Step 1: Iron your fabric pieces

Step 2: Pin wrong sides together.

Step 3: Sew both pieces together leaving a 3/8″ seam allowance

Step 4: Trim the seam allowance to 1/8″

Step 5: Open the seam on the right side of the fabric and iron it flat.

Step 6: Fold the fabric so it is now right sides together. This step is crucial, once again ensure it is right sides together

Step 7: Iron the seam flat, with stitching right on the edge of the seam.

Step 8: Once the seam is flat, sew it with enough seam allowance so that your original seam is hidden within the new seam.

Step 9: Open the seam one more time and iron it flat on both sides.

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Once you’ve completed your French seam, hem the ends of your sari and add a fall to the bottom edge of your sari. If you aren’t that great with hemming, you can also use hemming tape!diy double print sari

That’s it, not bad for a saree that cost me pretty much nothing!diy double print sari

 

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7 Comments

  1. May 13, 2016 / 6:04 am

    How creative and love the final product!

  2. May 13, 2016 / 8:33 am

    This is a super cool DIY. great use of old duppatas. Got to try this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. May 13, 2016 / 11:45 am

    Such a cool idea, I will have to pass it onto my Mom!

  4. May 15, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    I absolutely love this idea and this whole look! Love things that are frugal and fashionable!

  5. May 23, 2016 / 10:52 pm

    Love this, it’s look so good!

  6. May 24, 2016 / 7:23 am

    I love this so much! Not only do you look fab but you make it look so easy to diy this!

  7. June 20, 2016 / 6:03 am

    Love this! Looks lovely!!

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