I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t really like to spend a lot of money on Indian party wear clothes, that’s what got me thinking about making a DIY sari. As much as I love Indian clothes, and there are a lot of desi designers I swoon over, they just aren’t a practical investment for me. The cost per wear is so high, I just can’t justify the purchase. Thankfully this DIY sari is stylish and budget friendly!
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.
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.
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).
- 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.
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.
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!