Added Nov 20, 2011
by Chrissie Bee
I originally started with burda pattern 7701, but it was not appropriately sized. Sari blouses are supposed to be very tight, and the burda sizing was about 2 sizes too large. Also, the pattern made an ultra-conservative, unflattering blouse. Finally, the closing of the blouse was on the back, but it should be on the front. I downsized the pattern, added front and back V-necks, switched the opening of the blouse to the front and gathered the front straps. I also added a tie between the shoulders on the back. This was necessary to keep the left shoulder strap from sliding off my shoulder: it carries the weight of the pallu (the piece of fabric that hangs over the left shoulder) so it should not move.
The sari itself is just hemmed at the ends. The underskirt is a cotton wrap skirt with a sturdy cord at the waist.