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Blue n white-thread work blouse

Added Apr 26, 2012

by nishavinod2009

Bangalore, India






I made this for a wedding last week end. The blouse material was used from the saree it self and only the body of the blouse is lined. The saree is a blend fabric(feels less like cotton) with thread embroidery work all over. One of the selvedge had a nice border that i fell in love with at first sight. Its the traditional saree blouse but with little changes-actually for ease of sewing. The front blouse pieces and the lining are cut on bias. I used the border for the cap sleeves. I used single nylon thread to string the beads used for the sleeves. I used the scalloped selvedge from one side of the fabric to finish the neck edges. Hook closure in the center front. On the part of the saree which fell over the shoulder(called the pallu), I added some lace and trims to make it look better. I also cut border from a part of the saree (which would not be visible when draped) and attached it to the other edge which had only the scalloped embroidery. then I used white lace to hide the seam line, so i did the same for the other side too. Then I added some trim to the end of the “pallu”.

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Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jan 16, 2015, 08.54 AMby angelnx123

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    May 16, 2012, 04.23 AMby The Tropical Sewist

    Such lovely delicate fabric – it really looks like a dream! I love the way the whole outfit looks, and especially how the blouse sleeve picks out the saree hem. Beautifully made, as usual!

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    May 2, 2012, 07.13 AMby loulourosa

    How lovely! The top is so well made, the fabric is so beautifull and delicate, I love it!

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    Apr 28, 2012, 05.53 AMby vji

    a very pretty indian blouse…i just adore the fabric..its a typical version ok nisha akka blouse:-))) love the way u lined the front part of the blouse:-))

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      Apr 28, 2012, 08.39 AMby nishavinod2009

      thank you viji! and Iove it when u call me nisha akka, nobody calls me that..

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      Apr 28, 2012, 08.39 AMby nishavinod2009

      thank you viji! and Iove it when u call me nisha akka, nobody calls me that..

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    Apr 27, 2012, 03.21 AMby alexus1325

    Holy wow, the fit is amazing! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a choli that fit so perfectly!

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      Apr 27, 2012, 09.18 AMby nishavinod2009

      Thanks! its the magic of cutting on bias! ;-)

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    Apr 27, 2012, 12.46 AMby schnui

    I have to agree with Adriana, Indian traditional clothing is so beautiful and this blouse and sari are divine. I love the fabric and all the extra details you added. No doubt the wedding was so colourful and vibrant with all the beautiful saris and gold jewelry.

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      Apr 27, 2012, 01.15 AMby nishavinod2009

      I am glad you like it! thank you for the comments. yes, It was a beautiful wedding. Also to use the lining in such a way (is very different from the way people fashion it here) i had lot of people asking me ‘who made it?’ and they were pleasantly surprised when i told them i did.
      About sarees-It is because of the way a saree is draped that it can make anybody look like they have a hour glass-ish figure. Also the many yards of fabric in the saree-makes it feel grand no matter what the occasion is. I like it best when the part that goes over the shoulder(called pallu) is unpleated. the ’pallu" being a very visible part of this style of wearing it, the more attractive the better.

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    Apr 26, 2012, 12.09 PMby Adriana Orozco

    My dear Nishavinod…………..have I ever tell you that I adore Indian traditional fashion???? well, If I have not, this is an opportunity to let you know, and also to tell you that I thing that your saree and blouse are just so beautifull and delicate……that I wish there were mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The fabric is just so pretty, and all the extra work that you have done make this outfit, super super special!!!! The fitting on the blouse is more than superb!!!! How much I wish that you will give us a tutorial in how to draft this traditional pattern for the blouse……………..please, please!!!!!!! Best regards to you, all the way from the rainforest!!

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      Apr 27, 2012, 01.30 AMby nishavinod2009

      Hi Adriana, i am very happy u like the whole outfit! Comments from experts like you make me want to go create better outfits. thanks a lot!. Perfectly made Indian blouses are supposed to fit the wearer like a second skin, which i try to achieve as closely as possible. I was late in replying to you because I was trying to connect you to the right person for the Indian blouse pattern. I have no pattern making knowledge. check out her website link http://www.handmadebylalli.com/2011/04/indian-saree-blouse.html#comment-form . alternatively her burda profile is-lalinya.
      Hope this helps.

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    Apr 26, 2012, 10.54 AMby ThreadTheory

    Gorgeous! The way you used the selvedge as trim and sleeves is so inspiring.

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    Apr 26, 2012, 09.09 AMby madhu69

    Very beautiful work, i like sarees. The fabric is so luminous.

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      Apr 26, 2012, 01.24 PMby nishavinod2009

      I am happy you like sarees, i too love them, its a very feminine attire.

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