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Dress made from a Sari

Added Nov 14, 2016

by evange

Edmonton, Alabam...




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Dress made from a cotton sari. Skirt is 3 tiered, box-pleated, with beads added to the woven sari trim. Top is princess seamed with red piping added to neckline and armholes, and also some beads around the neckline. Belt loops added but then not used in this picture.

Material Notes

Cotton sari. Weft threads might have actually been poly though, as setting the iron to high seemed to make the sari fabric “dissolve” in spots. Very gauzy and sheer. Sticks to itself and does not really “flow” as I would have expected from a sari, so I opted for a very structured pattern (box pleats instead of gathers). Almost all of the sari fabric got used up, out of a 6 yard sari I only had about half a yard left plus maybe 5 feet of boarder and some random shaped scraps. My design originally included sleeves, but there was not enough fabric to make it work.

Interlined with poly-cotton broadcloth.

Fully lined with polyester lining fabric.

Sari border interfaced for structure and then faced with broadcloth to add weight and protect the sari.

Large glass seed beads added to sari border hem and neckline.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Classic, Evening Wear, Ethnic, Other, Vintage

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    Nov 27, 2016, 09.04 AMby sewing fanatic

    looks unique and lovely!

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    Nov 17, 2016, 08.30 AMby matkailijakirppu

    Very cool reuse of material! Love the layers! :)

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    Nov 16, 2016, 03.50 PMby Elpida Kyriakou

    Very original, very interesting!!!

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    Nov 15, 2016, 11.09 AMby Ivanamania

    I like this dress a lot!

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    Nov 15, 2016, 06.59 AMby Maria Hayek

    Wow! Cool dress!

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