How to make a sari dress

A sari dress is one of the easiest garments to make and can be worn in many different styles for a variety of occasions. Traditionally, the official clothing of Indian women, a sari is now enjoyed by women all over the world. To make your own sari dress, all you have to do is choose some beautiful fabric and hem around the edges. Look for fabric that is lightweight and soft to the touch. For best results, choose material that is unique and of top quality such as pure silk or a silk and satin blend.

Determine the amount of fabric depending on your size. For women's sizes 0 to 12, buy 6 to 7 metres (6 to 7 yards) and for larger sizes, buy 8 to 9 metres (8 to 9 yards).

Turn under the raw edges of your fabric 6 mm (1/4 inch) and pin in place. At the corners, pinch the corner in and overlap the short edge of the fabric over the long edge.

Test the heat of your iron on a small piece of the fabric. Check if it's hot enough to set the crease of the fold, but not so hot as to burn the fabric. Press the folded edges and remove the pins as you move around the fabric.

Turn under the edges 6 mm (1/4 inch) again. Press with the iron as you turn. You may want to put a few pins along each edge to help hold the double folds in place. Do not iron over any pins as this could result in permanent pin marks in the fabric.

Machine stitch close to the inside fold. After you have hemmed the edges with the sewing machine, press the edges again for a flat edge with a professional look.

Stand in front of a mirror. Experiment with sari wrapping styles to find what best suits you. Use the references for ideas and instructions on wrapping your sari.

Things You'll Need

  • 6 to 9 metres (6 to 9 yards) fabric, 110 to 112.5 cm (44 to 45 inches) wide
  • Straight sewing pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
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