How to up-cycle a sari

advanced style woman with scarf and sunnies

Up-cycling a sari to a skirt

Some time ago, a girlfriend of mine gave me a sari for my birthday. I wore it once at Diwali. However, one cannot recycle the outfit a second time. I once did and it was a big mistake. Everyone commented that they remembered me wearing the same sari last year.

Thus, the same girlfriend gave me the idea to up-cycle the sari into a skirt. She said she had up-cycled various old saris from her mom to dresses when she was a teenager. Since I learned sewing full skirts in middle-school, the idea of a new chic summer skirt and a new DIY project was born.

summer work look with DIY full skirt
Side view of work outfit with college tee, suede belt, DIY skirt sewn from sari, Via Spiga kitten heels, Hermes collier de chien cuff (all own), scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta, and Creamy Waffle sunglasses with champagne mirrored shades c/o Winkwood

Thus, I asked my girlfriend whether she would mind if I would up-cycle the sari to a skirt. She was ok with it and mentioned that she used to sew dresses from her mom’s old saris when she was in high school.

mature fashion blogger with DIY skirt sewn from an old sari
Back view of work outfit with college shirt, DIY midi paisley print skirt, Coach bag, statement suede belt, Via Spiga patent leather slingbacks (all own), and swirl oblong scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

How-to sew a dirndl-type skirt

I cut a twice my hip measure piece off the sari, and sew the piece together along the back. Then I stepped into the resulting tube left side out. In front of a full length mirror, I looked for a flattering tea-length. Then I made a mark with white chalk on the fabric at the smallest point of my waist. I measured the distance from this point to the hem and drew a line parallel to the hem. I drew a second line above at a distance of 3 inch (7.5 cm). I cut the fabric at the line. Then I bend the fabric over the first line and sew a tube at half an inch (~1.2 cm). However, I did not fully close it. The tube serves to hold a small rubber band. I sew a second tube below the first one. When sewing the third one, I folded the open edge into the tube. Then I cut three rubber bands in the length of my waist measure plus half an inch for overlap. I pulled the rubber bands thru the tubes using a safety pin and sew the overlap onto the other end of the rubber band.

#advancedstyle woman with scarf, sari skirt, and sunnies
Zoom-in on the college T-shirt, geode suede statement belt, DIY skirt (all own), Creamy Waffle wooden mirrored sunnies c/o Winkwood, and silk scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta

Take outfit inspiration from nature

I created this outfit because my husband asked me to wear something that would look great in front of the pink blooming bush in our yard. Thus, I rioted my closet for pink items. A heather pink bag, blush shoes and a pink suede belt were the first pieces for the outfit. A new surprising discovery was that my self-sewn paisley print skirt has many colors that also occur in my oblong swirl scarf. I added the blue college tee because I prefer my outfits to have at least an area with high saturation. In general, I prefer dark, high saturated colors.

#fashionover40 outfit in pastel colors with a full skirt made from an old sari
College T-shirt, Via Spiga slinbacks, Coach bag, statement belt and earrings, DIY skirt (all own), swirl scarf c/o Uno Alla Volta and wooden frame sunglasses c/o Winkwood

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Welcome to the 115th Top of the World Style linkup party

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Top of the World OOTDs

The Top of the World Style Winner is picked by a random generator from the party two weeks ago. The reasons are as follow: Each party runs a week minus 5 minutes. At the time of scheduling a new party, the old party is still in full swing and blogger still can join. To give all guests the same chance, the old party has to have closed before drawing the winner. In plain English, the Top of the World Style Winner visited the linkup party two weeks ago.

Top of the World Style Winner Tina
Tina the blogger at Tina’s Pink Friday became Top of the World Style Winner. Photo from her post

The winner of this week’s feature is Tina, the blogger at Tina’s Pink Friday who submitted her winning post at the 113th linkup party. Which one of the two gals is her? Can you figure it out? 😉

Top of the World OOTD Readers' Fav Debbie
Debbie the blogger at Fashion Fairy Dust became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav. Photo from her post

The post by Debbie at Fashion Fairy Dust became Top of the World OOTD Readers’ Fav as you clicked her post the most. This plaid slip dress is so unexpected. Who said that plaid is only for the cold season?

Top of the World OOTD My Fav Cheryl Tucker
Cheryl Tucker the blogger at Northwest Mountain Living became Top of the World OOTD My Fav. Photo from her post

Cheryl Tucker the blogger at Northwest Mountain Living was my favorite. I love the simplicity of this casual look. It looks so effortlessly stylish. <3

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