Turning a sari or saree into a full skirt for summer is an easy sewing project even for beginner. It’s also a great upcycling of a sari that you wore at the Diwali party. Read to learn how.
- Up-cycling a sari to a skirt
- How-to sew a dirndl-type skirt
- Take outfit inspiration from nature
- Welcome to the 115th Top of the World Style linkup party
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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. Up-cycling is just one of the reasons why to learn how to sew.
Thus, I asked my girlfriend whether she would mind if I would up-cycle the sari to a skirt. She was okay with it and mentioned that she used to sew dresses from her mom’s old saris when she was in high school.
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.
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.
Welcome to the 115th Top of the World Style linkup party
Thanks to all of you who linked up in the past and make this party great and exciting with your inspiring outfit ideas. Welcome back! You are an awesome crowd!
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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? 😉
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?
Cheryl Tucker was my favorite. I love the simplicity of this casual look. It looks so effortlessly stylish. <3
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