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Message Board > Beginner's Forum > looking for indian sari patterns ( Moderated by EleanorSews)

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nblyleven
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Date: 12/13/10 3:30 PM

Can anyone direct me to a pattern for the beautiful saris? I know there are many different tops but cannot find any patterns for them. I believe the bottom/dress part is just a long lentgh of lovely fabric. I would love to make one for my 20 year old daughter who is going to a Christmas party next week!

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Date: 12/13/10 3:47 PM

Yes, the sari is just one piece of fabric - but you need a petticoat under it as well as the blouse. The blouse is called a choli, and if you search the boards, you will find discussion of patterns for cholis have already happened. Here's one for example:
Choli pattern

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Date: 12/13/10 4:27 PM

Your daughter will be lovely.

The standard sari is 5.5 to 6 yards long. Be sure that the fabric is wide enough to cover your daughter's feet with one selvedge edge and enough material left over to tuck the opposite seIvedge edge into the petticoat waistband.

Choli: if you're short on time and don't mind cheating a plain, close fitting leotard-type garment would make a decent close approximation for the choli/blouse. You might even be able to find an athletic top/bra with a plain back that would work well with the sari fabric.

ETA: charming video of "how to wrap a sari" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxyyplADV5o or just google "wrap a sari"

The petticoat/underskirt needs a drawstring that can be tied firmly at the waist because the sari gets tucked into it. Do not use elastic. If the sari fabric is slippery (think polyester or nylon or silk) and the wearer isn't use to saris there's a good chance that it will slip off if the drawstring isn't tightly tied.

Safety pins: life savers! The classic is to use one large pin through the pleats in the front - diaper pins work very well there plus a small pin to hold the end on the left shoulder. Some women will add a couple of additional safety pins to hold the outer drape in place across the front of the body but that's optional. Everybody has horror stories about inadvertently stepping on those pleats in the front at the wrong time or in the wrong place!

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Date: 12/13/10 8:58 PM

I have bought several saris in thrift shops. They are so beautiful that I think you would be hard pressed to duplicate them with anything available in a regular fabric store.
The worst thing about thrifting is you can't go with a list. You never know what you'll find on a particular day.

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Date: 12/14/10 1:10 AM

There is Burda 7701 which has the sari, the short sleeved top, pants, a long sleeved top - I have the pattern but have not tried sewing it yet. Sorry I don't know how to make the link to Burda 7701, but PR sells Burda so you should be able to see it on the PR site under "shop patterns and more"

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