How to reuse your old sari?
August 16, 2018

How to reuse your old sari?

 If you have a collection of sarees that you don’t want to wear and confused about how to reuse your sarees, so here are a few ideas you can take on to create new and trendy dresses.

1. Firstly the cotton sarees. These sarees are good for summers or monsoons as they are easy breezy to wear. The sarees can be of any type such as ikkat, block printed or kalamkari or more but the base should be cotton.

Variety of casual wear dresses or beautiful Anarkalis can be made from cotton sarees. Borders of the sarees can be used on sleeves or flares the dresses. Summer maxi dresses can also be made from small prints and soothing colours cotton sarees. You may create a knee-length dress or floor length depending upon your style you want to wear !!

From full 5 meter saree, you may create adult kurta/skirt along with any kid wear since kids wear doesn’t require much flare. A line kurtas, double layered kurtas, High low Kurtis/dresses can also be easily made using cotton sarees.

A cotton shirt dress can also be created. This type of dress has a style like a shirt but a length is according to dress length i.e. it could be knee length or ankle length.

Different types of bottoms such as trousers, culottes, palazzos and even tops like straight shirts or tunics can also be made with these cotton sarees.

2. Next comes the georgette, chiffon or net sarees. These type of sarees are transparent, lightweight, and requires lining to create any dress. Since they have very less strength, so never make any body-hugging dress.

Plain or printed sarees can be created into long jackets, shrugs which you can wear it with crop tops and palazzos.  These shrugs or jackets are very much versatile. You can create multiple styles and wear it multiple times. The plain or printed sarees can be used to create casual wear shrug. Whereas sarees with work like embroidery, sequence, dabka etc can be used to design party wear shrug or jacket.

From floral printed sarees, any kind of party wear dress can be easily created. You may see such designs mostly in Sabyasachi dresses. Stunning floral lehenga can be created using border work on hemline and cane can be placed for stiffness to give it a good flounce.

Heavily embroidered small printed or plain sarees can be used to create floor length gowns or Anarkalis. The pallu of the sarees can be used to create yoke of the gown. Even cape sleeves gown can also be created with this small printed or plain sarees to give it a stylish look.  The only difference between Anarkalis and one piece dresses or gowns is that saree borders are used on hemline or fare of Anarkali suit while this is not to be used on gowns hemline.

If you have embroidered work on upper and lower part of the sarees, you may easily convert it into 2.5 metres dupatta or shrug where only armhole cutting is required. The rest of the saree can be used to create Kurtis or palazzos.

A shrug is very versatile, so you can wear this with a crop top and palazzo or lehenga or even with trousers. Also, it has low designing charges as not much sewing is required.

3. Finally, the silk sarees whether its kanjivaram, banarasi, south silk or any type of, the base should be silk. From these types of sarees, one-piece dress with or without borders can be beautifully made. You can creatively use the borders of saree to design one piece dress.

Further, front open or closed long jackets either in high low style or the same length can also be created which you can wear with any dress and style them differently. You may also create a small kurta of 1.5 meters with dhoti salwar of  3mtrs. Here don’t use borders preferably.

Instead, these borders can be used on the flare of lehenga or skirt and dupatta as well. On dupatta, these borders can be used on lengthwise and laces on width wise. They can also be used on suit kurta and dupatta. Cotton borders can be used on cotton dress/suits and silk borders on silk or crape suits. Stoles can be easily designed using small borders.

If your saree has a broad border on upper and lower side, then it is best suited for a dupatta. There is another option, you can cut both the borders and join them together to make a broad border and again attach it on a saree to create a  lehenga, skirt or Anarkali flare. Here go for pleated flare instead of panels otherwise there would be more wastage of cloth.

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