Sewing a Saree (sari)

I made a saree for my oldest daughter this summer. The blouse was pretty basic, nothing fancy. Because she is so young, I didn’t even have to do darts or any shaping. The fabric is silky and frays a lot, so I put used french seams to keep things together and make it not itchy for her (and so I wouldn’t have to line the whole thing).

Then I pre-stitched the saree to make it easier for her to put on by herself. I put elastic in the back, and a hook closure for the side, then sewed down the pleats in the front for easy tucking.

She is still getting used to wearing it, and prefers the salwars and lenghas. But I think she still likes the bright pink and gold, and how grown up she looks in it.

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