We have been listening to the old sayings of which one includes “old is gold” but if we hear the new sayings it says that “new is diamond” which everyone prefers over the gold.
So let’s create a diamond from the gold. Well it doesn’t sound easy right? But with these following procedures it will be your right hand’s business.
Turn old saree into lehenga
Let’s take a look on the following steps to give an extra charm to our vintage collection:
Take any vintage saree (be it of your mom’s or your grandmother’s).
Cut 3.5 meters from saree and for blouse we will take pallu (veil/dupatta) side.
We will cut the border of our dupatta for crop top purpose and the rest dupatta will be for blouse (the other rest will be for sleeves).
Now we will take rest of the saree and will fold it (the measurement for the length will be completely based on your choice) we will leave 2 inches from the top to ensure that for belt purpose.
We will draw a line (to the length) and then we will cut the remaining part for the belt from the saree.
We will now see how to have pleats in our lehenga or you want it to be anarkali, straight type (if your saree has a border cut that off in order to get a proper shape and pleats).
To get pleats we will leave first 2.5 inches from the edge (for zip purpose).
To get pleats we will mark our inches, it depends on your height (normal: 5 inch, tall: 6 inches) we will mark it downwards and from the waist side too (repeat till end leaving 2 inches gap after every pleats).
We will then start folding the pleats one after the other.
We will take a cloth stripe now with more broad width (mark it also according to your waist’s size. Keep extra margin always).
Now for the already marked points for pleats we will stitch it and leave that extra 2 inches after every pleats.
We will now take the lining cloth of 2.5 meters (keep one inch extra).
Cut lining in a slanting line not straight line so that our pleats don’t make a heavy look (leave stitching margin always).
We will stitch the lining now from one side and then we will place our saree which we have already pleated and stitch pleats one after the other.
Then now take a cloth stripe for our zip and will place it at one open edge side from other side we will also fold the gap we already left and then stitch it.
We will then take that extra cloth we has cut for the belt and then will double stitch it after that we can put elastic in it or cloth string or you can put hook and lock depends on whatever is feasible to you.
After all this stitch your lehenga till down first and then the lining (as they should be stitched separately).
Khaizraan Javeed, is a content writer at Fashionshala. She writes articles about the ways and means to keep common masses updated about the fashion and the ways one can learn about fashion sitting at home. She is a student of English literature and words and metaphors forms her best friend. She used these metaphors to make fashion metaphorically beautiful.