I am not a qualified seamstress and all the skills I have are accrued from trial and error over the 30 odd years I have been sewing. I find Google and youtube are a brilliant source of information if I’m stuck on anything and the Singer videos are particularly good.
Singer sewing machine (C240)
- Fabric roller cutter (The edges are much smoother and it is faster than using scissors)
- Cutting mat (If you need one)
- Pins (I perfer the ones with the big heads so you don’t miss any in all that material!!)
- Tailor’s chalk in red/blue/white (on some patterns you need to use more than one colour!!)
- Large pieces/roll of paper (I used a roll of paper off a plotter/printer) but you could use banquetting paper, wallpaper or any thick paper you can get your hands on. Or you could just use a sari skirt in the size you are wanting to make. I was worried about cutting it so I made a pattern out of one of my DGY skirts.
- Marker Pen
2 x used sari’s (purchased off ebay for less than £10 each)
I did this skirt in black thread for two main reasons:-
- I wanted to make sure it was not the main feature in the photo
- I did not want it looking like a darn good yarn skirt.
You can use any colour thread that takes your fancy but in my experience you are better off going with a midrange neutral colour like gold, beige, fawn, olive etc. as this blends with all colours in the skirt.
3. Study your Sari’s
First thing you need to do is lay out your sari’s and decide which sections you wat to us for the shorter and longer layers. (pictured are the two I chose, brighter for the shorter layer). If you don’t have a big enough area then you can peg them to the line to get a good view.
At the bottom of many saris there is a strip of material stiched to the inside edge along the bottom. this is to protect and strengthen the edge that is closest to the floor. You need to carfully unpick/remove and keep this strip for later.
4. Cutting out
Making the pattern:
The Longer Layer:
Roll out your paper and stick together enough strips so it is wide enogh to lay your sari out on top of it. you can then draw around the long layer, around the waist.(leave 5mm gap so you don’t get ink on your skirt!!)
Remove the sari skirt to a safe location and then cut out your pattern.
The short layer:
There is a really simple way of making the shorter layer, make the same paper sheet, use the long layer pattern as a template draw around and cut out. Then you just fold it over twice and cut 4 inches off the bottom curve. (This is so much easier than trying to lay out the skirt and keeping the long layer out of the way to draw arounf the short layer… trust me I tried!!)
Once you know which one is for which layer, lay them out and pin the template to them one at a time. (I did my cutting out on the living room floor as this was the only place big enough in my house!!)
More to come…. Check back soon
(my sewing machine is calling)