Saris are basically about 5-6 meters of fabric that you can use in whatever way you like that entirely makes them a perfect piece to be transformed into any dress of your choice. Depending on the fabric of the sari, you can transform these old saris not just into ethnic wear, but you can also design some beautiful and chic looking fusion wear- contemporary and bohemian, any.
So, here’s a DIY list of recycling your old saris in some fabulous stuff or basically here are some of the DIY techniques of getting yourselves designer clothes in lower costs.
Change the Old Sari into a New One: If you have some saris that are torn or degraded from little places, you can use the creativity in your mind and henceforth, can turn the old piece into a new one. You can do this either at home or you can go to the tailor for required amendments. You can stitch Kundan work, sequin, or zari based patch work border. Also, you can add hangings or pompoms at the end of the pallu.
Lehenga can be planned from your Old Sari: Lehenga from an old silk saree is a creative option. If you do not have enough fabric for the entire outfit, you can use it in bits and pieces. Once you get enough material for the lehenga, use the rest for the blouse. Also, you can use the whole sari for the lehenga and get a contrasting cloth piece for the blouse. You can enhance it with borders of sequin, zardozi, Kundan work, embroidery or a heavy lace of your choice.
Get an Indo-Western Suit made out of your Sari: Old Saris manages to extend great outcomes of Indo-Western Suits when manipulated in a creative design. For bottom to the dupatta, you could use old sari and mix and match it with what other material you have. You can enhance it with patchwork, designer borders for necklines, dupatta and at the end of suit and its sleeves.
Otherwise, if there is not enough material for an entire dress, just get a kurta stitched which can be matched with a contemporary looking palazzo or simple or net leggings or dhoti pants depending on the design of your kurta.
Get a Gown or Maxi Dress Stitched: For this, you can pick up your old cotton saris and transform it into a western looking gown or maxi dress which can be worn on any occasion in summers. For a heavy and Indian look, you can pick up heavy embroidery saris or saris with heavy border or patchwork.
Dedicating the whole Sari to a Long Skirt: By doing so, you will have a great circumference of the skirt that to flaunt your grace and beauty. You can pair it up with a short kurta or a plain t-shirt or a shirt or a tank top.
Stitch Beautiful Dupattas: A heavy dupatta paired with plain Anarkali suit has its own beauty to demonstrate. Also, why you have to invest in an expensive dupatta when you can make the same expensive looking one from a part of sari with minimal or no cost at all. Plus, you can mix and match these for more than just one dress, maybe with a plain gown for an ethnic look.
Capes, Overcoats or Jackets; Your Choice: Capes, overcoats or half jackets, which are made out of your old saris and present a traditional look, they will be faddy enough if mixed and matched with the contemporary outfits like jeans, leggings or even shorts. Indie-fusion with old saris in the form of any design will showcase a good combination.
Turn it into a Short Dress: You can use a piece of your long sari to turn the same into a short ready to go dress. This outfit will present a fusion of Indian culture with that of Western Outfit completely changing our mindsets formed for fashion.
Pocket Squares: You can use the patches of sari to emerge it as a pocket square for the men in your house. These pocket squares go perfectly with their Jodhpuri or a velvet jacket or a three-piece suit that they have planned to wear for a wedding or any family other function. So, replace the contemporary looking pocket squares for the ethnic one.