Repurposing your old garments is easily one of the most sustainable, planet-friendly, and pocket-friendly practices. This is the reason why so many sustainability advocates prefer to invest in solid fabrics and uncomplicated silhouettes such as sarees to ensure that they get to cherish the most out of the garment while keeping their carbon footprint in check. But that’s not it. Dresses made from old sarees are also proof of your creativity and, of course, come with emotional significance if you are reviving an old family heirloom. All in all, this is a win win kind of a deal and we recommend you try at least one old saree dress to experience what we are talking about. Oh and fret not in case designing is not one of your strongest suits. Here are 9 designs for dresses made from old sarees that will keep you covered.
Never Have I Ever’s Maitreyi Ramakrishnan recently made it to our best dressed list with her recent fashion outing. She was spotted in a designer gown made from old sarees and the world was in awe. The off-shoulder, multi colour dress featured a corset bodice that was attached with a panelled skirt in multi-colour brocades.
This is a stunning look for sure and the easiest to repurpose old sarees. You don’t even need the entire spectrum of shades and can recreate this look with just two hues. Plus, the design is simple, uncomplicated and it won’t take too much effort to get it right.
Anarkali dresses made from old sarees are a hit among a lot of desi girls and rightly so. With a flared anarkali kurta, you get to use every bit of the sarees fabric and show it off in its full glory. You can opt for a bordered banarasi or even a hand embroidered saree. Oh and here’s an interesting tip–Use the saree’s pallu for your bodice to give it a designer touch.
A cutesy kurti dress made from old sarees is another very effective way of making the most of your mom’s old drapes. From a short dress to a long floor length one you can opt for anything depending on the flow and design of the base fabric. Oh and in case you opt for an itsy bitsy shift dress, you can use the rest of the fabric to make a kurta.
This one is for those who have a thing for long, flowy fabrics and have plenty of chiffon and georgette drapes lying in the cupboard. We are suggesting long gowns made from old sarees here and from printed chiffons to subtly embroidered ones, everything can be repurposed provided you have a vision for your outfit. Take, for instance, this Swatee Singh outfit. It is simple and yet so elegant and divine.
If lehengas from old sarees is what you have in mind then we highly recommend that you pick up a silk drape for a truly stunning outfit. Also, feel free to take the OTT road and jazzing up the look with a heavily embroidered dupatta.
For those who plan to make a sharara from old sarees, we suggest that you go for lighter fabrics like georgetts, crepes, etc. and go for a co-ord look. Zari georgette would do beautifully with this look and you can add a contrasting dupatta for some extra drama.
If a jacket from an old saree is what you have in mind, you have to take some inspiration from Raisin’s latest Aika collection. They have an arsenal of glorious pantsuits done in brocade and we love the entire opulent vibe a tad too much.
Use a heavy Banarasi while designing a skirt from old sarees and this way you’d be able to use the separate in multiple ways. Think shirt and skirt pairing for day time shindigs or a full blown lehenga look for your BFF’s wedding. The world is your oyster here.
If you seek to take the traditional route and get a salwar suit made from old saree, here is a design that is equal parts simple and outstanding. Use your sarees pallu as the highlight panel of the kurti and use the body as the bodice and back fabric. Match the look with a jewel tone churidaar and you will be gold!
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So fam, all set to show off your dresses made from old sarees?
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