Lately I’ve been thinking of Indian clothes, mainly worn during shaadis, and how gaudy and glitzy they tend to be – not to mention overwhelming. Women seem to be drowning in a lot of these clothes, plus with the bling and jewellery it’s quite impossible to see the person underneath (I know, I’m bitchy) To be fair, some of the silhouettes are not bad, but the embroidery, fabric, bling, all together, makes it too gaudy.

My sister’s getting engaged/married soon which means that an avalanche of “functions” is sure to come and I’m going to need clothes to wear – lots and lots of clothes – most of which will be worn two to four times in their lives. It is only by error, that a simple, clean and nice outfit gets designed, but they are as difficult to find as a needle in a haystack. Anyway, enough ranting. I spent some time last night and these are outfits that I want to give a shot at sewing and maybe they will actually look half – decent?

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First up, a cream/peach/pink chiffon saree. I will sew self – made chiffon rosettes / flowers with a small pearl in the middle. The blouse will be plain white / offwhite with pearl buttons all the way along down the centre – back. I haven’t decided what to do about sleeves yet – maybe sheer?



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Second – This anarkali is based on a red Sabyasachi one we (my sister and I) own. This one will have printed georgette (maroon / black) as the main body with sheer black sleeves and hi-low hem. The lining will have dull gold embroidery on black lace and will show through at the bottom for 3 – 4 inches. The dupatta will be light and sheer to offset the dark bodice and will play off the gold embroidery to be a very light cream colour. To create cohesivie-ness I will add a black embroidery border (saree border) all around the dupatta. This is probably going to be the blingiest of all.

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Third: This is all about the dupatta which I want to be a nice print with drape. Based off on that will be the lining colour, for the sheer eyelet bodice. I think Pakistani style slim ankle length salwar will look quite nice and the lace border everywhere will tie things up.

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Fourth: The simple base of navy and offwhite salwar – kameez will keep the focus on a gorgeous sateen – cotton – silk dupatta. I might add a neck border which I will also put on the dupatta, not sure

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Finally, this one is going to be a hit or a miss. Based on a Anamika Khanna design, I’ll make dyed jacquard dhoti salwar (will use the pattern based on one we have) with a offwhite / yellow-ish cape with stark hi – low hem. I will line the entire kaftan/cape thing with a printed fabric. The colours are the same as my dress, but maybe a little blue on the kurta? Also, will need a blue tank if the cape/dress ends up sheer.

All illustrations done by me. Not bad, I think. Modesty is my strong suit.

I think a total budget of Rs. 20,000 (~$350) is not entirely impossible.



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