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Don’t know what to do with throwaway clothes lying in your closet? In the second of our five-part series, we tell you how to create dresses and gowns by simply draping your old sari in fun ways.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 30, 2013 02:44 IST

So, someone gifted your mom a sari which she doesn’t like? Does that mean another set of cushion covers for the living room? No way, girls. That sari is worth much more than just lying on your sofa, so take it out of the closet and drape it in style.
Today, we give you five different ways of draping a sari and make it work for various occasions, without adding a single stitch or cut to the six-yard wonder. A chiffon or georgette sari will give you nice, flowy drapes (look 2 — 5), while cottons and silks can be put to good use for neater and structured looks (such as look 1). fun ways to re-use your sari: Kaftans: A fan of vintage? Get silk and georgette kaftans stitched from your chiffon and georgette saris. Scarves & stoles: You can do a lot of mix-and-match by cutting your sari and making peppy scarves and stoles to match with your outfits.

Jholas: For some cool boho vibe, use the sari fabric to get jholas stitched. Put a neighbourhood tailor on the job who wouldn’t charge much. You can also make mobile covers and book jackets with the material.

Cross front dress
Carry this look to a relaxed brunch or a high tea party with the ladies
ACE THE LOOK: Gather one end of the sari, form a pleat and take it diagonally across your torso, bringing it forward from behind your neck again to make a cross. Take the remaining sari and fold it into half (length-wise) and wrap it around yourself. Team up with a tube blouse. Do your hair in an elegant side bun.

Backless cowl gown
This glamorous look works for a hot gathering, your friend’s cocktail party or a hot date
ACE THE LOOK: Wrap the sari around your waist without any pleats. Make 3-4 pleats in the fifth round, and tuck to one side. Take the loose end behind your back and bring it forward, making two cowls around the neck. Pin the loose end to create a backless cowl gown. Team up with a bikini blouse. Braid your hair into side plaits.

High slit skirt
Heading to a fashionable day party? Add some quirk to your look with this ensemble.
ACE THE LOOK: Pleat one end of your sari and tuck it in your leggings. Rolling the other loose end to make a thick twine, take it across your chest, wrap it around your neck, throw it over your shoulder. Wear a cropped denim jacket over this. Tie back your hair in a sleek pony tail and accessorize with minimal jewellery.

Tube dress with a trail
This one is surely an eye-stopper. Wear this dress to a formal dinner party or a cocktail event.
ACE THE LOOK: Secure a belt around your waist. Take one end of the sari from under the belt and let it fall like a trail. Taking the rest of the sari from under the trail, wrap it around twice. Take the remaining fabric and wrap it around the bust to form a tube. Pin up the loose end to the tube. Stylise this dress with a statement neckpiece.

Asymmetric drape
Want to turn heads at a a hip party? Sport this look to stand out.
ACE THE LOOK: Start wrapping your sari, letting it fall below your knees. Drape it in the way you usually drape a sari, but without the petticoat. Now adjust each pleat at a different level to get an asymmetrical helm. Accentuate your waist with a sleek leather belt. Wear this sari with a turtle neck crop top.

First Published: Jun 29, 2013 18:16 IST