Toni’s Sari – Part II

In the earlier post, I showed examples of saris and created the base part for her outfit. Today, we’ll complete her Indian outfit. The whole costume is no-sew.

Which scarf will she choose?

Silk or Nylon Scarf?

Sari fabric comes in many colors and patterns. Silk is the best for this doll’s outfit as it drapes beautifully. Nylon scarves just don’t wrap in the same way.

Actually, long silk scarves can be quite expensive. If you don’t have one on hand, use rayon or nylon. They don’t drape quite as well as silk but are certainly more affordable for making the doll saree.

You can find them sometimes at Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Look around at yard sales too for the right kind of scarf.

Since I had many scarves to accessorize my suits when I was a librarian, I found plenty in my own closet. Since the scarf is not cut or damaged in making the doll’s sari outfit, you can use one for the doll and later return it to the closet for wearing.

Videos Showing How to Wear a Sari

Step-by-step explanation on how to drape a sari

Wrapping the Sari on the Toni Doll

I’m using a silky scarf for the sari. Look for one with a smaller print or gold threads running through it.

  1. Start in the front and tuck the sari into the waist of the petticoat. Continue around the back of the doll. The bottom of the sari should touch the floor.
  2. When you get to the front again, fold the material in accordian pleats. The top of the pleats is tucked into the waistband. If it doesn’t want to stay in place, you can resort to safety pins. In several of the videos, the ladies pin their saris.
  3. Take the loose end of the scarf and drape it from the hip up across the chest and over the shoulder. It should hang down about to the knees in back.
Toni wearing her sari.

Toni’s Month of Costumes

Here’s a recap in case you missed any of the costumes. We tried to come up with something different every day for October leading up to Halloween. Click the arrows to see the full slide-show of all her costumes.

Happy Halloween from Toni

Click the right or left arrow to see them all

Guest Appearances in October

Toni won’t be blogging very much in November as her human has to catch up on some genealogy research and family history blogging. You can keep up with any posts here by subscribing to get them via email or join Toni Doll’s Facebook Fan Page where you’ll also see other enthusiasts who post pictures of their dolls. Another way to not miss out on Toni’s posts is to follow her at Bloglovin’.

In December, we are sharing Toni’s Christmas Countdown on the blog. Don’t miss out as she helps decorate the house, bakes cookies, wraps presents, and other activities of the holiday season.

Toni – Undecided Voter

Toni asked why I was tying a giant flag to my golf cart. I told her that tomorrow I was driving the golf cart in a political parade in our community. “There aren’t many undecided voters left,” I said, “but I want to support my candidate.”

“I’m an undecided voter,” she said, “who’s running?” I didn’t even tell her that it was too late to get registered to vote on Tuesday. Besides, I don’t think they let 18-inch dolls vote for president.

“We can make a costume for you as an Undecided Voter,” I said, “and tomorrow, when I have more time, I’ll tell you why I support one candidate.”

Toni depicts the UNDECIDED VOTER.

I scrubbed off her Minnie Mouse eyelashes from yesterday and had her slip on her sweater dress. It made the perfect background for some stickers. I had 2 signs that made good flags for her size.

“Once you decide on your candidate,” I suggested, “you can stand out by the mailbox and wave at our parade of decorated golf carts tomorrow.”

Don’t Forget to Vote

Graphic from Pixabay – Remember your vote is vital.