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 – Back to 1910

“What’s my costume today,” asked Toni. My answer was short and a little brusque, “I have no idea.” I was draping around her a silk scarf with a pretty blue and white windowpane design. So far, no ideas were coming to me. I could tell from the look on her face that this was unwelcome news.

I found a blue ribbon to tie in her hair. It was a pretty good match for the dress. “You are going to be The Lady in Blue,” I told her. She didn’t know who that was and since I’d just made it up, I had no details to give her.

I dredged in my mind for something to tell her. “This style with the slimmer skirt was popular in 1910,” I said. It was a fashion era that appealed to me. No hoop skirts or bustles to work into the outfit.

I’d spent 10 minutes scrubbing her face to remove the botched eyeglasses from yesterday’s costume. Then I had to restore her eyebrows. Now, she’s going with the Brooke Shield’s look. I didn’t mention the resemblance as I didn’t want to have to explain who that was.

The Lady in Blue