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How to Drape a Saree by Yourself [ VIDEO ]


Have you ever watched your mother or grandmother expertly drape a saree, and thought, I can totally do this! But 2 hours later, you find yourself sitting in a pile of fabric and broken safety pins, completely humbled.  Or is that just me?

Just in case this story is familiar to you, here’s a tutorial that breaks down how to drape a saree from someone who knows a thing or two about getting dolled up. The Saree Room’s Social Media Coordinator, and in-house fashionista, Aliya Kang, shows us the easiest way to drape a saree when your nani isn’t around to save you. 

Before you start, you will need:

  • Saree
  • Petticoat
  • Safety Pins
  • Saree Blouse
  • Full-length mirror, if possible

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    Getting Started

    STEP 1:

    Put on your petticoat, and tie it tightly around your waist

    STEP 2:

    - Drape the saree fabric over your arm so it’s easier to work with

    - Align the trim of the saree to the bottom of your petticoat

    - Tuck the top part of your saree into the waistband of your petticoat - the amount you tuck will be determined by your height

    - Tuck until the midpoint of your stomach

    STEP 3:

    - Start pleating - your first center pleat will be a bit larger than the rest

    - The following pleats will be roughly 3/4 the size of the first one

    - Keep pleating until you reach the border of the saree

    STEP 4:

    - Safety pin the pleats - one on each side, and one in the middle to ensure everything is secured.

    - Tuck the pinned pleats into your waist towards the middle of your stomach

    - Use more safety pins along your waistband for extra security

    Drape your saree over your shoulder, and you are good to go!  

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    Additional tips:

    - For thicker fabric sarees, use larger safety pins to ensure they do not bend or break while you are draping.

    - Pin the saree to your blouse at the top of your shoulder for an easier way to carry throughout your event.

    - Always make sure your petticoat is extremely tight before you drape as this is the one piece holding everything together.

    - If you are planning on wearing heels, put them on before you drape to ensure your saree falls at the correct placement on your feet and isn't too short. 

    So here you have it - a quick and easy way to drape a saree like a pro! Let us know if you have any more tips to share below. 👇

    How to Drape a Saree

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