Basic sari blouse draft of front and back are prepared on a folded sheet of paper. Folded sheet is cut along the fold line and the draft of the back is removed. The remaining details are drawn on the front portion.For basic sari blouse draft please refer here.

Step 1

Mark A-B the full length of blouse + 1” on the fold line.

On this line Mark point K such that A-K = back neck depth =¹/12th chest or to taste.

Mark point L on the line A-B such that A-L =front neck depth =1/8th chest or to taste.

Mark point D on the line the line A-B such that A-D = scye depth = ¼ chest-1¼ or 1½.

For details about scye depth refer here.

A-M = front length + ½”.

Draw perpendicular lines to the line A-B from the points A, D, M and B.

On the perpendicular line at A mark A-C = ½ shoulder + ¼ “.

On the perpendicular line at D mark point E such that D-E = ¼ chest +1½”.

On the perpendicular line at M mark point N such that M-N = D-E.

On the perpendicular line at B Mark F such that B-F = D-E.

From the point C drop a Perpendicular. It meets the line D-E at the point H.

On the line C-H mark points R such that C-R = ½” or ¾”.

Join the points G and R.

Mark point J on the line C-H such that J-H = 1”.

Mark point I on the line B-F such that I-F = ½” Join the points E and I.

Line E-I intersects the line M-N at the point O.

Join points K and G by a curved line as shown in the figure. This is back neck line.

Join points L and G by a curved line as shown in the figure. This is Front neck line.

Now cut along the line K-G-R-E-O-I-B.

Separate front and back draft by cutting along the fold line K-L-D-M-B.

Keep back draft (on which there are no markings) aside.

Step 2

Take the front draft on which neck and front scye Markings are there.

On the line D-E mark point Z such that Z-H = 1/2' to 3/4".This is for the bust measurements up to 33".For bust size more than 33" shift the point Z to towards H and continue.

S is the midpoint of D-Z.

From the points S and Z drop perpendiculars. These lines meet the line M-N at point 2 and 3. respectively. On the line S-2 mark point T such that S-T =1/8th chest -1½”.

For further details about the point T see here.

Through the point T and on either side, draw a line parallel to the line M-N. This line cuts the line A-M. at the point 4 and the line Z-3 at the point V.

On the line A-M mark point P such that 4-P = 1”. This is for chest measurement below 36".For bust measurements 36" and above increase this measurement to 1¼” or 1½”

On the line Z-3 mark point Q such that V-Q = 1”.This is for chest measurement below 36".For bust measurements 36" and above increase this measurement to 1¼” or 1½”

Join P-T and T-Q.

Paste a small piece of paper of width 2” along P-X outside the line A-M.

Produce the line V-4 to U such that length of line P-T + the length of the line T-Q = length of the line V-U.

Paste a small piece of paper of width 2” along the line M-N.

Produce line 4-M to X such that 4-X = P-M.

Produce line V-3 to W such that V-W =Q-3.

Join U-X. On U-X mark point Y such that X-Y = 1”.

Join W-Y by a curved line as shown in the figure.

Produce T-2. It cuts the line W-Y at point 5. At this point take a dart of ½”.

Point 1 is the midpoint of the front neck line. L-G. Join 1 and Z by a curved line as shown in the figure.

There are three pieces in the draft. I have coloured them with different colours .Please see figure 3.

We have to separate them.

Piece no 1 is side piece.

Piece no 2 is Katora piece .

Piece no 3 is Under bust piece.

Cut front neck line along the line L-I-G.Cut along the shoulder line G-R and front scye shape R-J-E. Cut along the E-O. Cut along O-3.

Cut along the curve 1-Z-Q-V- 3. This is piece no 1 or side piece.

To separate piece no 2 or Katora from piece no 3 or under bust piece cut along the line P-T-Q.

Cut along the line U- 4 -T-V-3-W-5- X-Y-U to get under bust piece.

Waist band

1-2 = (A-B - A-M )=(Full length of the blouse– Front length of the blouse) +½”.

2 to 4 = M-O (refer fig 2) -1”.

4-3 = 1 to 2 -¾ or 1”.

4 to 5 = ½”.

Join 1 and 3 by a curved line as shown.

Join 3 and 5.

Cot along 1-3-5-2-1.

Sleeves

Refer sari blouse

While cutting the fabric take ½” extra for seams as shown in the figure 5 by dotted lines. Arrow mark shows length wise of the cloth. To get good fitting the Katora piece which is coloured in green should be cut on bias as shown in the figure 5.

Stitching

Fold the under bust piece which is coloured blue along the line T-5 and stitch ½” dart. Open the fold and press .See Figure 6 .

Place the under bust cover on the katora ,Keeping right sides together and place D’ on D, C’ on C and B’ on B . See figure 7. Stitch them together along the line D-C-B, ¼” from edge. Make small snips along the stitched edge taking care to not cut the stitches. Open and press. See figure 7.

Keep the side piece which is coloured pink on katora and under bust which are stitched together, keeping right sides together and Point A on A’ G on G’ and stitch ¼” away from the curved edge . Make small snips and turn the seam and press. See Figure 8

Out of 4 waist band pieces take 2 pieces of the belt and stitch them together along the edge I-J and turn the seam inside fold and press. Place the belt on under bust piece and side piece which are stitched together, matching points F and F’ and H and H’. See figure 9.

This is left front of the blouse. Stitch right front also in the same manner.

Complete sewing the blouse as an ordinary sari blouse.

## 28 comments:

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thanks vani....very clearly explained

Lovely tutorial Vani.Though I know this method I was not very confident in trying this out.Now that your tutorial is so good I will definitely

give it a try.

Hi Vani, Thanks for you lovely posts. Could you give me directions for making a multiple kalli skirt - skirts used for Kathak performances. How do I cut the kallis without wasting any material. I want them 2 1/2 inches(1/2 inch seam allowance on each side) near the waist which ultimately widens to 9 inches(1/2 inch seam allowance on each side) on the bottom.

Thanks,

Shaan

Hi Vani, Thanks for you lovely posts. Could you give me directions for making a multiple kalli skirt - skirts used for Kathak performances. How do I cut the kallis without wasting any material. I want them 2 1/2 inches(1/2 inch seam allowance on each side) near the waist which ultimately widens to 9 inches(1/2 inch seam allowance on each side) on the bottom.

Thanks,

Shaan

Dear Vani, nice blog.. I'm happy to follow!

Hi Vani

I made a bluse with high neck as per your instructions and it came out very well. What to know if the measurements are the same for a open back neck blouse, especially the shoulder and the front darts. Thanks

Emma

Measurements are same for back neck blouse and front neck blouse

Hi Vani,

Would like to know how to adjust the shoulder and front darts for a open 'U' neck back of a saree blouse. Please also let me know how to stitch a simple salwar especially how to do the pleats for the front of salwar. Thanks Emma

hai vani,

Really i am requesting u for 2nd time about this deep neck katori blouse. i think high neck blouse neck is different from deep neck blouse cutting .

Pls. will u help me about this cutting.except shoulder cutting everything is one and same?

Expect the shape of the neck and width of shoulder drafting is same.

thank u.I think shoulder deep is also less in the deep neck blouse( compering to high neck blouse)I have tried in many ways. so i am asking . I like your way of teaching.once again thank u

Dear Vani Mam, Can you please tell me the cause of falling shoulder in the saree blouse, the neck is a wide neck. Thanks.

Dear Vani Mam, Can you please tell me the cause of falling shoulder in a saree blouse he neck is a wide neck. Thanks

madam please tell how to make saree blouse knot?

i don't no how to stitch the blouse knot

thanks for this tutorial.just wanted to know when you are adding extra 1",what does it denotes:inches or centimetres.please advice.

hi vani,

i'm glad to see ur site. this site is very helpful

could u plz tell me how to draft and sew saree blouse with back hook

could u plz tell me how to draft saree blouse with back hook

Hello Ma,

Can you teach me how to make Latkans/ kunjalam for the blouse.

Happy New year.

Dear di.

I want to make back open reaf knot katori blouse. breast size 32". please tell me the whole step by step procedure.

mail2neelmani@gmail.com

Katori blouse when you cut in paper we take 2" extra. How to mark in cloth? Should we take extra cloth?My bust measurement is 36", can i take 1.5" for p

Namaste madam

I am learning stitching from 2 months.

I am one of the user of your blogers.

I have one doubt.How can I measure that this sleeve round marking shape (front and back shape)perfectly match for this armhole shape (front and back shape) with measuring tape before cutting the cloth.

You will get it by practice.You can also measure the curves of the armholes and change accordingly. when the sye depth is same for sleeves and bodice it will be the same usually.

madam coul u please teach us how to stitsh adress with smocking sleeves and collar

Ur blog is wonderful, really helpful especially to freshers. Ur teaching method is very nice -easy to understand with detailed explanation & neat diagrams.

Hello Vani Aunty,

Firstly thank you for all these wonderful tutorials that you have posted. I have tried making a parkar polka for my baby and also a chudidar for myself based on your tutorials and both of them have turned wonderful.

I am keen on stitching a katori blouse for myself but am used to wearing a single katori. Can you please post a tutorial for the same?

Nice information and effort to promote ethnic wear indian saree!I want to make back open reaf knot katori blouse. breast size 32". please tell me the whole step by step procedure.

Thank u so much vanuji ,ur a great inspiration fr women. Pls send notes for back neck having depth more than 7'. Why does the should fall n neck sag.

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