Nice and Different Saree Blouses

17/09/2010 at 7:17 am (Fashion) (, )

It is really refreshing to see people trying to do different things with saree blouses. Here are some favourites of mine.

1. Jacqueline Fernandes at IIFA 2010 – I don’t like the pallu or the fall of the saree but love the concept of the saree blouse.


2. Deepika – love the blouse… but not the tied cord at top!


3. Another blouse that’s not symmetrical


4. Sangeetha (South India) – I like the short sleeves of the blouse and also the saree..


5. Bipasha Basu – like the blouse but not the drape…


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The Trendy Bride

31/08/2010 at 4:40 am (Fashion, Wedding) (, , , )

It’s the day that every girl dreams about… and in her heart there’s a dream figure of herself in the perfect bridal dress. But not all the dreams become reality. Often the bride-to-be must choose something entirely different based on her budget.

But this doesn’t have to happen in Sri Lanka… or in any country where decent seamstresses live… with a passion for creating art with their hands.

There are many options for finding your bridal dress…

1. Buy it online

The easiest and sometimes the most expensive way. But there are thousands of websites to choose from and the possibilities are endless. But it might need alteration and after receiving and wearing it, there’s the chance that bride may feel it’s not “the dress”.

2. Designer Wedding Dresses

As expensive as buying online (even designer dresses can be bought online!)  but the bride gets to have expert advice to guide her on what suits her most as well as what she likes most.

3. Off the shelf

There’s plenty of shops where ladies can shop for their dresses. The prices, quality and services vary from one place to the other. Still, one can actually try the dress on…. and the shop might have an expert to advise their clients. But the dress would probably need alteration and the design desired may not be available in the right size!

This option is totally great if a saree is being bought. A saree can be draped in so many various ways and the blouse can be made in any design to suit the bride. However it can be expensive. The best place in Sri Lanka that I can recommend for buying sarees is Aslam Market (Aslam Market, Keyzer Street, Colombo 11, Sri Lanka)

4. Renting

This is a good option, just not the best option. Many people will tell you that the dress “is just for one day”. And a really beautiful (and expensive!) dress can be yours within a small budget. For sarees the only problem will be the blouse (which has to be made specially for the lady). Alterations may not be possible and the dress should be carefully checked for any damages.

5. Traditional Dress

Some girls are determined to wear their mother’s wedding dress. This should never be forced upon a bride, but it adds a sentimental value to the whole function. Perfect choice for a wedding with a past generation theme… and doesn’t cost anything at all…. provided mother and daughter are same size at the age of marriage. It has to be kept in mind that some fashions are too outdated and some old fashions are making appearances at present moment.

But still there’s another category of ladies that has a different set of requirements when looking for their dress. It must be the one in their mind, must be of good quality, must be neat and beautiful…. and also within the budget. I belonged to this category 🙂

First and most important thing would be finding a good seamstress who is creative and charges a reasonable fee. For this you should start looking some time before the wedding. After selecting a few get them to make a normal dress for you. depending on how it turns out try giving them a formal dress. Get feedback from your friends and relatives about the dresses. Choose the very best person to create your wedding dress.  I like to call her an artist.

Here the fun starts…  search the websites of good designers. Especially ones where they provide photos of several views of dresses… allows their clients to upload their real wedding pictures with comments on their purchase… and who offers good ideas on what will be trendy in the next season.

Also consult the magazines and Wedding blogs and sites featuring current and recent styles in weddings. Talk with your artist… give drawings… and choose the final design. In the end it’s the perfect dress you always dreamed of!

Just keep in mind it’s not the easiest method. It takes several fit-on sessions… a lot of time… for me the last fit on was 10 hours before the wedding. But the dress was perfect… and very precious because I was involved in it’s creation from the very beginning.

Here are some good places to look. The first one is where I found the design which became my own dress in the end, for about 1/4th of the price! The following is the design I based my dress upon 🙂

Maggie Sottero a lot of new and unique designs you don’t see everywhere. It also provides another gallery with dresses for other occasions as well… perfect for a going-away dress or for home coming.

Vera Wang another vast collection of gorgeous dresses!

Kleinfeld Collection comes with a guide to help you narrow down your search.

La Couture dei Preziosi has their website in English as well as Italian. The designs are presented in a lovely way and a lot of unique designs are to be found.

OneWed provides a collection categorized by designer and by the dress type. Good if you have a basic idea in your mind.

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All about Sarees

07/05/2010 at 6:52 pm (Fashion) (, )

Have you ever wished you can do something really girlish with your sarees other than going with the same traditional drape and blouse styles your mom or even your grandma wears?

Quite lately girls are doing just that. But still we’re limited for designs termed “in-style” rather that what is really “you”.

This blog Desi Fashion Police is a wonderful place with a vast collection of so many innovative things to do with sarees. It offers good guidance for ladies who’d like to try something new without looking like a total disaster.

Among the posts you find new blouse designs, various saree draping methods, guide to accessorising an outfit…. even posts on the mistakes we do!

Yes, the posts about our blunders made me write this post… I have so many people to guide me on how to do something but nobody ever warns me of possible pitfalls. So I’m most grateful to the Desi Fashion Police.

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Paper Bracelets and/or Recycling

21/03/2010 at 5:06 pm (Fashion, Paper Crafts) (, , )

Here’s the beginning of my new craze…. Handmade jewelery. Did you ever go shopping trying to find jewelery that’s the exact colour of your dress? Well… it’s one of the best sports in the world…. but it’s not the same to go shopping in an old haunt without my best buddies. So as usual I googled it…. making my own fancy accessories.

I  came across 2 types of paper bracelets. One in Inna’s Cerations and another in Fluffyland. The one in Fluffyland shows how to make them with wrappers…. the one I tried was Inna’s one because I already had the things needed for it.

First I fished out all the left over paper scraps from my Kusudama era. After cutting them to suit the size of my hand, I finished it in about 15 minutes. No glue was required and the end result had a very neat look.

Then I painted the whole thing with nail polish. It’s very easy to find nail polish of a colour to match a dress. I never use nail polish on my nails (ugh!) but it’s my favourite paint 🙂 You can find bottles Rs. 20 each in Pettah in all the glorious colours and textures. A third of a bottle is sufficient to cover the whole bracelet with 2 coats.

The nail polish will dry completely in a few minutes — but it stinks 😛 it’s best to leave it overnight. After using it you can easily paint it another colour to suit a new dress.

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