Available on Etsy HERE
*This dress has drawstring closures at the neckline and waist in both the back and front, making it very accommodating to variations in bust and under-bust sizes.
Chest: 37-41" (39" shown in the pictures)
Underbust: Practically OS (35" shown in the pictures)
Hem: 43" from under-bust.
Bicep: 13" max
Sleeve length: 14" from top of armhole seam.
Shoulder strap (stationary, ungathered area): 10" from back shoulder seam to beginning of front gathered neckline.
Shoulder strap width: 3"
I bought a batch of used saris from Indian last year. They are an amazing source of low cost silk (if they are real silk. Be careful), and buying them used is always a good thing. So far, my sources on ebay have been very good.
This sari was one of the slightly longer ones, about 6.5 yards total. Like most saris, about 1 to 1.5 yards at one end is a heavy block of decoration, usually darker than the rest of the sari. Mine had that. I simply cut that section away (a new silk scarf!) and that left me with about 5.5 yards of usable area.
I went on to use border pieces for cuffs on the sleeves as well.
The sari silk was quite delicate and semi-transparent, so I had to add an under-dress to cover the undergarments. The under-dress is really more like a chemise done in black cotton. It's not fitted and has a simple drawstring neckline as the only fitting measures.