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A Dress With A Story

Today I will share with you the way I styled my dresses which were made out of my ammammas (grandma in Telugu) saree. I have been super lucky with finding an awesome tailor who makes my visions with garments come to reality. Ah! that awesome feeling you get when you see that your dress has come out exactly like you envisioned it to be.

My ammamma clearly was a saree hoarder, I grew up watching salesmen come home with special Kanjeevaram sarees and travelling to places like Uppada , Kanchi, Chennai and Mangalgiri just to buy sarees. She was a woman with amazing style and poise, I would call myself lucky if I had a fourth of style she had.

These dresses will always remain very special to me. These sarees were ripping apart because none of us were wearing them, so I decided to stitch them into dresses and preserve them. I had a very clear vision of how I wanted these dresses to look, so I instructed my tailor to use the pallu of the saree for the top and the remaining saree for the pleated part of the dress.

Voila! My beautiful silk dresses πŸ™‚

This pink Kanjeewaram saree was so beautiful, I would have loved to wear it as a saree but the zari due to extensive use by my ammamma and it being an aged fabric was tearing apart. So I gave my design to my tailor and converted it into this beautiful dress. Since the fabric is so rich with a beautiful border, the dress instantly got a royal look to it – the beautiful pink color just adds excess glam to the whole outfit. 

I styled the dress with large stone hangings and my sparkly glitter ballerinas. I kept my accesories to a minimum using only statement earring to make the outfit really stand out. I tied my hair in a bun and completed the look with a beautiful Mocha lipstick.  

This hands down is my favorite dress ever !!








For second dress, I had this beautiful ikath silk saree, and I am a big fan of Ikath – I am a sucker for Indian handlooms. Nothing makes me more happier than the beautiful colors,fabrics and silhouettes that Indian handlooms provide.  Just like the pink dress I got the this dress stitched with a similar design , but changed the neck for this dress and opted for a boat neck to really bring out the Ikath pattern.  Slik has a subtle stiffness to it which gives an amazing fit to the outfit when stitched.  









I wore my Kumud jhumkas  from an Instagram store  –  Tribe Anvi  ; bohemian silver chain by The Hype Shop with juties to style my blue dress. I winged my liner for extra sass and kept my lips nude πŸ™‚ I love how simple yet classy this dress looks.

These dresses are perfect for a wedding function or just any fancy day out.I kept the design of the dresses not too long or too short so that I can switch them up and wear them as dresses and a salwaar with a chudidhar. A handy tip I want to give is while styling such dresses if you want a more modern look style these with stilettos and a chic clutch and you can rock this dress for a cocktail party. These dresses are also amazing to wear for the festive season – your Diwali outfits can be these beautiful saree dresses that you design πŸ™‚

I hope you enjoyed this post and the got some ideas to preserve some vintage sarees or just revamp those unused sarees in your closet. We would love to see your recreations if our posts have inspired you in anyway. Please do tag us on Instagram and Facebook on your pictures so we can see your awesome recreations. Also dont miss out on all the awesome content we post on Instagram and Facebook . ( Follow us on Instagram @lechicdiaries and Facebook – Le Chic Diaries )

We would love you hear your garment stories too, leave a comment below ! πŸ™‚


Shweta β€οΈ


  1. This post hands down is my favourite one till date. You look absolutely stunning in the pink outfit. Its so personal and special holding on to clothes with so many memories and history !! Love your work.

  2. I love the way you depicted the outfits akka! πŸ’œπŸ’™
    An amazing idea to preserve such beautiful sarees! 😍
    Truely an appealing post!!! πŸ’–πŸ‘

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