Made from a long length of fabric, a sarong is one fashionable item that can be worn in countless different ways. Within North America and Europe, a sarong is typically made from a couple of yards of thin, lightweight fabric that is appropriate for a warm climate. As a multi-functional item, you can wear a sarong as a skirt, dress, cover up, or even as a stylish wrap for the shoulders or head.
When making a sarong of your own, the beauty of this item is you can make it as plain or ornate, as you desire. A sarong is commonly worn along with a swimsuit in a tubular fashion around the waist, as a cover up. While on vacation, a sarong can always be sported with a swimsuit, and it also looks fabulous worn alone as a chic dress to a casual dinner. Easy to pack and wash, it is the perfect item for any traveler on the go, who loves versatile accessories and clothing. Here are easy instructions and tips on how to make your own beautiful sarong at home.
Things You’ll Need:
Figure out exactly what size fabric you will need for your sarong. Begin by measuring yourself. The average sarong is around 72″ long and 36″-45″ wide. If you are extremely petite or slender, you will need to adjust the size of your sarong accordingly, by altering the length and/or width dimensions.
Select a light-weight fabric at a store to use for the sarong. Ideal fabrics for a sarong include woven fabrics of silk chiffon, linen-silk blends, rayon and various types of stretchy cotton. Each of these fabrics is suited for warm weather and tropical climates. Sarongs are normally made of lightweight fabrics that are cool and comfortable against the skin. Choose a material that is best for you, based upon the specific type of fabric and the color.
Hem the raw edges of the sarong. If you want your sarong to have a finished look it is a good idea to hem the raw edges. A good hem will also prevent the fabric from unraveling, or looking frayed at the edges over time. Use pins around the entire length of fabric, and fold the external edge over ¼ inch all the way around the sarong. To create a finished look, sew the interior edge of the sarong using a color of thread that matches the garment.
Remove the pins and try on the sarong. Fold it in half lengthwise. Wrap the sarong around your waist, and grasp a corner in each hand. Tie an attractive knot at your hip to secure.
Optional Tip – Embellish your sarong with tiny beads or shells.