Making Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse

This DIY post is about making a basic pattern for sari blouse with minimum cuts and minimum darts. This pattern can be used as a base for any structural design variation in sari blouses, both useful for the beginners and the masters.




How are you friend? I had been on a vacation and when I came back, I was happy to see my mailbox filled with mails from beloved Tantu Readers πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your love! And, there were many requests regarding pattern making. So, I have brought a pattern making post again!

This DIY basic pattern making for sari blouse post is in response to the requests by –

Ms. Arja, Ms. Vanathi and Ms. Joshma.

Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse

This sari blouse pattern is with waistline darts. As it is named, it is the most basic pattern for a sari blouse. Hence, the pattern is without waistband or any other cuts. Even though this pattern looks similar to the basic sloper, it is slightly different in its fit.

Let’s start with the measurements.

Measurements Needed:

Shoulder Measurement:

Taken between two shoulder ends or nape of the neck to one shoulder end and doubled. When neckline depth is more than 1/6th of the bust round, shoulder measurement is taken about 3cm to 4cm less on each side.

Armscye Depth or Armhole Depth:

Taken by direct measurement or calculated from the Bust Circumference.

It is the best to measure the armscye depth directly on the body for accurate measurement. It is measured straight from the shoulder end to about Β½ an inch below the armpit. Armscye depth varies from 13cm – 18cm (or about 5 inch – 7 inch) in the increasing order from the small sizes to the larger ones.

Armscye depth can be calculated from the bust circumference in many of the ways by different dressmakers for different outfits.

For a sari blouse, following calculation is found to be the best.

1/6th of Bust Circumference

Front & Back Neck depths:

Taken directly on the body or taken from an existing garment.

Bust Circumference:

Taken around the fullest part of the bust.

Waist Circumference:

Taken around the navel point.

Bust Point or Pivot Point:

Taken straight down the shoulder to the bust point.

Waist Length:

Taken from the nape of the neck to the desired length of the blouse.

Drafting & Cutting Instructions For A Basic Blouse With Waistline Dart

Front Part:

Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse With Waist Line Darts - Front Bodice

Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse With Waist Line Darts – Front Bodice


1. Square down centre front line and shoulder lines.

Centre Front Line: Waist Length + 1cm for seam allowance at shoulder + 1cm seam allowance at waist

Shoulder Line: Β½ of Shoulder Measurement + 1cm seam allowance

Shoulder can be taken square or sloped. This depends up on the garment to be made. Since a sari blouse is usually of wide neck, no slope is suggested here.

2. Square Armscye Depth down the Centre Front Line. Take 1/4th of the Bust Circumference + 1cm ease + 5cm seam allowance, horizontally. This wide seam allowance is useful for alterations.

3. Drop a straight line from shoulder end on to Armscye Depth. Draw front armhole shape about 1cm inward this dropped line.

4. Square Waist Line at the bottom of the Centre Front Line. Take 1/4th Waist Circumference + 5cm dart allowance + 5cm seam allowance. Give a rounded shape at the sides.

5. Dart: Take 1/12th of the Bust Circumference + 2.5cm at waist from the centre front.Β  Draw an upright line. Measure a point at about 3cm from the waist. (Note: This will be the starting point of the waist, exactly under the bust part.)

Waist Band Part and Under Bust Part  Highlighted

Waist Band Part Highlighted


Mark a Dart of about 5cm here taking 2.5cm on each side. Measure and mark Bust Point on the same line from the shoulder. Dart point will be about 2cm below the bust point. Draw a dart as shown.

6. Join the end points of Armscye Depth line and waist line.

7. Draw desired front neckline.

8. Cut along the highlighted outline excluding the darts as shown.

Back Part:


Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse With Waist Line Darts - Back Bodice

Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse With Waist Line Darts – Back Bodice


1. Square down centre back line and shoulder lines.

Centre Back Line: Waist Length + 1 cm for seam allowance at shoulder + 1cm seam allowance at waist

Shoulder Line: Β½ of Shoulder Measurement + 1cm seam allowance

2. Square Armscye Depth down the Centre Back Line. Take 1/4th of the Bust Circumference + 1cm ease + 5cm seam allowance, horizontally. This wide seam allowance is useful for alterations.

3. Drop a straight line from shoulder end on to Armscye Depth. Draw back armhole shape on this dropped line.

4. Square Waist Line at the bottom of the Centre Back Line. Take 1/4th Waist Circumference + 2cm dart allowance + 5cm seam allowance. You may need to shape the waistline a little to match it to the front.

5. Dart: Mark a dart on the waist line at 1/12th of Bust Circumference + 1cm. This dart is about 7cm in length with 1cm width on each side.

6. Join the end points of Armscye Depth line and waist line.

7. Draw desired back neckline. This is usually kept deeper than that in the front.

8. Cut along the highlighted outline as shown.


Fastening can be given in the centre front or in the centre back. Add 1cm seam allowance for the attachment of hook and eye fastening strips.

We are done!

Well, I must mention the uses of this basic pattern.

Significance of Having A Basic Bodice Pattern

  1. This is the basic and the simplest pattern for sari blouse excluding waist bands and extra darts. Construction is simple for the beginners.
  2. Any style variation in the neckline can be tried on this pattern. For high necks, a shoulder slope is given.
  3. This pattern serves as a base for all the types of princess lines. For details on princess lines, click here. Just exclude the dartsΒ without a need to press the pattern as givenΒ here.
  4. Easy to add length.
  5. Back or front fastening styles are easily adapted. This pattern is excluding the seam allowance for fastening. 1cm seam allowance is to be added at the centre (front or back) to give an opening.

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Expect a detailed post on adapting this basic sari blouse pattern into a princess line pattern soon.

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About Sindhu

A nature lover, dreamer, artist, fashion designer and blogger. Passionate about arts. Persued B.Sc Fashion Designing at Karavali College, Mangalore with first rank in the Mangalore University (2003-2006). Former lecturer at Gloria College of Fashion Design, Puttur. (2006-2011). Arts and fashion blogger (2013 onwards).
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64 Responses to Making Basic Pattern for Sari Blouse

  1. Have tried and failed to stitch a blouse… Need to try this…

  2. sindhoooo says:

    Thanks for stopping by Preethi! Please do try and let me know the result!

    Keep smiling! TC!

  3. namrota says:

    Ahaa.. this is so gooood.. I love DIYs… but I dont have a stiching but, have bookmarked it.. will try it on my aunt’s machine. You teach well πŸ™‚

  4. sindhoooo says:

    Welcome to Tantu! Thanks for your compliments and bookmark Namrota πŸ™‚ Let me know how it works πŸ™‚

    Keep visiting! TC!

  5. kimi colney says:

    your blog is very informative…looking forward to more posts….keep blogging!

  6. sindhoooo says:

    Welcome to Tantu and thank you Kimi! Keep visiting! TC!

  7. Wow very well explained.

  8. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you and welcome to Tantu! Have a good day! Keep smiling & keep visiting! TC!

  9. Indrani says:

    Very detailed post.

  10. Susheelanbhat says:

    It is so….good. I like ur is very helpful to the bigeners.basic pattern for sari blouse is to…good.aanu modals stich maadutta edde.ega Ella nodeda mele puna stich madakku heli auttu.thank u sindu

  11. Bhuvana says:

    Hi Sindhu,
    I was really looking for this. Let me try and update you on the feedback. so well explained.
    Thanks dear,

  12. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Indrani! You are so kind! TC!

  13. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you so much for your visit and your liking for Tantu πŸ™‚ Oh! Ninga stitch madigondittira! Glad that Tantu is inspiring you! Ningala preetiya maatugalinge dhanyavaaadagalu πŸ™‚ TC!

  14. sindhoooo says:

    Hey Bhuvana! Thanks for your visit and for the lovable words πŸ™‚ Will wait for your feedback πŸ™‚ TC!

  15. Anita says:

    You make it look so simple! But, I don’t know how to use the sewing-machine πŸ™‚ Blouse-pieces are waiting to be stitched πŸ™‚ Nice DIY instructions πŸ™‚

  16. I nominated you for the Liebster award!

  17. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Anita! You are always kind! Hope you buy a sewing machine soon and start stitching your own! Glad you are here! Visit again! TC!

  18. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you so much! Will write a post soon! TC!

  19. arja p says:

    thanks for detailed DIY. I’ll try n let you know soon.

  20. sindhoooo says:

    Hey, Arja! Pleasant comeback! Hope you are doing good! Thanks for the compliments, eager to know the results πŸ™‚ TC! Visit again!

  21. vidaleflored says:

    i always look for something like this. i will give it a try thanks a lot

  22. sindhoooo says:

    Glad to know that this is something that could help you! Thanks for you time and your words for this post πŸ™‚

  23. Sunitha says:

    Hi Sindhu, Nice blog and keep it coming. One of my observations in most of the drafts is that for the shoulder line it is 1/2 shoulder + 1 cm or so. I understand that this is the basic draft. As the back neckline deepens, this shoulder measurement will not work and the blouse will fall off the shoulder. SO the shoulder measurement has to be accordingly decreased as I understand. Is there any standard measurement for this like Neck deep to Shoulder measurement chart? Will appreciate your inputs on this.

  24. paru says:

    Great post!!!!!!!!!!Can i make princess cut blouse from same?If yes,then what are the changes to be made in the above mention diagram, esp.the arm syce part. Thanks in advance

  25. paru says:

    I got answer to my query in one of your post .Again thanks for well xplained tutorial. I fail to understand why it is curve on both the sides of front bodice while back bodice remain help.

  26. sindhu says:

    Its very useful…easy to follow…thank u sindhu..can u pl post front part of the blouse cutting pl. ?..your method one is easy to understand.

  27. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Sindhu,

    Nice meeting you!!! Thanks for your visit and for your valuable words πŸ™‚ It would be a great pleasure to help you, please let me know which type of front part of blouse cutting you would like to read, plain or yoked?

    TC! Keep smiling and keep visiting!

  28. sindhu says:

    Really you are a very responsible person.because with in tight time schedule you are spending ur time with our comments and queries. Really saying thank you with total happiness, because no one do such a big work what u did now. Here i m asking front part of cross cutting blouse. And also give some idea to making fit darts for front portion.once again thank you so much.

  29. thogai arasi says:

    very much useful. I am going to stitch a blouse for me. thank you.

  30. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Paru,

    How are you? Thank you for your feedback πŸ™‚

    Yes, you can make Princess-line blouse from these patterns. I have posted about it here:
    Another post about making princess-line pattern from darted blouse pattern is here:

    If you are a beginner, I would suggest you to follow the first link and if you know to make darted sada blouse, then you may follow the second link πŸ™‚

    I hope my answer would be useful πŸ™‚ TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  31. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Sunitha,

    So sorry for delayed reply to your comment.

    Thanks for your kind words, they encourage me a lot! Yes, I agree with you, as the neckline deepens more than 3inches, we need to reduce the shoulder width. I am doing a research on Indian and other pattern making methods worldwide and will publish a post on the same shortly. Thanks so much for your inputs regarding this πŸ™‚ You are always welcome to discussion in anything related to garmenting/textiles/fashion πŸ™‚

    Keep visiting and help Tantu grow πŸ™‚

    TC! Bye! Keep smiling!

  32. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Paru,

    Hope you are doing good. I am extremely sorry for making you wait so long.

    Regarding your question: Are you asking about the curves formed in the front princess line? If yes, the answer is that the front blouse part covers the bust which is curvy and hence the two princess-cut panels of front are curvy while the back parts are not.

    I hope I have clarified your doubt πŸ™‚ Feel free to ask anything. Because, you never know if others are also in need of an answer for the same πŸ™‚

    Tc! Bye! Keep visiting!

  33. sindhoooo says:

    Dear Sindhu,

    Thanks for the compliments and accept my apology for the late reply. Are you asking about princess-line blouses? I have already posted about princess line at the links given below:

    I hope these links would be helpful for you πŸ™‚ Any questions/queries are welcome πŸ™‚

    TC! Bye! Keep smiling and visit again!

  34. sindhoooo says:

    Hello! Thanks a lot for stopping by! I would love to know about your experience πŸ™‚ TC! Bye! Keep smiling and keep visiting!

  35. Jeanne says:

    This great! I have forgotten my procedures in pattern making.
    Thank you!

  36. sindhoooo says:

    Thanks Jeanne! Glad that my post helped you to refresh your knowledge πŸ™‚ Hope you had a pleasant stay here πŸ™‚ TC! Bye! Keep smiling and visit again πŸ™‚

  37. Johnc132 says:

    You have brought up a very good details , thankyou for the post. adcdbgbdebak

  38. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you! glad that you like it πŸ™‚

  39. I regret to say I am not so good with fabric but if I was going to try I think I would start right here. Your instructions are so clearly detailed I am sure even I could have a go and make something wearable.

  40. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you so much for stopping by! I am glad that you like my posts and my posts inspire you to start sewing πŸ™‚ TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  41. Shital says:

    Thanks for this great information…….I love it.

  42. sindhoooo says:

    Glad you like this post. Thanks for stopping by. TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  43. You have a very interesting and informative blog.

  44. sindhoooo says:

    Thanks for your appreciation πŸ™‚ TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  45. Nandhini says:

    Hi, found your instructions extremely valuable, Could you also please give the instructions to make the pattern for sleeves and front patti. If a person is short, how do you adjust the patti width, because I find that I have to increase the back length and this sometimes makes the back too long.
    Thanking you in advance…

  46. priya kamath says:

    Dear Ma’am
    I love the way u present u r blog. Neat n detailed.

  47. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Nandhini,

    Happy to have you and your valuable words for my post πŸ™‚ I have covered a post on pattern making of basic set-in sleeve here:

    Regarding your doubts, as per my understanding:
    We need the length measurements and girth measurements (here waist length, bust, upper arm round and sleeve length) and if a person is short or much healthy, the pattern is made anyways based on the measurements. Hence, any width and length issues should not come. If you are talking about using ready patterns available in the market, then we need to have a discussion regading this πŸ™‚

    Hope I have made it clear. TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  48. sindhoooo says:

    Dear Priya,

    Thank you very much for your appreciation and feedback πŸ™‚ Happy to have you here! TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  49. rocky says:

    i could not find the sleeves measurement. did you mean a sleeveless blouse?

  50. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Rocky,

    Thank you for stopping by. You may go through another post about sleeves construction here:

    TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  51. mukhamani says:

    Thanks , I must try it once, I have always stitched my clothes, I stitch katori cut blouse for myself, it is comfortable. I use to stitch for my children long back but now only for myself:) Lakshmi

  52. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Lakshmiji for your kind words πŸ™‚ Please let me know about the result… A sewer can review this pattern better! TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  53. Khadija says:

    Thank you for the simplicity of the instructions. I teach mostly western style pattern cutting and wanted to learn the simple sari blouse instructions. I will draft this and demonstrate to my students. I lecture at a college in the UK and Asian students always ask about blouses. Could you also show a tutorial on Chudidhar please the bag method. Thanks

  54. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you very much for your valuable feedback πŸ™‚ Hope your students liked it as well! Mmmm, hopefully the bag method tutorial will be posted as soon as possible… TC! keep smiling πŸ™‚

  55. tanu says:

    Good explanation

  56. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you Tanu,

    Visit again! TC!

  57. Krishara Rajesh says:

    Thank you so much. Very well explained. Really helpful.

  58. sindhoooo says:

    Pleasure is mine! Glad you like it and found it useful πŸ™‚
    TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  59. nanneesplace says:

    Great post sindhoo!!

  60. sindhoooo says:

    Thank you πŸ™‚

  61. gomathi says:

    Mam I have one silk saree plz suggest a blouse design for that

  62. sindhoooo says:

    Hi Gomathi,
    Glad you thought my ideas would be useful for you πŸ™‚ You may e mail me the photo to so that we can discuss it further.

    TC! Keep smiling πŸ™‚

  63. vaishnavi SRIDHAR says:

    Mam…I just saw ur links and all…so refined…I dreamt to become a professional designer but I couldn’t …but still doing my own way of designs on my little darling. …I just wanted to know Wether u design and stitch for any random customers or u have shop that I could visit. …I’m actually in dehradun….so online suits if u have any. ….and do need to know whether u do for kids tooo….

  64. sindhoooo says:

    Hello Vaishnavi Madam,
    Glad to have compliments for my write ups from a design enthusiast πŸ™‚ I am not yet taking sewing orders nor I own a design house even though they are in my ‘to do list’. As of now I don’t have any suggestions for your requirements as you live in Dehradun and I am so sorry about it. Will let you know if I find any to suggest.
    Thanks for writing. TC, keep smiling πŸ™‚

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