Sewing a Sari Blouse: 7 of 11

Sari blouses typically close with hook and eyes, either in front or back, similar to bras. So this step is for attaching fabric for a placket on either side. One strip is wider than the other, but I admit, I’m not really understanding why — hooks and eyes don’t take up that much space. I think I have to go look at one of my readymade sari blouses and see if I can figure it out.

You could do a zipper instead, of course, but an advantage of the hook-and-eye approach is that it again makes the blouse more customizable — if you gain or lose a little weight, you can shift the eyes and hook it more or less tightly. At least, I’m assuming that’s why they use hook-and-eye.

But I will, regardless, use this opportunity to share a poem:


you fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
an open eye

– Margaret Atwood



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