If you are planning a tropical vacation, consider using a sarong as a great all-purpose garment to take along. It is lightweight, packs flat in your luggage, and is easy to dress up or down for any occasion. However, if you have never worn a sarong before, you probably need some help figuring out the best ways to tie a sarong. It's a very comfortable yet very simple garment -- just a large piece of fabric. It can be worn as a dress, a skirt, or even a beach cover-up depending on how it has been tied.
Nine easy ways to wear sarongs
If you have never worn a sarong, learn several easy and fashionable sarong tying techniques.
How to tie a sarong as a dress
- Halter dress: Wrap your sarong across your upper back while pulling the ends around to the front. Cross the ends at the front so they overlap, Twist once, then tie in a knot. Fasten the ends behind your neck.
- Tube dress: Halter dress: Wrap your sarong across your upper back while pulling the ends around to the front. Cross the ends at the front so they overlap, then secure with a double knot.
- Toga style dress: Hold both corners, tucking one end beneath your arm. Wind the rest around the other side of your body until it aligns with the first end on the other side of your shoulder. Pull both corners up around your shoulder and tie a double knot.
Colourful batik sarongs can be stylish.
How to tie a sarong as a skirt
- Long skirt: Wrap the sarong around your hips. Fasten the corners together into a knot, then shift the knot so it is placed over one hip.
- Long wrap type skirt: Hold one corner in your hand, then wrap the rest of the sarong around your hips. (Slender people will need to wrap it around twice). Tie a knot.
- Triangular skirt: Fold your sarong to create a triangle shape. Turn the sarong so the longest part of the triangle is at the top, then wrap it around your waist. Tie a knot.
How to use a sarong tie
If you need a bit of extra support while tying your sarong, use a sarong tie. Draw one end of the sarong through each hole, then pull firmly to wedge the fabric in place. You can create a knot over the sarong tie if need be.
For a short skirt or dress
- Fold the sarong to the desired length before wrapping around your body.
- If that seems too bunchy and bulky, buy a half-length sarong to wrap and fasten as usual
|Hawaiian Pareo Sarong Dress Sewing Pattern #303|
If you want to try out a sarong, it is easy to make one at home before you set forth on your vacation. This is a great pattern to make your own sarong. The instructions are clear and concise, and the garment even has interior ties to fasten in front.