Here was the inspiration photo:
I looked everywhere for an inexpensive costume sari (or saree) and couldn't quite find anything that was "authentic" enough or looked enough like the inspiration photo. Although, I did come across several cool Bollywood costumes at the Spirit Halloween store and at the garment district in downtown Los Angeles, but nothing was quite right.
So, I decided that I would head over to Joann's Fabric and get some red "sari" material, gold trim and some kind of decals for the dress. My sister, T, and I ended up finding some great sales (as usual) and bought everything I needed for 24 dollars right as the store closed. I got a wig at Rite Aid and borrowed a pair of T's shoes to complete the look.
Here are the pieces:
And a glimpse of the sewing:
The hardest part of this costume by FAR was wrapping the sari correctly!
Ms. Fab's blog and this video from goodindiangirl on youtube helped me so much (and Mr. B's skills in the sari-wrapping department too)!
And a couple photos of the final product: