How to Stitch Ladies Kurtas

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How to Stitch Ladies Kurtas
Kurtas are traditional Indian tops that come in a variety of colours. (Indian woman image by Gina Smith from

A kurta is a traditional Indian top that can be worn with a variety of pant styles. A kurta is normally comfortable and loosefitting. You can sew a kurta out of most light materials, such as cotton blends, or you can modify a dress to create a stylish top of your own.

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Things you need

  • Material
  • Pattern
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Clothing chalk
  • Dress

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  1. 1

    Practice making a kurta by turning a dress into a top. Choose a dress and put it on. Decide where you would like the waist hemline to fall.

  2. 2

    Use a few sewing pins to hold the material that falls just below your waist in place. Take the dress off and continue pinning around the perimeter of the waistline hem.

  3. 3

    Cut the hem about 1 inch below the pins. Remove some of the pins and turn the dress inside-out. Fold the new hemline in an outward manner and use an iron to keep that portion in place. Continue to remove the remaining pins and iron the hemline down.

  4. 4

    Use a sewing machine to stitch around the perimeter or sew the new hem by hand with a back stitch.

  1. 1

    Find photographs of kurtas online and download a free sewing pattern, if possible.

  2. 2

    Take your measurements (torso, shoulders and waistline) and cut two pieces of material accordingly. Write down your arm lengths and neck and armhole measurements.

  3. 3

    Make a crease along the width of the material you want to use by folding it in half. Then, fold it in half lengthwise. Use the measurements and clothing chalk to mark the neck and armholes at this point.

  4. 4

    Cut out the neck and arm holes, and then cut the material for the sleeve portions by using the arm length measurements from Step 2.

  5. 5

    Open up the folded material and sew the shoulder points together. Sew the sides along the torso next, beginning from the armhole down to the waistline. Sew in the sleeves, and finish it off by stitching the hem around the perimeter of the waistline. Try on the kurta and alter if necessary.

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