How to cut & sew churidar

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How to cut & sew churidar
Sewing a churidar will require the creation of a pattern using a measuring tape. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Churidar are a pajama-like clothing set that is traditionally worn, in South Asia and Central Asia. This type of clothing is based on salwar trousers which have been modified to accentuate the figure of women. The churidar top can be worn in a variety of lengths and is considered appropriate for everyday wear as well as formal occasions. A complete churidar outfit includes a shirt and trousers.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Pattern paper
  • 10 yards of fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Bobbin

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Instructions

    Churidar Shirt

  1. 1

    Lay the pattern paper out in front of you. Use the measuring tape to measure a vertical length of 108cm. Mark the vertical line with your fabric marker.

  2. 2

    Measure a horizontal width of 39cm. Mark the horizontal line with your fabric marker.

  3. 3

    Measure a vertical length of 11.5cm from the top of the line made in step 1. This line will be the front neck opening. Draw a horizontal line which is perpendicular to this point and measures 7.6cm.

  4. 4

    Measure a horizontal width of 7.6cm from the top of the line made in step 1. Draw a vertical line which is perpendicular to this point and measures 11.5cm. This will intersect with the line drawn in the second part of step 3.

  5. 5

    Draw a line which slopes slightly downward and to the right, which originates at the point measured in step 4. The line should be 19cm long and reach a horizontal termination point which is approximately halfway between the height of the line drawn in step 4.

  6. 6

    Measure a vertical length of 20.5cm from the top of the line made in step 1. Draw a horizontal line perpendicular to this point which measures approximately 25.5cm in width. Draw a curving line which begins at the termination point and connects to the end of the line drawn in step 5. This line will complete the arm hole. The amount of curve will depend on the comfort of the wearer. Choose a sleeveless top that you know fits well and trace the existing curve to ensure that the new shirt fits the same way.

  7. 7

    Measure a vertical length of 39cm from the top of the line made in step 1. Draw a horizontal line perpendicular to this point which measures approximately 20cm in width. Connect the end of this line to the beginning of the line created in the second part of step 6.

  8. 8

    Drawn a line between the bottom horizontal line and the end of the horizontal line created in step 7.

  9. 9

    Cut out the pattern with scissors.

  10. 10

    Fold the fabric in half so that the open edges are positioned on the right. Lay the pattern on top of the fabric so that the long vertical edge lines up with the fold in the fabric.

  11. 11

    Insert the sewing pins around the edges of the pattern and through both layers of the pattern. Trace the pattern onto the fabric with the fabric marker. Remove the pins from the pattern and remove the pattern from the fabric.

  12. 12

    Repeat step 11 on another piece of fabric.

  13. 13

    Cut out the fabric. Lay the pieces on top of each other so that the patterns are facing each other. Insert sewing pins around the edges of the fabric to hold the two pieces together.

  14. 14

    Thread the bobbin and sewing machine.

  15. 15

    Sew the edges of the two pieces together leaving the arm holes, neckline and churidar bottom open.

  16. 16

    Line a piece of folded fabric against the arm hole and duplicate the curve of the arm hole with a fabric marker. Draw a horizontal line from the top point of the curve to the desired length. Draw a horizontal line from the bottom point of the curve to the desired length and connect both horizontal lines with a vertical line. This will create a sleeve pattern.

  17. 17

    Cut out the sleeve pattern and place the pattern on top of another section of folded fabric. Trace the pattern and cut out the new sleeve. Turn the churidar and sleeves inside out so that the patterns face each other and sew the sleeves onto the churidar. Sew the bottom opening of the sleeve.

    Churidar Pants

  1. 1

    Measure the height of the individual who will be wearing the churidar, starting at the floor and terminating at the hip bone. Draw a vertical line on pattern paper that is the same length. Measure the hips. Divide this number in half and draw a horizontal line of the same width which intersects with the top of the original vertical line.

  2. 2

    Measure the distance between the hip bone and the bottom of the buttock. Draw a vertical line which begins at the end of the last line which is the same length as your measurement. Measure the diameter of the bottom of the leg. Divide this number in half and draw a horizontal line of the same width which begins at the bottom of the original vertical line

  3. 3

    Measure the waist diameter and the distance between the waist and the hip bone. Divide the diameter measurement in half. Extend the original vertical line to accommodate the distance and a perpendicular vertical line to accommodate the diameter. Draw a vertical line which connects to the existing hip measurement.

  4. 4

    Cut out the pattern with scissors. Fold the fabric in half so that the open edges are positioned on the right. Lay the pattern on top of the fabric so that the long vertical edge lines up with the fold in the fabric. Insert the sewing pins around the edges of the pattern and through both layers of the pattern. Trace the pattern onto the fabric with the fabric marker. Remove the pins from the pattern and remove the pattern from the fabric. Repeat the sewing pin insertion, tracing and pin removal on another piece of fabric. Cut out the fabric. Lay the pieces on top of each other so that the patterns are facing each other. Insert sewing pins around the edges of the fabric to hold the two pieces together. Thread the bobbin and sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Sew the vertical edges of each piece between the origination of the curved area and the bottom of the leg. Sew the open edges of the two pieces together leaving the waist and leg holes open.

Tips and warnings

  • Churidar sleeves and churidar linings are optional. You can omit step 17 if you like the sleeveless churidar. Linings can be used with transparent material to protect modesty. If you wish to add a lining the steps would be the same except you would use the pattern to cut two slightly shorter pieces of fabric which would be sewn together at the same time as the main pieces. Additional fabric will be necessary to make a lining. All openings will need to be hemmed by folding over 1/2 inch of material and sewing along the edges for a finished appearance.

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