TUTORIAL FOR STITCHING A SALWAR
Taking body measurements and their calculations
Length = 35 ( 35+2= 37)
Shoulder = 14 (14/2 = 7 + ½ = 7 ½)
Chest= 34 (34/4 = 8 ½ + 1=9 ½)
Waist= 30 (30/4 = 7 ½ + 1= 8 ½ )
Hip = 34 (34/4 =8 ½ + 1=9 ½)
1. Fold the width of the cloth into half keeping the fold on the left hand side. Again fold it so that four layers are formed whose closed folds are on the left hand side.
2. Now using a chalk draw the measurements on the cloth like the one shown below. If you are new to stitching, then it is advised to first practice in a newspaper as you are likely to spoil the fabric. The waist or body length falls at 16 inches from the top of the shoulder for adult women. The part from where the salwar remains open falls at 13 inches from the chest level. Follow the diagram for a better understanding.3. Cut it as shown and once you open it, you will be able to find two distinct parts. One is for the front and the other for the back. Do not cut the neck design if you wish to keep different designs at the front and at the back but if you wish to keep either of round, square or rectangular designs of the same depth at both the sides then you can cut it. The part that is cut off from the neck pattern needs to be kept as this will help in cutting a piece for the perfect finishing of the neck.
4. Now cut the piping for the neck as shown here. The cloth should have 2 folds and the closed part should be on the right side. The piece that has been derived after cutting the neck design should be placed on top as shown. Then draw its shape using a chalk and 1 inches apart draw the same This design should be cut along the marked line. It is recommender to practice first in a newspaper. Once the piping is ready open it and place it as shown. Stitch it at the top edge as shown from the outerside. Tuck it within properly and do a fine hemming.
5. Now stitch the shoulder tops.
6. Cut a slant piping for the sleeves if you wish to keep it sleeveless and stitch it the same way as you have learnt for the neck. If you want to add sleeves, check here.
7. From the top of the chest measure 13 inches. Stitch the body till this part.
8. Now the part below that has remained open needs to be stitched. Fold it within and the fold has to be of ½ inches. Use a needle and thread to stitch it. Also stitch the lower part. For a perfect finishing , begin stitching the innercorner of the back part from below to top and move on to the inner corner of the front ,without breaking the thread, continue the outer part. Similarly complete the other part and then the bottom part.
Your salwar is now ready. You can be innovative and stitch different designs for the neck. You can also apply piping in the body of the salwar, make different designs at the back and many more. To get more updates. Keep visiting.