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How to Stitch Anarkali Churidar ?

Updated on February 11, 2014

Me in my stitched Anarkali Churidar

Me in my stitched Anarkali Churidar
Me in my stitched Anarkali Churidar | Source

Anarkali Churidar

Anarkali Churidars is now days stealing the shows. Where ever I go, I see Anarkali Patterns only. From my previous posts, you may be aware that I use to stitch my churidars and dresses myself. I haven't technically learned stitching.. But I have an interest on stitching the dresses myself, in new patterns and new models..

Do check my other Hub on Anarkali Churidar (frock like pattern)

I was experimenting with the churidars and even frocks for my kid... but still I was not aware of the way, How I could stitch the Anarkali... Recently I saw a very cute Anarkali pattern, which my friend was wearing... later on during her birthday also, she wore another one... I asked her about the same and she told that, it was not ready made... she had got it stitched from a tailor.

Because of my interest, she gave me those two pattern, to try it out. This is the first one I tried out and since I was not sure about, how it will turn; I thought to give it a try using my Mom's sari, which she was not wearing due to its stiffness.. The light green one..

Now I could stitch both the top and bottom using the sari, but Shawl was a question for me... For that I bought a pink cotton shawl and also a 1/2 meter polycotton (Silky cotton material) cloth of pink shade to stitch along with the churidars. I selected pink, because there was light pink embroidery on the sari/saree.

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Steps of making Anarkali Suit

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Cutting the TopMark the cutting firstCut it along the sameStitch it back carefullyNow mark the whole  churidarCut it in shapeMark the gathering pantsCut the pantCut the SleevesCut the lining materials too
Cutting the Top
Cutting the Top | Source
Mark the cutting first
Mark the cutting first | Source
Cut it along the same
Cut it along the same | Source
Stitch it back carefully
Stitch it back carefully | Source
Now mark the whole  churidar
Now mark the whole churidar | Source
Cut it in shape
Cut it in shape | Source
Mark the gathering pants
Mark the gathering pants | Source
Cut the pant
Cut the pant | Source
Cut the Sleeves
Cut the Sleeves | Source
Cut the lining materials too
Cut the lining materials too | Source

Check My Hub - Princess Costume for My Kid



Now comes the cutting part... In this hub, I am under the impression that you have a basic idea of stitching churidars or else please read my Hub

How to stitch a churidar with step by step instruction; if you are a beginner..

Also please note that I can't explain it in the technical way, this is simply the way I used to stitch Anarkali...

Take Enough length of sari or material in full length for the top and fold it into four. And now place the Pattern of Anarkali and mark the cuttings. It will be short at the top and the width of the cut increases to the bottom. and you will see that the flair is getting larger. Now cut along the marks and carefully stitch it back.

Do check my hub on stitching a Long frock for your Kid

Now that you had stitched both the front and back side..., again put the two in 1/2 folded position and mark the neck, hand, length and chest width and also how much flair you need. cut it along the mark with space to stitch.

I had taken the embroidered portion of the saree as my sleeves. again for anarkali, we use gathering bottom. i.e., there will be extra cloth at the bottom of the pants. You can make the measurement with the normal pants and extent the same lengthwise and cut the same. Now using the cut pieces of top and bottom of the churidars, you may need to get the lining pieces too.

Refer the pictures for more idea.


Top Portion

Now its time to stitch, stitch the Lining and top portions at the shoulder area, with cloth materials inside out and then invert the same and stitch along the neckline. Do it for both necks. now join the shoulder portions of churidars together and then the sleeves, along with lining. stitch the whole top from sleeve to bottom - the Anarkali top is ready !!!!

Bottom Portion

Also to stitch the bottom, every other thing is similar as that of the normal pants, only thing is its width is smaller when coming to the bottom and also you have to put a slit at the bottom and stitch a Hook at the bottom opening portion, to keep the pant in position. Now your Anarkali top and bottom is ready.

Do check my hub on Indian style Skirt and Blouse for your Kid

Extra Works & Piping

I had given extra piping work with the pink poly cotton material at the sleeves and Anarkali tops, bottom flair... so that my pink shawl will match much to the churidars.

Do try it out and let me know if you have any doubts...


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      DEEPA JOHN 20 months ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      yes simmi vinu , this is an easy method and this is not a technically explaining article ,as I am not aware of the same. Do let me know your experience.

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      simmi vinu 20 months ago

      i have seen ur anarkali method i have try then i will inform u.but i felt its easy to stich.

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      Vimala 2 years ago

      i Like to learn stiching churidhar.pls guide me

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      hema 2 years ago

      Hi yours is looking very nice. Send me how cut anarkali dress my email id hemadpkybh@gmail

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      tinku das 2 years ago

      Very nice

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Interesting and useful tips on stitching churidar. I do lot of stitching and truly enjoy creating new outfits for my loved ones. So good to share this tutorial with others.

      Thanks and voted up!

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      DEEPA JOHN 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      it depends, I had taken 5 and 1/2 meters of cloth for this

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      how much of cloth will be needed for the top

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      Nazeema musthafa 3 years ago

      Can you explain collar patterns and how to attach it

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Surely I will try that in my next hub , nazma sultana ....

      thanks for the request...

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      nazma sultana 4 years ago

      can you please explain anarkali cutting in you tube videos.

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks Priya, this I had started stitching using a saree , in which I took around 2.5 meters for Leg (Bottom) and rest for top... that will be around 3 to 3.5 m for top.. and same for lining

      hope this helps...

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      priya 4 years ago

      your tutorial is very useful and simple. but in this method how much meter main cloth and lining cloth need?

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      thank you vaishnavi & treasa , I am grateful to know that you both find my hub of anarkali churidar pattern useful and understanding...

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      treasa 4 years ago

      Thank you so much

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      vaishnavi 4 years ago

      helo mam....ur instructions 4 stiching anarkali chudidhar was sooo nice.its vry helpful 4 all.thanks 4 ur hub...i like it so much, u plz keep on invent new kinds of variety dreses....:)

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks Lastheart for this encouraging words...

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      deepateresa I find this very good, actually I am reading your second and this one was linked, so see you in a while in your other hub. I love this!

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Thanks Alphonsa for the comment and also for the Anarkali Pattern :)

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      Alphonsa Jose 4 years ago

      What to say Deepa! It's really amazing. Great Work. Keep up that spirit of hard work always. Good to see your experiment.

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      DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

      Sure Monisa, I will adding more basics ; thanks for the suggestions.

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      monisa 4 years ago from India

      Can you put on more sewing basics ? This anarkali chudhidar tutorial was really useful...thanks for sharing......