HOW TO STITCH A BABY KAMEEZ




A kameez for a baby needs to be stitched with more care as it has to be roomy, yet look good when your baby wears it. And it is better to avoid buttons and sequins in front as kids have the habit of pulling them out. 

I made this kameez for my one and half year old baby and took her body measurements to get it perfect. Since i have used silk cotton material with lining which would be slightly hot for my baby I have skipped the sleeves and made it sleeveless. In case you are making a kameez using cotton fabric and without lining you can go ahead and add cap or short sleeves.

Measurements to be taken

Kameez length (18")
Chest (20")
Waist (19")
Hip (20")
Waist length (7")
waist to hip (4")
Round neck (12")
Shoulder length (8 1/2")

The measurements given in the brackets are those I used to make the kameez for my daughter. You can take your daughter's body measurements and proceed accordingly.

Construction

0 to 1 – length of the kameez 
0 to 2 – 1/6 chest +1" 
2 to 3 – 1/4 chest + 1" or 1 ¼ " or 1 ½”
0 to 4 – half shoulder
4 to 5 – 1/2"
0 to 6 – 1/6 round neck + 1/2”
0 to 7 - Back Neck depth ( 2 1/2”)
6 to 8 - Front Neck depth ( 4”)
0 to 9 – Waist length
9 to 10 - ¼ waist + 1” or 1 ¼” or 1 ½”
9 to 11 - waist to hip length 
11 to 12 - ¼ hip + 1” or 1 ¼ " or 1 ½”
1 to 13 – 11 to 12 measurement + 1”

Join 3 to 5 through a curve passing through‘d’ as shown. ‘a’ is the midpoint of 3 and ‘d’. Take ‘b’ ½” from ‘a’ and draw another curve from 3 to 5 through ‘b’ and‘d’. The inner curve through ‘b’ is the front arm hole, and the outer curve through ‘a’ is the back arm hole.

Join 6 to 8 through a curve to get the front neck and 6 to 7 through a curve to get the back neck.

Join 6 to 5 for the shoulder.

Join 12 to 13 as shown.





Method

For stitching a kameez, first measure and note down your baby's body measurements. Use them and keep the construction ready.

Then take the fabric, open it in the reverse and fold such that you have 4 layers of cloth one on top of the other as shown.


Mark the measurements directly on the cloth using the construction given above (Or first make a paper draft). Then join all the lines and curves.

Then leaving 1” extra cloth along the sides and bottom of the dress and ½” extra cloth along the neck, shoulder and arm hole, cut the cloth. Remember that the front and back necks and arm holes have to be cut separately because their curves are different. Hence take care while cutting it. Most importantly the shoulder line of all the four pieces must be equal.Then make a 4" cut at the centre of the back piece for the neck opening.

Once the fabric for the kameez is cut and ready,take a lining cotton fabric and cut the lining using the same measurements. Now you will have 4 pieces of cloth 2 for the front and 2 for the back. Stitch the two front pieces together along the edges. For the back refer how to stitch a back neck opening and make an opening for the back neck. Then stitch the main and lining cloth for the back along the edges. Now you will have 2 pieces.

Begin by stitching at the shoulders and then finish the neck. For this do a piping using a single piece of matching cloth starting from 'a' and then going all around the front neck and ending at 'b'. Stitch a button and hook as shown below at the back.





Similarly do a piping at the arm holes



Then start stitching at the sides and stop near the hip to leave an opening. The length of the opening can be about 10"on both the two sides. Refer STITCHING THE SIDES for details. Finally finish the ends by double folding the extra cloth and stitching. Your baby kameez is now ready. You can also stitch matching pieces at the waist and at the bottom and embroidered pieces at the top as I have done to enhance the look of the dress.





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