Anarkali dresses and short kurtis usually have long sleeves. The construction, cutting and method of stitching long sleeves is given below.


0 to 1 – sleeve length
0 to 2 – 1/12 chest +1/2”
2 to 3 – 1/6 chest + 1” or 2”
1 to 4 – half round arm
0 to a – elbow length
a to b – half round elbow


Take an inch tape and place 0 at the shoulder joint. Measure till you reach the wrist. This is the sleeve length. At this point measure round arm and note down the measurements. Similarly find the elbow length and round elbow. Using your measurements calculate the above and mark on the cloth. The cloth has to be folded in the reverse as shown. Mark the measurements on the cloth and draw the curve from 3 to 4 passing through b. Cut the cloth leaving 1” allowance at the sides and wrist and ½” allowance at the arm holes.  After the sleeves are cut, draw an inner curve as shown in the front part of each sleeve and cut accordingly.

Once the sleeves are cut, double fold the extra cloth along the wrist end and stitch. The sleeves are now ready to be stitched to the Kameez or Top. Use the construction for the kameez and cut the cloth. Stitch at the shoulders and finish the neck. Attach the sleeves to the arm holes and start stitching the sides starting from the wrist end and ending at the side opening of the kameez. Refer how to stitch a kameez and how to stitch anarkali suits for a detailed construction and stitching method.


  1. Best tutorials.Thanks lot.Plz give the instruction about cap sleeves and normal sari blouses.

  2. Best stitching methods.I stitched kurti today by your method.Excellent.Thanks a lot Amina.Can u post How to stitch sari blouses{having yoke} and katory blouse and half katory blouses.Iam egar to learn your stitching methods.Kindly do the needfull.

  3. Hi Amina excellent method of teaching thanx a lot

  4. Easily understandable draft's,thanks amina, pls post more of updated designs


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