Stitching a salwar is very easy and most often beginners are recommended to begin stitching with a salwar. I have already shared a tutorial on how to stitch a salwar and in this post I would be discussing the method of cutting a salwar from the cloth with step by step photos.

Usually the salwar cloth that you get in the market is about 2 and ½ metres or 2 metres long.

To begin cutting a salwar, first note down the body measurements, then use them for the construction part and keep your chalk and inch tape ready.

Open the salwar cloth fully and fold in the reverse as shown. You will then have 4 layers of cloth one on top of the other.

Now mark the measurements on the cloth with a chalk. The yellow line is the stitching line. Leave allowance of about 1” at the sides and ½” along the curve, upper part and near the ankle and mark the other line as well. The white line is the cutting line.

Cut along the cutting line and keep the leg parts of the salwar ready.

You can use the remaining cloth on top to cut the waist band and ankle band. For people who are slim, the yellow rectangle shown below would be sufficient. Otherwise you may have to cut an extra part from the remaining area and stitch it as an extension to the waist band. The ankle bands can also be cut from here. They are usually of 2 ½” or 3” width and have length that is 2” more than your ankle length.

The other remaining part of the cloth can be used to cut the draw string. Measure the length of the draw string you require and accordingly cut 3 or 4 pieces of cloth along the diagonal with 1 ½” width that have to be stitched together to make a long draw string.

In some cases if the person for whom the salwar is being made is very tall, or the salwar cloth provided has a lesser length, then the ankle bands and waist band cannot be cut from the earlier cloth and have to be cut from here. In that case, for the waist band, you may have to cut triangles and stitch them to make one single waist band.

Once all the pieces are cut and ready, stitch them together using the method given here and your salwar would be ready.

For more tutorials visit the dress designs page.

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