This is a collection of sewing patterns for a Kurta Shirt, Kamiz Tunic, Churidar Trousers and Hat. The tailored Kurta overshirt for men and women, Kamiz tunic and bias-cut Churidar pants for women. The simple shapes of these garments make it easy to vary them creatively. This pattern includes historical information about Indian dress.
The Kurta, sized here for both men and women, is a mid-thigh, long-sleeved overshirt gently flared from the natural shoulder line, with side slits at the hem, neckband, placket, breast, and sideseam pockets.
The front and back panels of the elegant Kamiz are perfect for showing off a gorgeous length of fabric or as a backdrop for your favourite jewellery. There are thigh-high slits in the side panels. Elbow-length sleeves are fitted by a small underarm gusset. Bias tape, self-fabric or purchased, finishes the inside of the jewel neckline and shoulder openings, which are fastened by bias loops and buttons. The Kamiz is offered in two lengths – above the knee and calf length.
Fitting the bias-cut Churidar pants requires attention to your calf measurement, as they should be almost skin tight in that area. Cut very long, their graceful folds hide the ankle. They are extremely easy to make, and fitted at the waist by elastic or a drawstring. Churidar are meant to be worn under a thigh or calf-length tunic or dress.
This is a paper pattern with sizing as below (American sizes used)
Kurta Shirt: Misses 6-28; Mens 34-52
Kamiz Tunic: Misses 6-24
Churidar Pants: Misses 6-24
Kurta- choose any shirting fabric from gauze to flannel.
Kamiz and Churidar- choose light to medium-weight cottons, silks, or synthetics; lightweight wool.
Hat- choose medium-weight cotton, silk, or wool; decorative weaves or brocade.