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Jan 25, 2010

Patiala Salwar Tutorial - Part I

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Hello Everyone,  

I had promised to start my series of tutorials from today. Unfortunately my daughter is down with viral fever and hence i wouldn't be able to sit and sew. Hence thought that instead of postponing it entirely to next week. I shall give a brief about what it is and what are all the requisites etc and next week get hands on with it. Hope it is ok with all of you out there. Thanks for understanding. 

What is Patiala Salwar? 

 Patiala salwar (also called a pattian walee salwar) is a type of female trousers which has its roots in Patiala City in the Northern region of Punjab. Though it originated there its popularity spread all over India. Only few seasons back it was the hot trend in all metros. Apart from my style statement, the reason for its popularity is the 'Comfort' factor. It is just so comfy to wear and get on with your chores (business/personal).

Patiala Salwar as you can see above has lot of pleats to give it the bulky drape and hence requires 3.5 to 4 metres depending on your seat round.

Interestingly there are lot of variations to it, the one below is semi-patiala which as you can see has lesser pleats and requires around 3 metres of it

It can be made as drapier as required. Just have a look at the one below and get awed by its fullness

Materials required

Fabric Required - 3.5 to 4 metres (depending on whether you want it to be semi-patiala or full patiala)
Paper for drafting pattern;
Measurement tape;
Long ruler
Pencil/Pen marker

Please Note that the width of fabric should atleast be  42inches. The more the width the lesser yardage required and vice-versa

As of now uploading pattern (generic) and indicating the references for drafting the same. Next week shall draft a new pattern for specific hip round and height. So bear with me for this week, for my daughter's sake!

Waist Band piece is a rectangle whose
Breadth = Your waist + 5 inches.
Height = 6.5 to 8 inches (Basically waist to hip length or the Hip Position in pattern making terms)

The Kali Piece. Width = 8.5" Height  - Ur Pant Height ; Please Note it is on fold; Also keep note of grainline to get correct drape

The Next pattern piece has been labelled as A, B, C & D and hereby list down what each measurement refers to
A-B - Width of fabric  (Atleast 42 inches)
B-D - Crotch depth (ranges from 6.5 - 8 inches)
A-C - Ur pant height (minus waistband height)

Cut 4 pieces of the below pattern (2 opposite sets of 2 pieces each for each leg)

Shall continue with cutting part of it next week along with pinning of pleats and their direction and how to sew it all together to make your own patiala pant.

Thanks for reading. Your following is appreciated and your time spent on my sewing scribblings is valued.

Please do continue to Part II - Patiala Salwar Tutorial

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  1. I looove patiala bottoms with my suits. Thanks for starting the tutorial. I hope your daughter gets quick soon! x

  2. beautiful site and ur way way of explanation is very neat and clear...
    Became a great fan to u and ur site ...and also adithi...
    will give a try

  3. Thanks liketosew. I can guage your passion for sewing from your profile name. Glad my tutorial was of help to you. I would be elated if you become a follower as i started this blog to share my sewing expeditions with like-minded people who eager to learn more tricks in sewing & pattern making.

  4. Dear Creative Mama,

    Thanks a million for this tutorial. I am planning to make one Patiala Shalwar for myself soon. Attending a friend's wedding in a weeks time. I have bought the material. However, it's not enough to do patiala style. However, I am so in love with it, I will buy another fabric to try this pattern soon.

    You've done a great job, sharing all these knowledge here. Keep up the good work. God bless all this knowledge for good use.

    Take care,

  5. Hi Adithis amma,
    Your tutorials are good...Will you pls post salwar kameez tutorial

  6. hello adithi amma always followed your blog closely and is really guiding me a lot in my sewing,can you pls give tutorial for khajori shalwar pls.

  7. Thanks Adithi Amma for all tutorials you give, they are really excellent.can you pls give tutorial for khajoori shalwar.


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