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« on: June 14, 2007 09:27:54 PM »

i've been looking into traditional indian clothing, and i came across this pecular item called a "Churidar". apparently they are alot like leggings. does anyone know about these things? i'd love to make some. According to Wikipedia,
"Churidars narrow more quickly, so that contours of the leg are revealed. They are usually cut on the bias (at a 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric) which makes them naturally stretchy."
 I did a quick look for patterns, but found no free ones (ya i'm cheep). i'm pretty good at making my own patterns for dresses, skirts and shirts, but i've stayed away from pants and shorts because that curve in the back looks tricky!
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2007 12:47:06 PM »

Hi BethyG
My mom knows how to make a churidar, but I live far away from her and she doesn't know how to use a computer.
Anyway, I'll try and get it from her over the weekend. Watch this space.

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2007 01:09:17 PM »

Oh, I'm going to keep an eye on this also!  We make pre-1840's clothing and the kids all like to wear traditional Indian clothing.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2007 01:41:59 PM »

They are kinda like leggings but they're usually made with a non stretchy fabric, and most the ones that I've had tailored are really strange fitting around the hip area because they're meant to be worn on long tops. I hope that helps some.

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« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2007 11:03:44 PM »

Some leggings are tight around the legs
I've seen some that are more like pants with elastic and stuff

but the i've seen in south india
are usually reeeeeeeeeeely baggy
like super baggy
you could fit like one person in each leg
but there's a drawstring at the top
and the bottom of each leg is fitted to your ankle
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« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007 01:19:33 AM »

Kill me if you want!
I am really sorry I took so long. I am soo occupied with my studies these days.
Well I not yet allowed to post images. I have uploaded the tutorial on my blog. here's the link: http://neetks.blogspot.com/2007_08_01_archive.html
I am a newbie to blogs so please bear with my.
I hope this tutorial is of some help to you.

« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007 02:18:38 AM »

The "super baggy" garment is a salwar not a churidar. The main features of a churidar are that the legs are cut on the bias, are very close-fitted, and are much longer than the wearer's legs, so that the extra length bunches up round the ankles.
         I cut mine quite differently from the pattern shown. First a broad waistband, (like a yoke), fastened with a drawstring or elasticated to fit closely round the waist. This is cut on the straight grain. Secondly, the legs each of which I cut separately, curved at the crotch, like trouser legs, with the centre front on the cross. This gives a neat, comfortable fit. I believe it is not the traditional method, but I have been drafting my own patterns for years, and prefer comfort, convenience, and a good fit to tradition.
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2007 03:58:23 AM »

amdm is right about the shalwar. i have churidars AND shalwars in my closet (more than one, i can tell you that) i guess churidars are alot like leggins except for the material. they look alot like skinny jeans too.

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« Reply #8 on: August 30, 2007 06:58:34 PM »

Folkwear has a pattern called the jewels of India that has a pattern for churidar. 

Simplicity also has a costume pattern that has pants cut really slender that resemble churidar also.
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