How to Make an Umbrella Pattern Anarkali Churidar: Cutting and Stitching

Updated on November 13, 2017

Anarkali Churidar: Second Pattern

This article is meant to share my experience in stitching another type of aanarkali churidars. This anarkali is a frock-like dress with an umbrella-cut pattern starting from the chest. It is usually made with flowy materials, like chiffon. Because this was my first trial, I used a poly-cotton material. Here are some other things you should keep in mind:

  • This type of Anarkali is made with brocade cloth in the chest portion and chiffon material in the bottom portion, where all the flare comes into play. Note: I stitched my flared portion using poly-cotton.
  • There are many types of anarkali suits. A simple Google search will lead you to a variety of designs and patterns. This pattern in particular was an already pre-made one that belonged to one of my friends, who'd given me hers to experiment with.
  • This pattern is made out of colorful brocade and net material. While I was very eager to stitch the same, the preparation was too tedious of a process when compared to stitching a more simple churidar. It takes effort to create the flare.

With that said, please read on to learn about my experience.

Bonus: For beginners, check out my article on how to stitch a churidar, with a step-by-step explanation.

Steps on How to Stitch an Anarkali Suit

Click thumbnail to view full-size
Mark the gathering pantCut it along the sideCut the top portionSleevesMark the piecesCut and stitch it back -- you'll then get the umbrella-shaped portionSew the sleeves and top portion
Mark the gathering pant
Mark the gathering pant
Cut it along the side
Cut it along the side
Cut the top portion
Cut the top portion
Mark the pieces
Mark the pieces
Cut and stitch it back -- you'll then get the umbrella-shaped portion
Cut and stitch it back -- you'll then get the umbrella-shaped portion
Sew the sleeves and top portion
Sew the sleeves and top portion

Princess Costume for My Daughter

On Cutting the Pieces

  • The top portion: From the red brocade cloth, measure the top portion by matching the length from that of the pattern.
  • Sleeves: From the poly-cotton (the green material), the sleeves are measured along the lining and then cut along them. Also, make sure you make room for the red brocade piping at the sleeves.
  • The umbrella portion: First, fold the poly-cotton green material into four. Then, mark the pieces as shown in the picture below and then stitch it back carefully. Afterward, water mark the width needed and mark a curved portion in the top and measure an equal length from each portion and cut the same. Repeat this step and cut the lining as well.

Cutting and Stitching the Bottom Portion

Cutting and stitching the bottom portion
Cutting and stitching the bottom portion

Cutting the Umbrella Portion

Cutting the umbrella portion (sketch)
Cutting the umbrella portion (sketch)

On Stitching

  1. First, join the shoulder pieces and neck portion of the front brocade along the lining, and then reverse.
  2. Do it the same way for the back brocade piece, and then join the two front and back portions.
  3. Now, do this with the piping of the sleeves along with the lining and then join the sleeves to the body portion.
  4. Join the umbrella portion to the body part and stitch the top portion completely from sleeves to bottom -- the Anarkali top is ready.
  5. Now, stitch the bottom portion as explained in the other article.

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 DEEPA JOHN


      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • profile image

        zuhaa 2 years ago


      • profile image

        bindu rana 2 years ago

        thanks mam

      • profile image

        NEJALA.K.A 3 years ago

        DEEPA MAM,

        IT WAS AMAZING ,


      • profile image

        ruchi sharma 3 years ago

        Thanks mam

      • profile image

        javeriya 3 years ago

        ur so helping for all because it is the easy method to help to stich anarkali dress thank u for ur helping to us

      • profile image

        javeriya begum 3 years ago

        it is the simple idea for stich the anarkali frock its use full for every one so i apprishet ur work and anarkali dress iliked so much thank u

      • profile image

        anu elakiya 3 years ago

        Its so useful and thanks mam

      • profile image

        Revathi Nisha 3 years ago

        Very nice and useful

      • profile image

        kavya 3 years ago

        Very useful!

      • profile image

        gauri 3 years ago

        Nice mam

      • profile image

        sri mathi 3 years ago

        Nice , I need more explai


      • profile image

        sangavi 3 years ago

        It's really beautiful

      • profile image

        sreedevi 3 years ago

        hai mam


        .i want learn anarkali stiching i am so glad to saw ur tips...

      • profile image

        firoj 4 years ago

        Nice collection, superb i want to become in disining. Reply me

      • profile image

        Noufal parakkal 4 years ago

        Very good

      • profile image

        soba 4 years ago

        Useful old upload blouse stitching method

      • deepateresa profile image

        DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Kejanny for the hub visit and comment

      • Kejanny profile image

        Kejanny 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

        You look beautiful in that Anarkali Churidar. A well-written hub.

      • deepateresa profile image

        DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks My Cook Book for the encouraging words about my hub.

      • My Cook Book profile image

        Dil Vil 5 years ago from India

        Hello Deepa, the hub is great and was well written. Good work! Anarkali churidars are always awesome.

      • deepateresa profile image

        DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Sam and LastHeart for your kind appreciations

      • sam.azgor profile image

        Sam Azgor 5 years ago from Bangladesh

        you just look awesome with anarkali

      • Lastheart profile image

        Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

        I sure will try this. I haven't sew since I was around my twenties and it has rained. Thanks for sharing these useful and interesting steps in an awesome way.


      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: ""

      Show Details
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)