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

Sew the sleeves and top portion

Sew the sleeves and top portion

Anarkali Churidar: Cutting and Stitching

This article is meant to share my experience in stitching another type of Anarkali 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 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 stitching a churidar, with a step-by-step explanation.

Cutting and stitching the bottom portion

Cutting and stitching the bottom portion

Anarkali Churidar Cutting

  • 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.
Cutting the umbrella portion (sketch)

Cutting the umbrella portion (sketch)

Anarkali Churidar Cutting

  • 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, watermark 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.

Anarkali Dress 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.



zuhaa on September 12, 2015:


bindu rana on July 26, 2015:

thanks mam

ruchi sharma on May 13, 2015:

Thanks mam

javeriya on May 07, 2015:

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

javeriya begum on May 07, 2015:

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

anu elakiya on April 17, 2015:

Its so useful and thanks mam

Revathi Nisha on March 24, 2015:

Very nice and useful

kavya on March 20, 2015:

Very useful!

sri mathi on December 21, 2014:

Nice , I need more explai


sangavi on October 08, 2014:

It's really beautiful

sreedevi on September 22, 2014:

hai mam


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

firoj on April 05, 2014:

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Noufal parakkal on March 11, 2014:

Very good

soba on January 01, 2014:

Useful old upload blouse stitching method

DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on April 15, 2013:

Thanks Kejanny for the hub visit and comment

Kejanny from Papua New Guinea on April 15, 2013:

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

DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on April 14, 2013:

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

Dil Vil from India on April 14, 2013:

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

DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on April 14, 2013:

Thanks Sam and LastHeart for your kind appreciations

Sam Azgor from Bangladesh on April 14, 2013:

you just look awesome with anarkali

Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord on April 13, 2013:

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.