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

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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
Sleeves
Sleeves
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

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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

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        zuhaa 

        2 years ago

        Good

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        bindu rana 

        3 years ago

        thanks mam

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        NEJALA.K.A 

        3 years ago

        DEEPA MAM,

        IT WAS AMAZING ,

        IT WAS A GOOD JOB , YOU CONTINUE THIS , AII THE BEST

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        ruchi sharma 

        3 years ago

        Thanks mam

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        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

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        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

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        anu elakiya 

        3 years ago

        Its so useful and thanks mam

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        Revathi Nisha 

        3 years ago

        Very nice and useful

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        kavya 

        3 years ago

        Very useful!

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        gauri 

        3 years ago

        Nice mam

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        sri mathi 

        3 years ago

        Nice , I need more explai

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        sangavi 

        3 years ago

        It's really beautiful

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        sreedevi 

        3 years ago

        hai mam

        ....

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

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        firoj 

        4 years ago

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

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        Noufal parakkal 

        4 years ago

        Very good

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        soba 

        4 years ago

        Useful old upload blouse stitching method

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        DEEPA JOHN 

        5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Kejanny for the hub visit and comment

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        Kejanny 

        5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

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

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        DEEPA JOHN 

        5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

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

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        Dil Vil 

        5 years ago from India

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

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        DEEPA JOHN 

        5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Sam and LastHeart for your kind appreciations

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        Sam Azgor 

        5 years ago from Bangladesh

        you just look awesome with anarkali

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        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.

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