What Is a Churidar?
Churidars are among the most common outfits for the women of India. They are suitable for all ages—from children to grandmas. They are popular because they are easy to wear.
Personally, they are one of my favorite kinds of dresses. Churidars come in a huge variety. They're also closely related to the traditional sari.
The churidar is available in markets, both in ready-made form as well as just the material with ready-to-stitch supplies. Since the fit obviously matters to us, most prefer ones that are stitched by a tailor.
However, when a heavy outfit is required, most prefer ready-made or ready-to-stitch ones. These outfits come with some parts already stitched, and can be shaped to fit after they are purchased.
Nowadays, their popularity has increased so much that there are tailoring shops in every nook and cranny of the city. Because of the high demand, it often takes over a week to get one stitched.
The rates also vary by location. For example, in Kerala, where I live, towards Kottayam and Changanacherry, I've experienced a reasonable price of 80-100 rupees per stitch.
However, in Trivandrum, the minimum charge was 180, which goes up with additional features (for example, a piping in the sleeve or a design on top, etc).
Because of this, I thought I'd try it myself. Read on to learn my method.
In the two photos above, you can see the cotton material I used. The fabric for the top has a different color and pattern than the fabric for the bottom.
Take the material for the top and fold it into quarters as shown in the figure above.
Take a correctly fitted, finished churidar, fold it, and place it on top of the material as shown, to transfer its measurements onto the fabric.
When you outline the churidar to mark the material, leave extra space for the width of the seams that you will stitch. In the picture above, you can see the material marked with blue chalk.
Cut the top portion along the marked measurements.
Now, fold the remaining top material in half, and mark a portion for the sleeve.
Cut the measured sleeve along the markings.
This is how the sleeve should look, once the cutting is done.
Now, mark the neck opening on the piece you have for the top. Don't forget to place an extra piece of material along that portion while marking, since you need to stitch it onto the top inside out to make the facing for the neck opening.
The two above photos should give you an idea of how the extra piece and top portions will look, once you finish cutting along the marked line.
Now it's time to outline the bottom (or the pants) of your churidar set.
Cut out the material for the pants along the marks. The legs are cut extra wide at the top to allow for pleats, with an extra piece for the waistband.
I used my electrical sewing machine to get the stitching done. I've been using this one for four years. Let’s start with the bottom portion.
Create pleats in the middle, at the hip, when you stitch each pair of top and bottom pieces together.
Do the other leg the same way.
Now, join both legs as shown in the figure above. Include a fold at the top with a bit of room for the cord that ties the pants.
You've now completed your bottom portion. To add my own personal flair, I sewed on a folded piece of the top material as a decorative detail along the bottom of the leg. You can do this for yours as well by folding the same and stitching.
As you'll see below, I took a small strip of the material from the bottom and used it as piping along the hem of the sleeves.
Stitch the neck piece along with the separately cut portion so that both sides face each other. Then, stitch by placing the outside portion inside the top portion.
Both the front and back neck are stitched as explained. I also created piping along the openings on the side of the top with some material from the bottom piece.
Now stitch the sleeves onto the top, with both good sides facing each other, stitched from the inside. It should look like the photo above.
Now, join the sides from the sleeve to slit portion. Your churidar is now ready to wear.
I hope my efforts give you a good overview on how to stitch a churidar. I do hope that you will be inspired to try to make one for yourself. I'm happy to help however I can. Please don't hesitate to leave your comments or questions below.
© 2012 DEEPA JOHN
abhirami on March 27, 2020:
thank you for the defnition....
RTalloni on May 23, 2019:
Enjoyed seeing both this tutorial and the beautiful fabric!
Jayalakshmi on February 10, 2018:
I don't know how to fold nighty cloth.
sri on January 26, 2018:
Thank u very much
Shiny on January 13, 2018:
Really helpful for me...thank you
Aseels on December 09, 2017:
SHOBHA RANI on November 20, 2017:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH .. REALLY HELPFUL ..
Sreedevi on October 28, 2017:
Reni on October 22, 2017:
This is not a churidar it's a shalwar kameez
Mini on September 30, 2017:
It's very helpful to us.keep going good things.
meera on September 11, 2017:
its very easy method .nice
RADHA on August 22, 2017:
very easy method.......SUPER!!!
pallavi on August 07, 2017:
very easy method.. i like it
vaishu on July 07, 2017:
Anandhi on July 02, 2017:
Super easy method..thanks
Nisha on June 06, 2017:
I like ur way of coaching
Alesh on June 06, 2017:
chandu on June 05, 2017:
very easy method thank you
praisy on May 27, 2017:
This step by step tutorial is really helpful..also since I'm just a beginner, I found this to be very useful..Tanq :)
Umasuraj on May 05, 2017:
Easy and understanding way to learn stiching... thank u and keep it up..
Mrs. EGRVTR on April 13, 2017:
Very Very easy method .Thank you for your teaching method.
Umamaheswari on April 08, 2017:
Very easy method of teaching. Thank you so much.
reshma on April 06, 2017:
so easy method thank you
reshma on April 06, 2017:
Grace Chakravarty on March 26, 2017:
I agree with Kalyani. These are excellent instructions for stitching SALWAR-KURTA (kameez), but there are no chudidars here. Chudidars are tight-fitting pants with gathers (chudis) at the ankle. Chudidars are cut on the bias.
SAJANA on February 16, 2017:
VERY EASY METHOD THANKS
Devi on February 05, 2017:
Very easy method Thank you
Shamila on January 31, 2017:
swarna on January 12, 2017:
Super! very easy steps for beginners. nice
shruti on December 21, 2016:
Very nice its very helpful thankk youuu sooo muchhh
lakshmi on December 01, 2016:
thank you and very nice guide
saidurag on November 28, 2016:
its very easy and good thinking and very very helgfull thank u so much..
tamil on November 17, 2016:
This method is very nice.... And easy way to stitch a chudidar
newton on November 17, 2016:
good, for woman ,to stitch their own dress and fulfill their,imagination on dress.,.....
SHIJI AA on November 03, 2016:
thank you very much
Victorya on October 28, 2016:
shanthi on October 14, 2016:
very easy method thank you
anuja on October 05, 2016:
its very good thank you
maha on October 03, 2016:
its very easy method thank u
simi on September 26, 2016:
Thank you very much
axa on September 24, 2016:
reeni on September 19, 2016:
its very useful .
ins on July 20, 2016:
soundravalli on July 15, 2016:
thank you.....I will try it...
sanjukta on June 15, 2016:
kalyani on May 27, 2016:
this is not a chudidar.. this is salwar kameez. you don't even know what it is in the first place.
Ashwini on May 17, 2016:
Thank you so much
muthulakshmi ananthan. on May 17, 2016:
Very nice.pls explain blouse cutting and stitching method.
arjun on May 15, 2016:
not helpful at all
jayashree on April 23, 2016:
Thank u very much. It helps me a lot to try it myself & got an idea how to cut & stitch.
bhuvana on February 26, 2016:
Can you provide images how to stich neck part pls....
kalaivaniramesh on February 16, 2016:
thank u very much. love the way u present.
serin &irene on January 29, 2016:
Veryy easy method
Eswari on October 17, 2015:
Very nice tanx
Jinshasunil on October 07, 2015:
sunitha patil on September 25, 2015:
Thanku very much
aakila on September 19, 2015:
Thank you it is very useful for me.
Annami on August 14, 2015:
Nice dress work...Thank U
DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on August 06, 2015:
Thanks Narmada, this I had tried myself.. this is my own experience to stitch a churidar... hope you enjoyed it.
Narmada on August 06, 2015:
Well explained . . . Have u gone to tutorial or tried urself ?
Rani on July 06, 2015:
I needed the easy way of stitching thanks for teaching.....
usha anbu on June 29, 2015:
Its very nice and Easy way to understand also
sumaya on June 13, 2015:
Very nice and very useful thankyou
febin on May 25, 2015:
Hi....looking nice work, I have a doubt how to draw churidar (top) shape, do u use shape scale?
nandu on May 17, 2015:
cute Riz on April 17, 2015:
its useful..... Thank you. .....
rohini on April 08, 2015:
it is very useful to me tnx
rejeena on April 03, 2015:
geetha on March 05, 2015:
How much is the machine cost
neena on January 19, 2015:
Its very helpful but iam the bigginer l have a lot of doubts anyway this is very simple method thanku very much mam
Divyapriya on January 12, 2015:
its very nice & easily understanding...sis
rani manoj on January 10, 2015:
good one deepa.. surely it will improve my stiching
Geethanjali on January 06, 2015:
Thank you for such a wonderful and simple tutorial.
Its really nice.
jamuna on December 29, 2014:
very nice tutorial
saranya on December 13, 2014:
It's very nice
Sangeetha on December 13, 2014:
It's really good to know how to make a chudidhar well.Thanks for your information.
Sangeetha on December 13, 2014:
It's really good to know
krishna on December 07, 2014:
i had doubt on neck portion im not clear with that , as im a beginner so im not clear , kindly help me ,
barnali on November 19, 2014:
A lots of thax to u for guide me.
la on September 30, 2014:
shabna on September 22, 2014:
Jincy Rajesh on September 10, 2014:
Very good easy method Thanks
sujini on August 10, 2014:
very good work
Akshaya on August 05, 2014:
Thanks a lot deepa...as this can u help me to sew a simple saree blouse...
DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on August 05, 2014:
Akshaya..Yes from the top portion next to neck piece...
Akshaya on August 05, 2014:
its very easy and thanks a lot dear..i have a small doubt for the sleeve were should we cut the piece...is it from the left over piece of the top...
s on July 30, 2014:
Please explain neck cutting
seema on July 25, 2014:
Thank you ....
salu on July 18, 2014:
easy to understand.....thank you so much
jb on July 15, 2014:
It is very much useful to me
soumya on July 03, 2014:
malar on April 06, 2014:
k. not bad
sophiakaif on April 02, 2014:
ASHU on December 02, 2013:
Thanks for your help and wish tha all tha best
DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on October 31, 2013:
Thank You Kalpana, for your comment
kalpana on October 30, 2013:
u did a great job... its really nice.....
DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on October 22, 2013:
Thanks Anupa, for the warm comment, I hope , this hub benefited you..
anupa on October 22, 2013:
good work...thank u
DEEPA JOHN (author) from Trivandrum, Kerala,India on October 01, 2013:
Thanks everybody , for making this hub my evergreen one & good to know that this hub does help you a lot....
Madhu karnika on October 01, 2013:
thanks for ur help...