How to Stitch a Churidar Step-by-Step With Pictures

Updated on April 11, 2016

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 itself, 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.

Measurements and Cutting the Cloth

Below, I've included pictures to accompany each step of how I do the cutting and stitching.

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.

Stitching

Now that you've completed the marking and cutting portion of this process, it's time to stitch. Please see the below pictures and instructions.

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 somebody will get inspired to try or learn this for themselves. I'm happy to help however I can. Please don't hesitate to leave your comments or questions below.

Happy stitching!

Questions & Answers

    © 2012 DEEPA JOHN

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        Jayalakshmi 3 months ago

        I don't know how to fold nighty cloth.

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        sri 3 months ago

        Thank u very much

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        Shiny 4 months ago

        Really helpful for me...thank you

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        Aseels 5 months ago

        Thank u

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        SHOBHA RANI 6 months ago

        THANK YOU VERY MUCH .. REALLY HELPFUL ..

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        Sreedevi 6 months ago

        explained well

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        Reni 7 months ago

        This is not a churidar it's a shalwar kameez

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        Mini 7 months ago

        It's very helpful to us.keep going good things.

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        meera 8 months ago

        its very easy method .nice

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        RADHA 9 months ago

        very easy method.......SUPER!!!

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        pallavi 9 months ago

        very easy method.. i like it

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        vaishu 10 months ago

        nice

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        Anandhi 10 months ago

        Super easy method..thanks

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        Nisha 11 months ago

        I like ur way of coaching

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        Alesh 11 months ago

        Very useful

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        chandu 11 months ago

        very easy method thank you

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        praisy 11 months ago

        This step by step tutorial is really helpful..also since I'm just a beginner, I found this to be very useful..Tanq :)

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        Umasuraj 12 months ago

        Easy and understanding way to learn stiching... thank u and keep it up..

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        Mrs. EGRVTR 13 months ago

        Very Very easy method .Thank you for your teaching method.

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        Umamaheswari 13 months ago

        Very easy method of teaching. Thank you so much.

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        reshma 13 months ago

        so easy method thank you

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        reshma 13 months ago

        Nice

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        Grace Chakravarty 14 months ago

        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.

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        SAJANA 15 months ago

        VERY EASY METHOD THANKS

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        Devi 15 months ago

        Very easy method Thank you

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        Shamila 15 months ago

        Thanks

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        swarna 16 months ago

        Super! very easy steps for beginners. nice

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        shruti 17 months ago

        Very nice its very helpful thankk youuu sooo muchhh

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        lakshmi 17 months ago

        thank you and very nice guide

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        saidurag 17 months ago

        its very easy and good thinking and very very helgfull thank u so much..

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        tamil 18 months ago

        This method is very nice.... And easy way to stitch a chudidar

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        newton 18 months ago

        good, for woman ,to stitch their own dress and fulfill their,imagination on dress.,.....

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        SHIJI AA 18 months ago

        thank you very much

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        Victorya 19 months ago

        very nice

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        shanthi 19 months ago

        very easy method thank you

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        anuja 19 months ago

        its very good thank you

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        maha 19 months ago

        its very easy method thank u

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        simi 20 months ago

        Thank you very much

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        axa 20 months ago

        good

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        reeni 20 months ago

        its very useful .

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        ins 22 months ago

        Thanks

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        soundravalli 22 months ago

        thank you.....I will try it...

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        sanjukta 23 months ago

        thank you

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        kalyani 24 months ago

        this is not a chudidar.. this is salwar kameez. you don't even know what it is in the first place.

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        Ashwini 2 years ago

        Thank you so much

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        muthulakshmi ananthan. 2 years ago

        Very nice.pls explain blouse cutting and stitching method.

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        arjun 2 years ago

        not helpful at all

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        jayashree 2 years ago

        Thank u very much. It helps me a lot to try it myself & got an idea how to cut & stitch.

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        bhuvana 2 years ago

        Hi,

        Can you provide images how to stich neck part pls....

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        kalaivaniramesh 2 years ago

        thank u very much. love the way u present.

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        serin &irene 2 years ago

        Veryy easy method

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        Eswari 2 years ago

        Very nice tanx

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        Jinshasunil 2 years ago

        Super

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        sunitha patil 2 years ago

        Thanku very much

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        aakila 2 years ago

        Thank you it is very useful for me.

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        Annami 2 years ago

        Nice dress work...Thank U

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        DEEPA JOHN 2 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Narmada, this I had tried myself.. this is my own experience to stitch a churidar... hope you enjoyed it.

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        Narmada 2 years ago

        Well explained . . . Have u gone to tutorial or tried urself ?

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        Rani 2 years ago

        I needed the easy way of stitching thanks for teaching.....

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        usha anbu 2 years ago

        Its very nice and Easy way to understand also

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        sumaya 2 years ago

        Very nice and very useful thankyou

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        febin 2 years ago

        Hi....looking nice work, I have a doubt how to draw churidar (top) shape, do u use shape scale?

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        nandu 3 years ago

        very nice

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        cute Riz 3 years ago

        its useful..... Thank you. .....

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        rohini 3 years ago

        it is very useful to me tnx

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        rejeena 3 years ago

        nice

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        geetha 3 years ago

        How much is the machine cost

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        neena 3 years ago

        Its very helpful but iam the bigginer l have a lot of doubts anyway this is very simple method thanku very much mam

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        Divyapriya 3 years ago

        its very nice & easily understanding...sis

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        rani manoj 3 years ago

        good one deepa.. surely it will improve my stiching

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        Geethanjali 3 years ago

        Thank you for such a wonderful and simple tutorial.

        Its really nice.

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        jamuna 3 years ago

        very nice tutorial

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        saranya 3 years ago

        It's very nice

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        Sangeetha 3 years ago

        It's really good to know how to make a chudidhar well.Thanks for your information.

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        Sangeetha 3 years ago

        It's really good to know

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        krishna 3 years ago

        i had doubt on neck portion im not clear with that , as im a beginner so im not clear , kindly help me ,

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        barnali 3 years ago

        A lots of thax to u for guide me.

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        la 3 years ago

        easy

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        shabna 3 years ago

        simply said..tnx..!!

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        Jincy Rajesh 3 years ago

        Very good easy method Thanks

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        sujini 3 years ago

        very good work

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        Akshaya 3 years ago

        Thanks a lot deepa...as this can u help me to sew a simple saree blouse...

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        DEEPA JOHN 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Akshaya..Yes from the top portion next to neck piece...

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        Akshaya 3 years ago

        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...

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        3 years ago

        Please explain neck cutting

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        seema 3 years ago

        Thank you ....

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        salu 3 years ago

        easy to understand.....thank you so much

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        jb 3 years ago

        It is very much useful to me

        thank u

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        soumya 3 years ago

        very useful...

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        malar 4 years ago

        k. not bad

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        sophiakaif 4 years ago

        nice one

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        ASHU 4 years ago

        Thanks for your help and wish tha all tha best

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        DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thank You Kalpana, for your comment

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        kalpana 4 years ago

        u did a great job... its really nice.....

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        DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks Anupa, for the warm comment, I hope , this hub benefited you..

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        anupa 4 years ago

        good work...thank u

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        DEEPA JOHN 4 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        Thanks everybody , for making this hub my evergreen one & good to know that this hub does help you a lot....

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        Madhu karnika 4 years ago

        thanks for ur help...

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        k.Gnesan 5 years ago

        thank's

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        DEEPA JOHN 5 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India

        My Sewing Machine Brand is Usha Janome - Fashion Maker :)

        Hope it helps Swathi...

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