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

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.


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!


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Comments 77 comments

shanthi 5 days ago

very easy method thank you

anuja 2 weeks ago

its very good thank you

maha 2 weeks ago

its very easy method thank u

simi 3 weeks ago

Thank you very much

axa 3 weeks ago


reeni 4 weeks ago

its very useful .

ins 3 months ago


soundravalli 3 months ago

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

sanjukta 4 months ago

thank you

kalyani 4 months ago

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

Ashwini 5 months ago

Thank you so much

muthulakshmi ananthan. 5 months ago

Very nice.pls explain blouse cutting and stitching method.

arjun 5 months ago

not helpful at all

jayashree 6 months ago

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

bhuvana 7 months ago


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

kalaivaniramesh 8 months ago

thank u very much. love the way u present.

serin &irene 8 months ago

Veryy easy method

Eswari 12 months ago

Very nice tanx

Jinshasunil 12 months ago


sunitha patil 13 months ago

Thanku very much

aakila 13 months ago

Thank you it is very useful for me.

Annami 14 months ago

Nice dress work...Thank U

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deepateresa 14 months ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

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

Narmada 14 months ago

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

Rani 15 months ago

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

usha anbu 15 months ago

Its very nice and Easy way to understand also

sumaya 16 months ago

Very nice and very useful thankyou

febin 17 months ago

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

nandu 17 months ago

very nice

cute Riz 18 months ago

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

rohini 18 months ago

it is very useful to me tnx

rejeena 18 months ago


geetha 19 months ago

How much is the machine cost

neena 21 months ago

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

Divyapriya 21 months ago

its very nice & easily understanding...sis

rani manoj 21 months ago

good one deepa.. surely it will improve my stiching

Geethanjali 21 months ago

Thank you for such a wonderful and simple tutorial.

Its really nice.

jamuna 22 months ago

very nice tutorial

saranya 22 months ago

It's very nice

Sangeetha 22 months ago

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

Sangeetha 22 months ago

It's really good to know

krishna 22 months ago

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

barnali 23 months ago

A lots of thax to u for guide me.

la 2 years ago


shabna 2 years ago

simply said..tnx..!!

Jincy Rajesh 2 years ago

Very good easy method Thanks

sujini 2 years ago

very good work

Akshaya 2 years ago

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

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deepateresa 2 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

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

Akshaya 2 years ago

its very easy and thanks a lot dear..i have a small doubt for the sleeve were should we cut the it from the left over piece of the top...

2 years ago

Please explain neck cutting

seema 2 years ago

Thank you ....

salu 2 years ago

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

jb 2 years ago

It is very much useful to me

thank u

soumya 2 years ago

very useful...

malar 2 years ago

k. not bad

sophiakaif 2 years ago

nice one

ASHU 2 years ago

Thanks for your help and wish tha all tha best

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deepateresa 2 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

Thank You Kalpana, for your comment

kalpana 2 years ago

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

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deepateresa 2 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

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

anupa 2 years ago

good work...thank u

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deepateresa 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

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

Madhu karnika 3 years ago

thanks for ur help...

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deepateresa 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

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

Hope it helps Swathi...

swathi 3 years ago

Can you tell me the brand name of your electrical sewing machine?

Surya 3 years ago

GooD JoB

Suji 3 years ago

Superb chechi.... It is very useful

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deepateresa 3 years ago from Trivandrum, Kerala,India Author

Thanks Every body for the support.

abina 3 years ago


ASEEMA IBRAHIM 3 years ago

thank you very much for your help

rauf 3 years ago

The 'start up' company. Best wishes :)

Sreevani 3 years ago

Excellent work...

raji 3 years ago

hi very thanks to you for guide me to stitch a good chudidhar

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sukritha 4 years ago from Cochin

Great work ... Loved the way you present ...

priya 4 years ago

A small effort and good thought from you to post this, great, very handy for look great in ur churidhar

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