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134 South Asian Tops and Wraps


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The 134 South Asian Tops and Wraps sewing pattern from Folkwear. An exotic mini-wardrobe with a Burmese Jacket, Thai Wrap Blouse, and Indian Choli to wear with a sari. The Burmese Jacket is a contemporary looking short jacket that was found in Burma, but is similar to jackets of Chinese origin. The front, back, and sleeves are cut in one piece. An under placket extends the front opening on the right side, and self-bias finishes the faced neckline and is used for handmade frogs and knotted buttons. Three patch pockets and fold back cuffs complete the detailing.

The Thai Wrap Blouse has been adapted from the original, to provide a better fit. The back and side front are cut in one shaped piece, with additional panels in the centre front. A straight neckband crosses to tie at the waist inside and out.

A close fit is the main characteristic of the Choli, as it is both undergarment and blouse for the sari. Shaped centre front pieces (darted to fit the figure) and separate side pieces join into a midriff band.  Above elbow sleeves hug the arms; the back is fitted smoothly with darts.  An added front underlap fastens with hooks and eyes; self-bias finishes the neckline, softly V-shaped in front and scooped in back.

The pattern also gives instructions for making three types of knotted frog closures and wearing the traditional sarong skirts and sari. Lengthen the tops for different looks or to showcase luscious fabrics.

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Suggested fabrics: For the Burmese Jacket and Thai Wrap Blouse, choose medium-weight cotton, silk, or lightweight wool. For the Choli, choose light to medium-weight cotton or silk. For the sari and sarong wraps, choose lightweight silks, synthetics, or cottons. Sarong can also be made from wool jersey, challis, or crepe. Fabrics with nap or one-way prints are not suitable for jacket or blouse.

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