135 Jewels of India

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Buy the 135 Jewels of India sewing pattern from Folkwear. This collection of truly versatile garments features a tailored Kurta Shirt (sized for men and women), Kamiz Tunic (sized for women), and bias-cut Churidar Pants (sized for women). The simple shapes of these garments make it easy to vary them creatively. Top everything off with the Gandhi Hat, a symbol of national pride since 1947. This pattern also includes historical information about Indian dress.

The Kurta is a mid-thigh, long-sleeved overshirt gently flared from the natural shoulder line, with side slits at the hem, a neckband and placket, and breast and sideseam pockets. The front and back panels of the elegant Kamiz are perfect for showing off a gorgeous length of fabric or as a backdrop for your favourite jewellery. There are thigh-high slits in the side panels. Elbow-length sleeves are fitted by a small underarm gusset. Bias tape, self-fabric or purchased, finishes the inside of the jewel neckline and shoulder openings, which are fastened by bias loops and buttons. The Kamiz is offered in two lengths: above the knee and calf length. Fitting the bias-cut Churidar Pants requires attention to your calf measurement, as they should be almost skin tight in that area. Cut very long, their graceful folds hide the ankle. They are extremely easy to make, and fitted at the waist by elastic or a drawstring. Churidar are meant to be worn under a thigh- or calf-length tunic or dress.

This sewing pattern is available to buy in the following formats:

– PDF (available to download immediately after purchase). Choose the complete collection, Kurta Shirt, Kamiz Tunic, or Churidar Pants. What is a PDF?

– PDF pattern + Printed A0 copy shop (We print out the A0 pattern sheets, but you’ll need to download the digital instructions, as we don’t print these. The PDF files will be emailed immediately after purchase, and the A0 pattern sheets will be dispatched next working day). Available for the complete collection only. What is Copy Shop?

Suggested fabrics: For the Kurta, choose any shirting fabric from gauze to flannel. For the Kamiz and Churidar, choose light to medium-weight cottons, silks, or synthetics; lightweight wool. For the hat, choose medium-weight cotton, silk, or wool; decorative weaves or brocade.

Fabric requirements: Requirements given are for fabrics without nap, pile, or one-way design.

Kurta Shirt for Men: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/4 – 3 yd (2.06 – 2.74 m) / 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 7/8 – 2 1/4 yd (1.75 – 2.06 m) // Kurta Shirt for Women: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/4 – 3 yd (2.1 – 2.74 m) / 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 7/8 – 2 1/4 yd (1.75 – 2.06 m).

Kamiz Tunic (long version): 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 2 1/4 – 3 yd (2.1 – 2.74 m) / 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 7/8 – 2 1/4 yd (1.75 – 2.06 m) // Kamiz Tunic (short version): 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric: 1 7/8 – 2 1/8 yd (1.7 – 1.94 m) / 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 5/8 – 1 3/4 yd (1.5 – 1.6 m).

Churidar Pants: 45″ (115 cm) wide fabric (sizes US 6 – 16 only): 2 – 2 1/2 yd (1.85 – 2.29 m) // 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1 3/4 – 2 1/4 yd (1.6 – 2.06 m)

Hat: 36″ (91 cm), 45″ (115 cm) or 60″ (150 cm) wide fabric: 1/4 – 3/8 yd (0.25 – 0.34 m).

Sizing: Women’s US 6 – 24 (approx. UK 6 – 20) and Men’s 34 – 52 (Kurta only). Please check the size chart and finished garment measurements. Note the Kurta will fit up to Women’s US 28.

Notions: Thread // Kurta Shirt: Four 3/8″ (1 cm) buttons // Kamiz Tunic: Four small ball-type buttons; 1 3/4 yd (1.6 m) single-fold 1/2″ (13 mm) wide bias tape (or make your own) // Churidar Pants: Ten pair snaps; 1″ (2.5 cm) wide elastic equal to waist measurement (or make drawstring as described in pattern) // Gandhi Hat: 1/4 yd (0.25 m) any width fabric without nap for required lining; 1/8 yd (0.15 m) buckram.

PDF pattern includes: Instructions; print-at-home pattern; 36″ wide copy shop file (complete collection only); A0 copy shop file (complete collection only). A0 copy shop files are not available for the individual garment patterns.

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Additional information

Fabric

Cottons / Chambray / Lawn / Quilting, Silk / Satin / Sateen, Wools / Suiting

Make time

One to two days

Sewing level

Confident Beginner, Intermediate

Size

UK 6 / US 2 / EU 34, UK 8 / US 4 / EU 36, UK 10 / US 6 / EU 38, UK 12 / US 8 / EU 40, UK 14 / US 10 / EU 42, UK 16 / US 12 / EU 44, UK 18 / US 14 / EU 46, UK 20 / US 16 / EU 48

Pattern format

PDF (all patterns), PDF (Churidar Pants), PDF (Kamiz Tunic), PDF (Kurta Shirt), PDF pattern + Printed copy shop (all patterns) (+£7.00)

PDF Printing

21 pages (Kamiz Tunic), 25 pages (Churidar Pants), 30 pages (Kurta Shirt), 4 pages (Gandhi Hat)

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