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indian easy pants

Added Jan 30, 2009

by ruk

Mumbai, India




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This is a how-to for easy to make and easy fit pants ,Indian style. They are known as “salwar” in India.
You can choose any fabric plain or printed but it should not be too thick. You can draft the pattern on paper first or directly just mark it on the fabric. They can be worn with long or short tunic dress.
This is my first time making a tutorial so if the instructions seem to confusing or complicated please give suggestions on improving. I hope the pictures will help you to figure out the process.




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    May 6, 2016, 06.49 PMby dhammagirl

    Thanks for the instructions. I’ve made a couple of these so far. These go great with tunics and kameez. I’m an amateur at sewing, but these were doable. I made a pattern using wrapping paper.

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    Jan 10, 2012, 12.43 AMby Dina Begum

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for this pattern. I want to wear these pants for yoga.

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    Apr 10, 2011, 12.48 AMby Ynnsie

    I’m just back from India where I bought some salwar and had some made for me. The pair I bought were made, as far as I can tell, with 36 inch wide fabric – 36 inches for each side of the pants gives about 70 inches in fullness. These are plenty wide enough.

    The pair I had made was cut from 45 inch fabric I had bought. The tailor sized me up and used the full width of the fabric – just as the pattern here calls for. He also gave me a LOT of extra room in the waistband to get the salwar over my hips. The resulting salwar is big enough for a 747. Wow. I have to find a way to cut them down.

    So … do the math. How much fullness do you want?? I’m going to look for the narrower cloth to make these up. Thanks for the pattern. .

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    Dec 5, 2010, 02.55 PMby fashionfreek

    Hi. I made a couple of pairs of these for myself. Going to make one for my dd1 (darling daughter) some :O)

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    Sep 14, 2009, 12.31 AMby laurenmendoza

    Hi, I really want to make these pants, but I did not understand: “half the width of the fabric”. Fabric widths vary, what should be the exact measurement? thanks

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      May 6, 2010, 11.51 PMby springdew

      Hi! I made a pair of these successfully, though I had the same reservations. I think the point is to make fullest use of the width available

      The fabrics I most commonly find are 45 inches – a bit over 114cm – and that worked fine for me. If I were worried about width for this project, I’d hold my hands out beside my hips and then estimate how far it is from the edge of one hand to the other. My hips are the widest part of me and I want extra room – about a hand’s width for each side.

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