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How do I make my Salwar Kameez?
You will also need a new sharp needle as a blunt one could easily damage these delicate fabrics Machine needles
I also recommend fine pins, again we don't want to damage the delicate fabrics. Bridal Wear and Lace pins
The neck facing needs interfacing. Choose the best quality interfacing there is for garment sewing for this fabric a light to medium weight iron on interfacing is best .Interfacing
Press it on with a DRY iron,again using your pressing Cloth.
Then layer the seams and snip all along the inside right up to the stitching line. This makes it easier to turn the facing the right way out.
Press the facing and garment open and understitch IE sew the seam allowance to the facing as in the photo. This stops the facing from rolling out during wear.
By the way,
The satin backed Dupion frays so you need to finish the seams. I used a narrow rolled hem on my overlocker ,you could use a zigzag or a French seam. Remember that if you are having sheer sleeves the seam needs to be very neat as it will be visible from the outside.
The neckline looks very neat if you follow my instructions.
Make sure that the fabric for the lace sleeves is the right way round . Mine has a definate right and wrong side.
The pattern suggests an 8" zip but I used a 14" to enable me to shape the sides in slightly .
Sew the back seam up to the bottom of the zip and neaten the seam.
Tack the rest of the opening closed and press the seam open. Then tack the zip right side down.
If you are using a normal zip as I am, you need a zipper foot. The one which comes with your machine is fine but I prefer to use a Narrow zipper foot - shown in the centre of the photo, as it allows for closer stitching to the zipper teeth and therefore gives a neater finish.
Once the zip is sewn in place remove all tacking stitches and then stitch the facing down to the zipper tape.
It's very easy to sew the pants together, just follow the pattern instructions.
Make a casing for the elastic by folding along the pattern markings and stitching very close to the edge,I also like to stitch very close to the top edge but this is optional. Leave an opening to thread the elastic through.
Cut a piece of elastic a couple of inches larger than your waist and thread it through the casing
You need 1" wide elastic Elastic
Once the elastic is threaded through pin it together and try the pants on. Adjust as necessary and securely sew the ends of the elastic together before closing the gap.
Adjust the gathers so that they are even and then machine stitch down each seam to stop the elastic from folding over during wear.
This was a very simple outfit to make and I think you will agree that it is extremely wearable. It is very comfortable too and I am definitely going to make it again in linen for the summer. In fact I have the perfect fabrics in my stash already .
Don't be afraid to try something different, there are a lot of different styles of dressing and it's good to break out of our comfort zone once in a while.
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